After spending about one hour of my life last Friday trying to apply false lashes, I finally reached success!
Putting on false lashes, whether they are full strip or individual ones, takes a whole lot of practice before you get the hang of it. But the results are quite gratifying – in my case, fluttery, long lashes. They really do open up your eyes, and even though mascara is a product from the beauty gods, there is just no comparison to the look false lashes gives. Hence why I’ve included three photos of myself so you can see the different views of my lashes. There are also countless false lash styles out there, from natural to super dramatic.
So after watching many false lash tutorials online and finally getting my hands on Duo Eyelash Adhesive (it seemed like it was always out of stock at every drugstore I happened upon), I decided to spend some quality time nailing down my technique. With that said, I really don’t have a true technique – it is more a matter of trial and error. Here is my advice:
- Try using individual false lashes to start off, like I did in the photos. They are somewhat simpler to handle than a full strip, and give a more natural, unmethodical look. You can also move and twist them around easier before the adhesive fully sets, if the first placement is a bit off.
- Buy false lashes (and this is particularly for individual ones) that do not have that little ball or knot at the end. The ones that are featured in the photos are by Ardell, and they are wonderful. Quite light and knot free, plus you can find Ardell lashes (and other good brands like Andrea and Kiss) at most drugstores. So one of the nice things is that many false lashes out there are pretty inexpensive as well.
- Put on one coat of mascara first before applying the false lashes. If you curl your lashes, do this before the mascara or as you normally do. Then do the false lashes. You can apply mascara afterwards to blend everything in a bit, or leave it as is. Here, I just put the slightest bit of a second coat of mascara at the base of my lashes.
- Don’t have the lashes too long, or else you will look ridiculous. And please don’t do ones that go into your eyebrows. It is one thing to have a chic, false lash look, as opposed to a cheap false lash look. You can trim the lashes easily if need be. For individual lashes, I recommend purchasing different sizes – short, medium, long, etc. – that are suited to your eyes and natural lashes. You can use the shorter lashes toward the inner corner of your eye, and longer ones toward the outer corner. Shorter individual lashes are also great for filling in odd gaps in your lash line. Here, I used a mix of the Ardell Short and Medium.
- As for a certain brand or type of eyelash adhesive, the overwhelming favorite of false lashes enthusiasts is Duo Eyelash Adhesive. The adhesive comes in Dark and Clear-White. I bought it in Clear-White – by using the white adhesive, you can see where the adhesive is going and know when it has fully dried, as it dries from white to clear. With this said, it does dry pretty clear and undetectable, but I did have some spots that were a bit shiny and noticeable. This happened particularly where adhesive built up after trying so many times to apply an individual lash set to the same spot. I just used a black liquid liner pen to cover up the adhesive - so maybe a Duo Dark purchase might be in my future.
- Squeeze out a bit of the adhesive on the back of your hand, paper towel, or random piece of paper. I prefer the back of my hand. Let it set for at least thirty seconds so the adhesive can get tacky – it works much better this way. Use tweezers to pick up the false lashes and gently dip the end into the tacky adhesive. You also don’t have to glop on the adhesive, just a little will do.
- Apply the false lashes on your natural lashes, as close to the base of your lash line as possible. Don’t apply the lashes onto your actual eyelid or the edge of your eyelid. I started from the outer to inner corner of my eye, but I don’t think it really makes a difference where you start. I ended up using about two to three medium and two short ones on each eye for the look here.
- I used tweezers to apply the lashes, but there are a number of gadgets out there that purportedly make for easier false lash application. Maybe a future purchase, but tweezers seemed to work fine. As for re-using false lashes, you can re-use full strip ones, but re-using individual ones might be a little more difficult.
- Have tons of patience. False lashes are notoriously grueling to apply at first, but I promise that with some practice and the more times you try, you could become a false lash expert. You can see how many individual lashes I went through from messing up so much! So if I can end up doing it, you definitely can do it. I loved the look so much last Friday, that I did it on Saturday and Sunday (Saturday and Sunday’s versions were much easier). And I had no where super special to go!