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How to Fake a Face Lift

Surgery-free ways to subtract years

Like your boobs, your booty, and members of AARP, your eyelids seem to head south with age. (Retirees flock to Florida—get it?) And while saggy eyes can make you appear older and exhausted, here's the perky news: Recapturing that 22-again, I-slept-like-a-baby status doesn't require injections, laser treatments, or going under the knife. In fact, all you really need is an eye lift—and by lift, we mean all you need to do is lift your fingers and fake it with makeup.

Good thing, because the average cost for a real eyelid lift in 2013 was almost $3,000. What's more, a recent JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery study found that eye lifts make women look a mere three years younger. (Kind of a rip-off when you consider the cost, pain, and average two-week recovery time.) So if your eyes have been looking smaller or more tired lately—or if they've always been droopy (thanks, genetic lottery)—don't head to the doctor's office. With these simple cosmetic tricks, things are going to start looking up quick.

1. Boosted Brows
Bushy brows are trendy, but let yours go too native and they can start to drag eyes down. "Creating a higher arch results in a more awake look, says Sania Vucetaj, founder of Sania's Brow Bar in New York City. First, make an outline of your desired brow shape with a brow pencil. (The basic guideline? "Brows should align with the top of the bridge of your nose," says Vucetaj. Thickness is a matter of preference.) To ID your arch, find the highest point—about three-quarters of the way out from where your brow starts. "If you naturally have a lot of space between your brows and lid, you will need to remove only one or two rows of hair; if your brows are lower, plucking three will get you a noticeable arch." Hold up the top of the arch and tweeze the hairs that fall below your map. Fill in bald spots with a brow pencil in a color that matches the darkest shade in your head hair. Try Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil for the Brows ($26, lancome-usa.com).

Then—and this is key—extend the tail slightly upward with your pencil. "A rectangular brow shape visually lifts the end of the eye," says makeup artist Troy Surratt. Use a spoolie brush to help blend in your original outline.

2. False Lashes
We can thank Mrs. Kanye West for one thing: Faux lashes have gone totally mainstream—and they're a great tool to make eyes appear rounder, more open, and, in turn, more lifted. Small clusters of lashes are easier to apply and more natural-looking than full strips, says makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen. Unless you're literally trying to keep up with the Kardashians, choose a short or medium size; long is pretty over the top. Try Eylure Pro-Lash Individuals Fine to Full ($5, ulta.com).

To do: Dip the base of the lash into lash glue. Pick up the lash with a pair of tweezers, lift your eyelid with the other hand, and stick the falsie between your existing lashes, about a quarter inch from the outer edge of your eyes. Add two or three more to the same area, moving toward the middle. Let the glue dry for two minutes, then apply a coat of mascara to blend the real and faux lashes together.

3. Magical Makeup
A few flicks of the wrist...and we have liftoff!
Eye shadow: Smooth concealer over your eyelids (redness or darkness can make the area look droopy and closed in). Then dust a shimmery bone-colored shadow over your lids. "A light shimmer will reflect light, making your eyes look bigger," says makeup artist Mally Roncal. Finally, use a darker matte taupe shadow to contour the outer corner of the eye for a lifting effect, says Surratt. Starting at each eye's outer edge, slightly below the brow, sweep the shade into your crease, stopping above the pupil.

Eyeliner: Draw a short, thin stripe of liquid liner along upper lashes, flicking it up and out at a 45-degree angle at the edges. "This can lift eyes that are saggy or turn downward," says Surratt. Trace your bottom lashes with a lighter-colored pencil liner. (If you used black as your top shade, go with brown on the bottom; with brown on top, opt for bronze, beige, or taupe below.) "Using a lighter shade on the bottom prevents the eye from looking closed in," says Roncal. Try CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion or Chocolate Kiss ($8, at drugstores) with Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio in Warm Nude Eyes ($12, at drugstores).

Mascara: Curl your lashes to open up the eye and disguise any hooding or crepiness," says Surratt. Then brush waterproof mascara onto upper lashes only. "For a really lifted look, waterproof mascara holds curl better than regular," says Roncal, who suggests pointing the tip of the wand toward the bridge of your nose while applying to fan out the lashes. A mascara with a super-tiny (i.e., very precise) brush is especially helpful to pull corner lashes up and out," says Surratt. Try Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Waterproof Mascara ($31, at sephora.com).

