Geek Beauty: Eyelashes ala Effie Trinket


In the above ad for China Glaze’s “Hunger Games” nail polish, Effie Trinket is shown sporting some PaperSelf Lashes. Her makeup and lashes would be right at home in the Capitol, where whiskers and body paint are normal beauty trends. But could they be worn around today?

I sported the smaller versions of the lashes around for a full day to see how noticeable it would be. I made sure to try these out after a Laser Hair Removal session for my eyebrows. To keep things fashionable and not too over the top, I kept the rest of my makeup subtle and paired it with a black dress and grayish sweater.

The lashes themselves were pretty easy to put on and stayed really well throughout the whole day. I lined my lids a bit heavier than usual and amped up the mascara to make the lashes feel more at home.

Throughout the day, I went shopping, attended an event, and attended a Job Hunters meeting. People didn’t seem to notice (or at least comment on) the lashes at first, especially if I was just walking past them quickly on the street. They seemed more surprised that I was wearing a short dress and heels in Seattle when it felt like winter out! When I had face-to-face interactions with store employees, they would often comment on the lashes, or do a double take. If you didn’t know what I was wearing, it apparently looked like I just had a mascara clump or something stuck to my eye. The rest of the day was pretty similar. I noticed people staring at my face a bit more intently when they spoke to me, most likely trying to figure out what was going on.

It was fun to wear the fake lashes, but it seemed as if I either needed to go bigger, or not wear them at all. If I were to wear them again, I would pair them with a standard pair of false eyelashes (eyelash extensions) and wear my hair up to really play up the eyes. I can see these being a playful addition to a more formal outfit or fun night out, my only critique is that they weren’t quite the huge ice-breaker/attention-getter I thought they would be.

Would you wear these lashes? How would you style them?

If you want to try them out, You can get your own pair at Sephora, on sale for $9.

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  1. Fun post! and I totally agree – go bigger!

  2. I would wear bright eye shadows with them. I definitely want to create my own “Effie Trinket” look for fun. I must have these lashes!

  3. Awesome! If you end up creating an Effie look, send a pic! (Will you be dressing up as her when you go see Hunger Games?)

  4. For as much as a love fake lashes, I hate these. I can see your point about having full strip lashes to make them blend better… perhaps if this design was just part of a full strip, like those strips that have feathers on the ends.
    Even in the China Glaze ads they just look chunky and awkwardly tacked on. Fun for a fantasy film, but not for anything non-costume, IMO.

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