eyelash serums, mascaras, fake lashes, lash lifts and eyelash extensions

Eyelashes are the new eyebrows, especially post-pandemic (thanks to masks), Kelsey Ferencak shares what’s on offer if you want more lift, volume and length.

Since COVID hit and wearing a mask became the new norm we’ve been forced to pay more attention to the upper half of our faces than usual – specifically our eyes.

Much like eyebrows were all the go a few years back (although we’re stuck on the Botox brow lift trend) eyelashes are having their time in the spotlight. Whether you’re after a permanent solution to your short and thin set, or you want to showcase what you’ve got, we’ve rounded up the best options.

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Want to grow your own?

The Lash Rebab, $79.95, a The Lash Rehab

A lash growth enhancing serum made with peptides and antioxidants to help stimulate, strengthen and nourish your lashes. Giving your lashes a brush every day can help keep them strong and full.

Bondi Boost Lash and Brow Serum, $39.95, at Bondi Boost

Just like their cult haircare, Bondi Boost uses the same protocol to help restore damaged lashes. Jamaican black castor, coconut and argan oils are deeply repairing.

Try a magic mascara wand

Morphe Make it Big Volumising Mascara, $17 at Mecca

Responsible for big lashes, it won’t flake or budge unless you want to take it off.

Bite Beauty Upswing Full Volume Mascara, $39 at Sephora

A clean beauty must-have. Tree berry wax grips every lash to give lashes full, buildable volume.

Make these you go-to falsies

Ardell Lift Effect 740, $12.99 at Beauty HQ

Inspired by in-salon lash lifts, these mimic the natural curve of your lashes while lifting the eye and adding more length and volume.

EYLURE ProMagnetic Wispie Kit, $29.99 at Priceline

In what is the next frontier in temporary eyelashes, instead of glue these falsies use a magnetic eyeliner formulation made with iron oxides to fix the lashes to your lashline. These can be used up to 15 times.

Some more permanent solutions…

Let’s talk lash lifts…with Kim Evans, founder of Lux Brows & Lashes

For those who are after a semi-permanent and low maintenance option a lift or perm is ideal. If you’re time poor, treatment requires maintenance approximately every eight weeks versus lash extensions which require refills approximately every two to four weeks. A lash lift is the perfect option when you want a soft, natural lash look, with fuller and longer lashes.

Pros: Lash lifts curl and lift your own natural lashes for a fuller and longer set, lasting up to eight weeks. Lashes are curled up and elevated from the very base to brighten eyes, and give the appearance of a more youthful, revived look. You can also safely add mascara without worrying about lash breakage or damaging the treatment.

Cons: A lash lift elevates your natural lashes, and as such can only work with what you have naturally, which may not give you the results you’re after.

Up keep: Following your lash lift we recommend you keep them dry and untouched for 48 hours, no sleeping on your face either. Not following the aftercare for the first 24-48 hours can diminish treatment. Afterward, you can resume wetting the lashes and wearing mascara, however wearing waterproof mascara is not recommended. Lash lifts, when performed correctly, are absolutely safe to continue on a regular long-term basis, look for lash lifts with the added benefit of Keratin.

Time in chair: 60 minutes

Keratin Lash Lift (including tint), $115 at Lux Brows and Lashes

Let’s talk Lash extensions… with Amy Jean, founder of Amy Jean Collection

Lash extensions involve applying individual false lashes to your natural lashes in order to create definition, volume and symmetry to the eyes. The depth and fullness depends on your preference as well as what compliments your facial features. For a soft and natural finish, you can choose classic finish, for those who prefer more volume and strong definition Russian 3D lashes are a popular choice. The health of your natural lashes is not compromised by lash extensions if they are applied correctly and safely. By visiting a trustworthy artist, you can prevent any damage to your natural lashes.

Pros: Wake up with instantly full, defined lashes that compliment your eye shape. No mascara is required, so you can save time and product.

Cons: A high amount of maintenance is required if you wish to regularly upkeep your extensions, particularly compared to a treatment like lash lifting.

Upkeep: An infill is required every two to three, but can last up to five weeks as a once off treatment. If you efficiently care for your lashes with regular upkeep, you can achieve a more long term, full and flawless result.

Time in chair: 60 minutes

Classic Lash Extensions, $160 at Amy Jean Collection

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