Give it a few months and the beauty world will be talking of nothing else but the Semi-Permanent Mascara that I reported on a few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to be a guinea pig for testing today and my goodness, I love it! Because I have lash extensions I don’t use mascara and bottom lashes can end up paling into insignificance against the length and blackness of extensions. I’ve been using the Clinique bottom lash mascara (on counters in January) which is fabulous and I’ve already posted about, but SPM is something different altogether. You may also know the treatment as lash dipping.

To start with, it’s a slightly awkward process – eyes are shut but the practitioner pulls them gently and partially open to apply the primer. If you keep your eyes wide open, you run the risk of watering from the product fumes. At the same time, you hold a cold air steamer which sends a steady stream of gentle steam over the lashes while the practitioner applies the mascara. You hang on to your wand (if you’ve ever had gas and air, that’s what the machine reminded me of!) for a few minutes after the mascara is applied – it takes less than ten minutes for both bottom lash lids – to ensure the product is completely dry. Meanwhile, the practitioner then separates the lashes for a spiky look with an implement (the nearest I can describe it to is a dental plaque scraper thing!) and hey presto, job done.

It’s a very impressive treatment – perfect for bottom lashes especially. Put next to extensions, it doesn’t give the same effect by some way, but if you don’t want to invest in extensions, can’t be bothered with the faff of mascara or have fair or fine lashes, it will really boost your look.

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