Luscious Lashes

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It’s all in the eyes.

At the 2001 Oscar’s, Jennifer Lopez & Shu Uemura let us know that fox-fur isn’t limited to coats. Everybody fawns over Kim Kardashian’s sultry eyes and Kelly Rowland’s natural look is enhanced by her flirty lashes. Miss Penelope Cruz shows us that, well, mascara ads utilize a few uh … supplements.

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, why not adorn them with some fabulous drapes? We have all looked at the mascara commercials, seen great makeup jobs and thought “WOW! I want my eyes to pop like THAT!!” Well, in 5 minutes, you too can have the appearance of larger, brighter eyes courtesy of False Lashes a.k.a falsies.

Like natural lashes, false lashes come in many forms. Some are thick and others are sparse; some are straight while others some curly. False lashes are available in a variety of styles – from the most natural looking to va va voom glamour. There are also different application methods for lashes – strips that require glue, self-adhesive strips or individuals. If you want glitter, rhinestones, green or orange, there ARE lashes out there for you. You can get lashes for as low as $1.99 at the drugstore or spend upwards of $1,000 on mink ones. Ardell and Red Cherry are two of the most popular, inexpensive brands.

As with every task, practice makes perfect. Before you make your fab lash debut, I suggest a few dry runs at home. Do you remember The Cosby Show episode where Rudy and her friends snuck into a club to see their idol/crush rapper JT Freeze perform? Long story short, JT pointed and said “you have a spider on your cheek” – well that spider was no spider. How embarrassing! You definitely don’t want lashes anywhere besides your eye lid!

What you will need:
• Strip Lashes
• Lash glue
• Tweezers
• Scissors (optional)
• Patience

1. Try the lashes on (shorter end = inner, longer end = outer). You may need to trim the lashes to fit your lid
Optional: Apply eyeliner
2. Paying close attention to the edges, apply a thin layer of glue to the strip
3. Wait about 30 seconds or until the glue is tacky
4. Aiming for the center of your eye, place the strip on your lid as close to the lash line as possible (tweezers come in handy here)
5. Make any necessary adjustments – press and hold the ends for about 30 seconds
Optional: Apply cream/liquid eyeliner over strip. Apply mascara to your natural lashes to blend

Removal:
• Sometimes lashes can be gently peeled off. If not, use a little bit of eye makeup remover, Vaseline or a warm cloth.
• Remove excess glue from lashes & store them in their container. Usually, you can get a few wears out of most lashes.

Need a visual? Here are two lash tutorials:

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