By Lisa Somerset
Eyelashes are a hot beauty topic and I’m a broad that’s known for having a great pair (of lashes that is)
I’m planning my look for a weekend of rock shows, and part of my maquillage is gonna be big sex kitten lashes. I’m really into fakes and heavy drama, something that those of us living in La-La Land know a thing or two about. Whether you’re a Silverlake makeup minimalist, a WeHo glitzter or a suburban twisted sister, I have some recommendations for you.
First, in with the new. Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes with a pointy, thin to thick cone shaped brush promises a 60′s It Girl Penelope Tree-esque effect. Love the definition this formula gives you, and this is coming from someone who isn’t a huge fan of their mascaras normally. It puts more emphasis on the outer corners of the lash, giving you that baby doll gaze. Another new formula is the frighteningly –or enticingly, depending on your preferences– named Size Queen Mascara by Too Faced. This will make you gasp when you pull out it’s huge wand. The massive brush bathes every lash in thick, black deliciousness.
A totally different type of lash product that’s in heavy rotation is Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer. This goes on like a lipgloss or a nail varnish with a tiny brush (not a wand) and is meant to be painted over any mascara. It makes the lashes wet-looking and glossy with an intensely black tone that almost plasticizes them. A Barbie lash look when you don’t have the time for fakes.
Some not-so-new but definitely worth a mention in the luxe category are Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils and Armani Eyes To Kill Excess. I love the fluffy brush on the Eyes to Kill, it gives so much volume and separation. Spider leg lashes in a good way! Yves Saint Laurent is one of the only companies cool enough to offer their mascara in a bounty of shades including bright blue, burgundy and bright purple for the times we want to feed the need for an 80′s flashback.
For the greenie natural types who are concerned about parabens and want a mascara to promote healthy lashes with vitamins, try Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara or Dr. Hauschka’s Mascaras. Both of these feel feathery soft on, and won’t give you draggy lashes. Hard for me to wrap my head around, but I know that some people like to rock a more subtle style.
Vixens on a budget will love Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length, Rimmel London Sexy Curves and Rimmel London Volume Accelerator Mascara. The Volume Accelerator has a very similar brush to the Lancome Hypose Doll Lashes. These will give you sultry lashes for a small price (under 10 bucks)
Remember, no matter what mascara you’re using, the technique is one of the most important parts! Look down into a mirror, work the wand underneath the top fringe into the root of your lashes and wiggle for your life! Pull side to side then upward and outward through the lash. Repeat as often as desired.
The last thing I must tell you about mascaras is please toss them out within 3 months of opening them, I know it’s painful when you’ve shelled out big bucks for them but don’t jeopardize your eye health. Also, clumpy old mascaras will make ya look more Tammy Faye than Hollywood temptress…
For the girl like myself who just can’t help it, faux is the only way to go. I wear false lashes so often that I usually buy cheapies by the handful. the Madame Madeline website is a fab spot to order lashes from, the more you order, the bigger the discount and they usually have discount codes on the site. Who doesn’t love that? The delivery time is usually so fast because they are based here in California. If you don’t have time to wait for an order, Naimie’s and Friends in the valley have a wide variety of brands and styles available too. If you feel like splurging ($15 a pair), Makeup For Ever have some bad ass lashes. The Elaine and the Bayly are two of my favourite styles.
Whether you like saucy showgirl lashes or laid back California girl ones, we’re sure one of the above brands should have you batting beautifully.
Follow Somerset’s makeup misadventures on Twitter @LisaSomerset.