Those little finishing touches can go a long way to help you leaving the house feeling amazing. Confidence comes from within, but let’s face it, sometimes it’s good to able to use little additions and wardrobe accessories to help boost that confidence and I’m a firm believer that if you’re feeling confident about your look then you’ll carry yourself with confidence too.
I don’t wear false eyelashes on a daily basis, but I think they're a great way to add some drama to your eyes for special events and nights out. I also use them on models when I style make-up shoots. They’re a beautiful way to emphasise the eyes and if you’re dressed in your looking your loveliest, why not go for the little details too?
I've found that the idea of false eyelashes can really frighten some people, the concern that they must be tricky to apply or that they will fall off half way through the night and land dramatically on the cheek like a spider can put people off, but they are really a perfect way to enhance you're eyes and are super easy to apply once you have he hang of it.
Lashes have come a long way since they began being worn by silent movie actresses. Thought they were an invention of the sixties? No, they have been around much longer and for decades women have wanted longer fuller lashes. False eyelashes were originally made of human hair, the creator of false eyelashes is believed to be film director G.W Griffith during the shooting of for his film Intolerance in 1916. It was his actress in this film Seena Owen who owned the eyes he wanted to “….make shine larger than life”
There’s now so much choice with lots of brands, length, style and colours. Many are reusable too meaning they can be good value for money. Most are actually incredibly light to wear, long lasting and with a little practice very easy to apply. Glamour girl Katie Price is said to have worn several pairs of eyelashes at the same time, but that's something that Mae West used to do too.
Applying false eyelashes
· Apply your eye shadow and eyeliner first.
· No glue at this stage! Remove the lashes from the box and hold one strip against your lash line to measure the length of the strip – too long and the plastic could poke into the corners of your eye causing discomfort. If it’s not the right length just take a pair of scissors and trim the false lashes from the outer corner. This step is so important
· Repeat on the other eye – eyes can be quite different shapes, so don’t be surprised if the lashes measure up differently on each eye.
· Once you’re happy with the length take one of the lashes and just very gently flex it for a few seconds so it’s nice and flexible to work with the shape of your eye.
· Now using the glue – follow the manufactures instructions and this can very between brands so ALWAYS make sure you read the instructions given.
· Using fingers or tweezers apply the eyelashes to your closed eye (looking down into a mirror helps) getting as close to the lash line as possible. Hold in place, gently pushing along the lash line using the tweezers.
· Repeat on the other eye and apply mascara.
It can take practice but once you have the knack, you can apply false eyelashes in just a couple of minutes and they really are perfect for a glam look any red carpet siren or burlesque beauty would be proud of! Keep them natural or go OTT the choice is yours
Eyelash prices can vary and only you'll know your budget, but there's plenty of choice in price as well as styles.
|Vivo £2 (available in larger Tesco Stores)|
I've used Vivo eyelashes several times now and they are good value for money, I've also tested these out on photoshoots including this sixties inspired on for the local press. The feedback from the models has always been really good. They are slightly stiffer than some of the other eyelashes I've tried, but the overall effect is really good and if you don't/can't spend a lot of money on lashes then these are a perfectly good option.
If I'm feeling a bit more flush or I've got points on my boots card then these are the lashes I opt for. They are very soft and light to wear. You can get these from various places but here's a link to Boots £5.95
|Shu uemura £22|
I have to say that these are out of my price range, but Shu uemura are a premium brand hence the price, but it's a name held with high regard in the beauty industry so if you do have a bigger budget or want to splash out then this is a brand worth looking at.