Up your lash game!

Take your lashes to new heights.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty Fragrance -

Most of us have a sim­ple ap­proach to mas­cara: black or very black, maybe an ex­tra coat for night. That’s all there is to it, right? Well, if the looks back­stage at this sea­son’s run­way shows are any in­di­ca­tion, we’re miss­ing out on the fun: fat, flut­tery lashes can be yours with or with­out falsies, spe­cial oc­ca­sion lashes are flour­ish­ing, and if you’re a fan of the nat­u­ral no-mas­cara vibe, we’ve go short­cuts for that, too. “Some women love that In­sta­grammy full lash,” says makeup artist Daniel Martin, “and some don’t want to look like they’ve worked hard at it.” In other words, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. Find out how to zero in on your new lash looks and meet your mas­cara bestie. Over­sized lashes were ev­ery­where this sea­son – es­pe­cially at Dior. At home “A lash primer is your best friend,” ex­plains celebrity makeup artist Gucci West­man; it beefs up lashes be­fore mas­cara goes on.

Ap­ply a coat and let it dry. For vol­ume, Gucci places the mas­cara wand at the roots in the cen­tre: “Wig­gle the brush hor­i­zon­tally to build body, then pull out­ward.” Next, add a few swipes to the in­ner cor­ners. If your pri­or­ity is de­fined length with­out thick­ness, fo­cus on the tips, she ad­vises. Ap­ply a layer, wait a few sec­onds, then ap­ply a se­cond layer. At the salon One al­ter­na­tive to the daily mas­cara grind is lash ex­ten­sions. Ap­plied by a pro­fes­sional, these are glued to your own lashes, last for 3- 6 weeks and cost around R700. Lash ex­ten­sions will give you that long, thick ef­fect ev­ery day, has­sle free. That said, they can also look doll-like and pretty fake.

“The length is the give­away,” re­veals Gucci. To make them be­liev­able, “ask a tech­ni­cian for var­i­ous lengths – just like real lashes,” she sug­gests. “Get the cen­tre a mil­lime­tre shorter than your lashes, with the outer cor­ners a few mil­lime­tres longer,” she adds. Be­fore ap­ply­ing mas­cara, add a primer to bulk up your lashes.

1STYLE For a quick makeover, use strip lashes (for tips on ap­ply­ing in­di­vid­ual bunches, turn the page). And look for a thin band: it has more flex­i­bil­ity and is eas­ier to ap­ply. We love Ey­lure Tex­ture No 117 (R60). TRIM Roughly mea­sure the false lashes against your eye, then trim to size from the strip’s out­side cor­ner so they keep their nat­u­ral shape. MAS­CARA Ap­ply mas­cara be­fore your falsies so they blend more seam­lessly. GLUE Qual­ity glue is key. In­sider trick: let the glue dry to a tacky tex­ture on the strip be­fore ap­ply­ing so that they don’t slide around on your lid. AP­PLY Use tweez­ers, not your fingers, to po­si­tion and hold the false lashes in place. You’ll get bet­ter place­ment and will ac­tu­ally be able to see what you’re do­ing in the mir­ror.

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For ex­tra thick­ness Dior­show Max­i­mizer 3D Triple Vol­ume-plump­ing Lash Primer R560

For amped-up vol­ume [1] Rim­mel Su­per Speed 24HR Vol­ume Flash Mas­cara R119.95 [2] In­glot False Lash Ef­fect Mas­cara R229 [3] YSL Mas­cara Vol­ume Ef­fet Faux Cils Shock­ing Vol­ume Mas­cara R520

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