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If you saw any photos from the fashion week runways this season, then you’re well aware that lashes took center stage. With major retro vibes, these playful, accentuated lashes create a wide-eyed look much like a doll—or your favorite ‘60s icons. The look is super-pretty—but it does take quite a bit of work. That being said, we think it’s worth it if you have a special night out planned! Want to get in the babydoll lash trend? Follow the step-by-step instructions in the tutorial below to create the vintage look that’s making a major beauty comeback. So, grab your makeup bag and follow along!
Before getting to the fun stuff (a.k.a. applying your babydoll lashes), you’ll want to create a flawless base so that all the attention is on your eyes. Start by applying a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base, then follow up with a buildable foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation. Finish with a quick highlight and contour using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit. Use a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone for your highlight and one that’s two shades darker than your skin tone for your contour.
Now, it’s time to get working on those eyes! Put an eye shadow of your choice onto your lids. When choosing your shade, go with something super-light or neutral that won’t compete with your pretty retro lashes. If you want to stay on the vintage spectrum, you can never go wrong with pastels and shimmering neutrals, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Little Beige Dress, Mademoiselle Pink, and Paris Beach.
Since babydoll lashes take a while to get the hang of applying, it’s a good idea to have a bottle of micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, and a cotton swab handy for quick touch-ups.
Using a liquid eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party, line your upper lid with a slight flick at the outer edge for a minimal wing tip. If you have hooded eyes and find that achieving wings is near to impossible, apply the liner while your eyes are open.
Reach for a volumizing mascara in the darkest shade you can find, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black. Apply a coat to on both your top and bottom lashes to amp up the drama. You can also embrace super-retro vibes by falsies into the mix. It’s up to you!
Here’s where the fun begins! To get the doe-eyed look you’re after, use your liquid liner to paint longer lower lashes on. All you have to do is draw dots as close to your lashline as possible and extend them out as far as you’d like. Just make sure that they’re thicker at the top and gradually thin out. Also draw dots all the way out to below the wing so that the shape of your eye can be maintained. Don’t get upset if your first go around doesn’t go exactly as expected—these lashes are no easy task at first, but with patience and practice you’ll become a pro! Dip a cotton swab into micellar water to clean up any mistakes.
Voila! Just like that you have retro lashes like the runway models. Once you get more comfortable with this eye makeup trend, feel free to experiment with other eyeliner and mascara color combos for a fun, bright look for spring and summer. After all, the sixties were never shy about color! And if you really want to take it a step further, pair it with your favorite mod-inspired lip for a fashion statement that will have heads turning.