As one of the girls pointed out today - 'You mustn't have done much ballet growing up!' And the truth is, I didn't. This is evidenced in my height (not symptomatic of a life devoid of ballet, but kind of a prerequisite for dance teachers who love long, lithe limbs) and in my inability to wear false lashes.
The goopey glue! The caterpillars sitting on your lids! The watery eyes! Let's just say I'm about as good a pirrouhettes as I am at applying and wearing false lashes.
This had to change. I work at bellabox - the land of all things beauty discovery, and need to discover the possibilities false lashes bring with them.
So today, I've given myself the first beauty dare of this column and decided to try them out.
First of all, the choice of lash. I went for one of our favourite lash brands here at bb, Eylure. And I chose the Naturalites 'Natural Volume' 020s as these were included in some of our April bellaboxes - I thought I'd see why our brand managers included them for myself, because when it comes to discovering new products, these ladies know their stuff!
What they look like on.
Now, I'll be honest. The first time I tried these, it wasn't a success. I used too much glue, which got into my eye, and I didn't wait long enough to apply them. Hence, they slipped around on my lid and didn't stay where I wanted them to! Falsie fail!
Round two: I read the instructions! Just like assembling IKEA furniture, it's important to get yourself up to date with exactly 'how to' when it comes to beauty too. Armed with the instructions, and a little help from Lucy, I tried again. Here's how:
1) Lift the lashes from the tray with a pair of Tweezers, or your fingers.
2) Measure the eyelash strip against your eye. If they are too long, using sharp nail scissors, snip off a very small section at a time until they are the perfect length. Mine were fine for the length of my natural lash bed.
3) Apply a thin line of the Eylure glue to the lash band. Definitely wait about 20-30 seconds until it becomes tacky before applying - this is where most applications can go awry (cough, cough!).
4) Apply with tweezers or your fingers (which ever feels natural to you) we believe a tweezers/applicator will give you a more precise placement. Place from the middle of the eye first, then adjust the edges so they follow your natural lash line. Press and hold for a few seconds. If you make a mistake, simply remove from the eye, take off the dried glue, reapply and go again. The result?
After trying them for myself, in a nice and natural style, I must admit, not only are false lashes easy to apply (once you've read the instructions!) but they are also pretty easy to wear. I've still got them on! Thanks bb brand managers!
Have you tried these lashes for yourself? Are you a falsie pro or novice, like me? Or do you prefer the more permanent false lashes that beauticians apply? Let me know! - Lauren