Each lash strip’s wide and stable base is also transparent, so it blends into bare eyelids whether or not you choose to pair it with eyeliner. What’s more: The band’s thin and flexible material makes them so comfortable, they’re nearly undetectable. “After five minutes of wearing it, you don’t feel that you’re wearing the lashes,” Gapare says. “They just blend with your skin, and you just like somebody who’s wearing normal false eyelashes.”
According to the brand, each pair lasts up to 10 hours. Each pack also comes with a separate adhesive that can be applied to worn-down base strips for re-use.
Of course, like any other pair of falsies, C-Lashes require just a little practice and adjustment. If you aren’t used to having lashes, Gapare recommends starting with the Natural set. “The Natural lash mimics your own existing lashes, so you’re not going to constantly feel like you’ve got something foreign on your eye,” she explains.
And if you’re using C-Lashes while getting treatment for cancer, pay extra mind to sanitation. Michael Grossbard of NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center says cancer patients, especially those who are currently receiving chemotherapy or just completed treatment, often have weakened immune systems. “Making sure cancer patients adhere to thorough handwashing is critical in all daily activities,” he says. As Gapare points out, that also applies to applying false eyelashes.
Thankfully, the application process itself isn’t too difficult, according to Gapare. The thickness and transparency of the band, she thinks, makes it very easy to locate your lash line and guide the falsies into place. “Start [applying] from the center of the eye going up outwards because then it’s really easy to position the lash and make it stick where you’re supposed to,” she advises.
Though Gapare developed these lashes with cancer patients and survivors in mind, anyone who’s experienced eyelash loss from other causes (like alopecia, for example) can use C-Lashes. Regardless of the reason someone has lost their natural lashes, Gapare understands how it can impact their happiness. That’s where the name of her product comes in.
Plenty of people assume that Gapare named her product C-Lash as a nod to her cancer survival, but as she explains, the “C” actually represents reclamation. “When you wear your C-Lash, it’s what you want it to be that day,” she says. “If you want to look cute, then C-Lash is for cuteness; if you’re going out for an interview, then it’s for confidence; if you’re going out to present an award or something, it’s for champion.”
In short? Her goal was simply to create something positive. And we’d bet her customers would agree that she’s done just that.
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