By Alli McGinnis
When it comes to beauty you might as well “Go Big” with your lashes. One of the easiest ways to glam up your look is to add a little va va va voom to your eyes. You don’t have to be a celebrity to get this trendy look. Whether you invest in lash extensions, a good lash primer, or have fun with falsies there is something for everyone.
Check out my 5 favorite ways to get Big, Bold, Beautiful Lashes.
Everyone is doing it, but here are a few things to consider before you commit. They last approximately 6-8 weeks, the process takes generally about two hours to apply a full set (that’s a long time to be patient, not to mention, sit still), and mascara is a no no on the extensions as it can cause wear and tear to the delicate faux lashes. It’s also an expensive addiction — a full set (around 100+ lashes an eye) can start at about $125-$150, but varies depending on the material lashes are made of. (Look for deals on sites like Groupon and Gilt City.) A couple options in NYC are Bling Lash and Wink Brow Bar. Disclaimer: They do take a bit of a toll on your real lashes.
I’m no stranger to false eyelashes. I’ve spent years applying them to myself for the stage. As a Broadway actress (I was Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked!), falsies become second nature in your daily makeup routine. You can use a full strip such as Andrea Modlash Strip Lash for a fun and flirty dramatic effect, or for a more natural vibe I like applying individual lashes such as Ardell Individuals in medium and short. Either way, both are fairly easy to apply, and certainly the most affordable way to get instant length and volume for a fun night out on the town.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to get big, beautiful, doll-like eyes is to use an eyelash primer like Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer. The primer creates a tacky surface that the mascara can build onto, creating volume like you’ve never seen before.
Falsies in a Tube
If you don’t mind a little extra work, Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extensions System will give you the look of at home eyelash extensions. How it works: Apply one coat of the regular mascara, and then layer on the white tube of nylon fibers to your wet lashes. Finish off with one more coat of mascara onto the fibers, and you have salon worthy extensions.
For those of you looking for longevity, Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum helps promote long term growth, strength, and vitality with its unique cell conditioning complex made up of hydrolyzed soy proteins. A must for weak and brittle lashes.
Alli McGinnis is a Pilates instructor, beauty junky, and veganish foodie. Alli's goal is to create a space where women can come and be inspired to feel confident in their own skin. On her blog, Inside Out Beautiful, she writes about everything from beauty and fashion tips to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle from the" Inside Out." She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and seven-month-old son Declan.