If you are not familiar with lash extensions, extensions are synthetic lashes applied (glued) alongside your own lashes, they are placed near the root but not at the root as I understood they should not touch the skin. They last approx 2 to 3 weeks before needing a “refill” but this will vary on how long they last on you. Unlike false lashes that you can buy and apply yourself, the extensions are applied by a professional and are worn overnight. There are several types and materials but I only tried the most common and cheap ones. The finished style will depend on what you ask for and your eye shape. They should actually ask you what you want and eventually what your daily relation with make-up is, just for a better adoption.
Mascara is the most important yet frustrating step in my make-up routine, my lashes are short, sparse, when you can see them it’s because I have spent a while trying to make that happen. I occasionally use fake lashes but when I do, I prefer to use flares. Very rarely use full length because I don’t often go to events where these would be appropriate and because with my very round eyes I find them a pain to apply.
I went for synthetic lash extensions because :
- I wanted to try this technique for over a year but did not take the time to look for a place.
- I was going on holiday, best time!
- I found a fantastic offer.
- I wanted to report back to you, on behalf of all the 40+ community who have hooded lids I am convinced it’s much easier on younger eyes to walk around wearing extensions or false lashes but what about more mature eyes ?
Here I am today reporting back on this experience with all the pros and cons I encountered!
BEFORE the lash extensions
Since my lashes require a lot of effort, I was using either the RMK Extra Deep W mascara (with the fibers), or the RMK curl, or also the Chanel Le Volume.
In the past and for a very long time I used Chanel Inimitable Intense. I repurchased that mascara probably 6 times -every 4 months approx- until I got two in a row that were of inferior quality or maybe they were not performing as good on my lashes… our eyes and lashes may change as time goes by so maybe that’s what happen.
Part of my lash “bar”:
The RMK Extra Deep W adds volume and length and the RMK focuses on curl and length. Curl on my lashes is way more important than volume but I love and use both types, not at the same time. If I am wearing a very dramatic smokey eye, I will pick the RMK that adds volume (thickness) so that the lashes stand out and frame the eyes. If I go for a more elegant look that has a light shade on the mobile lid (or a graduation), I will pick the curling one, this will open the eyes as you will be able to actually see the shadow behind the curl of the lashes and bring light to the eyes.
False eye lashes
Since this topic is rarely discussed when it concerns more mature eyes, I’ll share my experience maybe this can help someone
The full length false lashes are not something I love to use because they are a pain to apply and if something goes wrong and they partially unglue you will have part of it sticking out… yep been there… - using half ones or flares is not only easier to apply but also more natural and less risky if any accident occurs.
There is a video on Youtube from Loriover40 that I love and follow, link here, she is very funny and she talks about the issues you may encounter if you are not used to apply them and she addresses some questions you may have if you are… over 40 and are considering false lashes If you are not used to it and if you start with full length ones, you may find that difficult at the beginning, you may also find that too fake looking.
I will just quickly show you an example with two different type of flares, the Ardell Duralash on the left, and my favs Shu Uemura on the right. You will see in the pics why I prefer the Shu.
The left column is my lashes totally bare, no mascara at all. In the middle column just one layer of mascara, this is just to prep them for the flares, I usually wear 3 or 4 coats of mascara. On the right column the flares, on my right eye the Shu Uemura on my left eye (to your right…) the Ardell.
If you have a closer look to the base of the Shu flares, you do not see the roots, they look gorgeous and natural. There are 10 in the Shu compact, I am wearing two of them side by side near the outer corner of the eye. I am not wearing any eyeliner at all so that you can see them on their own with nothing to hide their base. You can zoom on the pic if you click on it.
I start from the outer corner but I do not go all the way to the outer corner, just stop a few lashes before the end so that it lifts the eye. These Shu pair nicely with my own lashes and you don’t see when they start and when they end. Unlike the half ones I have from Mac for example, they are too long, maybe I will just cut them one day and still use them
I use the long Shu Uemura tool but only after I have placed them with a smaller one, I don’t mix the one I place them with and the one I “marry” them, working this way makes it easy for me and it takes me 30 seconds per eye…
With the Ardell, I use 3 or 4 flares in the outer corner, they don’t look as natural, they are too long for me and it’s not easy to have them look in the same direction… I only placed 2 of them here (approx 8 lashes per flare) to show you the roots because even though they look weird on me, you can see that the root is not obvious which is great. Ardell are on my left eye (to your right) :
I think wearing flares still makes a statement without being over the top. It is a good comprise if you don’t want to try lash extensions to start with and if you don’t want to struggle with full length false ones, so just give these type of flares a go and let me know
I know it’s not something you would do everyday, you may not have the time and energy to apply them often but, occasionally, it’s super fun to do so. After 40 (or even before!) and if you are in a relationship, you may face obstacles during the application, I mean, you need to be left alone to do that and the husband quiz may also trouble you… (are you going on a date??? or… do you think you are 20 again???) Hmmmm not easy to do that while someone is staring at you and not always fun to have to explain that you are actually wearing false lashes just for fun… BUT as I said before it’s worth it, it’s not a surgery operation and yet it changes the whole face quite a lot!
That’s why I wanted to try the “semi-permanent” lash extension option because I love how so little can do so much