False lashes definitely fall into the category of beauty things that women are scared to attempt. The end product is absolutely magical, and yet, some women never test it out because they don’t know how to choose lashes, apply them, or care for them. Much like dark lips, there’s a method for learning and I’d like to let you in on that secret.
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Thank you to everyone who requested this tutorial. I had a blast putting it together for you and I know it will help many of you who are struggling in the false lash department. Enjoy!
False lashes for beginners:
Supplies for False Lash Application
There are a few things you need in order to rock false lashes like a pro. First, you’ll need a quality pair of false eyelashes. I have several favorites. Ardell Demi Wispies are the perfect lashes to start with. They’re inexpensive, natural, but they still pack a punch. If they’re still a little too much for you, there are other options that can woo you into fake eyelashes on a more subtle note.
Many people like to use special holders to apply fake lashes, but I find them cumbersome and confusing. I prefer just my hands, with a little help from Mr. Tweezerman
Lash glue is also a vital component for false lashes-and let me tell you-not all lash glue is created equally. I adore Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive. It’s a brush tip applicator, and the glue brushes on white with a blue tint. Once applied, it dries completely clear. It’s a winner and it’s easy to work with. If I can’t find the Revlon glue, I’m a fan of the Salon Perfect glue, too.
To conceal your lash band, you’ll want a good liquid liner. You’ll paint the band and blend it into a gorgeous black liner look. My absolute favorite liquid liner is NYX liquid liner.
Applying False Lashes
The actual application process has just a couple of steps. This is where things start to get scary for people, so stick with me.
Step 1 | Adjusting for Length
Not all eyes are the same length, so it’s important to cut extra length from your lash strip. My eyes must be particularly small because I always have to cut a rather large chunk from the ends of the lashes. There’s no real scientific way to do this. Remove the lash strip from the container using your tweezers, place the strip up to your eye. Be sure to line up the strip from the inner part of the eye. Due to how most false lashes are made (the lashes get longer towards the outside), it’s important to not cut the side that is designed to go on the inner portion of the eyelid. Cut the desired amount from the end of the band that correlates to the outside of the eye.
Step 2 | Applying Glue
Next you want to apply a generous amount of glue to the lash band. Make sure the entire length of the band is covered, but that extra care that the ends have plenty of product on them. If your ends do not have enough glue, your lashes will peel up at the edges… and that is not a good look for anyone. 😉
You want to let the glue set for about 45 seconds, or until slightly tacky. You do this because it allows the lash band to adhere to the eyelid more quickly than if you applied the band with super wet glue. It also allows you to shape the lashes during this time. Because no eye is completely flat across, I put a bend in the lash strip while the glue is drying.
Step 3 | Applying the Lashes
Like I mentioned before, some people like to use fancy lash holders, but I find that these just get in the way. Maybe it’s personal preference, but when I use them, I end up with glue all over my lid which results in a ruined eye makeup look. That makes this makeup lover very unhappy.
So, I use my fingers at this point. I line up the inner portion of the lash band to my eye and then I set the band on my eyelid, as close to my lashes as possible without getting the glue on my lashes (you don’t want to put the glue directly on your lashes because that can damage them).
I then use my tweezers to poke the edges down and make sure the lash strip is in contact with my skin.
While waiting for the lash glue to completely dry, I “blink” my lashes onto my finger to give my lashes a “lifted” look.
Step 4 | Finishing the False Lash Look
Like I mentioned, once the glue dries, you will likely have a visible lash band. You want to cover this up. My favorite method is with liquid liner.
I typically already have a liner drawn before I apply false lashes. So when I go over it with the liquid liner after lash application, it’s just to hind the band and not to add “style”.
Paint over any areas that are look like the lash band. If using a white glue (they usually dry clear), there may be some lighter areas that you’ll want to darken. Use the liquid liner to cover up those areas.
Step 5 | Rock Those False Lashes
Ta-Da! Now all that’s left to do is to ROCK them.
Removing & Caring for Lashes
When you’re ready to remove your lashes, soak a cotton pad in makeup remover (or coconut oil!) and place over eye. Let it sit there for several seconds. You should be able to gently tug on the lash band and remove it at this time. Use a q-tip dipped it makeup remover or coconut oil and gently remove any residue of glue or makeup from the band.
Once clean of residue, you can place the lashes back in their container and use them for several more times!
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