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Valentine’s Special 2013: Tips, Tricks and Tools for a Flirty Flutter (No Falsies Necessary)
Tue, 5 February 2013 11:32AM
But we can’t go much further with our Valentine’s Beauty Special until we talk about that ultimate beauty weapon of any self-respecting seductress: sexy lashes.
First up, let me just hop on my soapbox for a second. Is it just me, or are lashes getting a bit ridiculous at the moment? Every second girl looks like she can hardly keep her lids open for the weight of her mascara, falsies and extensions.
The Husband and I were at the supermarket checkout the other day (oh yes, the glamour of married life), being served by a pair of eyelashes. Because we could hardly see the girl who was behind them.
As we walked away, Andy commented, “Please don’t ever start sticking those creepy spider legs things onto your eyes. I much prefer your natural approach.”
Of course, a guy’s version of natural is far from a girl’s scrubbed-fresh-faced version.
And while Andy might think he doesn’t like too much lash action going on, I am hardly au naturel in this particular makeup department.
For one, I wear mascara all the time (ecxept to bed, natch). The only instance I have ventured outside sans the stuff in the past five years, I bumped into an evil ex and could have kicked myself for appearing so washed-out and tired (Of course, you’re not meant to care when you’ve moved on and found the One but, well, you can’t help recalling that old saying about looking good being the best revenge).
What’s more, I know all the lash-tricking-up techniques there are… The curling the lashes in several stages, from roots up to tips, to give a great smooth sweep. The wiggling of the lash wand. The dusting on of loose powder beforehand if I want to boost the volume of my mascara a tad. The use of a spoolie brush to position all the hairs most prettily before the mascara sets dry. It goes on.
But Husband thinks my lashes are mostly my God-given glory, and I think that’s because I don’t push the look too much. Forget extensions, I don’t even add individual falsies. It’s about knowing when to stop. Enhancing, not exaggerating, you could say.
And the thing with guys is, when it comes to attracting them in the first place, well most of the time they don’t want to feel like they might be being overly tricked. And, face it, if you’re wearing extensions that reach up to your eyebrows, even the most long-sighted guy might think something is askew.
So for lashes, it’s about finding a magic wand that will conjure up a sexy look, without you having to add anything else.
It’s been a mascara frenzy lately. You might remember, I recently reviewed the new Lancôme Hypnôse Star and the Dior Diorshow Iconic Curl. And the new wand on the makeup block is Guerlain Cils d’Enfer, $55, department stores.
Now this translates as ‘Lashes of Hell’. Which doesn’t sound particularly attractive at first. Hellish lashes? No thanks. But as a French friend told me, “You know how you say a woman has a body from hell? It means hot.”
Turns out, this is indeed one hot, sexy mother of a mascara.
Technically a volumising and curling wand, the criss-cross bristles on the classic barrel-type brush head coat each hair really well, and instantly create a fanned-out fluttery effect. You can build up the look easily, with few clumps, but again, one swipe is all you need for a subtle-yet-sexy volume boost, and a flirty little curl.
And, of course, to keep guys thinking you simply look naturally sexy.
It also wears nicely if you want to doll up the lower lashes, although I prefer to limit mascara to my upper lashes (again, it’s all about not pushing the look for me).
Bonus points for the flake- and smudge-free formula that lasts all day and well into the evening. Oh, and it smells like a pretty bunch of roses, too. So if you’re after a new V-Day (and –night) mascara, file it in the worth-the-splurge category.
Tell me, Primpers, what mascara are you loving at the moment?
What are your thoughts on lash extensions? Have we gone too far?
Posted by: Katrina Lawrence