I’ve spent so much money on the hunt for my perfect mascara that I may as well have purchased a Mulberry bag and be done with it. Nothing quite gets my eyes looking as I would like, so I rely heavily on fake lashes to get my flutter perfect. When I heard about a procedure from Karen Betts that claimed to ‘tilt and straighten’ your lashes instead of perming them, I practically dialled straight away without any hesitation. I popped down to her Harley Street practice last week for my appointment and happily skipped into the chair ready to see the results.
|No mascara, blurry tired eyes…!|
The procedure is quick and absolutely painless. After removing all your makeup, a silicone (I think!) guard is placed along your lower and upper lash line to protect the eyes and skin. Your lashes are then painted with a formula and lifted/straightened from the root backwards to sit against the upper guard. Now obviously this whole time I had my eyes closed so I’m not entirely sure what was going on, but I’m pretty sure it was just some painting and waiting! There’s a formula that goes on for 15mins and then a second one is applied for a further 5mins. Once the formula and guards are removed you’re free to jump up and look at the results… I had one word: wow.
|Little bit of day mascara, just for colour.|
My lashes had been titled so much that they were practically standing upright. They looked as though they’d been curled and fiddled with for hours to get them that way, not a few minutes falling asleep with some chemicals on my eyes. The procedure works by lifting lashes at the root and straightening rather than perming them with a curler, meaning you get a more dramatic result that’s not only more effective, but lasts longer too. To prevent your lashes from messing up and ending up wrong in all kinds of ways, you have to keep them free from any products or water for 24hrs and apply a serum to keep them protected. I had a shower the next day and rubbed my eyes for hell and they were fine, just be careful for the first few hours and try not to sleep on your face!
|Full on Saturday night eye look. Look at the lashes!|
After a few days my lashes have now settled down and are looking pretty fantabulous. Rather than my mountains of mascara, I’m now applying the most subtle of layers just to define and colour my lashes. It makes my morning routine that much easier and I don’t have to faff for hours with a mascara wand. The only issue I have is that because my lashes were tilted so much it’s a struggle to apply mascara without getting it all over your eyelid – but this can be removed after and is a small price to pay. If I was to get it done I would probably go for a more subtle result rather than the dramatic one I had, but I would definitely recommend this and will be having it again in the future for sure. Perfect to have just before your holidays or festival season as it lasts for 6-8 weeks!
LVL lashes start from £40.00 – more details here www.lvl-lashes.co.uk