by ZOE FOSTER
We’ve all had our lashes tinted at the hairdresser or salon for 10 bucks.
Some of us (the brave ones) have even had our lashes permed.
And I’d say a fair smack of us have tried lash extensions, which are essentially false lashes that are glued into place and which fall out with your natural lash cycle over 10-14 days. (I generally get lash extensions for holidays – you wake up looking far more attractive than one should in the morning and with zero effort whatsoever, and all you need is base, cheeks and lips and you’re out the door and off to ogle nude statues before you can say fig leaf.)
But has anyone tried lash coating yet?
Welcome to the latest fad in our perennial quest for bigger, curlier, longer, thicker lashes. Also known as ‘semi-permanent mascara’, lash coating is kind of like traditional lash tinting crossed with waterproof mascara, on Red Bull.
You get lovely darkened lashes, plus definition, thickness and curl, and it will not come off at the gym, running, swimming or while sobbing gently at Meg Ryan movies. Lash coating is excellent for making your eyes stand out, (even if/especially if you don’t wear makeup) and can be done on the top and bottom lashes, although in my opinion very few people can pull of bottom-lash mascara.
The process takes 30-60 minutes in the salon, and even sensitive eyes can play along. They will clean then curl the lashes, then dip them in a special coating of dye and fibres, then seal them, and zing zam zap, you’re done. Obviously, the appeal is… obvious. Looking made up every day without applying any eye makeup, and no restraint on physical (or tear duct) activity, is definitely going to trump mascara that smudges and runs and flakes.
You can have it applied to your natural lashes, or over lash extensions (oooh, get you!) and how thick and dramatic it is, is up to you. From the few women I know who’ve tried it, it’s definitely better to ask for the ‘natural’ look first, (1 -2 coats) before the more full on ‘mascara’ look, which is a coat or two more. Unless you love the heavy eye makeup look, and are 21 and can carry it off, in which case, knock yourself out and have four coats straight up. I advise thoroughly explaining the exact look you’re after, and how natural/dramatic you want it, so that you don’t go home with what you believe to be clumpy, thick, irritating paint on your eyelashes instead of naturally luscious, ebony eye curtains.