Long, lush eyelashes have to be one of the features a gal covets most. Some of us are born lucky, some of us lose luster along the way, and some of us never had a shot! What can be done to enhance what we’re working with? As a long time makeup artist and esthetician, I can reassure you that there are many options.
Prime-‐ a little primer goes a long way. Just like with painting your walls or your nails, primer sets the foundation for a smooth application and staying power. I really love one coat of Jane Iredale Pure Lash. Pair your primer with a great volumizing mascara like Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant or an amazing curling mascara like Benefit Roller Lash.
Strip Lashes-‐ This takes some practice but with the right glue and application, it’s a glam look that can be achieved in minutes. I like to apply lashes before any shadow or liner so the glue can adhere directly to the skin. My favorite, most foolproof glue is Duo strip lash adhesive in dark. My pick for lashes is Ardell Demi Wispies in Black. Always trim lashes to fit your eyelid. A trick of mine is to cut a tiny snippet off of both ends even if they are the perfect fit. I find this reduces the chance of lash lifting later. Apply an even, thin line of glue to the base of your lashes and let dry for 20 seconds. Using both hands, apply the lash as close to your natural lash line as possible. Use a dry lash card to press into place. Once glue is completely dry you can apply eyeshadow and a liquid liner or soft pencil eyeliner to cover the tracks. To make lashes look even longer, line the upper rim of your eye with black liner. Never curl your fake lashes as they are easily crinkled, but you can apply a light coat of mascara to blend the false lashes with your real ones. You can’t exactly sleep in these or get them wet, but they do look amazing while they last. Especially in photos. It’s kind of the Cinderella option for lashes. You get all ready for the ball but turn back into a pumpkin at midnight.
Individual Lashes-‐ Like strip lashes, individual lashes are false lashes that come in small clusters for a longer, more natural wear. These are best applied with a glue like Ardell LashTite for Individual Lashes. Unlike strip lashes, these can last you anywhere from 2 days to a week. Placing 10-‐15 clusters per eye is ideal, moving from a shorter size in the inner corner, to a longer size on the outer corners. These lashes hold up better through sleep and in water so they are perfect for that weekend getaway.
Lash Enhancer-‐ We’ve all seen the Latisse commercials. Did you know Latisse was originally formulated to treat glaucoma? Lash length and darkness was noticed as a side effect. Lash enhancers help you grow your own beautiful lashes over time. Using lash fortifying serums to grow your lashes and brows really do work! They key is consistency. Use your formula as directed, never skipping an application, and you’ll see longer, darker lashes in no time. If you worry about the rare side effect of iris discoloration using a product like Latisse, try a prostaglandin-‐free formula. I like Amplifeye Lash and Brow Fortifier by Xtreme Lashes.
Lash Tint-‐ This is a spa service not permitted in every state, but is a real treat for anyone with very light lashes. It gives your lashes great definition and color for the no fuss girl who can’t be bothered with mascara daily. The longer and thicker your natural lash, the better the results! Popular tint colors are black and blue/black for a little extra pop. The tint is applied to your lashes while you relax with your eyes closed and is thoroughly rinsed after 10 minutes. Voila! Your lashes will be nice and dark for up to 5 weeks. A patch test before hand is highly recommended to rule out any reactions. I recommend going to a reputable salon or spa that uses a tint not containing coal-‐tar (an FDA banned ingredient). There are no true “100% vegetable dyes” but some lash tint formulas are safer than others, and some do incorporate natural ingredient bases. Having a patch test and seeing a skilled technician that knows what they’re doing will rule out any contraindications.
Lash Extensions-‐ The Crème de la Crème of lash services. Each individual lash receives a bonded extension. Lashes are available in all different sizes, colors, textures, and curl. They can be synthetic, silk, or mink and range from a very natural to very dramatic look depending on the length, curl, and quantity your natural lashes will support. The initial application is a bit time consuming and pricey, and a lash fill is required every 2-‐3 weeks for maintenance, so this option is for the dedicated. You have to take special care of your lashes and be mindful of the makeup and products you use, as well as the way you wash and sleep, but the majority of extension wearers will tell you the sacrifices are well worth the look! This is by far my most favorite lash look and has more permanence and effect than the other options.
So there you have it! All the wonderful ways we can proudly batt those lashes again. And remember, don’t hate on the boys in your life that have long curly lashes. I always hear my clients saying how unfair it is, but it is fair! We have makeup and all these great options to help our unfortunate selves while they rely on what they were born with ;-‐)
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