Whenever I make a mental list of things that I am thankful for, once I get past all the obvious top favorites like family and friends, I always give false lashes a grateful shout-out. Now, I realize that false lashes are not a big deal to everyone, but I was given a pretty skimpy set of lashes to work with, so I love being able to throw on a pair of falsies for a special night. Everyone has something that gives them an extra boost of confidence (maybe a favorite outfit, super high shoes, or a fresh manicure) and lashes are it for me. I've been playing around with lashes for a few years now, and here's a few thoughts to consider if you are thinking about getting into the lashes game: What kind of lashes should I get? Good question! There are lots of different kinds to choose from. I group lashes into a few different categories and each one has their own pros and cons:
Natural Lashes: You can see from comparing these lashes with others that they are much more delicate looking. These are lashes that are going to give you a boost in length and thickness, but aren't going to go overboard. I love wearing these for daytime outings when I want a natural look and lashes that are long and light.
Full Lashes: These lashes are obviously much thicker than the natural lashes. While these lashes may look too heavy for everyday wear, they are actually great for photos (especially if the photos are going to be taken from a bit further away). It's kind of the same principle as theatre makeup—the further away people are from you, the bolder the stage makeup has to be in order to look right. If you were doing full-body photos, these lashes would stand out much more than the natural lashes would at a distance. These lashes also have a more blunt and even shape to the tips of the lashes which give them a vintage Mod look as well.
Long & Short Lashes: This category of lashes has a bold pattern of longer and shorter lashes. Some may contain criss-crossed lashes, some may be staight, but the pronounced difference in tip length is their biggest feature. I like to use these if I am going on a date where I want a thicker, more dramatic look.
Individual Lashes: Ok you guys, these are actually my favorite type of lashes. Instead of getting all your lashes together in a strip, these come in different lengths and are attached individually until the lashline is full. These lashes do take longer to put on, but they look more natural where your eyelid meets your lashline (you avoid the strip that holds traditional false lashes together) and you can put on as many or as few as you want and customize your length and look. My all time favorite ones (and the ones I'm wearing in these photos) are actually the individual lashes that come in groups of three. You still get all the benefits of individual lashes, but it takes a lot less time to apply them.What glue should I use? A good glue makes a huge difference. I mean, you aren't going to be very happy with your false lash experience if they keep falling off, right? My favorite glue is Duo eyelash adhesive. They make it in two colors (for lighter and darker skin tones), and it's the best glue that I've used so far. You'll definitely want to follow the instructions and let the glue set on the false lashes for about 30 seconds before attaching the lash to your lid—I found that tip helped a lot. Make sure to always, always, always keep a spare tube of adhesive, tweezers, and some spare lashes in your makeup bag when you wear falsies. You definitely don't want to be stuck without a fix-it kit if something doesn't stick right the first time.
What if I have sensitive eyes? If you have issues with lash adhesive, try a latex-free adhesive like this one. Depending on your sensitivity, you may have to try a few glues to find one that doesn't aggravate your particular sensitivity issue.
How long do they last? Traditional lash strips are faster to put on than individual lashes, but will usually only last you through the day. I say "usually" because I think this does vary a bit from case to case. Depending on how much glue you used (and how good of a bond you got), they should last through the end of the night, however, I have been able to wear them overnight as well. Although they take longer to put on, an added benefit to the individual lashes is that they are designed to last much longer than a one day use. You can get days, even weeks, out of your individual lashes. I always choose individual lashes when I want a full lashline for several days in a row and can usually get at least a full week out of them before I take them off.
Can I reuse my lashes? Yes! If you don't use mascara when you wear your lashes, you can reuse them several times. Just use tweezers to pull the dried lash glue from the lashes after you remove them and store them in their original case until you want to use them again.Like I said, I usually wear false lashes for more special occasions (like a photoshoot, a date, or a trip), but if you love them as much as I do, you can wear them whenever you want! If you've been on the fence about false lashes, I hope you feel much more confident and prepared to choose your lashes now. So what are you waiting for? Go and load up your lashline! xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes, Photos edited using A Beautiful Mess Actions