Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The best false lashes for easy, everyday eyes

Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company

Alright, first things first; I'm not suggesting that all of us think falsies are part of an 'everyday' make-up look. In fact, up until late last year I'd avoided them in both my day and night life. I was convinced false eyelashes looked absolutely ridiculous on me and that every time I put a pair on I became some kind of drag queen alter ego I never knew I had.

Actually, it turned out, I was just picking up your typical pair of lashes without giving much thought to how most are geared towards the more dramatic, evening look and thinking big was better anyway, because if you're going to be false you might as well be really false right? These just feel too much for daytime to me though, so this year I challenged myself to scour the shelves to see if a more subtle pair were out there, for putting on for a day out if I felt like it. I picked up two very different pairs of lashes - one pair were a full strip of lashes, but very fine and not too long and the other were this pair from The Vintage Cosmetic Company. I'll admit I was completely trying to not buy anything from this brand to avoid being a complete cliche, but this pair of lashes were doing something a bit different. Let me just say, when I put the first pair on I honestly couldn't tell the difference. They were so subtle they were practically invisible - perfect if I was trying to camouflage them in my own lashes, but that wasn't really the idea. No, I wanted to be able to see them and I was after a sort of 'daytime pin-up' look where you'd get extra length, volume and definition, preferably with a Marilyn-esque, feline flick out of the corner of my eyes.

This Betty style provides. Here's why I love them:
  1. They're not a full-length strip, but more like 2/3 of one - this makes them both easier to apply (as less to align) and more natural-looking. There's no faffing with trimming these to size - they worked for me from the word go
  2. They're also more natural-looking - but not too natural - because the only exaggerated length is at the ends of the strips, providing that lash-flick I was after and added volume for the rest of my lashes
  3. For both of these reasons, from a distance it probably wouldn't be obvious I'm wearing them, but in these photos you can see they're adding just enough extra to look like enhanced versions of my real lashes - perfect
To demonstrate the pretty, yet subtle, difference these lashes make, I took some before and after shots, where I'm coincidentally pulling really similar facial expressions - let's pretend I planned it that way! See what you think...


Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
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Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
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Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
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Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
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Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
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Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
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So I hope you can see, it's not an OTT look, but they do add a little bit extra to my everyday pin-up style make-up here. When I'm looking up, they offer more in the way of definition, but they're not overly apparent. They're ideal for my wants for the everyday, although do see below for my warning about the glue that comes with them.

Now, I'm not a pro at applying lashes by any means, but I have picked up some tips from wearing these that I thought might help anyone who's as un-used to them as I was!

Applying false lashes the easy way
  1. Put mascara on your real lashes first. I've seen lots of advice about putting mascara on after you've applied falsies, to blend them together. I say a) this isn't necessary and b) this is only going to work perfectly once! Just make sure you curl your real lashes as much as possible for your mascara application, as falsies always have a lot of spring that I know my natural lashes don't. That's really all you need to do - they will still blend into one this way. Apply mascara to falsies and you've got to get it off before you try it again with that pair. I just don't think they'd ever be the same again somehow.
  2. Ignore all advice about using tweezers to place them. I put this on a par with whenever I try to eat noodles with chopsticks - I attempt to use an unfamiliar pointy tool until I eventually realise that what I'm used to is easier. In that case, it's a knife and fork, but in this case, it's my good ol' fingers. I was having a total nightmare with applying lashes until I just used my hands - instead of trying to work out how to angle lashes on the end of a metal instrument 
  3. Use the best glue. For me, we're talking Eyelure glue - just the regular stuff that comes with their pairs will do (although I believe you can buy it separately too). I made the mistake of using the glue that came with this pair here and I almost ripped out all of my real eyelashes as a result. That stuff was more like superglue than eyelash glue, it's truly dreadful. It shouldn't hurt to take falsies off - so if it does, get yourself some different glue.
  4. Give the glue some time to get tacky. When the glue is first applied it's not as sticky as when you wait at least ten seconds. Some advice says to wait as long as 45 seconds - I've never done that, but giving 20-30 does help them to stick right away, rather than pinging off because the glue is too 'fresh'. This is extra frustrating when you're trying to get them stuck perfectly to the outer corner of your eye, believe me.
  5. Apply the strip from the outer corner in. It felt more natural to me to stick the lashes down from the 'inside out', but every time I did it that way I was ending up either with one pair starting in a different place to the other, or both ending too soon before my natural lashes did on the outer corner of my eye, which looks really weird with falsies. Changing to stick the outer corner first means I get it right every time.
  6. Check you really have got the outer corner stuck down. If you turn your head to the side, you'll see if your lash strip is actually glued to your eyelid, or if, as kept happening to me, it was hovering a millimetre or so above my skin, which looked perfectly weird. You will need to firmly push it into the corner - it feels a little bit unnatural to do, but makes the difference! If you only notice it's not stuck properly after you've applied, you'll have to take the whole thing off and start again to fix it.
So there you have it, those are my favourite falsies right now. The 'Betty's are available to buy direct from www.thevintagecosmeticscompany.com for £6. I picked my pairs up from Boots so you may find them there too in the UK. Do you have a favourite pair of lashes? Do share!


