Oh and Beyoncé wears them too...
There are many reasons to envy Meghan Markle — her husband, her perfectly placed freckles, or her closet full of designer dresses— but her thick, fluttery eyelashes don’t have to be one of them anymore.
The secret to her look is faux lashes, but not just any set of falsies: mink ones.
Toronto-based company Velour’s mink lashes are a favourite with stars like Beyoncé, Emilia Clarke, and Meghan Markle, of course, who even wore them on her wedding day.
Unlike many fur varieties, Velour’s lashes are strips, not individuals or extensions, which makes them far easier to apply and maintain. They're also ethically-sourced, 100% cruelty-free 'faux lashes for real-life' made from faux mink and synthetic silk materials on a flexible cotton thread band, designed to be perfect for those who are nervous to apply, and comfortable enough to wear every day, with each pair of lashes lasting 20 (!) wears.
And yes, before you ask, it's available here in Ireland, too.
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In the past year, Boots has introduced a staggering 35 new beauty brands to its shelves. Along with the newbies — including Too Faced, Urban Decay, and Fenty Beauty — comes eyelashes so good they've received the royal seal of approval.
Velour offers a bunch of varieties based on your desired level of oomph, from more subtle to an ultra-thick, bejewelled pair. They range from €30 to €80, which might seem steep for some eye fringe, but the lashes can be worn up to 20 times.
Effortless Kit, €34, Velour available at Boots
Luxe Faux Mink Lashes Sunshine & Whispie, €30, Velour available at Boots
Silk Momma Knows Best Lashes, €30, Velour
So, whether you’re a first-time lash wearer or the ‘naked without my lashes’ kind, Velour seems like a good port of call for all your lash needs.
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