I used to think that false lashes were only for special occasions. Unless I was going to a wedding or heading to prom, I usually avoided falsies. This was because false eyelash application was always elusive to me. They seemed tricky to apply and uncomfortable to wear. Not to mention, when falsies are bad, they are bad. It’s very easy to overestimate the size of your false lashes. There’s a fine line between giving your natural lashes a boost and looking like you have feathers glued to your eyes. It wasn’t until recently that I started appreciating false lashes and wearing them on a regular basis. At first, it was kind of a disaster. I practically poked my eye out with tweezers. After the first couple of tries, I was able to apply false lashes without almost gluing my eyelids shut. If you want to learn how to apply false lashes without the mess, check out the tips below;
Start natural. Start small and work your way up to more a more dramatic pair. If you are beginner, strip lashes tend to be easier to apply than individual lashes. I recommend the
Find a pair that works for your face. Cosmopolitan has a great guide to determining what time of lashes you need based on your eye shape. Check it out here. Chances are, you’ll need to measure and trim the lashes to fit your eye shape. Remember that the shorter bristles should sit halfway along your eyelid and the longer bristles should roughly line up with the end of your eye (xoJane).
Remove them with care. The easier was to ruin false lashes is by carelessly removing them from the package. Use a pair of tweezers and always start to peel them from the outer edge. If the lashes on the outer end get messed up, you can always trim them. It’s also a good idea to bend the lashes back and forth before applying them. This makes them easier to adjust to your eye shape.
When trimming lashes, always cut from the outside edge. Cut them at the band to avoid loosing lashes. For a more natural look, you can cut the lashes in half and apply them from the center of your eye to the outer edge.
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Let the glue dry a little before putting the lashes to your eyes. Waiting at least 40 seconds allows the glue to get tacky, which makes the lashes A LOT easier to apply. Trust me, this trick is key to perfecting putting on falsies. For extra hold, apply lash glue along the band of the false lashes. Then, dot your lash line with glue to create a double adhesive (Cosmopolitan).
Apply to the center first. Always start by placing the fake lashes in the center of your eye. Look down while you do this. Once the lashes are placed in the center, press down firmly. Then press down on the edges.
Use liquid eyeliner to camouflage the band of the false lashes. Don’t stress if the lashes don’t look seamless. It takes practice. In the meantime, thicken up your eyeliner and create a cat-eye to hid the vein of the lashes.
Invest in an eyelash applicator. Many people like to apply falsies with tweezers. However, if you’re nervous about putting something sharp and pointy so close to your eye, get an eyelash applicator. This Ardell Dual Lash Applicator ($3.90) allows you to easily grip and apply lashes.
Let the glue set. Once you apply the lashes, wait about five minutes for the glue to set. Then apply another layer of mascara to bind the fake lashes with your real lashes.