Did our review of Ardell’s amazing range of false lashes have you ready to pull out some lashes and add some glamor to your look? Everyone looks better with a full, thick lashes – but getting them ‘just right’ takes some practice.
For the novices and pros alike, here are 13 tips and tricks for flawless lash application:
1. Do your makeup first and apply eyeliner thick enough to hide any gaps.
2. Cut the band to the correct size. A little too short is much better than too long. Plus shorter lashes are easier to apply and more comfortable too. Celebrity makeup artist and owner of The Lash Effect Elle Leary taught Stef to trim from the outer edge of the lashes, rather than the interior.
If you don’t want to trim, Demi lashes (like Ardell’s Accent Lashes) are a good choice. They’re half-sized lash strips to place on the outer corner of your lid. It’s crazy easy and creates a more natural look.
3. Curve the band. Too curved is better than not curved enough! This tip has helped me TONS.
4. If the lashes are not self-adhesive, use a good quality adhesive. Cheap glue is a recipe for a bad time.
5. Don’t use too much glue! Make a very thin line (or dot the glue along the lash and run a finger or Q-tip over it to create a solid line) and put a bit extra on the ends.
6. Count to fifty, not thirty, to let the glue get tacky. I found this tip on False Eyelashes Blog and it’s the perfect amount of time to create the best hold.
7. Here’s a tip Tyna picked up from a makeup artist: do not look straight into your mirror when applying lashes. Instead, place a mirror on a flat surface and look down your nose into it when applying the lashes. It really helps!
8. Apply your false lashes as close to your lash line as possible. Some people attach the outer corner first; some people attach the middle first. It’s really personal preference. You can use tweezers or your fingers to press them into your lashes and to adjust the placement.
9. Allow glue to dry, and then use a clean spoolie to blend your real lashes with the falsies. Apply mascara if needed.
10. Apply a bit more eyeliner if needed to cover any mistakes. Cream and liquid liners work best because they don’t tug at the lash strip.
11. To remove, gently pull off the lashes, or soak a cotton pad with oil free makeup remover and leave it on your lash line for a bit before gently pulling them off. Be VERY gentle!
12. Clean extra adhesive off the lashes and put your lashes back in the case. Remove lash glue stuck to your natural lashes with an oil-based eye makeup remover or just some oil (like coconut or EVOO). Don’t pull at your lashes!
13. As always, practice makes perfect. So practice, practice, practice – and you’ll be applying falsies like a pro in no time!
If you’re not used to wearing lashes, you may feel pretty awkward wearing them at first. But it’s like wearing red lipstick – be confident, and no one will mind!
Readers – are you a false lash newbie, pro or somewhere in between? Share your tips in the comments!
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.