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Beauty & Beyond: The Lash Edition

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I went trick-or-treating one year. I must have been four or five years old. I was dressed like a princess (didn'??t see that coming, did you?). I walked up to the door, rang the bell and waited in anticipation for the shower of candy and praise for a costume well-done. The woman opened her door and gasped.

'??Look at you!'? she screamed. '??You must have stolen those lashes! Those aren'??t yours. They'??re too long. You stole those!'?

I burst into tears. Not only because clearly I was a thief and was busted, but because it didn'??t appear that this was going to end with candy. With my long lashes clumped together in big wet messiness, I ran home.

I'??ve since grown into those lashes. They aren'??t freakishly long anymore. And now that we'??re entering the flirty holiday season, I almost wish they were. What good is that New Year'??s Eve kiss if it'??s not prefaced with a come-hither glance to someone through a veil of sexy lashes?

The easy thing to do for long lashes is to grab mascara and glob on four coats. Easy, yes. Attractive, no. Bye-bye spider eyes, and hello faux lashes'??the latest quickie DIY job (yes, I said DIY) for glorious eye-catching attention.

Try self-applied lashes for one-night dazzling eyes. Don'??t worry, my lash-coveting lovelies. This can be fast beauty with practice. Do an entire strip or just add a few lashes at the lash line'??s end for a two-second cat eye. There are several I like...


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For starters, Laura Mercier has a set for $18 that has three different lengths, so that you can give a little boost to your entire eye or just the center or corner.


To really have fun,Shu Uemura has amazing feathers, crystals and colors and feathers at their Toyko Lash Bar. This year brings the '??ethnocolor-scope'? features intricate decorations inspired by artistic handicrafts. So you can fashion your own eye décor just as traditional people once weaved and created their own exquisite crafts. They run around $22-$28 each and I love the tribal patch, ethnic charm and mini-violet. Or just get a pair of their black diamante lashes for a little sparkle.


If you would rather not spend the moderately big bucks for the big lashes (because you don'??t trust your steady hand yet ot actually pull this off), Revlon has Beyond Natural and Fantasty Length lashes for $5.49.

Here'??s how to make the magic happen.
1. Using cuticle scissors, cut faux lashes to fit your lashline
2. Apply liquid liner
3. Apply mascara
4. Apply thin strip of glue to faux lashes (right on the band)
5. Wait 20 seconds for glue to become tacky
6. Apply lashes to your lid as close to the lashline as possible
7. Position perfectly with tweezers
8. Fill in holes in faux lashes with a thin line of liquid liner

Now bat those lashes with pride. Just don'??t ask for any candy. You might get yelled at.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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