A common query for brides I work with is if they should wear false lashes on their wedding day, they are often worried that they will feel uncomfortable, look like a jersey cow or fall off.
In this post I will give you my take on false lashes to hopefully help you make your decision.
Firstly, I will say that although my job is to create beautiful long lasting makeup, a brides comfort is my ultimate goal, because if a bride isn't comfortable on her wedding day it won't matter one bit how beautiful my work is, her facial expressions will tell a thousand stories. That's why I personally think its really important to consider if false lashes on your wedding day is right for you.
So now that's out the way, let me run through the things I discuss and explore with brides who are unsure if they want false lashes on their wedding day so you can think these things through yourself.
I've worn lashes before and they felt and looked awful.
Chances are, the only experience you have had with false lashes before is applying them yourself when going on a night out, sitting in front of the mirror for 30 minutes with your make up already on, possibly with a wine in your hand, cursing with eyes watering while delicately fumbling around, only to realise they are wonky and an hour later one has popped off into your espresso martini.
Having false lashes professionally applied by a Makeup Artist is completely different, why? because they are standing at the correct angle for application, they use the right tools, they measure and trim the lashes and select a lash that will suit the curvature of your eyelid. A correctly applied false lash should blend in perfectly to your own eye lashes, feel comfortable and give it the extra wow factor a bride deserves.
I've never worn lashes and i'm worried I won't look like myself.
This is another common concern, and a very valid one. A good Makeup Artist should be able to supply you with a range of options when choosing lashes, they come in a variety of shapes sizes and styles.
If someone has never tried lashes before I always suggest they have them applied during their trial appointment and wear them for as long as possible to see how they feel.
Every artist is different but I include lashes in my trial appointments because I really want Brides to make a choice based on experience for their big day. If after the trial they really really didn't feel comfortable in them then we go without on the day!
Comfort is key!
What type of lashes can I choose from?
There are so many options out there, and like i've already mentioned a good artist will have a number of choices for you. I personally only stock Model Rock lashes as they have all of the styles I need to suit my brides. Check out their range here www.makeupandglow.com.au/Lashes/
Some of your options are; Full Strip, Half Strip and Quarter Strip, Individual, Cluster, Knot free, Whispy and Flare Lashes..... and the list goes on.
Don't be overwhelmed! If this interests you then follow the above link and take a look. If not, then chat to your Makeup Artist and they will find the perfect lash for you!
I'm too old for lashes? I just want to have natural low key makeup.
Ultimately comfort is key right? but consider individual lashes if you feel that your age will play a part in your decision. Don't eliminate the idea completely and use your trial to play around with different styles. A few carefully placed individual lashes may look that natural that no one would ever know but frame and open your eyes just enough to make you feel extra special.
How will they look on camera?
Personally, I love the way makeup with lashes translates on camera, when I look back on images of work I have done without lashes I almost always wish I could go back in time and pop them on so they give the wow factor! but in saying that the person wearing them also has to feel comfortable. There is no use having a beautiful looking lash with a bride feeling awkward and uncomfortable.
A trial is key! (which should be very obvious by now)
I don't want false lashes but my bridesmaids do.
My opinion, if you decide not to have lashes then your bridesmaids shouldn't wear them either. This is your show, even if being the star of it makes you feel uncomfortable, you should still be taking centre stage! If you have anyone in your bridal party that might be resistant to the word "no" then have a quiet word to your Makeup Artist so they can kindly and non confrontationally explain to your party why its not a good idea.
Can I bring my own lashes?
Personally, (and other artist's might be different,) I highly discourage people bringing their own lashes. I can't gauge the quality or type of lash and it's likely they are an 'off the shelf' style rather that one that is selected for their eye shape. Ultimately, I will never refuse to use them if a bride insists (that's just the way I work) but I can't guarantee the longevity and staying power of them and you may run the risk of having to take them off on the day if they start misbehaving.
So there you go, just some personal insights into my experience's of helping people decide if they want lashes or not on their wedding day. I hope it has helped you to make a decision if you were undecided.
If you take one key point from this post, TRIAL them 100% absolutely always! then you can make an informed decision and feel comfortable on your big day knowing that you have the right amount of wow factor!
Let me know if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to respond.
Until next time.
I'm an english born makeup lover who has transformed an unhealthy obsession with Makeup into a career that I love. I reside in Newcastle NSW and have a passion for working with Brides to create their perfect wedding day look. I also love dipping my toes into the the world of creative makeup.