Genetics bestowed upon me wimpy, ho-hum lashes… and then made me so clumsy that I couldnâ€™t apply false ones to save my life. Oh, the sweet eyelash irony!
Enter the Shu Uemura lash bar, aka false eyelash nirvana, where the lashes are affordable and the appointment booking process couldn’t be easier.
Whether you’re looking for a little lash extension, or you’re aching for crazy, over-the-top-lashes to overcompensate for many years of eyelash inadequacy (*ahem*), Shuâ€™s got you covered.
Case in point:
Notice how fabulously non-wimpy these are. I done died and went to eyelash heaven, ladies!
Would you believe a trip to eyelash heaven is actually pretty darn affordable? From a Shu lash bar, all you do is purchase any pair of their false lashes, which run from $16 to about $50 a pair, and a Shu makeup artist will apply your new lashes (and answer any questions you might have about them) for free!
Gratis rules, but I know you work hard for your money, so to stretch those dolla-dolla-bills a wee bit further, hereâ€™s a great money saving tip I got from Jeccica, a Shu Uemura makeup artist and manager (and all around rad girl) at the San Francisco Fillmore store: buy a pair like False Eyelashes Luxe ($20) and ask the makeup artist to cut one of the lashes in half.
Ask the artist to apply each of the cut halves to your outer lashes only. It’s a simple way to get a sexy, yet natural-looking eyelash boost. Save that uncut lash for future use. Cut that bad boy in half and you’re good to go with a new pair. Itâ€™s like getting two sets of lashes for the price of one, yah?
As if that wasn’t cool enough, the icing on the cake: Shu’s lashes are also reusable. Just take care when you remove them (gently pulling them off), and store them in their original packaging to keep them clean and safe. Now don’t you feel clever?
Shu makes arranging a lash bar appointment easy. A week before youâ€™d like to visit, stop by or call your nearest Shu Uemura counter and ask to schedule an appointment. A lash application takes about 20 minutes.
On the day of my appointment, I met up with Jeccica at Shu’s Fillmore store early on Saturday morning. We began by discussing the kind of lash look I wanted, and she showed some samples and described the process.
I had grand plans for grocery shopping after the lash bar, so the rational part of my brain whispered, â€œChoose something demure. Youâ€™re going to Safeway to buy bananas,” but the wanna-be-eyelash-diva in me snapped her fingers and responded with, â€œGirlfriend, you ainâ€™t here for subtle!â€
I ended up going for broke and chose the Brown Feather False Eyelashes ($25), hand-crafted from feathers to look like butterflies. Oh, purty.
First, Jeccica lined my upper lash line with a black liquid eyeliner pen. While cute, lining the upper lashes serves a practical purpose, too. If you look closely at a pair of unapplied false lashes, youâ€™ll notice a thin band at the base. A black liquid liner helps to hide that band.
Next, to blend my real lashes into the false ones and give the finished product a more realistic appearance (*ahem*), Jeccica curled my lashes with a Shu Uemura eyelash curler, following up with a coat of Fiber Xtension Lengthening Mascara in black.
Gently pressing with a thumb on the base of each lash pops them out of their little cases. I guess I have smallish eyes because the lashes I chose were a touch too long for my upper lash line. No problem for Jeccica — with a scissors, she cut away the excess from the ends with the longer feathers to make them better fit the shape of my eyes.
Now, taking the eyelash adhesive in one hand and one of the false lashes in the other, Jeccica applied a thin line of Eyelash Adhesive glue to the band at the base of the lash. The glue applies white but dries clear after a few minutes.
She set the lash gently into place on my upper lash line…
After repeating the same process with the other lash, we were done. Woot! Wimpy lashes noâ€™ moâ€™!
I know these eyelashes make me look a lil’, um, nutty, but believe it or not, these lashes were not the craziest ones in the store!
These hand-crafted beauties are from the Premium (read: pricy and limited edition) false lash collection. From top to bottom…
Premium Brown Feather False Eyelashes ($50) – hand-crafted brown feather eyelashes inspired by the butterfly
Premium Radiant Yellow False Eyelashes ($50) – hand-crafted feather false eyelashes in a rustic yellow and orange and accented with a white flare finish
Premium Blunt Blue False Eyelashes ($50) – hand-crafted false eyelashes in bright blue, accented with black
And, of course, I also fell in love with these drag-queen worthy, ultra fierce Premium Radiant Yellow False Lashes…
Notice the lil’ white feathers popping out at the end? Seriously, girlfriend. Hot! While the brown ones I sported definitely brought the glam to my grocery store run (you should’ve seen the produce clerk’s face when I asked him about bananas), on my next visit I’m snagging these yellow lovelies. Maybe I’ll get even more adventurous before visiting my other “hipster” haunts, aka the library, laundromat and the bookstore, LOL!
To find the Shu Uemura retailer nearest you, visit the Shu Uemura Web site, which lists both US and international locations with phone numbers (to schedule your appointment). If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by the Fillmore Street store in San Francisco. The store itself is gorgeous and located in one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city (stop for coffee at one of the nearby cafes), and the makeup artists are knowledgeable and oh-so-friendly.
That’s me with Jeccica, my favorite Shu Uemura makeup artist!
The Shu store is also a land of lipstick heaven!
Work’s been busy and kicking my bum lately, so I have to go in early today, but hey, I’ll survive. I hope the weather stays sunny because when I get home I want to go for a really long run!
A few of us here have been chatting about working on our fitness. Last night, as I was falling asleep, I thought about running the upcoming San Francisco Bay to Breakers Race in May. It’s a 7-mile run through the city. I’ve done it before, but help me jeebus! The last time was years ago. Now, the thought of running 7 miles seems crazy to me, unless I’m being chased. But we’ll see. Hopefully today’s trial run inspires me.
I hope whatever you’re doing today is fun and makes you feel great.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,