False eyelashes. The accessory that says, “I woke up like this, and by ‘this’ I mean I spent 45 minutes in front of the mirror meticulously gluing hair to my eyelids.” Why flutter with what Mother Nature gave you when you can slap on some super glamorous fibers and bat those lashes like the diva you truly are? Here’s the actual way to apply false eyelashes without looking like you lost a fight with a tarantula.
1. The “Important” Preparation Step:
First things first, ensure your eyelids are as pristine as a canvas in a modern art museum. Remove all remnants of makeup, especially that stubborn waterproof mascara that has been sitting there since your last tearful romcom. Because we all know, prepping your eyelid is like prepping a wall for a mural of Mona Lisa – if it’s not clean, you’ll just end up with the Dollar Store version.
2. Trim Those Bad Boys:
Hold up! Before you go all Picasso on your eyes, make sure those falsies fit! Most eyelashes come one-size-fits-most, and let’s be honest, “most” never includes anyone. Lay the lash along your lash line and trim the excess. But please, for the love of all things holy, do not trim from the inner corner. Always trim from the outer edge. You’re trying to enhance your beauty, not audition for a sci-fi movie.
3. The Glue Conundrum:
Here’s where things get sticky (pun intended). Squeeze a tiny amount of glue onto the back of your hand, and wait about 30 seconds. Why? Because the glue needs to be tacky. Just like that ex who keeps liking all your pictures from 2016. Use a toothpick or the edge of a makeup brush to apply the glue along the lash band. Remember: moderation is key. You want to look windswept, not like you’ve just emerged from a tornado.
4. Apply With Precision (Or At Least Try To):
Look, no pressure, but this step will make or break your entire look. So, no pressure. Close one eye and, using tweezers or your fingers, place the lash as close to your natural lash line as possible. Once it’s on, press it down and hold for a few seconds. You can use a Q-tip to adjust it, but don’t wait too long or you’ll be committed to that wonky placement for the rest of the night.
5. Mascara and Eyeliner – The Cover-Up Artists:
So, you’ve managed to stick something foreign onto your body. Congrats! Now, let’s make it look intentional. Apply a thin line of eyeliner over the lash band to hide any glue. Then, merge the real and the fake with a touch of mascara. Think of it as a bonding activity for your lashes. Like a trust fall, but for your face.
6. Dealing with Disasters:
Let’s be real: there’s a good chance something will go wrong on your first few tries. Or maybe even on your hundredth try (who’s counting?). You might find one eyelash chilling on your cheek halfway through the night or perhaps the inner corner will refuse to stick (like that piece of tape when you’re trying to wrap a present). Fear not! Every beauty guru has had an eyelash disaster. Own it. If someone points it out, just tell them you’re starting a new trend.
7. The Grand Exit:
While you may think these lashes are your new BFFs, trust me, they’re just for the night. When it’s time to bid adieu, don’t just rip them off like a band-aid from hell. Soak a cotton pad in an oil-based makeup remover and gently press it onto your eyes for about 20 seconds. The lash will slide off, leaving your natural lashes unharmed and ready for the next adventure.
8. Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle:
You didn’t spend $20 on these lashes to use them once, right? To get the most out of your falsies, make sure to clean them after each use. Gently peel off the glue, give them a little bath with some gentle soap and water, reshape, and store them in their original case. They’ll be ready to glam you up for your next night out, Zoom call, or solo dance party in your living room.
9. Personalize Your Look:
False lashes come in every shape, size, and level of drama imaginable. Maybe today you’re feeling a subtle, natural vibe (the “I’m wearing lashes but I’ll deny it if you ask” look). Tomorrow, you might want lashes so big they could generate their own wind currents. Experiment! The sky (or your brow bone) is the limit.
10. Embrace the Journey:
Mastering the art of false eyelashes is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes you’ll nail it, sometimes you’ll fail it. Sometimes you’ll cry and ruin all your makeup, but hey, that’s what waterproof products are for. Every time you mess up is just another story to tell. Or tweet. Or TikTok. Whatever floats your boat.
