I went Trick-or-Treating one year. I must have been four or five years old. I was dressed like a princess (didn’t see that coming, did you?). I walked up to the door, rang the bell and waited in anticipation for the shower of candy and praise for a costume well-done. The woman opened her door and gasped.
“Look at you!” she screamed. “You must have stolen those lashes! Those aren’t yours. They’re too long. You stole those!”
I burst into tears. Not only because clearly I was a thief and was busted. But because it didn’t appear that this was going to end with candy. With my long lashes clumped together in big wet messiness, I ran home.
I’ve since grown into those lashes. They aren’t freakishly long anymore. And now that we’re entering the flirty season, I almost wish they were. What good is Valentine’s Day if you can’t toss a come-hither glance to someone through a veil of sexy lashes?
The easy thing to do for long lashes is to grab mascara and glob on four coats. Easy, yes. Attractive, no. Bye-bye spider eyes, and hello faux lashes—the latest quickie spa job for glorious eye-catching attention.
That’s right. Extensions. Not your mom’s fake eyelashes, today’s are professionally applied lash by lash with a gentle bonding agent. With prices that might leave you batting your eyes in shock (around $400 for a full set), these are beauty timesavers. Lasting up to two months (a natural lash cycle) with proper care, you can live in a mascara-free, liner-free, get-up-and-go world. I’ve had great luck with Lavish Lashes and LuxLash, the nation’s first specialty spa focusing on lash extensions.
Do it yourself
For a little less commitment (and starting at $5), try self-applied lashes for one-night dazzling eyes. Don’t worry, this can be fast beauty with practice. Do an entire strip or just add a few lashes at the lash line’s end for a two-second cat eye. There are several I like: Sephora, Revlon, Laura Mercier. To really have fun, Shu Uemura has amazing feathers, crystals and colors and feathers at their Toyko Lash Bar. (An in-store purchase usually includes free application).
Quick application steps are:
- Using cuticle scissors, cut faux lashes to fit your lashline
- Apply liquid liner
- Apply mascara
- Apply thin strip of glue to faux lashes (right on the band)
- Wait 20 seconds for glue to become tacky
- Apply lashes to your lid as close to the lashline as possible
- Position perfectly with tweezers
- Fill in holes in faux lashes with a thin line of liquid liner
Here’s a great tutorial I found. OK, her makeup’s over-the-top Rainbow Brite, but she knows what she’s talking about.