You can curl, comb and will them to grow all you want, but the false set over there with that teeny tube of glue will turn you into a starlet in five minutes flat. And then you can spend time on your hair.
False lashes have suffered a bad rap, but they’re back with something to prove. They make your eyes pop, transform them to twice the size, make you ten volumes prettier and a pound heavier. On the cover of i-D’s Dreams and Aspirations Issue, Abbey Lee went all Twiggy with pretty-laced lashes, courtesy of make-up artist and false lash fanatic Francelle. Here Lady Lash gets all of a flutter with i-D online.
What was your inspiration for Abbey’s lashes? I was inspired by the 60s era and the clothes that Sarah [Richardson] had. I wanted to turn Abbey into a modern Twiggy. 1960 mod meets 2011 modern.
Which lashes did you use? What lashes did I not use is a better question! They are a mix of four different sets. The loopy ones on the bottom lash are from Paris Berlin, and for the top lash line they are a combo of brands.
How do you dispel the false lash stigma? Regardless of whether you’re going for dramatic or natural lashes, it’s all about filling the lash line and opening up the eye. For a natural lash line I like to use individual lashes for easy application and for more dramatic looks, I use the entire lash strip.
Lashes in general seem to be having a moment, why do you think that is? Because it creates a bit of drama with little effort. I always say use a lash that looks like your own and don’t go too overboard.
Who are your top five eyelash icons of all time? Twiggy, Peggy Moffitt, Marlo Thomas, Audrey Hepburn and Edie Sedgwick.
What are your top tips for perfect lashes? Less is more. Add individuals to ends. Fill from end to middle. Then a few coats of mascara.
What are your predictions for future beauty trends? Exploring bright colour and tones. Breaking out the box of our comfort level.