So there you have it, darling reader. The world of false lashes awaits. Whether you’re aiming for subtle sophistication or full-blown drama, remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And if the beholder has some killer lashes on, well, all the better. Flutter on, fabulous one! 🤩👁️👌
Pro Tips for the Aspiring Lash Maven:
- Invest in a Lash Applicator: There’s a tool for everything, and lashes are no exception. Using a lash applicator can make the whole process a bit less like open-eye surgery. Plus, it gives you an excuse to buy another cute beauty tool.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Try applying your lashes before you actually want to wear them out. Let’s say, on a lazy Sunday when the only judge is your cat. Because we all know Mr. Whiskers is a tough critic.
- Mix ‘n Match: Who said you have to wear the same pair on both eyes? (Okay, everyone. But let’s be rebels.) Mix different styles for a unique look. Just make sure they’re somewhat similar, or you might end up channeling a chameleon.
- Stack ‘Em Up: For added volume, don’t be afraid to layer two different pairs of lashes. It’s like doubling up on pizza toppings. Extra cheesy? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.
- The Bent Card Trick: Hold a bent business card or piece of paper behind your lashes when applying mascara. This ensures your falsies and natural lashes blend together seamlessly and you don’t get any stray mascara marks on your lids.
- All About That Base: A swipe of a lash primer can make a world of difference. It helps in blending your real and fake lashes together, and ensures your mascara doesn’t clump.
- Wait Before You Look: After applying the lash, keep your eye closed or look downwards for a few moments. This helps the glue dry without the lash getting pushed out of place.
- Keep It Clean: If you’ve invested in a good pair of lashes, clean them gently after each use. Avoid soaking them as it can ruin their shape. Instead, use a Q-tip with makeup remover to clean off any excess glue or mascara.
- Patch Test: Before you slather your eyelids with lash glue, make sure you aren’t allergic to it. Apply a small amount on your hand and wait for 24 hours. A rash-free day later, you’re good to go!
- Real Lash Love: Don’t neglect your natural lashes! Apply some castor oil or lash serum before bed to keep them strong and healthy.
Remember, lash aficionados, every blunder is just a stepping stone to becoming the ultimate eyelash pro. Keep these tips in your back pocket, and you’ll be batting those beautiful lashes with confidence in no time!
FAQs: Flapping Away Those False Eyelash Fears
With proper care, a good pair of lashes can be reused up to 15-20 times. But if they start looking like they’ve seen better days (or nights), it’s time for a new pair. Remember, quality over quantity!
Absolutely! Opt for hypoallergenic lash glue and always do a patch test 24 hours before to ensure no allergic reactions. If any irritation occurs, cease use immediately.
While it’s technically possible, it’s not recommended. Sleeping in your lashes can cause them to bend, break or shed. Plus, it’s not the best for your natural lashes or eyes. Always remove before hitting the sack.
This is a common issue. Make sure the lash is properly trimmed to fit your eye shape. Applying a bit more adhesive to the ends can help. Also, wait until the glue is tacky (around 30 seconds) before applying.
You can, but apply with caution. It’s best to apply mascara to your natural lashes first to blend them with the falsies. If you wish to apply mascara on the false lashes, opt for a light coat to avoid clumping.
If it’s a minor tear, you might be able to gently press it back together. If it’s a significant tear, it’s best to retire that pair and get a new one. Think of it as an opportunity to try a new style!
Gently peel off the glue residue, then dip a Q-tip in makeup remover and run it along the lash band. Avoid fully submerging them in any liquid as this can warp their shape.
It’s generally not recommended as applying and removing false lashes can damage or displace your extensions. Plus, with extensions, you already have the added volume and length.
If you’re new to the game, starting with a more natural pair can be less intimidating. Once you master the art of application, you can venture into the world of dramatic lashes.
While it’s not necessary, wearing eyeliner can help camouflage the lash band, making the lashes blend seamlessly with your natural lash line.