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How can I get the look of false lashes without all the fuss? Add to ...

The question

I’ve been seeing a lot of ‘sculpting fibre’ mascaras that promise to deliver the look of false lashes without the mess. What do you think about these and how do they work?

The answer

Here’s the lowdown on fibre mascaras: They contain a high amount of nylon, silk or rayon microfibres that attach onto your lashes, giving you that longer, fuller look. Some come mixed directly into your mascara; others are separate and need to go on in layers in between coats of mascara. The upside is that they do create length and volume superior to that of a regular mascara. If you have sensitive eyes or wear contacts, however, these same fibres can fall into your eyes and create a mess of issues.

If you don’t want to go through gluing on falsies, give one of the more affordable fibre mascaras a try, I say. I recommend Maybelline’s Illegal Lengths Fibre Extension Mascara. At $9.99, it’s a steal, considering that it has a great non-flaking formulation and the results are pretty close to that of a doll’s eyelashes.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert who has appeared on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV. Have a beauty question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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