In her book How Not to Look Old, Charla Krupp says nothing ages you like (among other things) clumpy hard mascara or a single ledge of false lashes.
- For beautiful lashes, don’t pump the brush! “Moving the wand in and out of the tube draws air into it, drying it out and making it thick and sticky.” Start the application at the base of the roots and wiggle the wand a little bit, then draw the brush out to the tips.
- The Chanel artists say that, the older we get, the more we want length, not volume. “Chunky lashes will age you.” So, when buying mascara, go for the ones that give you length, not fat, fibery volume.
- If you have thin eyelashes due to illness or injury, you can get lash extensions, where a pro will bond 50-60 individual lashes, one by one, to your own lashes. The results can be dramatic, but the price tag will be around $300, and you will need to get them “filled” every 2-3 weeks at $75 or so because they do fall out. Amazingly, there are also eyelash transplants. Hair from your head is sewn into your eyelids, and then grows just like hair does. You have to get it cut and curled periodically, so this procedure probably isn’t for the low-maintenance women. But in extreme circumstances, like after chemotherapy, it may be a good option. Transplants can run $3,000 per eye, but if you have lost yours, it may be well worth the price.
What are your favorite eyelash tricks?
This was first posted as part of this conversation.
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