Let’s face it, beautiful long dark lashes look stunning and can really glamorise a bridal makeup….but are they for you? Should you opt for full strip false lashes, individual tufts or perhaps go all out and have eyelash extensions for your special day….or maybe just stick with a few coats of waterproof mascara? Well here we look at the pros and cons of wearing false lashes on your wedding day.
FULL STRIP FALSE LASHES—sometimes referred to as ‘bar lashes’ – come in literally thousands of different styles, lengths, thicknesses and qualities. They can cost anywhere from only a few dollars right up to over $100 for exclusive high end branded lashes. So what should you look for? Definitely choose lightweight, real human hair lashes that taper from shorter in the inner section to longer in the outer section. The human hair lashes, as opposed to artificial or plastic lashes, provide more flex within the lash and lash base (or spine) which allows the strip to contour better to the eye. Harder plastic lashes are often less flexible and so can lift at the edges and cause more irritation to the wearer. Consider the density of the lashes—if they are too thick then your eyes will appear to have a solid black eyelid whereas slightly sparser lashes will allow glimpses of eyeshadow on the lid to show through and give a softer overall look. Often this is more preferred for a bridal look. Pros: they have a full length anchor area for which to apply glue to ensure the lashes can be fixed well to the eye lid/lash base to give them the best chance possible to last all day. A good full length lash adds instant glamour to any makeup look. Cons: There is the risk of the edges of the lashes lifting after some time when the glue warms on the body and especially in the hotter months, causing the lashes to shift and then irritate the eye. The lashes themselves weigh nothing however the weight of the glue may irritate some wearers if they are not used to the feeling of something sitting on their eye.
FALSE EYELASH TUFTS —sometimes the tufts are referred to as ‘flares’ – these are little fan shaped groups of lashes that come together at a tiny pin point base. They are often used on the outer edge of the eye, adding 2—3 tufts to kick out the lashes at the ends. This can be a nice effect for brides wanting only a little touch of extra lash but without going for the full lash look. Tufts usually come in packs of 50-60 for only $10-$20 a pack, so they are quite economical. Pros: If you aren’t too sure about false lashes but would like to add a little bit of extra glam then they could be for you. Also great for ladies who have quite hooded eyes, especially where the hooding is down low towards the inner part of the eye as full strip lashes can hit this area and cause irritation or lift. Cons: The tiny pin point base gives a miniscule anchor point for the glue and as such it can be tricky to ensure they are glued enough to stay in place. The flares are often in a V shape and as such it can be difficult to ensure they stay in the one direction and not twist from the anchor point. When putting 2—3 tufts next to each other the lash hair will cross over resulting in a criss-cross look as opposed to having all the lashes going in the same direction with the full strip false lashes.
EYELASH EXTENSIONS—this procedure is not normally done on the wedding day as it can take 1—2 hours for a full set of eyelash extensions to be applied and is usually done by someone who specialises in eyelash extensions (some makeup artists are trained in this technique as a separate service they offer) as opposed to a makeup artist on the wedding day. It is usually recommended to have them done 2—3 days before the wedding day and often after having trialled them beforehand. Eyelash extensions are single lashes that are applied to your own individual lash. The eyelash technician will lie you down on a bed, place a tiny pad under your closed lashes and then one-by-one separate each lash and glue a longer lash to it. The glue is a permanent glue as opposed to a latex glue used for full strip and tuft lashes. The latex glue is designed to be removed at the end of the day whereas the eyelash extension glue is designed not to be removed (unless by someone specialised in this) and as such they tend to last anywhere from 3—6 weeks as they fall off when your own natural lash falls out. Our lashes renew themselves approximately every 6 weeks. The lashes themselves come in a variety of different types and lengths, and you can choose to have a fuller set or a more natural set applied. This would usually relate to the number of lashes applied to each eye and the length of the lashes. Pros: Longevity, for sure. Once they’re on, you’ve got them on until your own lashes renew themselves so there is a good chance you will have them for your honeymoon. They allow you to wake up and have instant beautiful lashes. Probably the most comfortable of the 3 options for a glamorous false lash look. Cons: The cost. They can range from $80—$200 or more per set, depending on where you go, the quality of the lashes and the skill level of your eyelash technician. If applied too low on the lash you may be able to feel the base of the added lash when you blink, which can irritate your eye, however this would normally only happen if applied by an unskilled technician. Upkeep—you need to brush them daily to ensure they do not get matted and need to take care in removing eye makeup from your eyes so as not to compromise the glue.
Whatever way you choose to go with your lashes, if you are considering applying false lashes or having eyelash extensions done for your wedding day PLEASE have a test run beforehand. Most people are okay with wearing false lashes but many are not and for them the lashes can feel heavy on the eye and cause irritation and watery eyes. Often it is not the weight of the lash that causes the irritation but the weight of the glue itself. The lashes can be removed if they are irritating but the glue residue can remain. Also consider the heat of the day—if you are getting married outside in the hotter months then keep in mind that the latex glue can soften in the heat and the lashes shift. The latex glue is waterproof however needs to go on a dry eye. If there are tears or if the skin in sweaty then this can compromise how well the glue adheres.
Of course, if you’re one of those brides who just isn’t into all the fuss then a few good coats of mascara can also bring your lashes up looking beautiful as well.
Lisa Thomas – Director – Makeup 4 Brides www.makeup4brides.com.au