Saturday, February 20, 2010

Faux Show-Finale

Lashes are the new stiletto. Everyone is offering lash enhancing mascaras, extensions, and serums. Don't bother! Fake lashes are easy to find, relatively inexpensive and can be used however and whenever the mood strikes you. They are the final touch to a perfect ensemble and look fantastic in photographs. You might even be inspired to become one of those gals that winks for fun. With pretty lashes, you can do things like that.

I will tell you up front, these are not always easy to put on. I mean, no barista can make a perfect latte the first time. So don't be too hard on yourself. Lashes look best when applied as last step in your makeup routine, so mascara up ladies.

If you are looking for an everyday "can wear to work or in bright daylight-looking" lashes it is best to stick with the small flare individual lashes. Try some here. Use a small dab of eyelash glue on each flare. Place a few per lid starting with the outer corner. (About 4 of these per lashline is just right). Be patient for about 30 seconds per lash to allow the glue to dry. You can sing half a chorus of I'm Every Woman, and you'll be all set. Don't try to add mascara after this point--several reputable magazines suggest this, but I am your friend and will tell you it's a mistake.

If you are in search of a full-lash-laden look, these are my favorites. Start with the Demi Wispies by Ardell. If you are an eyelash extraordinaire-go for the Wispies. To start: use a small pair of scissors to snip just a tad from each lash strip (on the inner corner). Run a teeny tiny bit of glue along the strip and wave the strip back/forth a few times before placing on your lid. I usually start from the outer corner and line up the entire lash as close to where your own lashes meet your eyelid. It may take a few attempts to place the lash juuuust right, but you'll get it. Use a q-tip to dab any excess glue. If you want to carefully add any extra eyeliner or shadow near the lash line, I give you full permission.

To remove your lashes, tilt your face near the faucet and run some warm water over your lids. The glue will loosen and you will be able to peel the strip of lashes off. (Start with outer and do this very slowly).

I am excited for you to try these--you are going to love them. Please do report back!


  1. "Don't try to add mascara after this point--several reputable magazines suggest this, but I am your friend and will tell you it's a mistake."

    So that is what I have been doing wrong. I always apply mascara after. You helped. Thanks Girl. Keep the tips coming

  2. Great blog Heather!! I wish I knew about how to take off false eyelashes last month when I tried it for the first time (and last time). Taking them off were so painful that it made a grown woman cry - involuntarily. ;)

    Please keep your great tips coming!

  3. I just tried this last night and they worked amazingly well. I never thought it would be so easy! They look completely natural and not at all trashy. Thanks for the tip Heather!