I’m sadly not one of those girls who can wear gigantic lashes and look fabulously kooky and alternative, I just look like I’ve broken out of an institute. However, to celebrate their arrival at HQHair, Japonesque sent me a couple of products with a guide to creating a “traffic-stopping” look. It’s safe to say I took it all a bit too far though, as you’ll see below.
In the kit there was a set of Demi Flair Black Lashes, a Pro Flat Eyeliner Brush and Heated Mini Lash Curler in pink. I’ve never tried Japonesque lashes before but I was really impressed with both the glue and the lashes themselves, which were both easy to work with and perfect for cack-handed types like me. On a side note, did you know that cack-handed is often used to describe left-handed people? I’m left-handed so clearly this is why I have so many issues with anything even remotely fiddly; just call me cack-handed, or cack for short, if you like…
I started this look by applying Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in black, all around both my upper and lower lash line. I’m pretty terrible at getting a neat finish on the lower lash line (I always get at least one eye exactly how I want it and then fail miserably with the second eye) but in fairness, the eyeliner brush made things a lot easier as it’s thin enough to draw a skinny line without it going all over the place. I then got smudging so it didn’t look too harsh.
Once this was done, I got to work at applying the lashes. This was really easy and they set quickly and firmly. I then used the heated eyelash curler to blend my natural lashes with the falsies. Lastly, I used a bit more eyeliner to blend the join line along the upper lash line.
This is when things started to go a bit….wrong. As day looks go, I was pushing it with the giant lashes, but in my illogical state (clearly consumed with excitement at being able to apply a set of lashes so easily) I decided my look was missing both colour and glitter.
|Swatch of 2True’s |
Cue 2True Eye Definer in shade No. 15 and Eyeliner Dazzlers in No. 9. I wasn’t too impressed with the Eye Definer as it was quite hard to get any kind of real colour payoff (although it’d be ideal for a very subtle hint of colour) but the Eyeliner Dazzler was fab! It’s easy to use and strikes the right balance of glitter and colour, plus it can be built up for more intensity. I used the Eye Definer on the inner corners of my lash line and the Dazzler all along my upper lash line.
Above what I intended to use, below what I ended up using.
So it’s safe to say this is not really a day look….in fairness I’m not sure where I’d wear it to be honest, but I’m itching to find an occasion to use the lashes and I think, with a muted smoky eye and subtle make-up elsewhere, they could work really well for a night time look.
Sometimes it’s such fun to just have a play around and try out things you’d never normally consider!
Discolosure: the majority of the items mentioned in this post were PR samples other than the Bobbi Brown eye liner.