Bottom lashes get top treatment
Sophia Loren, Liza Minnelli, Twiggy and....Natalie Portman?
The heavy, lower-lash look is back, and this time it's more dewy-eyed sophisticate and less, well, Clockwork Orange.
But even if you're not blessed with heavy, natural fringe, there's plenty you can do to sport the look:
Mascara We never thought we'd need different products for top and bottom lashes, but once we tried lower-lash mascara--designed for shorter, harder-to-reach hairs--we reconsidered. Tarte's Bottoms Up ($16) is our old standby (for its clump-preventing bristles), but Clinique's extra smudge-proof new offering ($10) is great, too. Meanwhile, Guerlan's upper and lower lash mascara ($36) is a smart, two-in-one alternative.
False Lashes As with many brilliant inventions (bronzer, Spanx), there's no shame in faking it. Today's falsies are remarkably natural looking and easy to apply. Shu Uemura makes some of the best we've tried ($20); their individual clusters are more manageable than a standard strip, allowing better control over how full or dark you want to go.
Lash Extensions If you're really committed to the look, consider semi-permanent lower lash extensions, which will last two to twelve weeks. They work like their fake-hair counterparts (attaching to your real lashes, not your skin) and are available nationwide ($100 to $400, by salon).