For the Love of Lashes
Posted on February 10, 2011 by Rochelle Rae
Everyone wants long, thick gorgeous lashes, and semi-permanent eyelash extensions have become very popular in the US the last few years. Extensions are single strands of synthetic eyelashes designed to replicate natural lashes and individually applied to your real eyelashes to make them appear longer and thicker.
When applied properly, they can look beautiful, but are expensive and time consuming. In my research, I found the average cost to be around $300, taking 2 to 3 hours. You will also need to have touch ups done every 2-3 weeks, which costs around $60, averaging around 45 minutes. While this is a great option for many people, if you’re like me, I am so busy I can barely find time to get a manicure. I keep a fingernail file in my car and usually file my nails at a red light.
So while I also long for lovely lashes, I never seem to have an extra minute in the day. For those of us who need a less time-consuming option, here are a few tips.
Curling Your Lashes
Curling your lashes makes them instantly more noticeable and appear longer. Some of you are scared of the torturous looking little device–but fear not. Choose a precision lash curler, a much smaller version that targets only one section of lashes at a time. This design makes it easy to reach even the tiny lashes on the inner and outer corners of the eyes without pinching your skin.
Starting near the roots, squeeze the curler tight; hold it in place for a couple seconds and then release. Repeat this three to four times as you work your way out towards the tips of the lashes.
TIP: Curl your lashes before applying mascara. Curling after “smooshes” the mascara causing it to appear thick and clumpy.
TRY: Precision Eyelash Curler
This unique lash curler targets one section of lashes at a time. The innovative design makes it easy to reach even the tiny lashes on the outer corners of the eye without pinching or pulling. It is perfect for deep-set or hard-to-curl lashes Get fabulous looking lashes every time with this virtually foolproof design.
Applying False Lashes
While you may not want to do this every day, it is a great option for a party, special occasion, or a big night out. First, curl your own clean lashes. I suggest you use strip lashes rather than individuals, they are much faster and easier to apply. You will probably need to trim down the length of the lash strip; they are usually too long and made to be cut to fit any size eye. Apply a very small amount of glue to the edge of the lash strip and place the false lashes right on top of your own. Softly press the lash into place.
TIP: The key making false lashes look natural is to make sure the edge of the strip is as close to your lash line as possible, actually touching your own lashes. It will barely touch the skin. Do not place it up on the lid.
Once they have dried, apply liner right down into the lash line. This will make the “little dots” on the strip disappear and make them appear even thicker. Finally, apply mascara to blend your lashes in with your new beautiful, long ones.
TIP: While it is great for a day at the pool, don’t wear a harsh waterproof mascara every day. Choose a gentle, water-resistant mascara. It will last all day without smudging but is removed easily, causing fewer lashes to be lost.
TRY: Lush Silk Mascara
The silk powder and protein-rich formula builds strong flexible threads for long lush lashes. The water-binding properties in silk make it water-resistant, smudge-resistant and fast drying but more gentle than water-proof. Infused with chamomile, juniper and protective anti-oxidants vitamins A, C and E. The hollow-fiber brush lifts and separates each lash, no clumping for a long and natural look.
Properly applied false lashes look amazing and can be a quick, easy way to get glamorous looking eyes. But be warned, when applied incorrectly, almost nothing looks worse. Make sure you practice a few times.
Every month, Rae Cosmetics founder Rochelle Rae talks makeup with EndlessBeauty.com.