By CARLA CORBAN KATH Special to The Star
Long, voluminous eyelashes are on everyone’s wish list, says Adrienne Bernal, cosmetologist at Belle Epoque Salon. There are lots of lash-growing products on the market, but the fastest way to fuller, longer lashes is with a steady hand, sticky glue and the perfect pair of falsies, Bernal says.
To apply false eyelashes at home:
• Pick the right pair of lashes for your look. Choose from a variety of volumes, lengths and colors. Apply a full set rather than individual lashes if you are a beginner.
• Skip the glue that often comes with false eyelashes. Buy a pricier adhesive that dries clear for the best results and less noticeable mistakes.
• Use tweezers to hold a false eyelash flush against your natural lash line. Measure the false eyelash from the inside corner of your eye where your lashes begin to the outside corner of your lash line. Cut any excess from the false eyelash with a pair of small nail scissors.
• Bend the falsie to form a “C.” Hold for a few seconds. This will ensure that the lash fits the natural curve of your eye.
• Drag through the glue with a steady hand, or use a Q-tip to apply glue. Put plenty of glue on the ends of the lash to prevent lifting. Wait a few seconds before applying (glue that is too sticky will make the lash slide during application).
• Using the back of a pair of tweezers, press the false eyelash flush against your lash line. Do not apply to your eyelid. Press corners well to prevent lifting.
If desired, eyeliner should be applied prior to putting on false eyelashes. Any mascara can be applied on false eyelashes. Wiggle the wand into the lashes gently for the best coverage.
Use an oil-free make-up remover to gently remove eyelashes before removing other make-up. Proper removal will help to keep your natural lashes healthy and intact.
Photos by Roy Inman
Model: Emmy Gyori, Talent Unlimited
Stylist: Adrienne Bernal, Belle Epoque Salon
Make-up: TIGI Cosmetics
Salon: Belle Epoque, 1518 Walnut St., 816-421-2040, belleepoquekc.com
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