Valentine’s Special 2013: Tips, Tricks and Tools for a Flirty Flutter (No Falsies Necessary)

Tue, 5 February 2013 11:32AM

As you probably know by now, we’re feeling a little loved-up here at PRIMPED, in the lead-up to V-Day. For starters, we’ve swooned over heart-art nails and kissable lips.

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?

Kat x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 11:49am

    Wow wee that mascara does sound so darn wonderful. Id love to give it a whirl.
    At the moment im using L’Oréal mega volume collagene 24h mascara. Its got a lovely formula but I’ve found that if I use it on my bottom lashes it tends to smudge very easily. But still love it. And you can never go wrong with maybelline falsies :)

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 02:10pm

    $55 for a mascara. Ouch.

    I’m not very loyal to any of my mascaras at the moment. (Yes, that’s mascaras – plural. LOL I have a few on the go). I am on the lookout for a new one which will curl and volumise nicely without looking too fake. I might give the Lancome Hypnose Star one a try next.

    And yes. Enough with the fake lashes girls! Save it for parties.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 02:28pm

    Totally agree when I see someone with overdone eyelashes i just cant stop looking at them :) am just fascinated at how weird they look! Give me a good mascara any day!

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 02:31pm

    Mmm… yes I think the same girl might have served me too, at Woollies then at the fruit shop, then at priceline, then at Michel’s… I think it’s OTT but I think that of fake tan too. I have naturally very blonde brows and lashes nso tint them every 6 or so weeks.

    But I’m cheap when it come to mascara, covergirl eye-lights has long been my favourite…

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 03:12pm

    Yes am so over seeing falsies for the everyday. Looks wrong in daylight! I’m blaming KK entirely.Could not concentrate at last nights My Kitchen Rules for fear one of the Spice Girls falsies fell into her samosa mix!!

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 03:49pm

    Yes I am over the falsies for daytime, and even night time when they are OTT. I am loving Loreal Volume Express lashes at the moment.

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 04:01pm

    I’ve only ever worn false lashes about 3 times in my life, but if done right, I love the look on other ladies, be it at night or during the day. It’s all about personal preference.

    Since this is a beauty blog, I would be a bit wary of generalising that “every second girl looks like she can hardly keep her lids open for the weight of her mascara, falsies and extensions”. It might have been written tongue-in-cheek, but it comes across a bit bitchy. While I wouldn’t go as far as saying that every second girl probably reads PRIMPED, I’m sure a lot of your other readers are faux lash devotees. You’ve just gone and potentially alienated some of your readership, or at the very least, offended them and dented their self-confidence a little- which isn’t cool.

    I normally love PRIMPED, but this article has certainly let the website down. Get on your soapbox by all means, and celebrities are fair game… but leave out the poor girl at Woolies who was probably having a shit day and used fake eyelashes (or too much fake tan, or whatever) to make her feel a bit prettier.

    Rant over. :)

  • Posted by: Rach // Tue, 5 February 2013 04:58pm

    Believe it or not, an Australis mascara! Its a tubing one in a purplish metallic tube – I THINK its called Multi/Mega Lash? No clumps, no smudges, lasts all day, long lifted separated flirty lashes AND comes off easy in the shower without leaving panda eyes!!!! Less than $13 so an absolute bargain too.

  • Posted by: Katrina Lawrence Devotee // Tue, 5 February 2013 06:02pm

    Hi Jessielyn. Sorry you were upset. Although tongue-in-cheek it certainly was. I definitely didn’t intend to offend anyone – I worked the check-out myself for a while and totally agree beauty helps pretty-up any situation. But my feeling is there’s a place and time for such an extreme look, and it’s not usually in the harsh light of day (nor fluoros). Anyway, that’s just my opinion… Luckily we have the comments section so that you can share yours too. Kat

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 07:11pm

    Oh my gosh, the girl who served me at Clinique the other day had THE most ridiculous lashes I had ever seen. They were literally about an inch long. It was crazy.
    Currently I’m loving Maybelline One By One something something something… mascara :D

  • Posted by: Michelle-1343378350 Devotee // Wed, 6 February 2013 12:23am

    I can’t agree with you enough on this article!! Some girls just don’t seem to realise that less is more! The amount of people I see with dodgy lash extensions or strip lashes that haven’t been trimmed and are covered in old glue *shudders* it’s crazy.

  • Posted by: Lisa-1294413802 Master Fan // Wed, 6 February 2013 06:10pm

    “Enhancing not exaggerating” – that’s wonderful. I don’t do eyelash extensions, just load up on the mascara.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 09:49am

    I love lash extensions, but after losing alot of my natural lashes last time I had them done I have vowed to stick to false lashes and awesome mascara from now on. Am searching for my perfect mascara – will check this one out (love the translation of the name!!!)

  • Posted by: Daria Devotee // Thu, 7 February 2013 12:30pm

    I prefer the natural look and am not a fan of lash extensions. I like Loreal Voluminous Mascara

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 9 February 2013 09:56pm

    Thank god I am not the only one who looks at the fake lash ladies and think they have gone too far especially if they have just gone down to the shops. As for mascaras I am not loyal to any particular type but brand wise it would have to be Maybelline

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 11:33am

    i love estee lauder zero zmudge

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 12:14pm

    Im totally jealous of those who dont need lash extensions. I cant get away with loading on mascara because it will just weigh down my lashes so I always use falsies for occasions and parties. But of course some flasies are just ott!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 05:45pm

    max factor false lash effect

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 03:41pm

    I think falsies look really bad when they are due for a refill. Times like that I think you’re better off with your natural lashes!

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Sat, 23 February 2013 01:36pm

    Wow a mascara that smells like roses!! Sounds lovely!! I agree some people do go way overboard with the false lashes and they just end up looking scary!!

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Fri, 1 March 2013 10:50pm

    I’m using a few but none do what I want them to.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 8 July 2013 02:17pm

    Lash extensions not for me, I like using lash building mascara.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 15 December 2013 03:41pm

    im currently using benefit they real mascara

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