The secret to a more youthful appearance is all in the eyes – and one makeup artist has revealed how you don’t need surgery, Botox or fillers to turn back the clock.
One of the most noticeable differences in a maturing woman is around their eyes, which can become hooded, sunken or beset with fine lines and creped skin, while eyelashes can become thinner and even go grey.
However, makeup artist at FalseEyelashes.co.uk Nicole Birtles, from Manchester, has revealed how false eyelashes are the insider secret to lifting and shaping your eyes naturally.
Here she illustrates to FEMAIL how women, of varying maturity and different eye shapes, can wear false lashes to take years off their look.
Hooded eyes and fine lines
(Left, before, and right, after) Caren Parry, 50, from Llandudno, has hooded eyes, which benefit from a more dramatic thicker lash that can lift her eyes in the corners and disguise fine lines
Caren Parry, 50, from Llandudno has hooded eyes, which are caused by the skin losing elasticity – and gravity.
Nicole said: ‘Caren’s eyes benefit for a more dramatic, thicker lash that lift her eyes at the corners and disguise any fine lines.
‘With her full fringe, Caren opted for lashes that are shorter but thicker, so they’re comfortable to wear. ‘
Deep set eyes
(Left, before, and right, after) Jane Evans, 52, from North Wales has deep set eyes, meaning she has lots of space on her lids for shadow, and a bigger lash
Jane Evans, 52, from North Wales has deep set eyes, meaning she has lots of space on her lids for eye shadow – and with more eye shadow, you can get away with using a bigger lash.
‘The pair chosen for Jane are long and wispy so she can still see the beautiful shimmering eyeshadow underneath,’ Nicole admits.
‘The long-lashes have the added bonus is that they offer the effect of eyeliner, without the hassle of applying it.’
(Left, before, and right, after) Laura Collins, 57, from Kings Heath, has smaller eyelids, and her eyes are also downturned. Nicole used a flared lash to lift the corners
Laura Collins, 57, from Kings Heath, has smaller eyelids, but with enough space between the lids and eyebrows to create different eye looks with false eyelashes.
Nicole said: ‘As Laura’s eyes are downturned, we used a flared lash to lift the corners up.
‘Laura loves wearing lashes and has tried semi-permanent lashes in the past, so we went for a 3D-effect lash with tapered ends to mimic this look.’
(Left, before, and right, after) Rebekah Donaghoe, 47, from Selly Oak,has smaller, hooded eyes, so benefits from a wispy flared lash, in a lightweight style, to open her eyes up
Rebekah Donaghoe, 47, from Selly Oak, has smaller, hooded eyes which means there’s very little lid visible.
Nicole used a wispy flared lash will open Rebekah’s eyes up. ‘This style is lightweight, making it comfortable on the eye, and it has a thin band that makes it easier for those with hooded eyes to apply.’