Saturday, August 6, 2011

Quick post: DIY Feathered Lashes

I'll be having another shoot in a few hours, just wanted to show you guys a preview of what I'll be using later:

The lashes are home made since I didn't have time to buy ready-made feathered ones. If you use falsies on yourself, you might have noticed that it's common for us Asian-eyed girls to cut off a portion at the end since false eyelashes are too long for our small eyes. It helps to save those portions that were cut off since you'd never know, you just might need them in the future! The ones I used here are cutoff from a long strip of white falsies.

WHAT you'll need to make these lashes:

Leftover falsies as mentioned above, or a new strip of falsies - it just depends on what look you're going for.

Feathers - the ones I used just came from National Bookstore! Their scrapbooking section has a lot of craft materials that can actually be used for Avante Garde makeup.

Lastly, you'll need lash glue. I like the Duo eyelash adhesive since this stuff helps the lashes to stay on all day (as long as you place the lashes properly), but is easy to remove when you have to. It's also very safe for the eye area -- no stinging sensation with this glue!

HOW to make it:

1. Cut up the portion you want to use from the feather. It helps to use surgical scissors so that you'll get a precise cut. If you look at the diagram below, the "Barb" is attached to the "Rachis". Since the barbs are attached to that middle portion, you should make sure to cut the feather at the rachis so that the barbs won't fall off. In my case, I also used a cutter to cut the rachis in half since the one in the feather I used was too thick to be used on the eyes.

Parts of a feather:
1. Vane
2. Rachis
3. Barb
4. Afterfeather
5. Hollow shaft, calamus

2. Using tweezers, pick up the feather portions and apply glue to the strip. Then wait a few seconds for the glue to become tacky. After that, you can now glue it to your false eyelash strip.

Wait for it to dry, and then you're done! Easy peasy :)

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