False eyelashes are becoming very popular in today’s beauty scene. We all wish for a long, perfectly curled and lusciously full eyelash fringe. Though some mascaras and eyelash curlers do an acceptable job of boosting lashes, most of us don’t quite get the results we’re looking for with them. That’s when we turn to false lashes. It used to be rare to see a person wearing false lashes. They were mainly reserved for models, super stars and prom night. The times have changed though. These days, ladies are wearing false eyelashes to enhance their every day look.
Applying false eyelashes is probably one of the most tricky make up related tasks. It requires patience, a lot of practice, and a relatively steady hand. Once you learn the ropes though, you will see it’s not really that hard. With a little trial and error you can learn to apply false eyelashes beautifully. Here is a step by step guide on how to apply false eyelashes and some tips to make it easier.
As I’ve already stated, in order to master the art of applying eyelashes, you must practice. If you’re lucky and gifted you might get the hang of it right away. If you’re anything like I was, you are probably going to ruin a few pairs of eyelashes before you get the technique down. For a beginner, I recommend buying a bunch of very cheap eyelashes to practice with. Look for clearance sales, or cheaper drug store brands and stock up. You don’t want to mess up an expensive pair of eyelashes on your first application.
The first thing you should do is get your materials together. You will need your eyelashes, a bottle of eyelash glue, some eye liner, your favorite mascara, a mirror, a pair of small scissors and a pair of tweezers. Sit as close to the mirror as possible so you can see yourself up close.
A common mistake many people make when applying false eyelashes is not trimming them. Eyelash strips are usually very long, to accommodate larger eyes. You want to make sure your eyelashes fit properly before applying them. This will help you to avoid the saggy down turned eye look. To do this, line the lash strip up to your natural lash line. The inner corner of the lashes should start where your natural lashes start. The strip should end just a hair before the end of your natural lash line. If the lash strip is too long for your eye, trim it at the outer corner until it’s the right size. Do this for both eyelash strips.
After you’ve trimmed your lashes, it’s time to apply them. Some people like to apply eye liner before their eyelashes but I prefer to apply false lashes on a bare eye. In my experience the glue dries better and the lashes hold stronger this way. You can try both ways if you’d like, and see what works best for you. I do, however, add a single coat of mascara to my lashes before starting. This will help them blend into your false eyelashes better.
Using your tweezers, pick up your eyelash strip in the very center of the eyelash. Hold your glue bottle against the edge of the strip and squeeze lightly until a small bead of glue comes out. Drag the glue down the strip while squeezing out small beads along the length. You only need a thin layer of glue. Too much glue can ruin your eye look so be careful. Hold the lashes for about 30 seconds while the glue dries a little. Do not apply your eyelashes right away. The glue needs time to become tacky.
When your ready to apply, get close to the mirror and line the false lashes up with your natural lash line and drop it lightly into place. If the line is off, use your tweezers to gently press the lashes into the right spot, until they are flush with your natural lash line. Once they are on straight, wait another minute for the glue to dry completely. I usually move on and do my other eye while I am waiting. Next, use your fingers to fluff your lashes from underneath. Press them lightly up into the false lashes until your natural eyelashes are nicely blended with the falsies.
When both eyes are done and dry you can go ahead and apply your eye make up as usual. You do not need to apply more mascara unless you feel you need a more dramatic look. Keep these tips in mind and keep on practicing. Don’t give up and you will eventually be applying false eyelashes like a pro.
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