Monday, January 10, 2011

Flawless False Eyelashes

(Photo: alamodestuff)
There are times in your life when you want a little extra drama.  False eyelashes, when applied properly, can add a special polish to your look that gets heads turning.  Many of my brides enjoy lashes for an extra feminine touch on their big day.  If you are thinking about trying false lashes, read the tips below so you can go faux like a pro.
  • Lashes made from real hair often look more natural than synthetic or plastic lashes. However, these fall into a vegan "gray area," as many are from human hair.
  • Lashes come in strips or individuals (clumps of a few lashes).  I typically recommend strip lashes, as they provide more control and are easier for beginners to use.
  • If you want just a hint of drama with strip lashes, cut off a portion to use on the outer corners of your eyes (usually using about 1/3 to 1/2 of the strip). 
  • Mascara can be applied before or after eyelashes.  I usually apply mascara after false lashes have been glued unless using costume lashes (such as glitter or feather lashes). Click here for tips on curling with false lashes and here for tips on applying mascara.
Recommended Lashes:
Other lash options:
  • Consider using glitter, feather, or colored lashes for a very dramatic look.  NYX and E.L.F. offer some options for the budget-conscious, and Shu Uemura makes fantastic lashes when price is not an option.
  • Lash extensions have recently increased in popularity.  They are usually synthetic strands applied to your eyelashes individually to provide a natural look.  Initial application fees are often over $150, with touch-ups required every 2-4 weeks. Be sure to ask about cruelty-free options (read more here).
Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on false eyelashes. For application instructions, see "How to Apply False Eyelashes." For removal instructions, see "How to Remove False Eyelashes."

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