Photos by Curtis Chase
By Kirk Thomas
A major make-up trend for Carnival is eyelash extensions. They come in so many varieties, and there are even businesses dedicated solely to extending eyelashes. Today I want to deal with this topic as it is one of the most important details in cosmetic enhancements. I can't over-emphasise how unfinished a face can look without mascara, or any eyelash definition. Now I know that not all of us are fortunate to have long eyelashes. If you were, then all you would need to do is to apply a few coats of mascara and the job would be done. That's why most of us have to face the stores. When you go shopping for false eyelashes, be sure to keep these tips in mind.
1. Look for almost seamless, natural lashes, or get the singles (which I prefer to use as they are less apparent). You can alter the amount of lashes you use according to the space. Some of the large, synthetic lashes tend to be too heavy and can prove hard to stay in place, especially if you hardly have lashes to hold them.
2. Pay attention to the adhesive you choose. I have heard of persons using hair weave glue to apply their lashes. But it is better to stay away from any glue that is not eyelash glue.
3. Eyelash glue contains chemicals which have been tested as safe for use around the eyes. Be sure to have a tweezer at hand, as this comes in very handy when applying your false eyelashes.
How to apply
Brush out your own lashes and place the dry lash on one side of your eye, measure to make sure it fits. If the lash is too long, measure how much you may need to take off. Put a rich coat of glue on the underside of the lash. Air dry for about 15 seconds then fit the lashes to your eyes. Keep the lashes pressed in place for about one minute without blinking to ensure that it remains in place. You may also want to try an eyelash curler to press both your lashes and the false lashes into place.
Make-up and Text: Kirk Thomas
Photography: Calvin French
Model: Avionne Mark
Facebook: Kirk Thomas Makeup Artistry