Have you ever spent hours in front of the mirror trying to apply fake eyelashes, only to end up with them sticking out at funny angles, or—worse—fall off completely after a few hours? Because falsies are tricky to master, Here are tried-and-true application (and removal) tips.
1: Before you do anything else, measure the length of the lash to make sure it fits your eye shape. If the strip needs to be cut to fit, cut the outer edge completely off with a small nail scissors.
2: Take both edges of the lash and bend it inwards to create a “C” shape, and hold for a couple of seconds. This will take out the straightness and ensure it molds to your curved eye shape without the corners lifting up. This makes the rest easier.
3: Apply a high-quality glue such as Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive for lasting results (avoid the glue that comes with your lashes). If you have a steady hand, you can squeeze straight from the tube onto the strip.But if you tend to get shaky, put glue on the reverse end of a tweezer and glide it across the strip like it is in the picture below. Be generous at both the inner and outer corners so the glue won’t unstick when you blink.
4: Wait ten seconds or so for the glue to become more sticky (you can also blow air on the glue or wave it gently in the air) before placing the lash. This is the best way to keep the strip from slipping around while you’re trying to line it up properly.
5: Aim for the base of your natural lash line, right on top of your real lashes, not touching the eyelid at all. The glue dries clear, so don’t worry if a little gets on your skin.
6: Once you have placed both lashes, you can do your mascara; this will help integrate the natural lashes with the false ones.
7: If you see a gap showing on the eyelid between your real lashes and falsies, don’t worry! You don’t have to pull it off and start again.. Just fill in the gap, using a matte black eye shadow as a liner to hide it. This will also help the glue dry more quickly.
Removal Tips: Always remove false lashes before taking off rest of your eye makeup. First pre-soften the glue with a cotton swab that’s been soaked in an oily makeup remover. Dab the swab along the lash line to loosen the glue and break down its stickiness. With your eye open, take hold of the lash at tip of the outer corner. Then close your eyes and very slowly peel the strip away from your real lash, working from outer to inner corner—toward the nose.
Wearing Time: Any lash glue will do if you’re only planning to wear your lashes for a few hours. If you need them to last all day or all through the night, opt for a long wearing adhesive formula and apply with extra care to make sure that the lashes are securely adhered. Salon-applied eyelash extensions may last as little as one week or as much as six weeks depending on how you care for them.