A common worry I find my brides to be stressing about is lashes…
- “I’m not used to wearing false lashes”
- “What if I cry?, will I ruin them?”
- “What if they do not stay stuck? I won’t be able to reapply them”
- “Will they annoy me?”
- “Am I too old to wear false lashes?”…ps you’re never too old to do anything make up related as long as it makes you happy.
- “I don’t want to look like I have spider legs on my eyes!”
So what types of lashes are there? I’ve put together my little lash bible to help you make a choice. So first off…
Au Naturel – Work with what your ‘mumma gave ya’.. keeping it simple. Some people have lashes, others would give there right arm for, so why not embrace it! Try to find yourself a waterproof mascara with a thin comb brush to avoid the “clumpy” look. One of my favourites is L’Oréal Telescopic Waterproof Masara. Your mascara doesn’t have to be black, brown also works well for an ultimate natural look.
If you’re missing that curl – invest in some good eyelash curlers.
Strip Lashes –Strip Lashes are perfect if you don’t want something on for longer than a day. You can also pick the false lashes to perfect your desired look.. need something fuller? Want more length? Need a bit more of a curl? ..If you have hooded eyes, small eyes, big eyes.. There are strip lashes out there for everyone.
A go to brand for budget brides would be Eyelure. They’re very easy to apply and have a massive range to choose from. They even do little test kits which are perfect for practicing.
To apply strip lashes – you need to invest in a good glue. My holy grail glue is Duo (although the glue provided with Eyelure is good enough and will last the day).
So first step – MEASURE. Everyone’s eye shapes are different – even your set of eyes aren’t identical. The way to do this is without any glue on the lash pretend to apply it. When your eye finishes and the lash continues .. that’s what’s got to go! NEVER cut from the inside ALWAYS cut from the outside.
Next step – GET STICKY. Apply a thin layer at the base of the lash, the glue must go tacky before applying. It will have a sticky feeling to it, that’s when it is ready.
Then – APPLY. Place the lash on top of your natural lashes, secure the lash in the middle then stick the outer end of the lash down once secure, stick down the inner corner.
Individual Eyelash Extensions – Individual eyelash extensions enhances the length, thickness, and fullness of natural eyelashes. The extensions may consist of silk, mink, synthetic hair, or human hair. The method to applying eyelash extensions is individually adhering them to the lash line one-by-one to prevent the lashes from sticking together. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions are not the same.
These can only be applied by a professional. Please ensure the technician is fully qualified and insured before carrying out any treatments. If this procedure is done incorrectly, you will ruin your natural eyelashes.
They last 4-8 weeks depending on the company who has trained the technician, so ideal for honeymoons (although be careful with swimming, you can get in the water but no going underwater) and long term wear. They can only be removed by a professional.
LVL Lashes – LVL lashes is exclusive to Nouvea Lashes, and only their technicians can offer the ‘LVL’ treatment. LVL stands for Length, Volume, Lift. It is a lash treatment for your natural lashes, that consists of lifting, perming and tinting the natural lashes. Perfect for honeymoon period, and you can go swimming with no change to the lashes. They last on average 6-8 weeks. The only downfall is you can only do what you can with the lashes you have, always have a consultation with the technician as you may think you do not have many lashes – we can see what you can’t.
Do your research, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is your big day, and you’re the one who has to wear them.