Once reserved for beauty queens and pop stars, false eyelashes have gone mainstream in recent years. But when winged, wispy and even double-stacked lashes are everyday, how does one accentuate the eyes for special occasions?
“Go big,” says lash designer Ingrid Victoria, whose handcrafted false eyelashes are directly influenced by float-making techniques.
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The makeup artist and Chalmette native launched her false eyelash company, Chimera Lashes, in January. She created the first set when she collaborated on a photo shoot with Caroline Thomas, a designer of feathered headdresses and Mardi Gras floats. Thomas brings float construction skills, which include papier mache, sculpted foam and handmade paper flowers, to her elaborate custom headdresses.
When Victoria stepped in to provide makeup for the headdress models, she realized regular false eyelashes just wouldn’t cut it.
“I felt like the looks needed big lashes because the headpieces are so big —there needs to be something big on the face to pull it all together,” Victoria said.
Lacking feathers or other more traditional false lash accessories, Victoria handcrafted a set of false lashes from Bristol paper. “Caroline freaked out, and Angee Jackson (owner of Miette) contacted me,’ ” Victoria said. “She asked, ‘Are you making this a thing? Because you need to.' ”
Jackson and Victoria became business partners at Chimera Lashes, which Jackson carries at Miette, 2038 Magazine St. They also are for sale at Fifi Mahony’s, 934 Royal St., and Glitter Box, 1109 Royal St. The lashes retail for $25 a pair and attach to the lids with regular eyelash glue.
“I hand-cut them, color them and spray them with glitter or acrylic spray to make them sturdy and super reusable — more than regular lashes,” Victoria says. “They pull a costume look together.”
Measuring more than an inch in length, Chimera Lashes are larger than most natural hair lashes on the market — but thanks to their paper construction, they weigh less.
“They are super light,” Victoria said. “People are always surprised when I put them on; they say they can barely feel them.”
The materials also make a wider range of colors possible — including pastels, which are especially appropriate for the upcoming Easter parades.
“From what I have seen, people wear big things to Easter parades — big pastel dresses, big hats,” Ingrid said. “Big, extravagant lashes would only play into that look. I’m doing a bunch of pastels for Easter, for people who want to go out and party. Everything is a party here.”