I’m not sure how or why, but obnoxiously fake lashes have been increasing in popularity over the last 2 years. By obnoxious, I mean the ones you get done at the hair or nail salon that last a few days or up to a week or two. Ladies, please know that those type of lashes do NOT look good—especially when worn without a stitch of makeup. It makes me cringe to see otherwise cute chicas wearing these lashes that look like the ends of a broom over your eyes. And your eyes! Your poor eyes. That glue they use could easily irritate your pupils causing infections. Not only that but if you don’t remove those lashes properly, you can wind up snatching off your natural lashes. Ouch!
Please know that “crazy” lashes (and by crazy I mean extra long, feather, or colored lashes–not to be confused with um, “hood lashes”–for lack of a better term) are meant for fashion editorials, Halloween, and if you work at the MAC counter (where they wear them to showcase the different types they sell).
If you’re a bit lash-challenged, I strongly suggest trying more natural looking lashes like:
from left to right, starting at top: MAC 20 Lash; MAC 30 Lash; MAC 4 LashMAC 31 Lash; MAC 36 Lash; Make Up For Ever 156 Genevieve; Make Up For Ever 157 Lori; Make Up For Ever 105 Julia; Make Up For Ever 21 Floriane; Make Up For Ever 132 Julie; Ardell Fashion Lashes, Wispies Black; Ardell DuraLash Naturals Individual Lashes, Medium Black
How to apply lashes:
You can apply them before or after you do your eye makeup (including mascara), but I prefer to put them on after all eye makeup is done.
1. After removing the lashes from their packaging, wrap them around your index finger. This helps to make the lash conform to the curve of your eye lid.
2. Before applying any glue, measure the lash on your eyes to make sure they fit the length of your lash line. If the band is too long or the lashes are too long, you’ll need to trim them.
3. Apply a thin layer of lash glue (I love Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark). Wait about 20-30 seconds so the glue gets tacky (tacky, not dry).
4. Getting as close to your natural lash line as possible, place the lash in the area where your lashes meet your eyelid. If you have butterfingers, use a pair of tweezers to hold the lashes by the tips of the lashes. You can also use the flat end of the tweezers to gently press the lashes in place.
5. Wait about a minute for the lashes to set. Then use a lash curler to gently curl the lashes so that they blend with your natural ones.
To remove, just dip a Q-tip in some baby oil or eye makeup remover and gently rub on the band of the lashes until they easily come loose. DO NOT pull the lashes off or you can accidentally rip your real lashes off.
If you’re still looking for something to last longer, there are reputable salons out there where you can have lash extensions applied, but if the place you go to sells Indian Yaki, cigarettes, and a 2-piece dinner then that’s not it.