Eyes are the window to the soul, and lashes are the curtains, brows are the valances (sometimes I take analogies too far). This blog is about how to get the best lashes for your windows ;).
Mascara cost $7-$20
I read a long long time ago in Seventeen Magazine that even if you’re going to be an au natural girl, you should still wear mascara. It makes a huge difference! My favorite mascara is Maybelline Great Lash. The pink tube with the green top. It doesn’t clump and is about $7. Other than that, I have no opinion on mascara. Any suggestions?
Strip Lashes cost $5-$20
I am not going to lie… I love strip lashes! I have mastered the art of applying the lash. the secret is to put the glue on the back of your hand (very small amount like the size of a pea) and dip the lash strip in it lightly. Less glue the better. Apply lashes to lids as close to the natural lash line as possible. I’ve found it’s hard to get the ends to keep the glue (might just be because I have HUGE eyes) so I take a bobby pin, unfold it, and dip that in the glue and get the ends of the lashes. Then apply mascara to blend the fake lashes with your real lashes. The downside to fake lashes, they pull out the real ones when you take them off. Not for everyday use! If you’re going out for a big party, i.e. New Year’s or Halloween, check out the lashes at Sally’s Beauty Supply store. They have a pair called “starry eyes” they look AMAZING on and are $5. More expensive event lashes can be found at Sephora.Lash Growing Mascara cost $50-$120
Lisa, the owner of one of my spa locations, swears by Rapid-Lash. I have seen a difference in her lashes, and her product retails for $50, as for spending $120 for RevitaLash, I’d rather spend it on Latisse! …I have a preference for more medical grade products though! I think these products are good if you would like just a little natural looking extra growth. Remember it’s personal perception!
Latisse is a pharmaceutical product and requires a prescription. I have used this product and I love it. It takes 8-12 weeks of applying the product to the lash line every night and 16 weeks to see the full effect of the product. It’s a commitment, and the wands wind up everywhere, but I think it’s the best way to lengthen lashes with a natural look. Will it turn the color of your eyes? It’s unlikely. The product was originally used to treat increased intraoccular pressure, where it was instilled directly into the eye. To grow your lashes, it is put on the base of the lash, not into the eye. If you put it in your eye you’re doing it wrong 🙂 **trick of the trade** turn the cap upsidedown and use one drop of Latisse and one brush–this will double the usage of your Latisse! **trick number 2** if you have areas of your eyebrows that won’t grow, you can use Latisse there as well. I have a lot of patients who have last hair in their brows from cancer treatments, and have had great results with Latisse.
Eyelash Extensions $250-$350 plus $50-$75 for a fill
I personally was just turned back on to these. Although I love artificial products, I like a natural look, and I was unaware until recently that you could achieve this with extensions. Sheila N. at Dr. Russo’s did my extensions. It took about an hour and a half. First she taped the bottom lashes to isolate the top ones. I had to keep my eyes closed the whole time (because surgical glue in the eye leads to a trip to Mass Eye and Ear!). I couldn’t talk (a very difficult task for me!) because it would loosen the tape. During the procedure she also did lash dipping (different from lash tinting) to darken my blonder lashes. I would recommend doing this treatment before the holidays. You’re suppose to try to keep the lashes dry. Let’s see if I can keep up with the maintenance!