The next time you’re struggling with a set of falsies, ditch the glue, put down the tweezers and get a pair of eyelash extensions instead. Unlike false lashes, they are resistant, last for 6-8 weeks, and if applied correctly – you won’t feel a thing. If you have anymore questions, refer to our guide below about eyelash extensions, and why you need to try them at least once.
What are eyelash extensions?
Three types of extensions (silk, synthetic and mink) are applied one-by-one over your own natural lashes with a semi-permanent glue. This glue is specially designed to avoid eye irritation, and won’t interfere with your daily skincare and makeup routine. There is also a very low chance of the glue damaging your natural lashes.
How long does it take?
Since eyelash extensions are applied individually, a full set can take as long as two hours to properly apply. But depending on your own natural lashes, this will determine whether you need a full or even half a set of lashes. It is always better to start with smaller set, and then build up as you go.
Will it irritate my eyes?
The special glue formula is designed to be used on even sensitive eyes, and does not contain harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde. The glue won’t get into your eyes either, so there is no need to worry about that extra irritation. Generally, lash extensions are a pain-free experience.
Can I use mascara?
Absolutely. Although, take special care when removing mascara, and remember not to rub your eyes. Take a cotton pad with makeup remover, then gently dab onto the eye until the makeup has been removed.
How often do I need to have them done?
Extensions generally last 6-8 weeks, but it can depend on your own natural eyelash cycle. Towards the 6 week mark, some lashes will shed, but this is normal and nothing to worry about.
How much do they cost?
$80-$250 depending on the extensions you choose.
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Why spend half of the morning perfecting your eyebrow-game if you just plan to sit in front of the computer for half of the day? Office makeup is often a difficult medium to achieve since you still want to look put-together but at the same time, not over-the-top. Save those falsies for a night out, embrace a bold lip and keep skin clean and fresh with the following makeup tips.
DO: Flawless skin
If you’re going to spend time on one thing, let it be your foundation. Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin – choose a foundation which is long-wear and won’t budge. Popular products include Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($50), which works for all the above skin types. Don’t forget to use a primer before applying any foundation, and lastly set with a finishing powder. This will help to keep makeup in place all day long.
Feel free to contour your face – just don’t go over-the-top with bronzing powders and highlighters. Use a thin, clean brush when contouring your cheekbones to get a precise line, then blend out for a seamless finish. The Nars Contour Brush #21 ($62) is angled to give a flawless faux glow and definition to the face.
DO: Bold lip
Want to wear a bold lip to the office? Trade in the lipstick for a lip stain which is easier to maintain and won’t look too glamourous. Simply dab your lips with your foundation brush to neutralise the colour, then use your ring finger to apply colour such as Kit Cosmetics Tint Sheen ($16.95) onto the top and bottom lip.
DON’T: False lashes
Save those falsies for a night out, and instead work on your own natural lashes. Curl them for a few seconds on each side, then apply a volumising mascara like Maybelline Volum Express One By One ($19.95) – working in the product from root to tip. When lashes are completely dry, curl again so they can hold this shape.
DO: Neutral eyeshadow
Define your eyes by applying a neutral shadow on the base of the eye, then a shade slightly darker on the crease – Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($40.60) has 5 neutral shades which can be used to create a variety of makeup looks. Blend well, then define the inner corner of the eye with a highlighting colour. This will give the illusion of a bigger eye – regardless of your shape and colour.
DON’T: Over-do your brows
Remember to keep brows looking even and tamed by filling in any gaps with a pencil or powder. If they are still unruly, apply a thin coat of brow gel to keep them in place all day. The Anastasia Brow Wiz ($38) comes in a variety of colours, and defines the brow without looking too dolled-up.
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Coming up with makeup for glasses can often prove to be difficult – since glasses already draw so much attention to the eyes already! Whether you want to create a natural look for the daytime, or a dramatic evening look for a night out, below are some ideas which will complement your glasses – whatever shape they may be!
This look is perfect if you want to create an artificial glow, with a splash of colour on the cheeks, eyes and lips.
- Create a soft, matte base using liquid foundation a sturdy stippling brush. Then apply powder onto the t-zone, or any area of the face which is oily.
- Curl your lashes, and apply a glittery shade using a fat makeup brush onto the entire lid.
- Tight-line the eye using an angled eye brush and black gel liner. Don’t extend the flick too much, as this look is fairly casual.
- Apply a thin coat of mascara on your lashes, taking care to avoid any clumps.
- Now apply a tiny amount of blush on the apples of your cheeks, and a cute pink gloss on your lips.
Bronzed cat eye
A versatile look which can be worn out to dinner, drinks and everything in between. The cat-eye should be subtle and not extended too far, since it might be covered by the glasses.
- Apply an eyelid primer on your eyes if you’re prone to oily lids, or to make your eyeshadow last all day long. Then apply a dark shade over the outer corner and blend out well.
- Use a fat eyeshadow brush and apply a lighter colour over rest of the lid. Then, take a blending brush and smooth out all the lines into the crease.
- Draw a tiny cat-eye extending from the outer corner of the eye, then curl lashes and apply mascara as usual.
- Fill in your brows, and apply a highlighting shade over the brow bone to give some definition.
- Avoid using bright colours on your lids. The reason is that the glasses might actually block view of your eyelids throughout the day/night. Save the bright colours for your cheeks or lips. A lip gloss is a great alternative and is quick and easy to apply.
- Don’t be scared to use false lashes. They will make your eyes pop and extend your lashes to almost twice their original size. Use a fibre lash mascara if the thought of falsies still makes you uneasy.
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Looking to spice up your same-old makeup routine, but don’t know where to start? If you want to try something new, there are many different ways of making your eyes pop, just by using a different mascara or eye-shadow. Whether you’re into a winged-liner, smokey eye or even wearing falsies, here are three looks which are perfect for a romantic evening look.
1. Winged liner
A classic winged liner is the best place to start if you’re thinking of expanding your makeup look. Start off with fresh eyes, then lightly prime them so the eyeshadow will stay on for longer. Apply a neutral or flesh-toned colour across the entire lid – this will act as your base. To make the eye pop, add a light colour to the inner half of the eyelid, and a darker one to the outer half. Blend well so there are no harsh lines. As for the winged-liner, use a felt tip to get a precise flick and follow the natural curve of your eye.
2. Glamourous lashes
There is nothing sexier than a nude lip and lots of lashes. Taking inspiration from Kylie Jenner, run a soft brown shadow over the crease of the lid and blend out well with a fluffy brush. Curl your lashes then apply mascara and wait for it to dry completely. Trim the false lashes to your eye-shape, then add some glue and wait for it to get tacky before applying over the natural lash line.
3. Smokey and pink
This twist on a classic smokey eye is fun and flirty for a night out. Apply a primer then use a neutral toned eye shadow on the entire eyelid. Line the inner corner with a light pink colour, and the outer corner with a darker mauve – then blend out well to conceal any harsh lines. Apply lashings of mascara and even add a cat-eye flick if you’re feeling adventurous.
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