Vanity Fair The Lash

Before last Friday, my only foray into the world of false eyelashes was when I was 17. I’d buy long, thick caterpillar-like things that I’d stick on before going out and dancing all night. But invariably the drag-queen falsies would fall off mid-move on the dance floor or during some late night clinch. Mortifying. But as with my all-night dancing, things have changed in the false eyelash world as I discovered last week, after lying flat on my back at the Urban Retreat at Harrods for two hours. Founded by Kathryn Popplestone, Flutter is a company specialising in eyelash extensions. Popplestone painstakingly glued slightly longer, curlier, darker false lashes to my own until my eyes were surrounded by a full, thick set – very Cheryl Cole. There’s no worrying about a long set of false lashes sliding down your face and into your soup, because Flutter extensions eventually fall out individually, with your own eyelashes. And if looked after carefully, Flutter lashes can last for up to 6 weeks. I did feel a little self-conscious at first, but I’ve got used to them and the joy of never wearing mascara and of course, the compliments on what fabulous eyelashes I have. Wink wink.

A full lash application costs from £250 with Kathryn Popplestone, Founder of Flutter and £180 with a Flutter eyelash artist. To make an appointment at the Urban Retreat, Harrods, please call: 020 7893 8333

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