Why leave it to the professionals when it can easily be done at home? We’re talking about falsies, that is! Not only are they really easy to apply (and we say this after years of struggling), but they can actually transform your entire look. So, what are we waiting for? Below are a few insider techniques which will help you to apply your own false lashes at home.
What you need:
Lashes (entire band, individuals, corner)
Before applying lashes
- Firstly, you need to determine the type of look that you’re going for – this could be anything from a cat-eye, shimmery eyeshadow, or just a plain lid. Whatever you’re doing, it is important to curl and apply a thin layer of mascara over your natural lashes.
- Mascara will show you what your lashes will look like once their done and keep them looking fresh for longer.
Entire band of lashes
- An entire band is usually a standard lash which can be applied from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. There are many different styles available and it certainly is the most popular one.
- If you find it difficult to match the falsie in your natural lash-line, then cut it into three pieces. Apply the glue onto a flat surface, then leave it for 30-40 seconds until it feels tacky – this is the perfect time to use the glue since it will hold better.
- Curve the lash with your fingers, then dip it into the glue (use a formula which dries clear, since it won’t look obvious). Wait for a few seconds until it dries, then look downwards into a compact mirror. This will allow you to align it directly with the natural lash-line.
- If the band is quite thick, you can easily disguise it with a smokey eye or cat-eye flick. Make sure to prep your eye makeup beforehand, so it doesn’t interfere with the lashes.
- Repeat these steps with the two other lash pieces and press downwards with a tweezer. While they should feel comfortable on your eyes, if they do tug, make sure to remove them and try again. Sometimes the glue might build-up, so remember to remove it gently with your tweezers.
Eylure Exaggerate 141 Lashes Pair, $12.99
- If you’re going for more of a natural look, individual lashes are the best way to make your eyes pop. They might require a little additional prep-time, but the results are amazing!
- Curl your natural lashes and apply mascara as usual from root to tip. Wait until it dries completely before moving onto the false lashes.
- Pick up each lash with your tweezers, then dip the stem into some glue. Wait a few seconds until the glue gets tacky, then place it directly over your natural lash. The bands are actually more discrete on individual lashes, so you don’t need to apply heavier eye makeup to disguise it.
- Start at the outer corner of your eyes and build-up the intensity up until the centre. At this point, use a smaller lash to bring some added volume to your eyes.
- If you have long, straight lashes, then falsies on the corner are also a great idea. They create the illusion of curve and body without feeling too overwhelming – especially during the day!
Ardell DuraLash Individual Flare Lashes Short Black, $9.99
- Make your false lashes last longer by removing them with micellar water at the end of the day. Rather than pulling them off and causing damage, the micellar water is light and will help them keep their shape.
- Don’t apply a mascara over the top of your lashes since it can dramatically shorten then life-span. Well, unless you want to remove the extra makeup with a cotton tip, which is always an option if you need to re-wear them.
- As with all other makeup styles, it is all about mastering your technique. Look into a low, compact mirror which will help to align your lashes, but over-time you probably won’t even need one!
- Give your lashes a break every once in a while and let them breathe! Even eyelashes go through a shedding period, so it’s important to lay off the falsies and mascara every once in a while.
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