We saw bold lashes at full force on the Fall 2014 runways of Gucci, Prada and Versace. At the Versace show, beauty extraordinaire Pat McGrath even glued not one, but two sets of false lashes on the models for a seriously sexy look. We’re taking a leaf out of McGrath’s beauty bible and solving your eyelash gripes with some Sassy-approved solutions.
Problem: Your lashes melt off before lunch.
Sassy Solution: Nothing is cute about a raccoon eye (and no, it cannot pass off as a smoky eye, no matter how hard you try!). Especially in the humid HK weather, basic mascara just isn’t enough. We direct you to our top three typhoon-and junk-proof mascaras: Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, Diego Dalla Palma Semi-Permanent Technical Mascara and CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara. (Sassy tip: Use a small dollop of Vaseline on your cotton pad to remove stubborn waterproof formulas.)
Problem: Your eyelashes are too short.
Sassy Solution: Eyelash extensions are the latest craze, but they aren’t for everyone. We suggest playing it safe and mastering the art of falsies. Go by these three rules of thumb for a natural, daytime look: opt for a set of short or medium lashes (less is more!), put mascara on your real lashes before gluing on the fake set as close to your lash line as possible, and finish off with a swipe of black liner to conceal the base. For McGrath’s Versace effect, layer on two pairs.
Problem: Your lashes stay stubborn and straight.
Sassy Solution: Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler is a state-of-the-art tool precise enough to curl a single lash and fits any eye shape for a custom curl. Curl first as close to your lash line as possible, then again in the middle of the lashes. If you’re feeling up for the challenge, turn to a heated curling wand like Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler – it heats up in 15 seconds and curls both sets of lashes in one hot minute.
Problem: You can’t reach your lower lashes.
Sassy Solution: Lengthening your lower lashes is the most effective for a wide doe-eyed look (think Kim Kardashian). Cue Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Brown, specifically designed to enhance the teeny tiny lower lash hairs that big brushes can’t reach. Using brown instead of black mascara will give you understated lower lashes that will brighten up your whole look.
Problem: Your eyelashes lashes are sparse.
Sassy Solution: We love Bobbi Brown Extreme Party & No Smudge Dual Ended Mascara for two formulas in one tube. On the Extreme Party end, you have a volumising mascara that literally adds bulk to each lash’s diameter. On the other No Smudge end, you have a pocket raincoat for your lashes; coat overtop Extreme Party and you’ll withstand anything from sweaty club nights to black rain warnings.