If you think you can't rock glitter lashes because it's too outlandish, or you're too old, or too whatever, you are so wrong. I was wrong too! I didn't realize how wearable sparkly lashes could be until I shot the Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Couture mascara tutorial video below.
Okay, if you have sensitive eyes, maybe avoid sparkly flakes around your eyes – I can't be sure yet that they won't jump into your eyes. But as of this minute, I'm convinced I want to wear the entire Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Couture mascara wardrobe for every holiday gathering... and maybe for every day it's winter. Except there's a BUT: the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, Feather Noir and Lamé Noir mascaras don't debut at Sephora until January 2016. #wantitNOW
marc jacobs spring 2016 velvet noir, feather noir and lamé noir mascaras
The Spring 2016 Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Couture collection consists of three new mascaras, each with a different profile. Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($33 CAN at sephora.ca and $26 US at sephora.com) is designed to deliver big volume and length. According to Marc Jacobs Beauty global makeup artist Gilbert Soliz, the formula is inspired by Marc's mother, who used to shave fibres from black velvet ribbon and apply them to her lashes between coats of mascara for an ultra dramatic effect. "There are no fibres in Velvet Noir, though," says Soliz. "The amplified effect comes from cream and gel waxes, as well as the curvy, hourglass brush that lets you load up the lashes then use the tip to separate and define them individually."
The Marc Jacobs Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash-Discovery Mascara ($30 CAN at sephora.ca and $24 US at sephora.com) features a super-slender wand and is designed ostensibly for the lower lashes. It can be used for upper lashes too, of course. And the wand's bristles are so short that you can push it right against the lid at the base of the lashes to line at the same time – even on the lower lash line – without making a big smudgy mess. You'll see what I mean in the video demo below.
Marc Jacobs Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara ($33 CAN at sephora.ca and $26 US at sephora.com) is a black-and-gold glitter top coat. The wand (or baton) deposits the sparkle on upper and lower lashes in light, easy strokes.
I am generally not a fan of layering mascara. I just can't seem to do it without ending up with a clumpfest mess. And glitter lashes... really? But when I saw how beautiful Kristy's lashes looked as they sparkled in the light -- now I've got to try. (Actually, the term "glitter lashes" automatically makes my eyes water. I prefer "sparkle lashes" or "twinkle lashes.") I love the glimmer on just the lower lashes as much as I love the look on the upper lashes too.
If you already own glitter mascara (Sephora had them a couple of years ago, and Hard Candy has some, as does Elf Cosmetics), you don't have to wait until the Marc Jacobs Lash Couture mascara wardrobe launches in the first week of January. I've put some available-now alternatives in the shoppity section.
I don't know why the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, Feather Noir and Lamé Noir mascaras are launching after the holiday season. Glitter lashes – sparkle lashes – are so right for holiday shindigs. But twinkly lashes aren't so bad as a pick-me-up after the post-festive season, winter-sucks let-down, right? Even if the look is just a way to say buy more mascara because you could wear more products on your face at once.
What do you think of the look? Would you do it? Do you already have a glitter mascara? Are you already a fan of twinkly lashes? Or are you a no-never?