Eyes Wide Open

The spotlight is back on luscious lashes and groomed brows. We show you how to get sexy, smouldering eyes.

SHAPE UP


Ditch your quest for the body beautiful – according to a recent poll, a whopping 33% of women have stated that their eyes are their fave body parts, with sparkling colour, shape and long lashes considered the makings of an enviable eye. But eyebrows are the true foundations for showcasing your eyes to the max, according to cosmetics queen Bobbi Brown. "A well-groomed brow instantly adds polish and strength to a woman's face," she explains. "When shaping brows for the first time, I suggest seeing a professional - they'll create the best shape for your face."

"If you decide to go it alone, remember: less is more. Tweeze just a few hairs at a time, between the brows and underneath the brows, but never pluck above. Don't try to 'create' a line; use your brow's own natural line as a guide."

Try: Tweezerman Round Tip Tweezer, $59.95; Evolve Eyebrow Angle Groomer, $12.50; Maybelline Brow Styling Gel, $11.95.

FRAME YOUR FACE


Most of us should turn ourselves in to the plucking police for being over-zealous with the tweezers. But stars like Rachel Weisz and Camilla Belle, with their dark heavy eyebrows, prove that big and bold are back in vogue.

Brown says: "Well-defined brows are extremely flattering. They can open up your face so that you don’t actually need that much make-up. A well-shaped brow can also help lift deep-set eyes or maximise smaller eyes."

Skinny and gappy brows? Follow Brown’s tips for strengthening them:
:: To fill obvious holes or lengthen over-plucked brows, use a brow pencil first to draw in the brow line.
:: In a shade that matches the natural brow colour, fill with a light feathery stroke, mimicking the look of hair.
:: Go over the line with a powdered eye shadow using a stiff angled brow brush.
:: Stroke colour along the upper edge of the brow to accentuate and give 'lift' to the eye area.
:: Only fill in gaps where you can see skin. Look at the brow and only apply colour on bare spots and not over the whole brow.

Try: Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper, $45; Estee Lauder Brow Perfecting Duo, $58; The Body Shop Brow Definer, $16.95.

FALSE EFFECTS


False lashes are no longer the reserve of pop princesses or drag queens. In the last 18 months, false lashes have become as much of a must-have as lippy or eyeliner.

Eyebrow guru Shavata says: "False eyelashes give you the ‘wow’ factor, making your eyes appear brighter and more feminine. Even if you don’t have make-up on you look like you're wearing mascara."

The drama of your look - and its longevity - is down to the lashes you choose.

:: Strip lashes
Fine and natural or glamorous and heavy, strip lashes are the instant way to make your eyes centre of attention. Off to a glam do? Go for feathers, sparkles or colours for knock-em-dead lashes. Trim the strip of false lashes to the right length for your eyelid. Try Napoleon Perdis Lash Patrol, $15.

:: Bespoke extensions
If you love the look of super-thick, lush lashes but want to ditch the mascara wand completely try bespoke individual lash extensions. NovaLash extensions are applied by a therapist in under two hours and last up to six weeks.

You dictate your final fluttering look with the thickness, length and shape of the lashes. Each extension remains bonded to the natural lash until your lash is ready to shed. Full NovaLash set, from $100 (call 1866 430 1261).

ACCENTUATE EYES


If you haven't got the knack of falsies, you can still open up your eyes with traditional make-up tricks to give your lashes a quick boost.

"Eyeliner is good for drawing attention to your eyes," Shavata advises. "Mascara and eyelash curlers will widen your eyes, lengthen your lashes and make them even more dramatic. Lash perming is also a good alternative to false lashes and eyelash curlers, as it really opens up your eyes."

Conditioning products that naturally promote lash growth are another clever way to accentuate your peepers. Used in a similar way to a liquid eyeliner, apply the product before bed every night. Your lashes could see an increase of up to 50% in length and thickness within four weeks. They can also be used to stimulate eyebrow growth if you want to thicken up.

Try: Talika Eyelash Conditioning cream, $37; 1000 Hour Heated Eyelash Curler, $18.95; Prestige LashMatrix Mascara, $19.95.
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