So Long!

Come-hither eyes are just a blink (and lash session) away.

Bat for lashes. From extensions to applicators and accessories, eye accentuations are undeniably alluring. Whether you wear mascara, curl or glue on faux flutter, maximizing bedroom eyes is always in vogue. While there are numerous products available in stores and online to augment lash volume (exhibit A, at right), leaving buxom blinks to trained beauticians boosts long-lasting results.

Per Kristin Wood—CEO, founder and lash guru of Kristin Wood Lashes—”total volume lashes” are totally hot right now.

“I just love the luxury of it,” Wood says. At Wood’s studio, you can opt from three luxe lash sets: Ready-to-Wear Facet, Designer and Haute Couture. Wood is perhaps best known for the dramatic Facet—one reason why booking an appointment at Wood’s salon requires patience. (There’s a substantial waiting list.) Ready-to-Wear is the gateway to eye grooming, while Designer is tailored to those desiring a softer look. “Haute Couture is custom-made, full-volume,” Wood says, “but all lash styles are tailor-made to you.”

Luxe Lashes style and grooming bar—run by another local lash savant, Leanne Kirk— also customizes volume lashes for choosy clientele. Whether customers opt for a Full Initial Set or a simple maintenance fill, lash lengthening, when done correctly, proves to be worth its price tag. Plus, Luxe Lashes’ recently introduced Russian Volume Set boasts multiplied volume and length—and also to never damage au naturel lashes and their growth cycles.

While Wood and Kirk’s establishments both tout safe and sustainable quality, upkeep is key, whether or not lashes are for real or fake.


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Lusciously plump and oh-so sexy, courtesy Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara—pictured in Portly Plum—wondrously lengthy lashes are just a wink away. Brush on a few strokes from the oversized brush, and boldly colored lashes build upon the look you want. Vowing not to clump, flake or smudge, pigment-enhancing ingredients laced within the vividly hued tube produce powerful width without weighing you down. $17, T Galleria Hawaii by DFS .

“I think with lash extensions, especially, you want to make sure that you have a cosmetic liner that is either water-based, gel-based or even shadow-based,” Wood says. “There are numerous lash-care products for after-care, and also, skincare treatments are huge. We recommend that you stick to your skincare regimen. You simply want to avoid anything oil-based around your [faux] lashes.”

While lash-extension services can be pricy, patrons are pleasantly surprised by the longevity, comfort and convenience—and how active they can remain while sporting falsies. But if you prefer to purchase your own, we’re Shu Uemura, BEAUTY IS LIFE and Urban Decay fans (lash sets pictured on this page: clockwise, from top). So, sweat it out, and batter up. Those extensions are here to stay. /

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