While I still received comments and knew that people could tell something was 'not quite right' underneath the make-up, it made me feel more confident. It made me feel better in myself, almost like an average teenage girl again. After years and years of refining my make-up skills to cover trichotillomania, I thought I'd share some advice which has worked for me over the years.
1. For a really subtle look, smudge a bit of black (or brown) kohl eyeliner where your eyelashes are supposed to be. Although it may be noticeable the closer you get, from further back you will not be able to tell you have gaps.
2. For a bolder look, use liquid or gel eyeliner exactly the same way you would if you had eyelashes, just add it on the gaps too. I usually do a medium-sized line with a small flick on the end. The darkness of the liner distracts from the lack of lashes, and if you have the liner quite thick, it looks exactly the same as if you had lashes all along.
3. Bottom lashes are easier to disguise. Take your pick from smudged kohl or a darker eyeshadow and apply it to where your bottom lashes should be. If I'm using kohl, I sometimes add a few marks or dots along the lash line to make it seem like the lashes are there.
|Primark have a very good- and cheap- false lash range|
4. False lashes are you best friend! If you are a bit unsure of them, start off by using some super natural ones like Eylure's Naturalites. They have a great range of natural, subtle lashes which you can pass off as your own. I have tried Eylure, Primark, and currently use Kiss 'Looks So Natural' lashes; it is worth shopping around to find the right style for you.
5. How do you know which falsies are TTM appropriate? I used Eylure and Primark lashes for so long, yet was always put off by the fact that there were small gaps between the lashes. When you have none underneath, your gaps are highlighted by this style of lash whenever you look down. Back when I first started lash-hunting, these were the only appropriate styles available, apart from super-lairy cross-over lashes. While these natural lashes might seem great, be wary of the lash gaps between the falsies, especially if you have no eyelashes whatsoever.
6. Cross-over lashes are gold, fluffy kittens, luxury chocolate etc in a packet. This is the style you should go for if you want an incredibly seamless look. This is the style seen in the aforementioned Kiss lashes. By cross-over, I mean that instead of a small gap separating each lash, they subtly cross over each other at the lash line/ strip. This technique makes the false lashes seem super natural, and are easiest to pass off as your own.
|Kiss 'cross-over' lashes look more natural|
7. Give your lashes a trim. False lashes are usually longer than what you need by default, so rest it on your lid to give you an idea of how much you need to trim off before you go for the glue so that they fit perfectly. You might find a really gorgeous, natural style, but when they're on, seem a bit to garishly long. Don't be afraid to give them a little haircut to make them the length that you find natural and wearable. Don't hack away with the scissors though; if you cut too much off, there's no going back and you may ruin a good set of lashes. Trim small bits at first in small sections to secure control over how long you want them to be. Never cut across! Cut at an angle to make the lashes seem more natural, and maybe trim each lash to different lengths to replicate how your own would be.
8. Having difficulty getting them to stay on your lid? Cut each strip into halves or thirds. This makes it easier to stick them in the exact place you want; perfect for if you have patches of you own lashes. You can just stick a small section of the false ones wherever you have gaps! This technique also saves that awkward moment when the ends of the lashes are stuck down, but the middle just won't stay put.
9. False eyelashes are often on offer in drugstores like Superdrug and Boots, usually 3 for 2 or along those lines. Stock up when they're on offer to save you a bundle!
|Source: Boots.com. Eylure naturalites are great for those who don't usually wear falsies.|
I really hope this helps you as much as these tricks have helped me over the years! You can read the second installment of my trichotillomania eye make-up series HERE!
Have you got any other make-up tricks for trichotillomania?