Natural Beauty: Doe Eyes with Cruelty-Free Faux Lashes

February 6, 2015

Lately, I’ve been embracing the less is more look. A swipe of balm here…a flick of mascara there…

I’ve been of a similar mind as far as my wedding day beauty is concerned. Of course, I’m aware that I must wear somewhat heavier makeup for the sake of photos. I’m still working on how to do this without looking too pancakey—it’s a fine line!

I’m considering wearing false lashes to help define my eyes in my photos—and to feel oh-so-glamorous ’cause I just love falsies! When applied correctly, they can give you an old Hollywood doe-eyed look—and all it takes is a dab of glue, a steady hand, and a little patience.

In my research on acrylic lashes (yes, research!), I stumbled across a luxe, vegan brand of false eyelashes called Georgie Beauty. All lashes are handmade, cruelty-free, and come in recycled packaging. What’s more, their eyelash glue is the first of its kind to be dermatologist-tested. Georgie lash adhesive is also free of phthalates and formaldehyde. I eagerly purchased Georgie’s Deux Ceours, The Luxury Edition Bridal Compact. Sounds like a perfect match, no?

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Georgie Beauty: Luxury Cruelty-Free Faux Lashes

Well, sort of. Perhaps I have small eyes, but these lashes are huge. When I first tried them on, I looked like a flesh-and-blood Kewpie doll. My lashes were too long and too bushy. So much for less is more!

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Kewpie doll lashes? No thanks.

But I didn’t completely despair. I new I could fix this with a little DIY. Off I went to do yet more lash research!

Here’s what I learned about customizing faux lashes:

You can trim lashes from either end. If you’re using tapered lashes, you can trim the lashes from the longer, thicker end for a softer look.

Be sure that the lash band isn’t too long for your eyelid. If the lashes start too close to your inner eye (where natural lashes are minimal), your false eyelashes will look more obvious and potentially cheapen your look. (Quel horreur!)

If your lashes are too long, you can carefully trim them. Just make sure that you’re trimming from an angle to maintain a tapered look. Lashes trimmed straight across are not even close to natural looking, as you can imagine.

Application tips:

1. Gently remove lashes from their compact using your thumb to roll the strip away from the plastic.

2. Squeeze a small dab of lash glue onto the back of your hand. Drag the lash band through the glue, paying special attention to the ends of the band.

3. Bend and hold the lash band in a “U” shape. Hold for 45-60 seconds. This allows the glue to become tacky, making it easier to work with.

4. Take a deep breath. Apply the center of the lash band to the center of your natural eyelash line (rather than the eyelid itself). A thin line of eyeliner can act as a guide. You can use your fingers or tweezers to handle the lashes. (I prefer my fingers.) You may find it helpful to rest your helpful on a table or countertop to steady your hand. I’m also a fan of using an magnified mirror.

5. Using the rounded end of a makeup brush, tap the rest of the acrylic lash against your lash line. Hold down both ends until lashes are secure.

6. Apply mascara to your natural and faux lashes to “blend” them and create a more natural look.

7. To remove lashes, gently peel the lash band away from your natural lash line. Return your lashed to their compact for future use. Use eye makeup remover or olive oil to wipe away leftover lash adhesive.

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Before and after lash trimming. I think the one on the left looks a little better 😉

 

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Wearing my trimmed Georgie lashes.

Natural Beauty: Doe Eyes with Cruelty-Free Faux Lashes | Peaceful Dumplling

 

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Photos: Mary Hood

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Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.

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