False Eyelashes

When it comes to statement party looks, lashes can make an instant impact. Whether it’s DIY strip lashes you’re looking for or the best spot for professional lash extensions, this is my guide to getting it right…

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Day to day in work and at home I always lean toward the natural look, with a skin-first approach to makeup. But for special events and party season, the more lashes the better! If you’re not blessed with long, voluminous lashes (very few are) then there’s only so much mascara can do, fake lashes can be a godsend. The best false eyelashes can transform your look in seconds. But where to buy them and how to apply them? I’ve rounded up a few of the best false eyelashes on the market, along with the best lash bars where you can let the professionals do their work.

The Best False Eyelashes

Huda Beauty Giselle Lashes
Reportedly loved by the likes of Beyoncé and the Kardashians, these individual layered lashes look can create a statement glamorous look while still maintaining a natural feel.

MAC 30 Lash
A favourite of makeup artists and a kit essential, MAC make a wide range of false eyelashes from individual lashes that are great for creating a natural look to statement sets that can transform you in an instant.

Eylure Lengthening False Lashes
Eylure lashes are really affordable so they’re great for experimenting with if you are new to the world of fake eyelashes.

Benefit Real False Lashes Pin-Up Lashes
Feathery and lightweight with a multi-layered design, these Benefit lashes create a glamorous eye that’s completely believable.

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Top Tips for Application

  1. Start by trimming your lashes to size by holding them against your lash line and then trim off any excess.
  2. Ensure your own lashes are clean and dry before starting application, the fake lashes should be applied before you add mascara.
  3. Next, add the lash glue to the lashes and allow to air dry for 30 seconds or until it’s slightly tacky.
  4. Using a pair of tweezers, apply the lashes as close as possible to your lash line, holding in place until dry.
  5. Allow to dry completely, then curl and add several coats of mascara to help the lashes stay in place as long as possible. I love the Max Factor Masterpiece HD Waterproof.
Image Credit @ Camilla Akrans for Allure US

Best Lash Bars

Still don’t think you can manage this at home? Or looking for something more long-lasting that a set of disposable lashes? Let the professionals take over at one of the best lash bars in London or New York. There’s often no need for fake lashes with these in-salon treatments, with eyelash perming and tinting a favourite for naturally fuller and permanently curled lashes. Eyelash extensions are also becoming more and more popular, with individual lash extensions the most common choice, with individual strands glued to your lashes that can last for several weeks. Ready to give it a try? Check out one of the best lash bars…

Blink, London
A 90-minute lash curl and tint will last around six weeks, so it’s well-worth the time and money investment if you spend time curling and mascaraing your lashes every single day.

Slash Beauty, London
You can go bespoke with your lash extensions at Slash, so choose from barely-there natural lashes or super-long rainbow styles.

Lash Perfect Lash Bar, London
These super light-weight lash extensions last as long as you want them to as long as you follow the upkeep advice, so you can go from barely-there lashes to statement Bambi-eyes in just under an hour.

Blink Brow Bar, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York
Delivering the same London services across the pond, Blink Brow Bar has gone international for your NY lash fix.

Beauty by Mary Schook, New York
Get some of the best lash extensions in New York by March Schook at the Rewind Beauty Fitness Centre.

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