Fall’s Beauty Beat: Lash Out!
For Fall, ladies will be batting their lashes for this season’s dramatic doe-eyed look; think more fierce-femme à la Faye Dunaway and less lady-like lashes. As seen at Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, and Lanvin, it’s all about chunky and cloggy lashes that beam a bright and bold expression. If you’re like me, you’ve been on a proverbial quest for the magical mascara that promises long and thick lashes and delivers a dramatic flared-and-lifted over-the-top eye look. Not too much to ask for! Hunt no more, I’ve come across two beauty products that provide lashes that will have your friends calling you Bambi.
Wanna know more? Simple. Answer these two questions:
- Are you brazen and brave? Scroll to number 2 for interminable lashes.
- Are you keen on tried-and-tested? Read number 1 for lush and long lashes.
01- Maybelline Great Lash LOL Mascara
If you are a fan of Maybelline’s iconic pink and green tube mascara, then you’ll absolutely heart their new edition to the Great Lash family with LOL which stands for Lots of Lashes. Don’t let the tongue-and-cheek name fool you, it delivers serious elongated and defined lashes. The heart-shaped brush is designed to reach all of your lashes which easily coats from root to tip, corner to corner; also great on accentuating the bottom lashes.
Maybelline Great Lash LOL is available in three washable shades: Very Black, Blackest Black, and Brownish Black.
Retails for $6.49
02- Latisse, Eyelash Enhancer
Latisse is a cosmetic eyelash conditioner that coats and thickens lashes providing a natural and fuller look. The prescription-only product is approved by Health Canada and has been on the market for a couple of years. It has featured Brooke Shields and now Claire Danes as their spokesmodels. Discovered serendipitously when doctors noticed that patients with glaucoma were walking around with long and lovely lashes due to the medicinal ingredient bimatoprost.
In Montreal, the cosmetic product is available at MédIME Institut de Médicine Esthétique. I met with Dr. Jean-Francois Tremblay for a consultation where he explained that the lash enhancer is applied like an eyeliner at night for six to eight weeks to notice visible results. Latisse is great for women with thinning lashes or those just looking for an alternate to fake lash extensions. Sounds too good to be true? Maybe so, as it requires ongoing commitment to maintain the full lash look. Costing $120 per box and lasting two months, a non-negligible monetary commitment is also required. Furthermore, women, especially those with darker skin tones, might experience hyperpigmentation which darkens the base of eyelids (this effect is reverse by ceasing the usage of the product).
Latisse is available at MédIME Institut de Médicine Esthétique
Le Sanctuaire du Mont-Royal
6100 du Boisé #114
Montreal, H3S 2W1
Regardless if you choose the prescribed cosmetic treatment or purchase a drugstore-found product, the result is priceless and will have you batting your lashes to this Fall’s long and lush look.