Eyelash 101: Everything You Need To Know About Eyelashes!!
Your eyelashes open, accentuate, and frame the eye. Long lashes are considered a sign femininity in many cultures. You can work with your own lashes, curling and coating them with mascara, or you can boost your natural lashes with false ones. If your lashes are sparse and you don’t want to use false lashes, smudging liner or eyeshadow into the root of the lashes will give the illusion of a thicker lash line.
Fun Eyelash Facts:
- We have eyelashes to protect our eyes from debris. They are the body’s warning system if an alien object is approaching the eye.
- If your eyelashes are pulled out, they will take approximately seven to eight weeks to grow back.
- The lifespan of an eyelash is approximately 150-200 days.
- The average number of eyelashes is 150-200 on the top eyelid and 75-100 on the bottom.
Eyelashes fall into three categories: individual, half set, and full set. There are many variations on the following:
- Full Set, Full Impact – These lashes are suitable for large or Asian eyes. Avoid if your eyes are small or your natural lashes are sparse. They come in half or full set. Half lashes are glued to the outer half of the eyelid and are easier to apply than a full set, but sometimes the effect can be unbalancing if it isn’t continued all the way along the lash line.
- Half set, Natural – Use these to enhance the outer half of the lashes, opening and lifting the eye. They are good for all eye shapes and are easy to apply.
- Full set, Natural – A step up from the half set, they are suitable for any eye shape. Harder to apply than a half set. They need to be measured against the width of your lash line and trimmed if too long.
- Full set, Medium Impact – These lashes are good for a full-impact effect on sparse lashes. The lashes crisscross to give maximum density without being too heavy. They will need to be measured and trimmed if too long.
- Individual, Bunches – Suit all eye shapes and look very natural, but can be tricky to glue to sparse natural lashes. They come in short, medium, and long so you can tailor the effect to suit the length of your lashes and the impact you want them to make.
- Individual, Singles – These give a natural effect, enhancing your own eyelash hairs, but they are hard to use. It is tricky to get them to sit on the right direction; if your natural lashes are sparse, there is not much to glue them to. They do not enhance lash density.
Pro Tip: Eyelashes are attached to the eyes with glue. If you are a false eyelash addict, it is worth investing in some surgical adhesive from a professional makeup supplier. This glue is more elastic than the glue that comes with the lashes, it last longer, and the lashes come away with less pulling.
False Eyelash Application
Eyelashes are the final element of your eye makeup. To make it easier to blend the lash band of a full or half set, apply eyeliner along your top lash line before and, if necessary, again once you have applied the eyelashes.
- Put a dollop of glue on the back of your hand or on a palette. Once it has become tacky, pick up the lash with tweezers and dip the end of the lash into the glue. Apply the lash as close to the root of your natural lashes as possible, dropping it into place and then pushing into the root and holding for a few seconds.
- With individual lashes you can use the different lengths to thicken your own lashes or to add natural-looking additional length and thickness all the way along.
Half Set Lashes
- Pick the lash up with tweezers and apply glue all the way along the lash band. I find it easier and less messy to apply the glue directly onto the lashes, rather than pulling the lashes through glue placed on a palette. Wait for the glue to get tacky and then drop on the top of the natural lashes as close to the root as possible.
- With your finger, move the lashes into place and push down into the root. Hold for a few seconds. Once, the glue has dried, lightly apply a thin coat of mascara to blend them with your natural lashes.
Full Set Lashes
- Pick the lashes up with tweezers and measure the length against the eyelid.
- Trim the outer ends of the lashes to fit the width of the eyelid.
- Apply glue all the way along the lash band.
- I find it easier to hold the full lashes between my thumb and forefinger to put the lash band in place on the natural lashes. The lash band should sit against the root of the natural lashes.
- Push the lashes into place, tapping all along the lash band. Open your eye and look in the mirror, and make sure there isn’t a gap between the natural lashes and the false lashes.
- Once the glue has dried, apply a thin coat of mascara to blend your natural lashes and the false lashes together.
Hope this helps your false eyelash problems…
Hope y’all have a great week, and see y’all next week for another blog!