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The Vitamin He Needs So His Penis Can Perform

It's like sex fuel for his boner.

This article was written by Christa Sgobba and provided by our partners at Men's Health.

Lacking enough of the sunshine vitamin might snuff out the lights on his bedroom game: New research from Italy suggests that low levels of vitamin D may increase a guy's risk of erectile dysfunction.

When researchers tested 143 men with varying degrees of erectile dysfunction, they found that nearly half of them were coming up deficient in D, and only one in five had optimal levels of the nutrient. What's more, men with severe cases of ED had vitamin D levels that were about 24 percent lower than those of men with mild forms of the condition. 

Insufficient levels of D may spur the production of free radicals called superoxide ions, says study author Alessandra Barassi, M.D., and her research team. These free radicals deplete your nitric oxide, a molecule that helps your blood vessels function properly. The result: It makes it hard to, well, get hard. 

"Nitric oxide causes the blood vessels to relax, which increases the blood flow and causes an erection under normal circumstances," says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., a Men's Health urology advisor. Without the necessary amounts of nitric acid, though, your blood vessels may not relax enough to allow for an erection.

For guys with low levels of vitamin D, the study recommends he takes supplements to get back to the optimal level of 30 ng/mL or above.

As for men with normal erectile functioning, research is currently studying whether vitamin D supplementation may act as a preventive measure to delay ED.

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West Africa | Autoclaves Deployed to Help Anti-Ebola Campaign

As efforts to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continue, a new design of autoclave is being deployed to help make the treatment of infectious waste safe environmentally sustainable.

Jorge Emmanuel (left), Chief Technical Expert from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Global Healthcare Waste Project and co-designer of the new autoclave design, and Johan Hoffman (right), Managing Director and Chief Engineer of the Medi-Clave company that co-designed and produced the autoclave. Treating patients with Ebola generates huge amounts of infectious waste, including the used suits that the healthcare workers use to protect themselves while they work. In a lot of treatment centers, the only option has been to burn the waste in barrels, bury it in pits, or use low-tech incinerators which emit a huge amount of pollutants and create toxic ash. In contrast, autoclaves are far more environmentally friendly. They use high temperature and pressure steam to disinfect the waste. All that is needed is water and electrical power. No pollutants are created, and autoclaving has a much smaller carbon footprint that burning or incinerating.

Autoclaves as a Solution

The new autoclaves have been designed by the South African company Medi-Clave, working with Jorge Emmanuel, Chief Technical Expert from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Global Healthcare Waste Project, in which WHO and Health Care Without Harm were Principal Cooperating Agencies (www.gefmedwaste.org).

Starting in early 2015, HCWH will be working with UNDP and WHO on a new GEF-funded project, which will disseminate non-incineration waste treatment technologies in four African countries- Ghana, Madagascar, Tanzania and Zambia. Lessons learned during this deployment of autoclaves in the Ebola Treatment Units will be valuable for this new project.

Conditions in Africa can be tough on machinery, so the new autoclave has a number of special adaptations to avoid breakdowns. For example, the electronic control systems that control modern autoclaves have been replaced with an older but more robust method of mechanical controls. The autoclave also comes with a metal drum to collect the waste, and a trolley to carry it. These allow the users to collect, transport, load and unload the waste safely and with the minimum effort.

Installing the Autoclaves

The first two autoclaves have been installed in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Sierra Leone. Another 8 will be installed in February and others sent to Liberia and Guinea, the countries most affected by the worst ever Ebola outbreak. In total, 30 autoclaves will be installed.

When the outbreak is over, these machines will be moved to hospitals to treat the healthcare waste that they generate and strengthen the health systems for years to come.

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Jorge Emmanuel (left), and Johan Hoffman (right), co-designers of the new autoclave, with one of the first units to be produced. Dr Emmanuel is Chief Technical Expert from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF)/World Health Organization (WHO)/Health Care Without Harm Globa Healthcare Waste Project. Johan Hoffman (right) is Managing Director and Chief Engineer of the Medi-Clave company that co-designed and produces the autoclaves. 

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