I never used to like wearing false eyelashes.
First of all, I thought they were too heavy on my lids. Second, I always found myself tearing up after a couple of hours from wearing them, so after the first time I experimented with them, I just completely ditched them and focused on naturally thickening and lengthening my lashes instead.
But with the influence of beauty gurus of YouTube, I thought I’d try them out again.
After watching makeup tutorial after makeup tutorial, I discovered that I committed several faux pas when I first started out, which explained why I had such an unpleasant experience. Now that I had racked up all this knowledge on applying false lashes, it was time to put it to the test.
With all the tips I picked up along the way, I saw major improvements in adjusting the falsies according to the size of my eye, applying the falsies, as well as making them blend in with my natural eyelashes. And now that I have near-perfected the falsie application, I realize how much of an impact they make on their own. They really open up my eyes, and on days when I’m too lazy to wear any makeup, I find myself simply just putting my lashes on and automatically feeling read for the day.
If you’re ready to take a stab at wearing false lashes, I do want to let you know that it does take a little trial and error; however, with the following tips, you’ll be mastering the falsie look in no time.
Here’s what you need to do:
Choose Strip Over Individual
While individual fake lashes are in many ways easier to apply, they do take much longer than the more common (and often preferred) strip lash. Not only are they individual ones time consuming to put on, they’re just as time consuming to take off. It’s already irritating enough putting the glue on each of the bits, and if you’re anything like me, you want the ability to remove them in one go.
When in Doubt, Choose Natural Over Dramatic
If you are inexperienced with fake lashes, it’s always best not to go too crazy the first time around. Dramatic pairs tend to get pretty heavy, especially those with smaller eyes, so best to start with a more natural looking pair first. After some practice, you can move on to more dramatic looking styles
Apply Mascara Before Falsies
You’re probably thinking that having falsies was supposed to eliminate the need for mascara. But the thing is that in order for your natural lashes to blend in with the fake ones, mascara is the way to go, so curl your lashes and use mascara beforehand. You may also apply another coat after putting your lashes on.
Trim Before Gluing
Everyone has a different eye shape, and rarely does a pair of fake lashes fit onto one’s eye perfectly. Before gluing them down, try them on, and them trim the outer edges of the lashes as necessary.
Some people also like to further cut the lashes in half to make the strip lash blend more naturally with your lash line, though that’s just more for preference.
Be Careful with the Amount of Glue You Use
Glue can be a little tricky. You want to apply just the right amount of glue so that it will dry quickly enough but still hold you falsies well. All you need is a thin layer of the adhesive. If your glue comes with a brush, then great. If not, simply place a small blob of glue on one corner of the fake lash, then spread across the strip. Blow on the glue to help it dry faster, which is an important step so that you don’t get adhesive in your eye. After about a minute, you can place the falsie on your lash line. You can choose to use tweezers to help with application, or simply use your own fingers. Either way is fine, but tweezers do make it easier to make adjustments in your placement.
Remember to work one lash at a time, meaning don’t apply the glue to both lashes at the same time.
If Unsuccessful with the Glue, Opt for Pre-Glued Lashes
If you can’t seem to work with the glue, the next best thing is buy lashes at already have the adhesive on them. Then you can trim according to your eye shape and place on your lash line without having to wait for the glue to dry beforehand.
Or Try Magnetic Lashes
If you want to get rid of the whole gluing process, there’s always the option of magnetic lashes.
There are two variations: lashes that attach the each other, and a magnetic liner and lash combo. Either one are great alternatives to the glue, which might come really handy for those with sensitive eyes as well as contact wearers.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.