You Can Get Highlights For Your Lashes… And It’s Bomb

July 16, 2018  |  

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My Instagram explore page almost always consists of the same three things: Black girl magic, Flat Tummy Tea, and lash artists. A dime a dozen, I could find someone to hook me up with a full set of cat-eye individuals in almost an instant. And though it’s simple to find somebody that can save me from the tedious process of applying strip lashes every morning to achieve the perfect glam, it’s rare that I come across a post that stands out from the rest.

One day, during my daily IG scrolls, however, I spotted a woman—a Black woman—applying deep hues of blue and purple to lashes. Now before y’all hit me with major side eye, hear me out. The colors weren’t obnoxious, in fact, they made the natural eye color of the woman donning them pop. Needless to say, after hearing they were a trend called “mermaid lashes,” I had to do more research.

Much to my satisfaction, the same woman applying the lashes in the video was the creator of the trend. Clementina Richardson— affectionately referred to as Clem—boasts the clientele of Naomi Campbell, Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett, and is one of the most sought-after lash artists in the industry. Opening her New York City salon Envious Lashes in 2011, Richardson has remained relevant and innovative in a seemingly oversaturated market. Her “bombshell sets” will have you rushing to make an appointment at one her salons—she recently opened a second location and is prepping for her third. Unlike many lash artists, visiting Richardson is a multi-stage experience, featuring a full consultation prior to lash application to guarantee optimal results. I think it’s safe to say our girl Clem is out here performing eye lifts without having to go under the knife.

 

So how do these mermaid lashes work? Well, they’re created to be highlights with the intention of making your natural eye color pop. With that being said, Richardson blends a mix of hues (including the color of your natural lashes) to keep the color subtle yet unique. In many cases, the lashes are almost unnoticeable until the light hits.

With summer here, and the sun shining more than ever, now is the perfect time to try something new. If the mermaid lashes aren’t quite your speed, it’s worth visiting Clem anyway to get your lashes slayed with a traditional set. I did, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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