8.15.2014

5 Ways to Apply False Lashes



For this week's How To Tuesday (er, Friday), I'm talking about false lashes. Applying false lashes can be one of the most intimidating beauty things, right? But it doesn't have to be! Today I'm sharing 5 different techniques to try.

Before you begin, you'll need the right tools. Let's start with lashes--these can be as cheap as $1 from ELF and up, way up. I personally like Ardell (love the Demi Wispies) and Salon Perfect (these can be found in drugstores and "box" stores) as they work well and aren't too expensive.

Lash glue is the second most important tool to have. Many people love Duo glue, but it smells like fish and irritates my eyes. I like Revlon's lash glue as it is latex-free. If you aren't sure if you're allergic to latex, try a small test patch. Choose clear or black lash glue. Dark looks a bit more natural, but it isn't required.

The biggest tip I have for you is to practice. Hold the eyelash in your fingers and bend it, to get a feel for it. Usually thinner bands work better, but a thick band is good to practice on. Until you get the hang of applying lashes, try using a lash tweeze tool, like the one from KISS above. Some people use actual tweezers to apply lashes. You'll definitely need tweezers if you're using individual lashes.

Other tools to have: lash curler--blends false lashes with your actual lashes, eyeliner--helps hide the band of the falsies, scissors--to trim lashes (see below)

Now that you've gotten your tools and lashes ready, let's inspect them a bit further. See how they are tapered? Take a false lash and place the shortest end of the falsie near the inner corner of your eye. Now hold the other end of the lash at the outer corner of your lash line. Are the lashes too long? If that is the case, try trimming them, but on the largest end only.

Apply a thin line of glue to the lash band and allow to get tacky for about 30 seconds-1 minute. Now, there are 5 different techniques to try to apply them:



METHOD 1: Sometimes it's easiest to work with lashes if they are smaller, so using scissors, cut them in half (or even thirds) before applying glue. I learned this tip from RuPaul! Just be sure to keep the strips in order by size. This is the first tip I recommend to readers when they ask me how to apply lashes. It works.

METHOD 2: Using a tool (like the one pictured above) or your fingers, place the smallest end of the fake lash in the inner corner of your lash line. Keep pushing it in the lash line until you reach the end.

METHOD 3: Use the same technique as above, except this time, place it in the center, press it down and then press down the ends into the lash line. This is the technique demonstrated above.

METHOD 4: Same as above, but apply it from the outer edge to the inner. The opposite of Method 2.

METHOD 5: This is the last resort method but it works. Be sure your skin isn't allergic to lash glue and that you don't have sensitive eyes. If you passed those tests, then apply the lash glue to your lash line. Allow 30 seconds to get tacky to the touch, and then apply your lashes (no glue on them) using method 2, 3, or 4. I admit, I tend to lean towards this method because it is the fastest for me. Try keeping the glue out of your actual lashes, as it is a hassle to clean.

Bonus Method: To fill out lashes or as a more natural-looking approach, try individual lashes. Place a dollop of glue on a clean surface, and using tweezers, dip the lash (3 are pictured above and they look much larger than they are) into the glue. Place it on a clean surface for a few seconds to get tacky. Repeat for the rest of lashes. I suggest using only 2 or 3 and placing these in the outer corner for fullness. Use your tweezers to place lashes along the lash line. Four or five lashes starts to look unbalanced, so either do two or three, or make sure to add them to the entire lash line.

FOR ALL METHODS: Allow the lashes to set/dry for a minute. Then, use a lash curler to gently bind the natural with the false lashes, otherwise you'll have a noticeable gap. Add eyeliner along the lash line. Some like to use mascara to help blend the natural with fake, but it isn't necessary.


Did you know you can reuse those lashes a few more times? Yes! This is especially important if you're using expensive lashes or those made from actual hair (like mink lashes). Simply use some eye makeup remover and a Q-Tip to remove the lash adhesive from the lash.

Now they are ready to be reused, so it's time to store them. I like using a days of the week pill case to easily store them--great for travel too.

TIPS:

  • Add the most glue to the ends, as those are usually the hardest to keep in place.
  • Make sure to press down the entire lash--beginning, middle, and end.
  • Remember to apply to the lash line, as close as you can get, but not on the actual lashes.
  • If using individuals, keep track of how many you added, so that you can be sure you removed them all. Just speaking from personal experience here!
  • Do a patch test of the adhesive to see how your skin reacts.

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50 comments:

  1. Great post, Elle! I have always wanted to try fake lashes but am so afraid of it. Your explanation is so clear and easy, I might finally give this a try! xx

    http://reflectionofsanity.blogspot.com/

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  2. i have never ever worn fake lashes. do they feel funny? i would think they make your lids feel "heavy"?

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  3. i only wore false lashes once and that was on my wedding day. they intimidate me!! but these are great tips. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. I just need you to come do personal hair and makeup tutorials for me every morning! :) I'm horrible at putting on fake lashes! And then I always feel like they're so heavy on LOL!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  5. I need that pink tool in my life, I love playing with falsies, I just don't like the ugh that comes with it. Now, I don't think it will be much of a problem, thanks lady!

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  6. I have always been so intimidated by using false lashes! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see this - I am such a klutz when it comes to applying false lashes...I really needed this tutorial!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  8. Oh love this! I am so afraid of applying these myself! Thanks for the tips... Definitely bookmarking!

