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Lash extensions, enhanced mascara, faux lashes or falsies (as they call them in the UK) are the ultimate tool to amp up your every day look. There's nothing more sweet and feminine than long lashes, but the wrong product can look completely fake or damage your natural eye lashes. Perhaps this is why many women skip out on lash extensions and avoid the whole trend all together -- but false lashes aren't something to be afraid of. Whether you're searching for a high impact, bold look for a night out or want to enhance your natural beauty, almost nothing compares.
For a Natural Look
According to "Allure," natural looking lash extensions used to be a diamond in the rough, but now they're a dime a dozen. This is one major reason to go to a salon to get them done. You can choose a high impact look like long synthetic lashes (also known as "glamor length") but short, natural looking lashes ("athletic length") are best for everyday wear. At the salon, the stylist will place hundreds of synthetic lashes strategically between your natural lashes allowing them to seamlessly blend. This gives a natural look but also takes a lot of time. Be prepared to sit in the salon for a couple of hours!
Do It Yourself
If you don't want to spend two hours in a salon getting lash extensions or the idea of having fake eyelashes stuck to your eyes for two months weirds you out, you can apply temporary false lashes all on your own. "Lucky" magazine recommends Ardell faux lashes. To apply, simple place clusters of the synthetic strands on top of your natural lashes and apply with a lash glue like Duo eyelash adhesive. This process is similar to getting lash extensions in a salon because the clusters are dispersed among your natural eyelashes.
Just For The Night
If you can't commit to long lashes and want to be able to apply and remove them at will, the right pair of reusable falsies will give you exactly what you need. "Allure" recommends Shu Uemura Soft Cross False Eyelashes, which is one of the only brands of false lashes that are comparable to the kind of lash extensions you get in the salon. The criss-crossed lashes give a fuller, more natural look and they're easy to apply. Just apply some eyelash glue to the eyelashes and place the entire false eyelash over your real lashes.
Tips for Applying Lashes
If you visit a salon, the stylist will apply lashes for you, but if you're using a temporary pair of extensions at home, putting them on can be kind of tricky. First, you should apply mascara to your real lashes if you planned on wearing mascara. Many women prefer not to because fake lashes are already so bold. Next, pick up the false lash (either the whole strip or clusters) with tweezers and dot glue along the edge. Lay the lash as close to your lash line as possible, over your natural lashes and press them into place with your finger.