How to Apply False Eyelashes!!!
False eyelashes, invented in 1916 by director D.W. Griffith as a beauty enhancement for actress Seena Owen in his film Intolerance. Lashes add drama to any eye shape. Flirtatious, feminine, and ultra-glamorous, lashes are the perfect accent to an evening look. There are two types of false eyelashes: (1) full lashes, which come in strips, add density to the entire lash line, and must be trimmed to fit the width of your eyelid, and (2) individual lashes, which come in little clusters and can be used to fill in spare areas.
For Full Lashes
Step 1: Apply concealer to the undereye area to mask any discoloration and even out your skin tone. Dab the product to the undereye and the lower lash line with your fingers. Your fingers’ warmth will melt the product, making it easier to apply.
Step 2: Gently work a small amount of concealer into the upper lid (where the skin is thin and sensitive) to eliminate any veins or discoloration. Concealer provides a great base for shadow and prolongs the life of eye makeup. If your going to wear eyeshadow apply it now.
Step 3: Hold the lashes to your upper lid to measure the width. If necessary, use small scissors to trim the lashes, working in from the outer corner.
Step 4: Holding the lash with your fingertips, curl the lashes gently with an eyelash curler.
Step 5: If using a non-adhesive lash, carefully apply eyelash glue to the lash. Self-adhesive lashes are easier to trim to size and apply, but if you are using the non-adhesive type, place a dab of glue on the back of your hand and use a small toothpick to apply the glue to the lash band. Allow the glue to get tacky. I always hold the lash up to a light bulb to speed up the process.
Step 6: Apply the lash. Here’s a great tip: Hold a hand mirror below your chin and look down as your apply so that you lay the lash in the correct angle. Place the lash in the middle of the eye, above the iris, and work the lash into the inner and other corners. Hold for a few seconds to secure. If you are using a self-adhesive lash, hold it in place for several seconds and then gently tug to ensure placement.
For Individual Lashes
Individual lashes are great for masking small bare spots. Generally available in three sizes (flare short, medium, and long), you need about seven to eight “clusters” to achieve a full, natural look. I usually cut full lashes into small sections to achieve this look. Individual lashes that must be glued are harder to apply and require patience and a steady hand.
Step 1: Apply concealer like you would in step 1 and 2 in full lashes.
Step 2: Place a small amount of glue on the back on your hand. Remove individual clusters from the lash tray with tweezers and use a toothpick to place the glue on the lash. Let the glue set before you place it on the lash line: you can employ the same light bulb trick from step 5 from full lashes.
Step 3: Apply lash clusters 1 to 2 millimeters apart and as close to your natural lash line as possible. Use tweezers to work inward from the outer corner of your eye. Don’t be discouraged-practice makes perfect! This can be tricky even for makeup pros!
Step 4: Carefully curl your lashes. Using a lash curler, curl your lashes gently and carefully so you don’t release the clusters.
“I’ve come undone!” If you are wearing false eyelashes, it is always a good idea to arm yourself with a tube of lash glue in your bag. The last thing you want is for one of your eyelashes to wind up in your date’s salad! If your lash has released itself at one of the ends (but has not completely come off), use a small eyeliner brush or a flat toothpick with a tiny amount of glue on it to reaffix.
Once the lash is firmly in place, gently apply the mascara with upward strokes, start at the lash line. This will allow the natural lashes to bond with the false. Eyeliner is optional, but works well to disguise the false lash line. Now your ready to flaunt your look at me lashes!!!