Fluttering those lashes
False lashes are the ultimate accessory for many beauty addicts. They add glamour and drama to many makeup looks. Large long lashes are not just for children to flutter at their parents, you can also look sweet with a good pair of wispies.
When I was at university, I remember my first attempt at wearing lashes. It was for a fancy dress night and I remember how heavy they were. My eyes felt like they had a hood over them obscuring my view. They were thick and bulky; I felt slightly ridiculous but I persevered through the night with them.
Fast forward over fifteen years later and the lash market has dramatically changed. Gone are the heavy, plastic feeling lashes that look like a circus entertainer. The thick, black bands have been replaced by invisible bands and the hairused is closer to real lashes.
I was contacted by the site We Love Lashes who supply Ardell lashes asking if I would like to try some of their lashes ready for Valentine’s day. Having used Ardell products before and love them, I jumped at the opportunity to test them out for you.
A sign of chastity?
Except for in the 1400s when women would pluck all the hair on their face as a sign of being well bred. Lashes have been considered fashionable and have been a sign of youth. In Ancient Rome, lashes were considered a sign of a chase character. Pliny the Elder claimed that eyelashes would fall out due to excessive acts of a carnal nature.
This meant women were lining their lashes with eyeliner to convince society that they were innocent and pure. Makeup has helped us ‘fake it until we make it’ throughout much of history and is a powerful way that both women and men could navigate fashionable trends within our society.
The history of lashes
Although false lashes did not materialise in their current guise until the early twentieth century. Women had been longing for long, luscious lashes much earlier than that. In 1899 it was reported that women would have lashes implanted into their eyelids via needles. If you were not wanting a needle in your eyelid you could always attempt to glue human hair to your eyelashes; this was also documented as a method at the time.
The first patent for artificial lashes was created in 1911 when Anna Taylor used a crescent of fabric implanted with tiny hairs. In 1915, Karl Nessler created a ‘lash service’ in his hairdressing salon. He marketed them as a ‘guard against the glare of electric lights’. However, false lashes made their biggest mark in 1916 with the film Intolerance.
Hollywood director D.W. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks. Being a picky director, he insisted and it was down to wigmaker to create false lashes using human hair and spirit gum to attach them. Unfortunately for Seena Owen, spirit gum was not designed for eyes and it was reported her eyes became swollen. It looked great on screen but it does make you question how much should one person suffer for their art.
The finishing touch
Lashes complete a makeup look. They complete your makeup look perfectly and they give that ‘Instagram glamour’ look that many people love to recreate. I would compare false lashes to a pair of shoes; they can make an outfit turn from good to fabulous. However, applying lashes can be tricky.
Application takes practice
If you are slightly clumsy like me, lash application can strike fear inside you. However, practice does make perfect. I was glad to have been given a brilliant lash applicator which helped me greatly. In previous years I had used my tweezers. I always worried about them as I have pointed tweezers and having them so close to my eye unnerved me.
These applicators have an end like a Hammerhead Shark crossed with a Duck-Billed Platypus. They grip the lashes perfectly in the middle and helps with your positioning. However, I would also have some regular tweezers on hand as it can be quite tricky to use the lash applicator to do the edges of the lashes.
Ardell Demi wispies
I wanted to try these first because they are the most natural of the three I was given. I like the wispie style of lashes as they are feminine and fluffy. They give a romantic vibe; I feel beautiful with these lashes on. They look fabulous on and I would recommend them if you are after some demi-wispies.
The lashes are good quality, they look and feel natural. They are easy to reuse as the glue that they come with peels off easily. The glue that came with it held my lashes in place well. I fell it dried a too quickly as I had problems with my right eye and had to peel off and re-apply to the glue. Perhaps I waited too long or was too slow to apply them.
Studio effects False lashes
These lashes are unique on account they are two sets of lashes. The Ardell Studio Effects lashes are a combination of wispies and demi wispies. They are thick and give a more dramatic look; perfect for a party look.
I found that these lashes were harder to apply compared to the demi wispie style. Unfortunately, I had a real struggle when applying these. I am not sure whether it is because these are thicker or due to the thicker band.
I do have one thing that slightly irritates me about both sets of lashes, the length. As someone who wears glasses, wearing lashes can be a problem as they can rub up against the lenses. I had to adjust my glasses further down my nose to accommodate them and not cause irritation.
All hope is not lost
Wearing glasses on a permeant basis means I have to make adjustments. I will reduce the size of the lashes to three-quarter length. This will mean that I can still wear the lashes but they will be comfortable for me to wear.
I hope to check out more Ardell lashes and will be heading over to We Love Lashes in the future in search of the perfect lashes for every occasion. I think the baby wispies will be better suited for me and my glasses.
What lashes would you recommend? I would love to experiment with different sets of lashes.
Ciao for now beauties xx