Most of us wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without a lash-lifting slick of mascara. Many admitting to feeling naked without. But although new, nourishing masacaras making magical promises appear on the market almost daily, have they had their day?
Beauty is all about low maintenance at the moment and all the lifting, lengthening and eye-opening effects of mascara can now be mimicked with a long-lasting lash lift. LVL – the UK’s leading lash-lift brand (LVL stands for Length, Volume and Lift) – promises flutter-worthy lashes lasting eight weeks or more. For a process which takes under an hour – even when combined with a lash tint – but means mascara-free make-up, no running and no smudging, it has to be worth the investment. LVL Lashes from £45, salons regionwide.
Eyelash extensions, where individual lashes are glued to your own natural lashes, remain the most popular lash treatment, probably because with a beautiful set of false lashes you need very little other make-up at all. There is also a vast choice in lashes – and therefore final effect. Extensions can be applied to the corner lashes only for a more subtle eye-opening effect, or lashes can be applied to every lash for a full-on flutter. Lash extensions last up to eight weeks and can be infilled and rebalanced if necessary. Depending on what you choose, application can take up to three hours but always choose a reputable salon to avoid any damage to your natural lashes. Lash Extensions, selected salons regionwide.
Newer to the market are magnetic lashes. Replacing the traditional stick-on strip lashes, magnetic lashes fix to your own lashes with magnets instead of glue. Mixed reviews mean many have steered clear, but it seems once you have discovered the knack of applying them properly (to the top and bottom of your natural lashes so they are sandwiched together) they are a good – and re-useable – alternative. Luxe Magnetic Lashes, £13.95 Eyelure
Super serums to encourage eyelash growth are not new but they are gaining popularity as formulas improve, and the results speak for themselves. They are not to be confused with lash conditioners which make lashes look fuller and/or longer but won’t actually encourage growth. The most popular is Rapidlash Enhancing Serum, £41, which promises to protect lashes, and strengthen and support growth from the roots upwards. Not technically a serum but it does the same job, is Chantecaille’s Faux Cils Longest Lash, £62. It uses peptides to enhance natural thickness and seaweed extract and rosewater to protect and regenerate. You’ll notice the difference after two weeks!