One of the questions I get asked regularly from my clients is “how do I apply false lashes?” Or I get told the following “my false lashes always come off” or “they irritate me to much so I just don’t bother with them”
Follow these simple steps and you will be wearing false lashes with all your makeup looks.
Picking lashes that suit you
I tend to prefer soft, natural, fluffy, tapered lashes that aren’t too dense.
Just be mindful thicker lashes can be alot harder to apply as their band tends to be stiffer they don’t tend to bend to the shape of your eye as easily.
Picking the right lashes is important as they can really open up your eyes and change the appearance of them. Picking lashes that are too thick and long will often make your eyes look darker and smaller, and “close” them up.
Prepping the lash
To remove always peel them from the outer edge, never from the inner corner. This is to stop you damaging the inner lashes if you bend or twist one section on the outer lashes it doesn’t matter as it’s more than likely you’ll be trimming them off to fit your eyes anyway. Gently tease it out using your fingers or tweezers and rest the lashes back in the box.
Sometimes lashes can flatten when you take them out of the box and therefore pop up at the inner or outer corners once applied. To avoid this roll the lashes around your finger or a makeup brush and leave for a minute – this will help them remain more curved in shape.
Measure and trim
It’s a very rare occurrence that someone can take a strip lash and it will fit their eye perfectly. So before I apply the glue I like to lay the strip lash along the lash line exactly where I would like it to start and then see how much “over hang” there is over the edge of your natural lash, I then trim this off always trim the longest end you don’t want to remove the graduation at the other end as that gives a natural taper like your own lashes. `
Gluing a strip lash over the edge of your natural lashes automatically make your eyes look sleepy and downturned instead of wide and awake.
Tacky glue always works better, what this means is don’t apply your lashes straight after you have applied the glue, just wait a minute or two. This helps the lashes to stay put and makes them easier to manipulate instead of them sliding around on your lash line.
Investing in a great glue will help I never use the ones that come free with your lashes, Duo glue is my favourite you can get this in black and latex free!
Apply and seal
I find the easiest way to apply lashes is to pick them up from the centre with tweezers and gently place them against the centre of the lash line, wait a few seconds and then pull the outer corner and tuck it in and then do the same with the inner corner.
I then very carefully use my tweezers to squeeze the strip lash down onto the natural lashes so you don’t end up with a strip of skin between your lashes and the false lashes.
I never sit the lashes exactly where the very first lash starts as this can feel uncomfortable; your lashes are normally quite fine here there won’t be much hair to support them.
A good little trick is to place your mirror flat on the table with your elbows either side, this will allow you to look down into the mirror and ensures your own natural lashes don’t get in the way.
If you lash band is visible use eyeshadow or eyeliner to help conceal this.
Please remember that lashes take time and a lot of practice, but follow these steps and you will be applying them like a pro in no time!