Friend or Faux? The Great Lash Debate!
The first set of false eyelashes were the brainchild of American movie director D.W. Griffith, who wanted his leading lady to have eyelashes that brushed her cheeks when she blinked. A wigmaker on the set developed a prototype by weaving human hair into a piece of gauze, and faux lashes, especially in Hollywood, took off. Since then, Japanese icon Shu Uemura has perfected the look of false eyelashes, from the dramatic to the practical. Women like Madonna have turned to him exclusively to have their lashes made, paying upwards of $10,000 per pair!
Most women love the look of long, luxurious eyelashes, though not everyone is naturally blessed with the movie-star lashes they'd love to have. Stress, not eating properly, and age can all take their toll on your lashes, and make them brittle and sparse. So what's a girl to do when you want a bit more of a dramatic look, or something special for an evening out? The answer to that is easy: Take the plunge and try a set of false eyelashes. Most women are scared of falsies, and I bet you'd be hard-pressed to find someone among your friends who keeps these as a normal part of their beauty kit. In reality, there is no reason you can't incorporate a pair of false eyelashes into your beauty routine from time to time - a little education on how to properly apply false lashes goes a long way. Since dramatic lashes were huge on the fall runways, here are a few tips to get that dramatic movie star-quality lash at home.
* First of all, choose your lashes appropriately. Individual sets of lashes can look more authentic, and can fill in gaps you may see occurring naturally in your lash line. On the other hand, strips of lashes look more dramatic, come in a variety of lengths and concentrations, and can be the perfect choice for an evening out or a photo shoot.
* Complete your entire makeup routine (foundation, blush, eye shadow) before applying your false eyelashes, with the exception of your mascara and eyeliner. Your new lashes will stick best on a clean surface, free of any other products, so try to leave a bit of a space between your eye shadow and lash line.
* Hold the lash up to your eyelid to determine the size you need. Cut off any excess.
* Put some lash glue on the back of your hand (tip: it comes in several colors - choose a darker color if you want it to blend, any extra will just look like eyeliner) and run the lashes gently through it. This distributes the glue more evenly across the strip, and will save you from glue-overload. Otherwise, they can be a pain to remove. Literally.
* Blow gently on the adhesive once you apply it to the lash. This will help it to become a bit more gummy and will create a better hold.
* Use a pair of tweezers to apply the lashes more precisely. Start from the outside and press gently across the lid moving inward. Hold the lash there for 30 seconds, then slowly lift so that you don't take the lashes with you.
* After you apply both sets of lashes, allow them to set for 5 minutes. Then apply a coat of your favorite mascara to bond your lashes with the false ones.
* Finally, take a thin eyeliner brush and use eye shadow as a liner to fill in any gaps between your natural lash line and the false lashes.
As with anything, practice makes perfect, so try it out a couple of times before you debut your new look, but that's it! It's actually easier than you might think, though it does take a little bit of extra work and time. Good luck!