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  9. Thank you for this - I am always so bad about having them look good!! Maybe I'll take some out for a spin this weekend!

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  10. can the 6th way be Elle comes to my house and does it for me? I am horrible at it. The one and only time I tried I got so much glue in my eyes... not fun.

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  11. What a great tutorial! False lashes can be so tricky but you have it down!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  12. I am so terrible at apply lashes but your tips are great!

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  13. What a great post! I honestly have always had trouble trying these out! Now I know what to do!

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  14. This is amazing! I am so bad at applying lashes but I have been practicing. These tips I'm sure will help me out alot!

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  15. I am absolutely terrified to do this. You are so brave!

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  16. Being in dance all my life I kind of became a false lashes pro! I've never seen that applicator though! Where have I been?!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  17. I want that pink KISS tool. It looks safer to use than tweezers:P

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  18. Helpful tips for these tricky little buggers. I also cut mine in half because my eye curves and the lashes don't bend enough; applying them in halves is a lot easier.

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  19. Thanks Elle! I totally need this as I'm useless with false lashes.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  20. I love using individual lashes just for that extra wow factor without being too much!

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  21. This was interesting! I wore false lashes for my wedding and absolutely loved how they looked!

    ~Jacy
    www.lovelenore.com

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  22. i've never been good at applying individuals... but i will try cutting the long piece into smaller sections.. perhaps that will work for me! =) thanks for the tips!

    xoxo,miriam

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  23. I love that you got tips from Ru Paul!!!!

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  24. So needed to see this! I am so freaked out about applying these!

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  25. Ugh, I have such a love/hate relationship with falsies, but you've motivated me to go home and practice using your tips!!! Thanks Elle!

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  26. This is really nicely explained! Great work:)

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  27. All of your tips are right on, especially the practice part! I love the Revlon glue. I have a review scheduled! I am allergic to latex. Though this glue is latex free, I do have a teeny reaction to it. Do you think it could possibly the residual glue that holds the lashes on the plastic packaging? I'm sure that glue has latex? I wonder if removing that with m

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  28. I wonder if removing that glue with makeup remover prior to even measuring would help? Sorry i there are multiple comments. Having trouble commenting for some reason?

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  29. Perfect post per usual. We love always coming here to learn something new!

    xx 365hangers

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  30. I've been kinda afraid to try them but you make it seem easy enough. Thanks!

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  31. I am really intimidated by false lashes but want to try them out, thanks for these great tips

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  32. This was super helpful, as usually, I don't really wear false lashes as I had such bad experiences a few years ago before I "knew"'how to apply them properly. Basically I never knew to trim them and could never get close enough to my lash line. Even though now I know better, I still haven't been able to make myself try it again. Thanks for inspiring me to give it another go!

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  33. I've attempted to use fake lashes in the past but had no luck! I tried them out for my wedding makeup trial but I didn't like the feel of them, felt unnatural to me. But they look so gorgeous!

    -Sharon

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  34. OOH great tips girl! I don't wear these often but I think the storage idea is so cute! :)

    www.thesaltlifewife.blogspot.com

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  35. Thanks for the tips Elle! I haven't used false lashes that often but trimming really is key to a more natural look!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  36. Such a great idea for storing lashes!
    Theurbanumbrella.com

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  37. This is ridiculously helpful! I always struggle. :/

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  38. Great tips! I'm that girl who half the time ends up gluing her lashes together :)

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  39. This was so helpful! The storage tip is so smart :D Thanks!
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

    p.s: Just one day left to participate in my Back to School (Style Scrapbook agenda) giveaway ^^

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  40. Fake eyelashes are my arch nemesis. I'm definitely going to try the cutting it up trick and see if that helps!

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  41. very helpful!! I've only tried false lashes once and it was a disasters but maybe with the tips.. I'll give another go at it
    xo Jessica
    www.NewlyLoved.com

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  42. Great tutorial! I have always wanted to try these. I simply have to! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  43. Brilliant tip with the pill box for storage! Love that, Elle! I was determined to learn how to apply falsies for my wedding so I could feel 100% confident doing my own makeup. With a lot of practice and watching YT videos, I got it down! I agree - the most important thing with false lashes is PRACTICE! It gets easier and easier, just like anything else you work at. Great tips as usual! <3

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  44. I love the look of false lashes but despise putting them on. I use your last resort method - glue right on the lashline - almost every time, simply because my depth perception is terrible and I end up putting the lashes way above the lashline. Putting the glue where I want it ensures that my lashes only stick where I want them to, haha! I think I first heard that tip from Tati (Glam Life Guru). I've never heard the thirds one - but I think it sounds brilliant. I will be trying that one next time I wear lashes!!!

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  45. I love the look of false lashes, but it takes so much time (for me personally) that I don't do it that often. I love your tips!

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  46. These are awesome! I look ridiculous when I try to put on fake lashes and get so frustrated- definitely pinning this to use later!

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  47. YES! Seriously, everyone should read this. I have so many friends who wear false lashes and look ridiculous. I'm way too chicken to try it, but I love how it looks when it's done well!

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  48. Oh I usually do method 3, placing it in the middle and then the sides afterwards. I actually didn't know there were other ways to do it. I'm really liking the 5th method, I need to try that next time I wear lashes. I haven't worn lashes in awhile but because I want to try these different methods I might find a reason to wear them! :)

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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