False lashes are the perfect way to make your natural lashes look fuller while making your eyes appear larger. I’ve noticed, over the last few years, that the use of false lashes are becoming more and more popular for special occasions, as well as for every day use.
I hope these next few tips help give you the courage to try them for your next fun night out!
I use two different styles of false lashes. The first style is the strip lash. Strips are a quick way to enhance your lash line or to create dramatic and full eyelash.
Strips have many strands of lashes attached to a strip, that you apply directly onto your lash line with a variety of lengths, styles and thicknesses for you to play around with.
Make sure the strip you use fits the length of your own lash line, from inner corner to outer corner. If the strip is too long, you can trim slightly with a pair of scissors.
The second type of lashes are the individual cluster lashes and are my lashes of choice. These are tiny clumps of lashes that are applied on different parts of the lash line to create a few varied effects.
Placed across the entire length of the lash line creates a fuller effect where you want and need the enhancement most.
Applying them only at the front of the eye (directly above the pupil), will bring more focus to the centre of the eye. This will make your eyes look wider and more round.
When applied at the outer corner of the eye, the false lashes will elongate the eye area. This lifts the eye upwards making them appear larger.
The adhesive used to apply false eyelashes is gentle, however, most eyelash glues do have latex as an ingredient which some people are allergic to. Be sure to read the ingredients list if you have allergies or sensitivities to latex. More retailers are carrying latex-free adhesives as an alternative. A great eyelash glue is Kiss I-Envy Super Strong Hold Latex and Formaldehyde Free Eyelash Adhesive. It is also great for sensitive eyes! You can find it at your local drugstore or Wal-mart.
Removing the lashes at the end of the day is simple to do. Use your trusty eye makeup remover to loosen the glue and gently pull them off.
I recommend that you DO NOT trim the actual length of the lash hairs, as doing so will create a blunt lash tip and not look natural. However, trimming the length of the strip lash, to match the length of the eye is perfectly acceptable so that you ensure the best fit! Always trim from the outside, never trim the inner corner.
Applying Strip Lashes
Always curl your natural lashes first to mimic the curl in the strip lashes.
Pick up the lashes with tweezers and use a cotton swab or toothpick to apply a thin layer of lash glue along the lash strip. Wait a few seconds to allow for the lash adhesive to begin setting. This is very important.
Position the lashes along the outer corner of your eye, using your tweezers to place them. Then press them to the lid, as close to your natural lash line as possible. You have a few seconds to move them before they set. Once they are in place, let them dry completely. This may take a few minutes.
When the glue is dry, finish with mascara as this will ensure that they blend into your natural eyelashes securely.
Applying Individual Cluster Eyelashes
Curl your natural lashes with your lash curler.
I like to squeeze out a pea-sized amount of lash glue onto my steel palette and work from that. At home you can use a paper plate as it is clean and disposable.
Pick up a cluster with your tweezers and dip the root end into the lash glue.
Place the cluster on top of your natural lashes, right on the ledge where the root of your lashes grow. You may have to use your other hand to stretch your lid up slightly, to position them in place. Finding the perfect spot takes practice, but you will just love the effect that you can create with them.
Let the glue dry. Finish with mascara to hold them in place with your natural eyelashes.