I will admit it: I am a slave to Ardell's Demi Wispies. They're fluttery, lightweight and, well, they don't look fake.
Whenever I wear Demi Wispies, there's always someone who squints slightly, sometimes tilting their head, and says '...are those... your lashes?'
Pfft, I wish lady.
While my love affair with Demi Wispies is as true and pure as my new love for pomegranate seeds, sometimes I'm just too damn busy to put them on in the morning.
World domination is time consuming, after all.
This is where Ardell's individual lashes come in. Surprisingly easy to apply, flabbergastingly long-lasting and (take a deep breath) just £2.95.
Before we go any further you should know (and I discuss it further on) that application and removal of individual eyelashes will almost certainly result in you losing a few of your own. If that makes you think 'Bleugh! No thanks, Kerry' then it's perhaps not for you. If your reaction is more 'Meh, no big deal, I've had individual lashes before, I know the deal' then great, you're going to love the fact you can do this at home.
One packet of 'short flared' will do you nicely. If you want to get all Lisa Eldridge about it you can also pick up a set of the 'medium flared' as pictured below, to apply to your outer corners.
So, the application: how easy is it?
Ardell Individual Flare Short £2.95
Ardell LashTite Eyelash Adhesive £2.95
Alternative (stronger) glue: Salon System Semi-Permanent Individual Eyelash Glue in Black £3.70
Bowl of hot water
Individual Lash Remover £2.95
How to Apply Individual Eyelashes
1. Remove all make up from your eyes and (this is very important) curl your lashes.
2. Put a blueberry-sized amount of glue on a piece of tin foil.
3. Using tweezers, pull a lash cluster from the packet from the end of the lash. Dip the knotted end into the glue and, looking straight into a mirror with your eyes open, place the lash cluster onto your own lashes (not your skin). There's no specific order, but I like to start with one in the middle, followed by one in the outer corner to act as guides, and build them up from there.
4. Contine to place lash clusters along your lash line, keeping the outer corners thicker (and longer, if you're using two lengths). For a really natural look you can vary the placing of the lashes to create a staggered effect that more closely resembles your natural lashes.
5. Allow glue to dry and keep any remaining lashes for touch ups.
How To Remove Individual Eyelashes
1. Heat a bowl of water and place a towel over your head as you lean over the bowl to steam your face.
2. Gently massage olive oil onto your lashes to break the glue down of the looser lashes.
3. Apply your lash remover and gently brush lash clusters away.
4. Repeat the process to get rid of any stubborn lashes. You may lose a few of your own lashes (I've found it's inevitable I'll lose a few here and there) but you should completely avoid pulling the lash clusters off, in order to minimise lash loss.
Once you have individual lashes you'll wonder how you managed without them. No lash curling, no mascara application, make up is twice as fast and your eyes look twice as good. And, for £3 per set and a few extra pennies on glue and remover, you can treat yourself to individual lash extensions whenever you fancy.
Have you tried individual lashes before? Are you a lover of the Ardell Demi Wispies?