June 17, 2011 5:25:00 PM
Have you ever heard the expression "tarantula eyes"? Well, I have, and images of longer-than-life lashes from old mascara commercials still reverberate in my memory.
Plump, full, voluminous lashes are the order of the day, however -- and the promise of most mascara companies -- and when a pretty little container of magic on a wand just isn''t enough, it''s time to get real with false lashes.
The truth about false lashes is that they are a surefire way to turn up the thermometer on hotness, and I''m not talking about the meteorologist''s TV thermometer either.
Eva Longoria, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz and even all those runway models sweeping on coat after coat of the season''s trend in mascara never leave home without their false lashes. The old-fashioned ones staring back at us from the covers of Vogue magazines circa 1971 are no longer the best approach -- no tarantulas required.
Newer, more modern faux lashes have come into play as manufacturers make strides to bring us extraordinarily beautiful individual lashes instead of Halloween costumes. After all, the idea is to be sexy and fabulous, not to scare small children.
New adhesives are gentler on the natural lashes and skin around the sensitive eye area. Individual lashes are oftentimes made from real hair that can be curled for a realistic effect, and removal is a dream with eye makeup removers. The truth is that I love lashes, and whether I''m doing a photo shoot makeup session for a high-profile client, or just making over my own mama for a day of shopping, I often reach deep into my makeup bag for false lashes.
A few tips for those of you who want to skip on over to aisle nine, scoop up some little boxes of lashes, and add some drama to your eyes:
n Trim faux lashes with small grooming scissors for a more believable effect.
n Apply several coats of mascara to the natural lashes first. Then brush the faux lashes, once secure with adhesive, into the natural lashes in an upward and outward motion for triple the volume.
n The idea is to add longer lashes to the outer corners of the upper lash line only for an amazing lift.
n Don''t be shy! More can be a good thing with lashes.
n Always be ready to smile, because with your new faux lashes, the flashes of the paparazzi will be in your face, guaranteed. Well, that is whenever we get paparazzi here!
David Creel, formerly of Columbus, owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Reach him at email@example.com.
Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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