Ah, false lashes. Aside from winged eyeliner, false lashes may be the most-feared tool/technique in the beauty arsenal. But fear not! I’m here to help. Falsies can have a significant effect on your overall look and are a great way to add a little oomph for a big event or night out.
Here is my six step guide to applying false lashes with relative ease:
Step 1: Have a drink
No, seriously. Have a drink (or if you’re not a booze person, do a little yoga or deep breathing or whatever you people do to loosen up). I firmly believe that false lashes can smell fear and the more relaxed you are, the better. Don’t get hammered, but put on some good “I’m going out tonight!!!11” tunes, have a drink and approach the process as fun instead of An Ordeal. It helps, I promise.
Step 2: Select your false lashes and cut them to size
Eyes come in all different shapes and sizes so you may need to trim your falsies down to fit your peepers. Simply hold the lash strip up to your eye and decide if you need to trim a few hairs off the end or if you’re good to go. Having a lash that’s too long and tickling the inside of your eye/nose area is the opposite of fun, so don’t skip this step.
Step 3: Prep your natural lashes
Now we’re getting somewhere. Take a look at your natural lashes. Are they fairly straight? Then curl them with a lash curler and swipe on 1 (one) coat of mascara. If your lashes are particularly straight, I suggest waterproof mascara to really make sure your lashes stay curled. If your lashes naturally curl up like mine do (humblebrag), feel free to run a clean mascara wand or spoolie through your lashes to get them all fanned out, separated and ready to go.
Step 4: Glue time
Use a good quality glue! You want these suckers to stay on and a good glue does just that. My personal favorite is Duo Lash Adhesive, Clear, 0.25 Ounce, easily found online or at any drugstore. There are really two options when it comes to glue application: apply to the seam of the false lash strip, or apply the glue directly to your own lash line. I’m a fan of both ways but tend to use the “apply to the false lash strip” method. Apply a VERY thin line of glue to the lash strip seam. The cardinal rule here is to let the glue dry for a good 30 seconds before you attempt to place the lashes on your eye. The glue must be tacky to get a good, solid hold. These will probably be the longest 30 seconds of your life, so feel free to use this time to take a swig of the drink mentioned in Step 1.
Step 5: Lash application
This is it. Here we go. Pick up your lash strip with either tweezers or those handy little lash-gripper tong things that come with many lash kits. Look down into a mirror and carefully place the lashes on your eyelid as close to your natural lash line as possible. Breathe. Try to secure the middle of the lash strip over the pupil of your eye first. Once that part is secured, carefully tug the end of the false lashes out to fit the inner and outer corners of your eye. Breathe again. Once you feel that the lash strip is well secured, take the flat side of a bobby pin and run it over the lash strip to smooth it down and really get a good hold. Let the glue dry for a couple minutes.
Step 6: Merge the real with the fake
You’re almost done! Once the glue has dried, use your favorite mascara to bond your real lashes with the falsies. A couple swipes on each eye should do it. Don’t forget to add mascara to your lower lash line to balance things out. Finally, use eyeliner to draw on the seam of the lash and lash line to help blend everything together.
And you’re done! You may want to throw the glue and tweezers in to your purse just in case, but if you follow these steps, your false lashes should have no problem staying on for many hours. Enjoy!