The saying goes, the eyes are the gateway to your soul, if that’s true then it’s time to get fluttering. Team EW go in search of the perfect full set of lashes…
Best for: Longevity
What: Eyelash Extensions
Where: Sister’s Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall
Tester: Alexandria, Deputy Editor
The run down: For a set of lashes that get attention, these extensions are the last word. The therapist and I discussed the type of look I was going for – longer, thicker, dramatic or curly? It was resounding yes for all. Once chosen, each individual fake lash was painstakingly applied to each of my own natural lashes, while I drifted off to sleep. For maintenance, it’s important to keep lashes dry for 24 hours and when removing eye make-up, a non-oil based remover should be used.
The result: The lashes are meant to last for three to four weeks. However, I needed a refill by week two.
Tel: (04) 3398500
Price: Dhs425 for a semi-full set, Dhs600 for full
Time: One Hour
Best for: Conditioning
What: Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes
Where: Boots Pharmacy
Tester: Jade, Style Editor
The run down: This wonder serum transforms the look of your eyes from the bags to your lashes. After cleansing and toning the eye area I applied the serum nightly, gently massaging it into my lashes. For someone with seriously fine lashes I was hoping for a product that’d thicken them, however this fortifying product only conditioned, which isn’t a bad thing.
The result: After one week my lashes didn’t feel longer but felt stronger at the root. The best bit was my eye area looked more luminous, giving me that desired bright-eyed look.
Best for: Permanent results
What: RapidLash Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
Tester: Elizabeth, Beauty Editor
The run down: This is one for the patient beauty girl, but the results are well worth the wait. There’s a reason why this is an award-winning product as in just three weeks of painting on the protein packed formula I noticed my lashes were fuller and my eyebrows less sparse. It’s now become an important part of my beauty routine.
The result: A full set of lashes of your very own. No tricks required.
Best for: Instant impact
What: Huda Beauty Lashes #2
Where: Sephora, The Dubai Mall
Tester: Annah, Assistant online editor
The run down: Beauty blogger, Huda Kattan, has released her own lash line and I was lucky enough to have a one-on-one tutorial. The strip lashes were trimmed to fit my eye shape. Next, she took a dot of black lash glue, to which she advised: “Never overdo the glue. It’ll take longer to dry and the lash will move around . Instead, just use enough to cover the rim, then gently apply to the lash line.”
The result: Huda’s falsies gave me long, head-turning lashes in a flash.
Some of the best wands on the beauty block…
1. Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Bold Cobalt Dhs163 Estée Lauder
2. Hypnôse Mascara from Dhs175 Alber Elbaz for Lancôme
3. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl in 694 Over Brown Dhs160 Dior
4. Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in 20 Bleu Dhs165 Chanel
5. Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara in Black Velvet Dhs170 Givenchy
6. Opulash Mascara in Sama Dhs105 M.A.C
Image: Tom Ford