Warning this is a terribly cam-whorish post, but well, it's no often I have eyelashes to show off, so please forgive me.
I've been considering taking the leap and giving false eyelashes a whirl but never had the guts. Added incentive was provided by Steven Sunny, the makeup artist for my best friend, Mary's wedding. After he expertly applied false eyelashes on me I kept getting told "Oh you looked so lovely I didn't recognise you!" (Yup no one beats Malaysians when it comes to mixed compliments... >_< ) So when iNuovi offered to teach us how to apply false eyelashes on ourselves, I JUMPED at the chance. And guess what? If you just grit your teeth and do it, it really isn't that hard. I started with the half lashes (the one that's out of the box in the picture) and these I understand are much easier to apply than the full-lashed ones. I'll give them a try some day when the occasion arises. But even with the half-lashes, look at the payoff!
Definitely worth the effort for a special occassion.
Half-lashes are eyelashes that are designed to only reach midway across your eye. On my tiny eyes, these function like 3/4 lashes (which also exist). Because they are designed this way, they are much longer at the outer corners and taper inwards. These makes them look more natural than a full lash, but still dramatic in a cat-eyed fashion.
The more natural half-lashes I bought from iNuovi are the Prolash 05. At RM20 for a box containing two pairs along with a tube of really rather good glue, the value can't be beat. And affordable doesn't mean low-quality either. iNuovi lashes are designed with very flexible, sturdy bands. With proper cleaning and storage, I can reuse each pair up to eight times. Score!
I also decided to try a pair of drama lashes, the Prolash Ex 03 - a design we were told is a best-seller. I haven't tried these yet and fully expect to poke out my eyes in the attempt but ah well, nothing venture nothing gain. These lashes were a bit pricier, RM30 a pair. Since the iNuovi blogger event fell on a friends & family promotion day, everything was 40% off. It just gets better, huh?
ParisB has provided truly great tips for false eyelash application and I don't intend to repeat them, but here are a few more:
1. Instead of trying to line the inside of the lash band with glue, apply a dollop on the back of your hand, or a palette and dip the lash band into it lightly. Be especially sure to get glue on the outer corners of the band.
2. Wave it around and blow on it till it's tacky before applying it on your curled and mascara'd lashes.
3. You can still nudge it around gently until the glue has set. Try pinching your real lashes and the false eyelashes together to get them as close to each other as possible.
4. Look down until they're dry. You'll feel like something's on your eye for a bit, but don't worry this will pass!
Oh my, false-eyelash fever appears to have attacked beauty bloggers as a whole. Check out this incredible pictorial step-by-step tute created by Nikki on how to apply them. No way could I ever do something this awesome - this is a must read!
Hope that helps you be brave enough to give it a whirl. Do check up the other beauty blogger's false-eyelash experiences:
Note: If you, like me, have never bought iNuovi because the only place to find it was Sasa and let's face it, the salesgirls there are not only insulting and annoying - but outright stalker scary - you can find the iNuovi standalone store in Sunway Pyramid.