by Sophia Panych
Fairchild Archive Want fluttery, feathery, eye-enhancing lashes but get frustrated using false-lash strips? Who doesn't? Good news! Backstage this season, I learned two great fuss-free tricks that are a lot more natural-looking, don't require strips, and won't test your patience. And since I absolutely love anything to do with lashes, I had to share.
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Easy: At Alberta Ferretti, the designer wanted the models' eyes to have a "little bit of a flick at the ends," said makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds, but with as little makeup as possible, so the girls still looked "pure, clean, and elegant." So Simmonds devised a way to elongate the outer lashes in the fastest way possible: with one individual fake lash. Using the M.A.C. 30 Lash set, he picked up one lash and cut it in half. Then he glued it to the outer corner of the eye and added a few coats of black mascara to blend it in with the model's natural lashes.
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Easier: Pat McGrath's technique at Stella McCartney couldn't be simpler. After curling the top lashes, she used CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara in Black on just the top lashes, and on the bottom lashes, she used the brown version. "When you emphasize just the top lashes in black, it creates the illusion of a beautiful slant and gives the eyes a fresh sort of wing," said McGrath. "The brown defines the shape of the eye, but in a soft way." I for one will definitely be digging out that forgotten tube of brown mascara, stat.
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by Sophia Panych