Of all things bridal beauty, long, luscious lashes are among the most coveted. Unfortunately, mascara doesn’t always do the trick. While it’s a life-saver when you’re in a pinch, your wedding day deserves a little extra oomph. Put down the wand and consider these eye-opening alternatives to getting the most amazing lashes.
Debatably the most well-known lash enhancing option, falsies are a cheap and easy way to accentuate what momma gave you. Bonus: They come in a variety of styles so you can make your look as bold and dramatic or slender and soft as you’d like. They can also be placed individually, in small sections, or as a whole strip to customize your look.
On the flip side, falsies can look, well, fake, which may not be the natural look you want on your wedding day. These can be tricky to stick on just right—make sure you have a makeup artist to do it for you. The eyelash glue may also contain chemicals that can cause an allergic reaction, so test it elsewhere on your body 24 hours beforehand.
Eyelash Growth Serums
Products like Latisse, Revitalash, and NeuLash have made the eyelash growth serum game hot, even trickling down to drugstore and designer brands. But are they worth the hype? It may depend on what brand you use, but Latisse, the first and only FDA-approved treatment for thick and long lashes, is known to deliver results, which also includes darker lashes. Application is easy—just swipe it on once a day—but you’ll need to start well before your wedding. It takes about two months of nightly use to see results, and after three to four months, you can cut down everyday use.
However, it can have side effects such as darkening your eye color or irritating the eye or eyelid, but these are slim. You’ll also need a prescription for it from your dermatologist and it’s not cheap, costing around $120. You can always opt for an over the counter brand, but research reviews before buying as the results may not be as promising.
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Eyelash extensions have amazing, natural-looking results. Pop into the salon for a couple hours a month before your wedding (they typically last between six and eight weeks, but everyone’s growth cycles are different), and your technician will apply the lashes in your choice size (6mm to 17mm). It’s a painless process and provides instant gratification. Their semipermanence makes them a great choice if you want long lashes for other wedding activities, such as the rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
Unfortunately, such great results come at a price—between $50 to $200. As with falsies, glue is involved and irritation could occur. Ask your technician for formaldehyde-free and latex-free glue. Upkeep is also a little high-maintenance; you must keep water away from them for the first 12 to 24 hours after application, and you’ll have to be careful while showering and removing makeup so as not to risk them falling out sooner. You might also have to go in for touch ups in 2 to 4 weeks.
Lash tinting is a perfect option for fair lashes, as they define the lashes by making them bolder and darker, which accentuates their length. While you can buy a lash tint at the store, you’re better off getting it done professionally. The results are expected to last three to four weeks, but it does vary by person. It’s also relatively inexpensive, typically ranging from $20-$40.
Despite the improved appearance, tinting doesn’t actually make lashes longer or thicker. So, if you already have dark lashes, this may not be your best option. There are also no FDA-approved tints, so again, you run the risk of irritating your eyes.