She’s always credited good genes for her good looks, but now it’s been revealed that one of Naomi Campbell’s bestkept beauty secrets are her false eyelashes.
The average eyelash measures between seven and nine millimetres, and even lengthening them by just one millimetre can make a difference to the appearance of your face.
So if you want to cheat like Naomi, what are the best options? We asked ALICE SMELLIE – whose eyelashes are usually just 6mm long – to find out.
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An eyelash lift not only sounds terrifyingly medical, it is also tediously uncomfortable. I shut my eyes and try not to grimace as pads are placed under my bottom eyelashes to protect the skin.
Then a cosmetic glue is painted across my eyelid. Trying to quell the image of my eyes being super-glued together I smile through gritted teeth when asked if I’m okay.
The therapist places a rubber half-moonshaped shield on my lid and tugs all my eyelashes up over the shield with a pair of tweezers.
The lashes stick to the glue and the theory is that as they are stretched over the rubber they are lifted to give them more curl. A lifting balm softens the hair molecules and allows them to be reshaped more easily, then a fixing lotion rebuilds the lashes once they are in a new shape.
As I am waiting the ten minutes necessary for the chemical holding agents to work, I feel like a lab rat. My eyelashes are stretched so high I feel as though they are pinned to the top of my forehead and I am desperately fighting the urge to blink.
If necessary, a tint – or colour boost to give it its official and apparently more appealing title – is added. This is applied to the top and bottom lashes and left for a further ten minutes while the colour takes hold.
Finally, it is time for the silicon shield to be removed. As this has been stuck on with some gusto, it feels like a plaster being ripped off slowly.
When I look in the mirror I realise the pain is justified. My eyelashes are thick and black and astonishingly full of volume. I invariably have mascara or an eyelash curler to hand, but now I don’t need it. I have wonderfully curly lashes and my make-up bag is nowhere in sight. It takes 45 minutes and lasts two to three months!
Article from DailyMail.co.uk November 2007 by Alice Smellie
I’ve been doing Blink & Go and Nouveau lashes for over a year now and I’d say they are probably my most enjoyable treatment to do. I really enjoy the precision of the lashes and absolutly love the finished result. The Blink & Go lashes are personally my favourite of the two, as I love the full mascara look. They are very convenient for clients too because you can just nip in on your lunch break as they only take 30 minutes to apply. The Blink & Go’s last up to 2 weeks as long as the aftercare advice is followed correctly. Each individual false lash is applied onto your own lashes where needed, and the length depends on the clients wishes. These lashes are also perfect for holidays, or a special occasion, as they are very easy to look after.
I can guarantee once you have your first set you’ll be hooked, and most definitely want them again! Blink & Go lashes are done at both Bruntsfield & the Teviot Place salon, and will soon be a big focus at our new salon on Hanover Street in the Lash & Brow bar.
Jill Macaulay – Therapist Bruntsfield Salon
Priori Lash Recovery Serum is a brilliant product that helps improve your eyelashes in 2 weeks!
As we age, it affects the growth and renewal process of our eyelashes, resulting in thinner less abundant eyelashes. The Lash Recovery Serum helps to improve the overall condition and appearance of your lashes, promoting a healthy, voluptuous, natural look. It can also be used on your eyebrows to build fullness and thickness.
This new product is part of the Priori Target Skin Therapy range, and is the first prostaglandin-free product on the market with a unique complex of three different potent lipopeptides working in synergy to give compounded results. It has been clinically tested to improve lashes and brows in as little as 2 weeks! The product should be used once a day at bedtime, but you only need to be using it 3 to 4 times per week as maintenance once the desired results are achieved.
A lot of people use eyelash extensions to overcome the eyelash ageing problem, but this product is the perfect alternative for those looking for a long-term solution.
The Lash Recovery Serum is priced at £79. If you require more information, please ask at either of our Edinburgh salons at Teviot or Bruntsfield Place.