There’s nothing more glamorous than long, thick, fluttering eyelashes – just look at any classic film noir heroine. But how do we non-A-listers achieve the falselash effect every day?
Make-up artist Saffron Hughes says we could all be guilty of making a few common mistakes, which are harming the health of our lashes.
Long-lasting eyelash extensions have become popular in the past few years, but Saffron advises the treatment must be applied properly.
She said: “A reputable salon will require you to do a patch test 24-hours before treatment to avoid any disappointment or damage on the day. You can choose from a range of lengths, but most salons will not carry lashes longer than 15mm as the weight can cause stress to the hair follicle, resulting in premature fallout.
“Speak to your stylist to find out more about the application process, and ensure your lashes are applied safely.”
“Rubbing your eyes can feel natural and relieving, especially if you have allergies – but this bad habit can cause more damage than you think,” explained Saffron.
“Not only can it enhance dark circles around your eyes but rubbing too vigorously can cause the tiny blood vessels to break or harm the lens of the cornea. And the friction can cause your eyelashes to fall out, and cause infection due to the bacteria from your hands transferring to your eyes.”
Turn down the heat
Just like with the hair on your head, excessive heat can rob your eyelashes of vital moisture, causing breakage.
Saffron said: “While a low heat can help lock in eyelash curls, we recommend using a heated curler designed to regulate temperature, rather than a hairdryer which may cause damage.
“Plus, you must curl your eyelashes before you apply your mascara, as it will cause your natural lashes to stick to the curler, especially if it has not properly dried yet. Quality is key, and it makes a difference when you spend a little more. For best results, I recommend brands such as Lilly Lashes, Eylure or Ardell.
“Alternatively, invest in a pair of voluminous false eyelashes for extra curl and drama.”
Save the date
Saffron said: “Although it’s tempting to use your mascara until the tube runs out, it’s important to check the expiration date as old mascara can harbour bacteria, which can cause lash loss or an eye infection.
“Replace your mascara every two to four months.”
For more, visit falseeyelashes.co.uk
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