Make up is also a medium of expression. If you know what message you want to convey through the way you look and you know well how to convey it, then it is unlikely that you would commit a make-up mistake. There can be endless possibilities lurking within your make up kit. You just need to explore, experiment and take inspiration from the latest fashion reports. Among many unique make up trends, spider lashes are making a come back.
What are spider lashes?
Spider lashes are a dramatic style of eye make up wherein the eyelashes are clumped together into little spikes giving an entirely different look to the eyes. The trend was extremely popular in the 1960s and 1970s but has often been considered a faux pas in the long run as it is not recommended for an everyday look.
The look is gaining popularity yet again as women constantly look for out of the box ideas to try once in a blue moon. It has been spotted in several fashion shows of late and fake spider lashes are also been made available in the market.
Who should do it?
Spider lashes make your eyes look like that of a fashion doll like Barbie. Women who want their eyes to appear bigger and the lashes heavier must definitely give it a try. It would work best on those who have dense lashes as otherwise, it might seem like lashes are missing in between. Those with lighter lashes who still want the look, should rather opt for artificial stick on products that create the same effect without you having to worry about getting it right.
How to do it
Here are some simple steps to get the look at home.
- Even out the lashes with a lash curler and lash comb
- Coat your lashes generously with mascara. This may take some time so you need to be patient till the lashes appear really thick and dark
- Use an eyeshadow brush to dust your lashes with some powder. Be careful not to get it into the eyes.
- Use lash lacquer to further stiffen the lashes so that they appear clumpy. The lacquer helps in getting really long and fluttery eye lashes but if you do not wish to use it, another round of mascara can also do the trick.
- Take a pair of tweezers and gently squeeze small groups of lashes together and into star points to get that exaggerated appearance.
Volumizing mascaras and quick drying lacquer are preferable when doing this kind of make up so that it allows you to apply the coats without having to wait for their appropriate drying. You can also achieve the look solely with regular mascara when in a hurry.
There is also the semi spider make up that matches the Twiggy look of the 60s. Go easy on the mascara if you wish to go for this alternative.
When to do it?
This look is perfect for day wear as well as night wear. The best idea is to sport it on special occasions where you would want to flaunt a style that is different from your usual eye make up. Ideal for clubbing and dinner, this look can quite effectively make you the centre of attention at a:
- Halloween party
- Theme party
- Corporate event
- Friends reunion
- Networking brunch
- Christmas dinner
- Fairs or carnivals
- College (as an alternate make up statement)
Spider lashes are great when complimented with cherry red lips as it enhances the dramatic appeal altogether. For a more toned down appearance, it is better to go for nude or the barely there shades of pink, hints of glitter or just plain gloss. If you are trying this at college, a nose ring can really be the ideal accessory to pair it up with. Spider lashes require multiple coats of make up products. It is advisable to go for natural make up removers and completely get rid of the eye make up before going to sleep otherwise it can harden and make your lashes brittle and prone to breakage.