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20 comments:

  1. I've never managed to get the hang of false eyelashes! I wore some for a night out after my A levels (so quite a long time ago!) then showed my sister photos of the night and she couldn't stop laughing at how ridiculous they looked, so haven't really tried too hard with them since. I've actually got a pair of these ones but have only tried (and failed) to apply them once - they just won't stick in the right place! I think I might need to persevere with them a bit and not just get frustrated straight away - I'm so lazy with make up that I usually just do it in a few minutes, and if it doesn't fit in that time, it doesn't happen! Your make up is ALWAYS so on point - you look gorgeous!

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    1. Well, that would put you off! You probably just needed more subtle ones, but to be honest it has taken me some time to get used to seeing any kind of falsies on me, but now I have I love them. I think the key is waiting for the glue to actually get sticky, or it will always be a disaster :)

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  2. I love false lashes but rarely find myself putting them on these days. I do love how they make your look just a touch more dramatic in a fun way though! Also great advice on putting them on! I also forgo the tweezers and use my fingers. Sharp metal pointy things right at your eye ball is probably not the best idea in the world! :O

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    1. That's my thoughts exactly!! Just makes no sense to me - I have tried it with tweezers but it was so hard!

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  3. I love these too! I was worried about the brand being too cliche and maybe bad quality, boy was I glad I tried them! Amazing!

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    1. I really like this brand actually - I tried not to for cliche reasons, but everything I've got from them has been great so far!

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  4. Some great tips here, I've never really mastered it. I think the idea of a 3/3 strip is great too, as I can never get the inner in the right place, or to stay down! I heard someone recently say they cut strip lashes up into 3 to make them easier to apply and sit more naturally.

    Kariss x

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    1. Make sure you really do wait for the glue to set before you even try, is my best advice! I've heard about people cutting them like this too, but I honestly don't think it's necessary with a pair like this. Also, another common mistake people make is not cutting full length strips to size - you nearly always need to chop some off! x

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  5. Love this post!! I haven't tried any falsies ever recently because I have horrible memories of trying them in the past. I would like to search for a pair that aren't too finicky and this post helps a lot with tips!

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    1. When you find a pair you like the look of, if it's a full strip don't be afraid to cut them, to make them more like mine here. They always come longer than anyone needs!

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  6. These look great on you, I noticed how fab your lashes were in real life when you visited! I just can't apply the darn things, they end up halfway up my eyelids like Dali painting!! There are places like Superdrug Beauty Studio where they'll apply them for free when you buy the lashes so at least I've got that as an option. Xx

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    1. They're my faves :) Ha, the trick is you've got to wait for the glue, otherwise they just don't stick proper! And longer than it feels natural too... xx

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  7. Hi Cici,

    great advice about lashes.
    I'm not mad about them though due to bad experience in the past (lets say more than 20 years ago, ups!).
    I also do not use make up 'cause it causes me allergy, so I'm afraid the lashes will be the same. Anyway they look great on you!

    Have a great day,

    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

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    1. Well, I've made a few mistakes with them! I guess you'd have to find glue that you weren't sensitive too, and I haven't the faintest idea how easy that would be!

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  8. They really do make a difference! I love the with and without comparison shots, they really illustrate how such a small thing can add so much to a look. They manage to be both subtle, in that you can't really tell they're fake, and almost cartoonish, in that you end up with a feathery, fluttery fan of lashes. Love it.
    I've done the individual falsies, where you can just add a few to the outer corner or center, and they're very natural looking but also kind of time consuming. I like the idea of the strips, but I've never found one that really works for me. I love the idea of the 2/3rds strip, though. And applying from the outer corner in is a great piece of advice, I'll have to try that.

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    1. Glad you liked the comparison shots, because boy they took me forever! I am just too lazy for individual lashes - I spend enough time on my makeup without adding that in... I'd probably never manage to get them all off again either!

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  9. They look like really great lashes! I love really bold ones for mod looks but have been yet to find some nice subtle ones, these look lovely. I have finally got the hang of putting them on (most of the time) but have picked up some more tips from your post x

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    1. These strike a really good balance between being subtle, but not so subtle you might as well not be wearing them, like the other pair I tried! x

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  10. Awesome tips and lashes. They're strikingly natural looking, yet at that little something-something, you know? So pretty and rather inspiring, too, and as I keep debating sporting false lashes (at least once in a while) as part of my daily looks. More often than not, the only time of the year I muster the courage to wear them is on Halloween (and I do always adore how they look on me then). We have some products from this lovely brand here (more so in Kelowna), but I haven't seen their lashes yet. I'll definitely be keeping an eye (pun quasi intended ;D) out for them. Thanks for the fabulous review, sweet CiCi!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  11. Good advice here, thank you! I've only tried fake lashes once and it didn't work. They were really cheap, not so good quality and I had a lot of trouble applying them, because there weren't good instructions. Sure I could wear them, but they definitely looked like badly applied falsies :D

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