Ever think false eyelashes look extra false on some people? And yet others seem to pull them off with ease? According to some of Ireland’s eyelash artists, certain styles complement particular eye shapes better than others. To help you find the perfect lashes for your eye shape (whether they’re pharmacy-bought or professional mink extensions) we asked six experts for their advice.
“I always take my client’s eye shape into consideration before I apply a single lash. Everyone’s eyes are unique and their lashes should be too! For example, hooded eyelids have an extra layer of skin that sits over the crease, making the lids appear smaller. For this eye shape, we recommend a style that has longer lashes in the centre of the eyes to open them.
Close-set eyes, on the other hand, don’t have a lot of space between them. To make them appear wider, it’s best to use natural looking lashes that are shorter at the inner corners of the eyes and longer lashes toward the outer corners. Round eyes have the same width and height. This eye shape looks best when longer lash extensions are applied to the outer corners of the eyes, creating a natural cat eye effect.”
“Your eye shape is definitely a big factor in finding a lash look that will complement you. Every set of lashes I complete are tailored to that specific client. Bigger is not always best! A lot of aspects come into play when deciding what look will work and more importantly, what will last. This is why a good consultation is essential! Make sure your technician knows what look you are hoping to achieve and together you can decide what will be the best option!”
– Olivia Fitzsimons, Olivia Fitzsimons Beauty
“Lash extensions are not a ‘one size fits all’. Your eye shape should definitely be taken into consideration by your lash artist. Round eyes and almond shape eyes will need accentuating at different points, as will downward or upward sloping eyes. This should be thoroughly discussed in your consultation, as should the health of your natural lashes and your overall desired effect.”
– Rachel Bryan, Claudine King
“I always take my clients eye shape and lifestyle into consideration when applying lashes. If a client does not wear a lot of make-up and has short, natural eyelashes she will look ridiculous with very long, thick extensions. My pet hate are lashes that overpower the face. Extensions should enhance your eyes and face – I do not like ‘over done’ extensions where, when you meet someone, all you see are their lashes.
Almond shaped eyes suit most lashes, however other eye shapes can require a little more thought. For hooded eyes, I like a tapered look – curled at the outside edge and lengthening towards the middle, then tapering down again. This creates the illusion of depth. Round eyes suit a long, wispy lash that is slightly winged at the edges to elongate the shape. For deep set eyes, longer, thicker lashes will add balance to the face and ‘open’ the eye.”
– Susan Fox, Eden Beauty Group
“Eye shape definitely matters. If you have deep set eyes or small eyes we would use different lash lengths, curls and thicknesses. On consultation, I’ll recommend lashes to suit each eye shape and clients expectations.”
– Zanda Wait, Burgundy Beauty
“Here at the Blink Bar, we advise different shapes and styles to suit each client’s eye. Some lash extensions, if applied wrong, can make the eyes appear more tired and down-turned. Our goal is to make the client look awake and lifted.”
– Harriet Mackey, The Blink Bar