If you have never worn false eyelashes before, they can be a bit intimidating. However, wearing falsies is a great way to play up your eyes and dramatize your makeup, either for a formal occasion or everyday wear. Here are a few tips for correctly choosing, applying, and wearing false lashes.
Picking out the right lashes.
One of the most important steps for a perfect eye lash application is to pick out the right lashes. There are many things to consider. First of all, what kind of look are you going for? There are many different styles to choose from when it comes to false lashes, ranging from “natural” looking eyelashes, to simply add some volume to your lash line, to very theatrical or dramatic lashes. Generally, the most natural looking false lashes are less dense, with the lashes gradually getting longer towards the outer edge of the strip.
Another important thing to remember is to look for lashes that come with their own lash glue, and if they don’t, make sure to buy lash glue separately. Generally, lash glue applies white but dries clear, but there is also glue that dries black, which, depending on your makeup look, may be the least noticeable.
The perfect application.
The next important factor in wearing great-looking false lashes is knowing how to properly apply them. To some extent, eyelash application can take practice and experience, so be patient if at first you find yourself struggling to get them just right.
You’ll want to measure the eyelash strip to your eye. You can do this by holding the strip itself up in front of your lash line. Look to see if your lash line is shorter than the strip or the same length. If you need to, you can cut the strip to fit your eye shape. Do so by clipping the lining of the lashes with a small pair of scissors, taking care not to cut the lashes themselves.
Next you’ll be applying your glue. Swipe the glue carefully over the lining of the lashes to create a very thin line. Allow the glue to dry for about 30 seconds; you want to it be a bit tacky but not wet. Then carefully set the lashes down as close to your lash line as possible, using tweezers to adjust them as needed. Allow the lashes to fully dry for another minute or so before moving or touching around your eyes much.
Another way to make your lashes appear just a bit longer and fuller without as dramatic of an effect is to cut the lashes in half, and apply the outer lashes to your outer lash line only, using the same application technique.
Removing your lashes.
Removing lash glue and fake lashes can sound like a bit of an ordeal, but really it’s easy as can be! Some lashes can be pinched and carefully pulled off of the eyelids. However, this may result in the loss of your natural lashes. A less irritating way to remove them is to simply take a makeup remover wipe, or a cotton ball soaked in makeup remover, and gently swipe down over your eye until the glue dissolves and the lashes slide off on their own. Clean the lashes by brushing with makeup remover and carefully dabbing clean on a piece of tissue.
In most cases, lashes can be used and reused any number of times, so long as you are gentle with them and clean them well between wears.