Shu Uemura has the market cornered on high fashion, drag queen-esque, stage worthy false lashes, but Shu’s false lash fabulousness comes at a steep price — a single pair of their most dramatic lashes can set you back $50 or more!
No problem. Budget divas need look no further than the Make Up For Ever counter at their nearby Sephora.
At each Sephora Make Up For Ever Lash Bar, lash pairs cost just $14 each. I think they compare well with most Shu Uemura lashes in terms of craftsmanship and design. No doubt, Shu makes some of the most unbelievably beautiful lashes in the world, but let’s face it: they ain’t cheap. With over 50 styles to choose from, the Make Up For Ever Lash Bar has lashes for just about every occasion. You can go from tame (long and black) to outrageous (teal and blue two-inch feathers) without breaking the bank.
I love the hot pink, polka-dotted “Heidi” pair pictured at the top. Maybe I can rock those on my next trip to Safeway! I also like the neon green pair pictured below.
Make Your Lashes Last
To be able to reuse a pair of Make Up For Ever false lashes over and over again, you need to keep them looking fresh. Desmond, a makeup artist and lash expert friend of mine at the Sephora store in Novato, California suggests the following:
- Avoid putting mascara on your false lashes.
- When removing them, be sure to remove all of the adhesive from the lash strip.
- Gently pull (don’t yank) to remove.
- Once removed, immediately place lashes back into their storage box with the lash strip along the curve to retain their original shape.
Desmond says that with careful lash removal and storage, you can get as many as 10 good uses out of a single $14 pair.
I have no idea where I’d ever wear neon green lashes, but I’m strangely comforted by the knowledge that I could afford to get a pair of them if I needed to, LOL. False eyelash fabulousness for less than two bucks per use? That’s cheaper than a Starbucks latte!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,