Soul Lee on Synthetic Lashes
“A lot of places use mink lashes now, which look much thinner than the [silk and synthetic] ones I use so you don’t really get the volume that you want. If you have lashes that are really thin, the mink lashes stay on better. But glue has gotten better, it dries faster, and stays on longer, and silk and synthetic lashes hold a curl better.”
Soul Lee on Getting the Natural Look
“If you’re a first time client, it’s best to do a quick consultation ahead of time to discuss the look you want and to make sure you don’t have any reaction to the lash adhesive. It’s rare but happens sometimes. To create a natural effect—so it looks like you’re wearing mascara even when you’re not—your esthetician should mix about three or four different lash lengths on each lid. Doing all one length will definitely look fake. I like to start with an eight-millimeter length in the inner corners and then gradually increase tonine in the middle and ten or 11 at the outer corners. Also pay attention to the specific type of curl on the extension. A “J” shape is low and best if you have straight lashes while the “C” shape is more dramatic and better for who have a natural bend and don’t normally need to use an eyelash curler. As for the material, I always work with a blend of silk and synthetic extensions, which hold their shape well and have a medium weight. Mink lashes tend to be thinner and suited for those with very fine lashes. But keep in mind you’ll need to add a lot of mink lashes to build volume, so the cost will be higher.”
"American concepts of the “perfect female body” are clearly exemplified through commercialism, portraying “image as everything” and introducing trends that many spend hundreds of dollars to imitate. It is more common than ever that women are enlarging breasts with silicone, making short hair longer with synthetic hair weaves, covering natural nails with acrylic fill-ins, or perhaps replacing natural eyes with contacts.
Even on magazine covers, graphic artists are airbrushing and manipulating photographs in software programs, making the image of a small waist and clear skin flawless. As a result, the female body becomes a replica of a doll, and the essence of natural beauty in popular American culture is replaced by fantasy."
Shelia Pree Bright to The Huffington Post
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