Just in case you haven’t heard, mermaid lashes are the hot new beauty trend sweeping the Internet. The multi-colored extensions are meant to accurately represent a mermaid’s own eyes in all their jewel-toned glory. And they’re seriously fulfilling our mythical fantasies -I mean, I can’t be the only one who wanted to be a real-life Ariel when I was kid.
But just when you thought your childhood dreams were about to come true, you may have discovered the disheartening truth: Mermaid lash extensions cost anywhere between $100 and $400 when done professionally at a salon.
If these prices seem well out of your budget, never fear! There are super easy ways to recreate the trendy look for a fraction of the cost.
The first and most obvious option is to try a pair of drugstore false lashes. You’ll want to choose a vibrant set, like this one from Ardell. The wispy lash formula and cat eye style will give you a dreamy effect, while the color is bold yet not overpowering. See how the blue hue is interspersed with a more natural black color? That’s exactly what you want!
While aqua is always a safe bet, you can really choose any hue to match the scales on your tail. Deep purple and emerald green rank among our favorites – but the rest of the color spectrum looks pretty stunning, too.
If you prefer even more drama, you can also try some punchy half-length extensions. Simply cut a full pair in two and glue them to the outer third corner of your eye for a look that’s sure to make a splash.
And for those who want more control over their shade application, the look can also be created with colored mascaras. You can buy a ready-made version like this one from Marc Jacobs, or even make your own concoction by mixing black with bold eye shadow hues. Whichever option you decide, you’ll want to apply your different-colored formulas vertically to sections of your lashes to get that multi-colored effect. Or for a monochromatic finish, simply apply a single color to the tips of your lashes.
If you do decide to splurge on the salon versions, though, here’s what you need to know: The lashes are made of silk and are applied with a strong glue similar to a surgical adhesive – so they’re not likely to budge when you sleep, rub your eyes, etc. Stylists say they’ll last for about a month and totally eliminate the need for any mascara or extra primping. But those results don’t come easy; the procedure is said to take about one and a half to two hours for specific color placement (no wonder they don’t come cheap).
So, we’ve given you the lowdown on all your options. All that’s left to decide is whether you’ll make the splurge or try your hand at DIY-ing the look!
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