For years I have been applying false lashes. There is just something about them that I love! You can transform a look from subtle to totally glam with a great pair of lashes but they can also draw attention in all the wrong ways if not applied correctly. Here are my inside secrets and best tips for flawlessly applying your favorite falsies.
Step one: Choose your lashes. The great thing about fake lashes are that you can really play dress up with your eyes! There are so many options whether you want to subtly add a little length or make a statement and glam up your look. When worn correctly, you can really wear false lashes anytime, anywhere. These are not just for the stage, a fancy event, or the club. They can be worn everyday too as long as you keep it toned down. You wouldn’t overdress to run errands so don’t over lash! My favorite? Ardell Natural Lashes.
Step two: Don’t skip the eyeliner. By the time you are ready to apply your lashes you want to have most of your makeup already done. Your eyes should have everything but mascara at this point. One of my favorite tricks when wearing false lashes is applying a thin line of dark eyeliner to my lids. Eyeshadow works great as a liner because it blends really well. I used Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette for my eyes & for liner. This helps darken up the lash line and blend in the fake lash strip. Getting the lash strip right on your lash line can be tricky especially if you are new to wearing lashes. This step helps forgive those little mistakes and will make your lashes and eyes pop.
Step three: curl your real lashes. If you have straight lashes like mine, it is important to always curl your lashes! When wearing fake lashes, your real lashes provide support for the falsies. If you curl your lashes it will lift up the falsies and make them look longer. Plus it’s easier to blend them all together down the line when they’re curled.
Step four: apply the glue (but not too much!). Take your first lash off of the plastic holder and apply a thin layer of glue to the edge. Be really careful not to squeeze the tube too hard because you will end up with a gooey mess! You really only need a small amount of glue so apply sparingly. Put a little extra on the edges to help them stick. DUO makes a great waterproof lash glue that will last all day and night.
Step five: Wait! Give your glue some time to dry before even thinking about applying that lash. I like to wait at least a minute (two if your glue is brand new) to let the glue become tacky. If you put the lash on too soon it won’t stick and you will be frustrated because you will not be able to review and adjust your work. Being patient will make things so much easier!
Step six: apply the lash. Close your eye and apply the lash as close to the lash line as you can. Be careful not to apply it on the lash line or you will pay for it later when your real lashes rip out with the falsies! If you are having trouble lining it up close, use a the back of a thin makeup brush to push it down closer. You can also carefully use the side of tweezers. Open your eyes often to check your work. Your glue should be sticky enough so you can push around the lash without it falling off. Continue to adjust your falsies until they look well blended and natural.
Step seven: mascara time! Waiting until the end to apply mascara will really help to blend your lashes. Apply mascara like you normally would and don’t worry about getting it on the falsies. Tip: don’t apply mascara to the ends of the false lashes. It should only be applied about halfway up the falsies to avoid the ends looking too thick or clumpy. My favorite mascara is Maybelline Lash Stiletto. I swear by that stuff! Also used: NARS bronzer in Laguna & Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings.
Step eight: Repeat! Go back and add the other lash and you’re all done! Remember: be patient and don’t get frustrated if they don’t look perfect the first time. With a little practice you will soon be a pro at applying falsies anytime, anywhere!
Have any other insider tips on applying lashes? Have a favorite brand of falsies? Share your beauty secrets with us in the comments below!