F is for Fringe Festival: Best Red Carpet Lashes + How to Get the Look Yourself

by Janine on 1 March 2013 · 6 comments

Jennifer Aniston_Oscars 2013_best lashesIf, like us on the Beautygeeks side of the screen, you missed the lush-lash buffet before you were born, one of the first things you likely notice about others is the sweep of their lashes. Take Jennifer Aniston, whose apparently natural eyelashes get our Best Red Carpet Lashes at the Oscars 2013 Award. Our Best Awards-Season 2013 Red Carpet Lashes Award goes to Lea Michele at the SAG Awards (below).

Yes, there are lash-enhancing serums (probably the source of Jennifer’s length), but really, for most of us, falsies are the fastest route to a glamorous fringe. Below is a slide-show a round-up of the best recent red-carpet lashes, and which falsies will give you a similar effect.

Lea Michele at the 2013 SAG Awards. Best Red Carpet Lashes Ever.

Urban Decay Black Velvet Lashes, $18 at Sephora.ca. Super fluffy and feathery, they'd make mascara unnecessary. I'ma wear a pair to a random event one day.

According to Allure.com, Jennifer Aniston's lashes are all natural. We suspect a lash-growth serum, but that's another story.

If you don't have months to boost lash growth with a serum, these flirty full falsies are an instant option to luxe lashes like Jen's. Illamasqua 021 Lashes, $15 at Sephora.ca.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the Vanity Fair Party after the Oscars 2013 ceremony. LOVE her eyes (and cheeks and lips). First time I've seen this type of false lash really work on a celeb.

Illamasqua 017 short & medium strip lashes, $15 at Sephora.ca.

A more dramatic, longer-length option to get Ginnifer's look: Make Up For Ever 130 Jennifer Lashes, $17 at Sephora.ca.

Amy Adams at the 2013 Oscars. Her lashes may be natural as well, but many of us need help to get that pretty length.

Flare lashes -- sometimes referred to as "individual" lashes -- come in short, medium and long lengths, and are the most comfortable falsies ever. Space a few out along your natural lash line, closer together at outer corners. Ardell Duralash Flares Medium, $6.29 at well.ca. Also, Quo Individual Lashes 812, $7.50 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Allison Williams, from Girls, at the Vanity Fair Oscars 2013 Party. What great brows! Eyes! Nose! Jawline! Smile! Sheesh. And lashes.

Make Up For Ever 157 Lori Lashes, $17 at Sephora.ca. The uneven density makes for a more natural-looking lushness.

Diane Kruger at the Vanity Fair Oscars 2013 Party sports a more discreet lash look, not over the top, but still lovely.

Ardell Lash Accents 318 half lashes, about $7 at Walmart, Pharmaplus, Rexall, Jean Coutu. They're for the outer corners of your lashes and come in a few versions -- these are the fluffiest.

Charlize Theron doesn't look like she's wearing false lashes at the Oscars, but maybe she is. I'd need short (which are still long) flares to get this lash look!

Ardell Duralash Short Black Knot-Free Flares, about $7 if you can find them in Canada (I buy them in Buffalo). Ardell Short Black Flares, $6.29 at well.ca, and Quo Individual Lashes 811 (my go-to falsies), $7.50 at Shoppers Drug Mart, are much easier to find.

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Need a falsies application how-to? Click here for a strip-lash video tutorial I did for The Kit.

There are so many fake-lash options for achieving each of these looks — MAC and Shu Uemura have excellent selections, too, and I highly recommend Velour Lashes (gorgeous). We’d love to know what you’d use!

Urban Decay lashes, $18 at Sephora.ca; Illamasqua lashes, $15 at Sephora.ca; Make Up For Ever lashes, $17 at Sephora.ca; Ardell lashes, $6.29 at well.ca (also available at Walmart, PharmaPlus, Rexall, London Drugs and Jean Coutu); Quo lashes, $7.50 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Lisa F. 2 March 2013 at 9:03 am

My dear Asian friend who threads my brows, mentioned the light use of castor oil or a similar skin-friendly oil (Moroccan, etc) rubbed into brows and lashes nightly. I swear my brows have gotten fuller, but the lashes? Stay tuned…


Janine 3 March 2013 at 3:42 am

Actually, I think there’s something to the “lash conditioner” approach. Lashes can get dry and brittle. My mum has such allergic eyes and very fragile, sparse lashes. I have to check on exactly how she applied it, but for a while she put a bit of Vaseline on her lids and lashes — and noticed her lashes seemed stronger, a little fuller.


M. Parker 3 March 2013 at 2:38 pm

Wow, Vaseline on lids? I’ve gotta try that. Been relying on fake lashes lately to liven up my barely there ones. My favorite is Miss Couture lashes from Bourjois, although I only get to wear them when I’m on a night out with my girls (since I tend to get the lacey-wild eyed look)

On regular days, I just use a good volumizing mascara.


Christina 5 March 2013 at 9:48 am

Not a chance. C’mon, even a lash serum won’t do that. And there are other Oscar images where her lashes look ever faker. the extensions don’t even reach to the outer corners, they’re just dead in the center. Pffft.

That’s the makeup version of the classic lie, how do you stay thin? “I eat nothing but grilled fish and salad dressed with lemon,” when in reality they take black market Fen-Phen and do lots and lots of cocaine.


Orjen 18 December 2013 at 10:07 am

Christina, your comment really made me laugh – I just love good sarcasm when I see it! But doesn’t cocaine make you fat, though?


Christina 18 December 2013 at 11:02 am

Oh Orjen – I’m glad I made you laugh, but dearie, you have your illegal drugs confused:

Pot/marijuana makes you fat (well, it makes you eat everything in sight. You get “the munchies.”) and cocaine is the exact opposite – it kills the appetite but ups your social skills – as in, you talk a mile a minute. So it’s a favourite of shy people who need to get or stay skinny.


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