AVOID A STICKY SITUATION WITH THESE EYELASH EXTENDING HACKS
Most would agree false eyelashes are a gift from the beauty gods. They come in all shapes and sizes, can last for a day or a month, make your eyes pop and add a touch of glamour to any look. However, choosing the right lashes and applying them correctly isn’t always that straightforward. Luckily DMD Education celebrity make-up artist Dale Dorning is here to share his tricks to tackling DIY glue-on, magnetic lashes and eyelash extensions. “Faux lashes come in many forms dependant on the longevity required, the occasion and the desired effect,” Dale says. “From natural styles to the more dramatic, faux lashes enhance the natural eye shape.” Glue-on strip eyelashes are the most costeffective choice. Usually around $10, they can be used repeatedly with proper care. Magnetic eyelashes range in price from $25 to $50 and are harder to source. They work by having two or three tiny magnets on the eyelash strip and snap together over your natural lashes. They’re reusable and can typically be bought online, but it takes a lot of practice to get them looking right. Eyelash extensions are the most permanent option, but also the priciest. Expect to spend at least $100 for a professional application session that can take one to three hours. To keep up appearances you’ll have to rebook every four weeks. “There are now so many choices of fibres and selected lengths with lash extensions. When applied and cared for correctly they are great periodically,” Dale says. “I recommend lengths and fibres that give thickness to the natural hairs with length where needed to balance the eye shape. “With magnetic lashes, the delivery system and application can be tricky. As a make-up artist, I prefer traditional false (glue-on) lashes as, depending on the look I create, I can go from barely there to Kim Kardashianwest-inspired with the correct style. “My tried and tested lashes — what I use on celebrities, bridal and black-tie events to photo shoots — are what I call a strip or bar lash with an invisible band. Available from Modelrock Lashes, these lashes are 100 per cent handmade from human hair.” Dale says to follow these steps when applying your own glue-on lashes. “Curl and mascara your natural lashes, using a waterproof mascara as this keeps the natural lash up. Apply adhesive sparingly to the spine of the lash and count to 20. This allows the adhesive to go tacky. Start slightly in from the outer corners of the eye as you get a natural-looking finish. “I also recommend using a magnifying mirror and good light.” If you’re new to the DIY eyelash game, glue-on and magnetic false lashes in quarter or half sizes are easier to apply as there’s less time spent fixing them in place. Make sure to apply them in the same way by starting on the outer part of the lid and pressing them in. Once you’ve taken your lashes for a night on the town, gently pull them off and reuse them. “Clean the glue off your strip lashes with rubbing alcohol and place them back in their tray,” Dale says.