Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Going to Great Lengths: Achieving Luscious Lashes

Whenever I talk “beauty” with women we always somehow arrive at discussing eyelashes and how much we hate to love them. Let’s face it, great-looking lashes enhance every look from day to night or from sultry to sweet, which explains why so many women spend so much time and money attempting to lengthen and thicken them. I've done some research for you and have provided a few solutions to aid you in your quest for luscious lashes (and even a few solutions for summertime lash issues).

Waterproof It

(l to r): Maybelline one-by-one volum' express; YSL mascara aquarésistant; Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

Sweat, pools and beaches all seem to conspire against your eye makeup; keep your lashes safe with the waterproof mascara of your choice.

Tint It and Quit It

Eyelash tinting is great for anyone with light-colored lashes or anyone that just loves to stay in the sun. The process lasts 4-6 weeks and simply makes lashes darker. If you still want thickness or want to turn up the drama, you can still use mascara. The process is safe, but do your research. Find out what type of dye your salon uses (I hear rave reviews about dyes that are vegetable-based and made especially for lashes). Also, find out if the process is done sitting up (so the product doesn’t get into your eyes) and what they use to flush eyes (there are sensitive formula saline products on the market) to ensure that you are cleaned up and ready to go.

Semi-Permanent Coating

This is an effortless way to add bold definition, color, volume and length to lashes. With a pricier tag attached (approximately $250), the process can last up to 6 weeks. LashDip wraps an extra dark, waterproof coating around each lash. It works like mascara, adding length, curl and volume to lashes. The best part is that it’s buildable, so you can choose the level of intensity that your lashes will have. LashDip doesn’t contain formaldehyde or aniline, so it’s safe. The best part? It requires very little upkeep. All that is necessary is touch ups with a bottle of take-home sealant.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

That’s what my grandmother always told me, and I treat my lashes no differently! When I need to punch up my lashes in a pinch, I head straight to my drawer of falsies. Winks by Georgie are amazing if you don’t currently have a favorite of your own. They come in refillable compacts and the adhesive is great, free of formaldehyde, paraban and phthalate. It also has botanical ingredients like skin soothing blue chamomile. Plus they smell great; lavender, mmm!

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