FOTD: Grown-Up Glam

FOTD: Grown-Up Glam

If you’re a regular reader of my blog (and if you are then thanks very much!), you’ll know that recently I’ve developed a bit of a thing for false lashes, which I keep typing as falsh lashes for some inexplicable reason.  I’ve been very Goldilocks about my hunt for the perfect lash, as I don’t want anything too big and unnatural, but I also want something that has enough of an impact to make a difference to my lash look.

I picked up a set of individual lashes by Eylure from Boots last week and got to work on them as soon as I got home.  I think calling them Individual Lashes is a little misleading as they’re tiny little clusters of about 3 or 4 lashes.  My main bugbear with my natural lashes is that outer corners; I think I’m OK with the majority of my lashes, but the outer corners are a little stumpy and tricky to elongate with even the best mascara.  Therefore, these Individual Lashes have proved a godsend.

They’re really easy to apply, I just grab them with a set of tweezers, dip them in the nozzle of my glue, wait 30 seconds and then stick them to the outer corners.  The set is marketed as a semi-permanent lash kit and comes with a strong glue and a glue remover.  I didn’t want to go the semi-permanent route, so I used my own glue instead which is Duo Eyelash Glue.

For this FOTD, I borrowed the look from the typical 40’s siren look of black eyeliner and red lips.  I wanted it to have that ‘sex kitten’ look but with a modern twist that would be wearable during the day.  Therefore, rather than sexing up my hair, I instead held it back in a medium/high ponytail and wore a neckerchief with the look, and these two elements are more typical of the 50’s Teddy Girl look.

My base is my usual Ginvera BB Cream, followed by my Custom Blend concealer and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer under my eyes.  I then used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder to set the whole look.  I used Mac’s Pink Swoon on my cheeks and a touch of Mac’s MSF in Blonde just to add a bit of light to my face.

I used Bobbi Brown’s Natural Brow Shaper in Blonde to define my eyebrows, but on reflection, I think this look would’ve benefited from a more defined brow.

For the eyes I tightlined with Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner in Black Ebony, followed by one coat of Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara after curling my lashes.  I then got to work with applying Eylure’s Individual lashes; on each eye I used one of the medium length and two of the short length.  I used the medium on the further outer corner, then filled in gaps and blended with the short length.

For the lips, I’m wearing Maybelline’s Superstay 10h Tint Gloss in Lasting Pink.

I found this a really easy look to create that is simply and quick and works as a great alternative to my usually favourite nudes.

*Ginvera BB Cream was a PR Sample.  Everything else mentioned was paid for by me.  



  1. April 29, 2012 / 5:41 PM

    I love how the lashes make your eyes look! You’re really good at applying them 🙂
    I love your lip colour! But most of all I adore your scarf! So cute!
    Have a happy day my dear!

    • April 29, 2012 / 6:27 PM

      Thanks hun, it’s such a cute scarf and I can’t for the life of me remember where I got it….although I have a strong suspicion it was Primark! I’m so happy you think I’m good at applying them as I think I’ve finally got the hang of it; this time last week it was a very different story! xx

  2. April 29, 2012 / 6:17 PM

    Your lashes look great! I would love to be that good at applying them. If you say they’re easy to apply I might have to try them…

    • April 29, 2012 / 6:28 PM

      Thanks so much Marnie! I have always been someone who struggles with applying fake lashes and I first tried conquering the strip lashes, then once I kind of got the hang of them, the individual lashes were seriously easy, so definitely worth a shot xx

  3. April 29, 2012 / 9:20 PM

    The eyelashes look great – I’ve recently bought some individual lashes and I cant wait to try them now! This is a really lovely look and you actually look a bit like one of my sisters in these pics! xx

    • April 29, 2012 / 11:18 PM

      Thanks Guin 🙂 they really are fantastic so definitely worth trying; I think I’m going to end up using them every day as I really love the effect! xx

  4. April 30, 2012 / 2:36 PM

    I’m fairly lucky with my lashes but, I have to say, this has convinced me to try individual ones out. They really do look great! As an individual lash virgin, so to speak, can you tell me how long these stay on for?

    • April 30, 2012 / 5:33 PM

      Thanks Ali, I am a total convert to these types of lashes now; what’s funny is that I tried them years ago but couldn’t get on with them, but I think getting to grips with strip lashes has made the whole thing a lot easier as they’re now a total breeze to apply.

      It’s interesting you should ask about the longevity as the one thing that always concerned me about fake lashes was the idea that they’d make a bid for freedom at some point which would be a bit embarrassing! However, I’ve only worn them twice so far (haven’t been out; studying hard for my MA) but both times they didn’t budge until I removed them in the evening and that was after at least 8 hours of wear. I think as long as you get them positioned right then they stay until you’ve had enough 🙂 Let me know how you get on with them xx

    • April 30, 2012 / 7:18 PM

      Thanks for your reply! I’m definitely going to give them a go now so I’ll let you know how it goes x

    • April 30, 2012 / 9:17 PM

      Fab! I look forward to hearing what you think xx

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