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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tips for Using False Lashes During Shoots

The first time I ever wore false eyelashes was on the set of my 2004 JET Magazine “Beauty of the Week” shoot. I thought I’d never be able to open my eyes—the lashes were so heavy! It was quite a shock to me but soon as I looked in the mirror, I loved the way they looked.

Adding false lashes to your photoshoot can add just the right touch of glamour. However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on including a pair in your next shoot. My first piece of advice is to choose your lashes wisely.

In case you weren’t aware, there are many types of false eyelashes, all with their own shape, size, and style. Not one pair of fake lashes may work well with all of your looks so it helps to get your own mini collection going. I have about 5 pairs of false lashes.

MAC is great for selling top quality lashes at reasonable prices. It helps to get the assistance of someone working there to help you choose the right style. If you get your makeup done at the MAC store and add false lashes, they’ll apply them for you and you can take them home (you’ve gotta pay for them, of course!).

The type of false lashes you wear will be determined by the theme of your shoot. Make sure you’re wearing the appropriate lashes. For shoots that are commercial/print and lifestyle, stick to more natural looking false lashes. You may want to stick with your natural ones but for a little enhancement, you should seek a style that looks natural but slightly longer and curled. These will blend perfectly with your natural lashes so no one will know the difference.

Fashion shots may want to go for a more out-of-the- box style. Of course this depends on the client and the photographer’s preference. I’m sure you’ve seen the more colorful and wacky false lashes in magazines. These types of lashes should be handled very carefully.

For swimwear that doesn’t involve getting wet, as well as glamour shots that focus more on your face, you can opt for false lashes that are wide, thick and lush. They look exaggerated but photograph extremely well.

The more experience you get with false lashes, the better you’ll be when it comes to deciding which ones will work best for your shoots. Learn how to maintain and take care of your false lashes so you’ll be able to use them over and over. Keep them in separate cases and avoid getting them wet.

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