There are some things that are best learned from—but not reserved for!—professionals. One of those things is the art of fake eyelashes. There are plenty of beauty experiments I’m willing to try out while perched on the edge of my bathroom sink, but in my opinion, any move involving glue, a tweezer and your eyeballs necessitates play-by-play instructions. So I enlisted my makeup artist pal Jeanine Lobell (Stila founder and Natalie Portman’s go-to face-painter…isn’t the fifteen-year-old in you dying?!) and her teenage daughter Esme for a little tutorial.
Duralash Natural—Knot-Free individual lashes, from the drugstore
LashGrip Strip Adhesive (“Strip, individual, doesn’t matter—just squeeze a little in the corner of the box and let it dry for a couple minutes before dipping the lashes in.”)
Tweezerman slanted tweezers
Chanel eyelash curler
Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer
Chanel Inimitable mascara
Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in #50
For removal, Jeanine recommends Lancôme eye makeup remover on a Q-Tip, massaged onto the falsies to dissolve the glue, before sweeping the whole eye with a soaked cotton pad and gently pulling them off.
Godspeed! Let me know how it goes. I’m still getting a feel for it… but, I want to be that girl who throws on some lashes and lip gloss and hits the town. I’d also like to be that girl whose mom is Jeanine Lobell, but that’s another story.