We all want eyes that pop. But what’s a girl to do when she hasn’t been blessed with larger-than-life lashes necessary to make a statement? Turn to the experts of course. Alicia Hunter (http://www.aliciahunter.com), renowned celebrity lash extensionist, is no stranger to providing women with bombshell lashes, in fact she’s perhaps best known for her work on the runways of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Desperate to get the look, we begged for her insider tips:
- Make sure you start with a clean, dry face. Then, curl your lashes. I favor Shu Uemura's lash curler; Sephora has a nice one, too.
- If, like me, you have light natural lashes, I suggest applying one light coat of mascara to top lashes of both eyes, allowing it to dry. I've tried them all (who hasn't?!) and I always return to my old high school favorite- Maybelline Great Lash. The purpose of putting on a thin coat of black mascara over light lashes prior to strip application is to make the lash line easier to spot when "landing" the strip.
- Now for the false lashes - I always end up buying Ardell in Demi Wispies, Black. They are dramatic enough for night yet wispy enough for day. Take one strip of false lashes out of the package. Use nail scissors to trim to fit your eye.
- Apply the lash glue from inner to outer corner, just enough to cover the base of the strip. Make sure you go all the way across, using a light hand. Then wait about 20 seconds for the glue to become tacky.
- Using a mirror where you have good light, close one eye and carefully place the strip on your lid about ¼ inch away from your inner eye, as close to the lash line as possible.
- Wait about 10 seconds before opening that eye so you don't end up with any still-wet glue on your lid. If you need to wiggle the strip closer to the lash line, do so with a rounded toothpick. Gently place toothpick at strip and push down from inner to outer eye. Do this as soon as possible to avoid the glue being too dry to maneuver. Repeat with the other eye.
- Wait about two minutes for the lash glue to dry before applying a thin line of liquid or pencil liner to ensure any glue is not visible. Then follow with the rest of your eye makeup and another coat of mascara.