We're calling it: 2019 is officially the year of over-the-top, outlandish, make-you-look lashes. Our first glimpse at the embellished eyelash trend took place early in the year during Fashion Week. The models at Valentino walked the runway wearing feather-spiked falsies unlike anything we've seen before, and at Ulla Johnson, neon-tinted lashes inspired us to start rocking colored mascara on the regular.
And then, of course, there was the Met Gala. Countless A-list celebrities arrived to the famed fashion event in swoon-worthy false lash looks, including our digital cover star Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Lily Collins, and more. Even Allure's very own editor in chief Michelle Lee got in on all the lash action.
"Camp lashes are these extreme, over-the-top, theatrical looks that feature exaggerated lengths, metallic or bright colors, and are just overall extra," Lee says, speaking to the Met Gala's theme of "Camp: Notes on Fashion," which is more or less all about doing the most. "Especially on the carpet, to have a look really make a statement, you need to be extreme with extra length on your lashes, really bold colors, and unique accessories."
The aforementioned runway looks, coupled with the next-level lashes we witnessed at the 2019 Met Gala, were more than enough inspiration to last us a lifetime (OK, that's an exaggeration, but definitely for the rest of the year). For a look at our favorites, just keep on scrolling.
Flashes of Feather
I mean, can you even? Mother Pat McGrath truly outdid herself with these legendary, feather lashes for Valentino's Spring 2019 show. "These extreme feather lashes were so amazing," says Lee.
Hint of Pink
Models at the Ulla Johnson Spring 2019 show boasted neon-bright lashes that instantly made us want to add more colorful makeup to our rotation. It just goes to show what a simple touch of a high-voltage hue can do to take a look to new heights. Don't want to commit to falsies? Try a colored mascara instead.
Makeup artist Erin Parsons is the genius behind Gigi Hadid's "bird's eye view" beauty moment at the Met Gala. "They looked spiky and dangerous, but were literally and physically light as a feather," she says. "I created the lashes using a few feathers that I cut and then individually applied one at a time." This is art.
Lizzo's first Met Gala was a success. Not only did her hot-pink eye shadow shine, but her ultra-long and voluminous lashes had heads turning all night. Makeup artist Alexx Mayo meant business and even topped the false lashes with a coat of his "favorite" Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
Makeup mastermind Fiona Stiles seriously shut it down with these dramatic, doll-style lashes on Lily Collins (which you can get an even closer look at here). "Just a lil' lash," writes Stiles on Instagram, before explaining that she actually built the bottom lashes just a few days before using three strips of Japanese "under lashes."
Stiles says Japanese lashes are the best lashes she's ever discovered because there are so many different varieties. "I would have done more if I didn't think another set would throw Lily off balance and make her fall over," she jokes.
For a theatrical look that paired perfectly with her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown and floral headpiece (crafted by Jeannie Huang), makeup artist Emi Kaneko used falsies on Lee's top and bottom lashes. For mega-drama, she went for a full strip lash from M.A.C. and then used a smaller, drugstore version from Ardell on the bottom lashes.
Our first-ever digital cover star Priyanka Chopra brought all the ice queen vibes with a stark-white lower lashline and glitter-tinged top lashes. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff added definition to the upper lashline using Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, which helped to frame the eye.
Wing It Out
Here we have another fabulous feather moment on model Sara Sampaio, who sported black falsies topped with tiny feathers, which winged out for an exaggerated cat-eye effect.
All Gold Everything
Tony Award winner Billy Porter was the talk of the town with a full-on gold ensemble that deserved an award of its own. Porter's lashes were coated in gold, too, to match his Egyptian-inspired gilded look.
Makeup artist Sarah Tanno worked with M.A.C. artist and lash genius Nicky Andrea to bring these bold, metallic lashes to life for Mother Monster. The two worked together, cutting sharp slices of gold leaf and forming them into the volume-packed, mile-long lashes we witnessed. Tanno tells Vogue she wanted Gaga's lashes to be "extremely exaggerated." And well, we think they nailed it.
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