We’re being bombarded with images of huge, super-sized eyelashes lately, aren’t we? Every magazine you open, TV commercials – they’re everywhere! In a mascara commercial I saw recently, the model’s eyelashes curled back and reached her eyebrows, they were so long and pointy! These lashes were on steroids!

In the magazine ads, the lashes look as though they’re drawn in with a Sharpie marker. Well they are, kind of… not with a Sharpie, but with Photoshop. Yes, a lot of it is smoke and mirrors, and lots and lots of expert Photoshop.

OK, let’s get real – mascara can’t do that! But, the good news is that you can still give the illusion of having incredible looking lashes in real life.

Here’s the skinny on fat lashes:

Mascara: There’s lengthening, fattening, waterproof, colored… Sorry, I was supposed to be making this understandable for you, right?

I like a mascara consistency that is wet, and goes on in a thin coat. I find that this coats as many lashes as possible. Lash Blast by Covergirl and Bobby Brown Extreme Party Mascara are good choices for this purpose. Most of the Lancome mascaras have this thin, buildable consistency also. If you are going to use a couple of coats, make sure you let the first one dry before applying the second coat.

Thickening Mascara: These mascaras are made with a thicker formula of waxes and silicone polymers that coat the lashes to make them look fuller. Often, the wands are densely covered with bristles designed to comb over every lash. Many women love Diorshow by Dior for thickening, personally I found the Diorshow to flake and smudge somewhat. I like L’Oreal Voluminous for this category – it stays put and I like that the consistency of the formula stays the same until it’s empty.

Waterproof Mascara: Smudge-proof and Waterproof, these mascaras will stay put through nights of dancing, or tears of joy on the day of your wedding. However, it’s best not to use them daily, as they can dry out your lashes and cause breakage. Make sure to use a good eye make-up remover at night, I like Lancôme’s eye makeup remover. Try Lash blast by Covergirl, Bobby Brown Extreme Party, L’Oreal’s Voluminous Waterproof.

Individual Fake Lashes: These aren’t actually individual, they’re in fact ‘clusters’ of lashes, held together with a little knot. They’re applied kind of snuggled in with your own lashes. They ‘rest’ on your own lashes (think of your lashes like a shelf). They look very natural when applied correctly. You should not use surgical glue with these! The surgical glue inhibits your own lashes from growing properly. Use the Duo glue available in white or black, which will wash off with your regular eye make-up remover. (Really, the day after a good night out, you’ll find them stuck all over you bathroom sink. Ugh, gross! It will really freak your boyfriend out – that and your spanks on the floor).

Strip Lashes: Yes, strippers wear them, but that’s not why they’re called strip lashes. They come attached to a fine band, or ‘strip’. Most people have to trim the length of the band, that makes them fit much more comfortably, and they will stay on longer. Strip lashes are lots of fun; they come in all colors and shapes, even with feathers! Just remember the thicker the band, the less flexible they will be. Do not use permanent glue with strip lashes, and do not attach them between your natural lash line and your eyeball! (Yes, some people actually do this.) That can really damage your eyes!

Semi-Permanent Lashes, A.K.A. Lash Extensions: These are permanently attached, one fake lash to one real lash. They are bonded to your own lashes with surgical type glue. When done correctly, by a trained, certified technician, they should last as long as your natural lashes last. Your own lashes last between 30 -90 days. The technician cannot tell how old your lashes are, so they may attach a fake lash to one of your lashes that is destined to fall out tomorrow. That’s why you should have a refill appointment every now and then. The first appointment should take about 2 1/2 hours. It will cost between $100 and $250. It is a very intricate procedure, and worth every penny. Only have this procedure done by a trained, certified technician. For more information on individual lashes, go to the Lavish Lash website and check out their video to see how it’s done.


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