If you weren't blessed in the eyelash department but want your peepers to pop, you're in luck! These days the selection to choose from is almost limitless, and there's a lash option out there for practically everyone. Mascaras are now formulated to make your lashes longer and thicker, and many cosmetic companies are designing formulas that specifically help grow your lashes.
But there's nothing quite like a good ole' pair of false lashes to help give your eyes that special "wow" factor. False lashes are a great way to exaggerate the eyes but at the same time it's important to keep them looking natural. Here's a quick and easy guide to making false lashes work for you.
When wearing lashes you can either go one of two ways--extreme or toned down. You can choose to have fun with them and go for over-the-top fantasy lashes that have color, glitter and extreme lengths or you may just want to add a bit of a doe-eyed look with natural looking lashes that you can wear during the day or at night.
Shu Uemura is an expert on the world of falsies and makes beautiful lashes with countless options. Newer brand Illamasqua also offers some great options to choose from.
Once you have selected your favorite lashes, here's how to properly apply them:
1. Apply your desired eye makeup, preferably a powder base so you have a clean canvas to work with.
2. Hold your lashes up to your eye to fit and trim away where needed with a pair of clean cuticle scissors.
3. Bend the band of lashes to your eye shape. In other words, train them to fit your own shape.
4. Apply your lash glue - I recommend DUO eyelash adhesive ($5.99, www.drugstore.com) to the back of your tweezers or a another instrument which gives you control of the glue amount. Apply a layer of glue to the entire length of the lash band and wait. Wave it around and let the glue dry a bit. You don't want the glue to be wet but rather tacky and stringy to the touch.
5. Use your tweezers to grab the lash themselves and apply as close to your own lashes as possible. It helps if you are looking downward into a magnifying mirror. Make sure the lash band ends are securely placed.
6. Repeat to the other eye and viola!
If you are using a dark set of lashes, you may want to use some eyeliner (gel or liquid is best in this scenario) to the band to cover any missed spots and a quick coat of mascara to both your natural lashes and the falsies to blend color. Bat those beauties and then you're off!