If you’re part of the short, straight, stumpy-eyelashed sisterhood, you probably give the evils to boy babies blessed with long, fluttery, Mr Snuffleupagusesque lashes (yes, that’s how you spell it). No? Just me? Whatever. I know think you’re lying.
Either way, I’ve found just the thing to super size your lashes – no expensive, fiddly (often damaging) extensions required! The super clever product is Designer Brands’ Extend a Lash duo, which contains a nifty tubing mascara and brush-on lash fibres.
To the uninitiated, a tubing mascara works a little differently from a regular mascara, which coats the lashes in colour by way of a wax and oil-based formula. Tubing mascaras go on a little wetter and are made from a stretchy polymer, which then shrinks down around each lash (tubing it, if you will) for incredibly even coverage. They are excellent at building both length and volume, and give long-lasting, budge-proof, smudge-proof coverage.
Tubers are great for sensitive peepers, oily lids, eye rubbers and humid climates, due to their stay-put formulation. They also get bonus points for being a cinch to remove – just splash eyes with water and rub gently and your mascara will come off in little tubes. Neat, huh?
If you’re already rushing off to Priceline to buy a new mascara, hold fire. Extend a Lash takes the tubing game one step further with an additional trick – genius brush-on fibres. After coating the lashes in the tubing mascara, which acts as a thickening primer base, you then apply the hair-like fibres (also in a mascara wand for easy application), giving even MORE volume and up to 8mm added length. Add another coat of tube mascara on top and they’re sealed and ready for up to 24-hours of eye-fluttering action.
I gave it a go before heading out for the night and can happily report that I felt at least 50% better at flirting with my longer, fuller, inkier lashes. The products were a little more tricky to apply than my regular mascara, but were worth it for the eye-opening effect. Make sure you work quickly as the primer dries quickly, and you want to get the faux lashes on quick smart. I’d also suggest popping a tissue under your eyes to catch any naughty fibres that want to head down south.
And, if you really love a heavy, ‘60s-style, doll-like lash look, you can repeat the process once or twice for even more lashtastic length and volume.