Special to OneWed by Lauren Iavarone of Expert Makeup Artistry Studio
Like people, false eyelashes come in all shapes and sizes. Individual, half strips, full strip, natural, long, short, and full are just a few of their descriptions. Not everyone will want or even need lashes, but the decision to use them is up to you. If doing your own makeup or enlisting the help of a professional, say “I Do” to a trial run! This will ensure that you’re comfortable wearing lashes and like how they look, so you’ll feel relaxed knowing what to expect on your wedding day.
Since there are lots of lash options you want to choose ones that compliment your eye size and shape. A good rule of thumb is measuring the lash along your lash line and snipping off any excess from the outside of the lash. (Be sure not to snip when the lash is being measured along your lash line, snip when the lash is in your hand. Just remember where you need to snip!). Applying them yourself is not an easy task… it's like riding a bike. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. There are many online tutorials that will teach you the art of lash application, step by step. I suggest using a strip of lashes rather than individual. Individual lashes can be more tedious and you have to be very precise. If going to a professional for your trial, ask if they have different styles of lashes to choose from. If not, bring some with you. Lashes can be purchased everywhere- from a CVS Pharmacy, a MAC counter, or an online store like Sephora.com.
Once your shadows are perfectly blended, it’s LASH time. Before they apply the adhesive onto the falsies, have your makeup artist place the lash on your eye so you can get an idea of how it will look before it is glued on. Do this with 2 or 3 different lash styles, so you can see which ones you feel most confident in. Once the lashes are chosen, your makeup artist will adhere them with a latex adhesive. A very common brand of adhesive is DUO. The adhesive will need a few minutes to dry completely (and although it starts out white, don’t worry, it will dry clear). I suggest doing a before false lash picture and an after lash picture. You can see the difference and then make an informed decision about “to lash, or not to lash” for your big day!
Do not remove lashes by tugging off! Use your eye makeup remover and gently dab along the lash line, (this will loosen the glue slightly). Lancome makes a fabulous product- the BI-FACIL double-action eye makeup remover. It’s amazing! Once you do this step now it’s time to take 'em off. Grab the outer corner and peel away from your eye, similar to taking off a band aid. Cleanse your eyes once more to remove any excess glue and makeup. Lashes can be used more than once, so keep the packaging and store them in there until it’s time to dress your eyes up once again!
What do you ladies think about fake lashes for your wedding day? Hitch it, or ditch it!?