How To: Apply False Eyelashes

by Madeleine Borgersen

I’ve always loved fake lashes, but they’re not the easiest things in the world to apply, especially the quick, one-strip type. Here are my top tips for applying those falsies and still keeping sane.

How To: Apply False Eyelashes

No matter what the time of false lash you opt for they all have their pitfalls. Some are too long meaning one end comes off while you’re pressing the other down. The individual false lashes can be a little easier, but they’re time consuming and that usually ends with only two on each eye before I give up.

Here are my top tips of getting every style of falsie on without losing your cool.

1. Get the Right Tools

Everyone kept saying to me to use a pair of tweezers to apply the false lashes. I had two issues with this tip.

  1. I nearly poked my eye out, every time!
  2. When I was placing pressure on one end the other end would fling straight back up, ending in a kind of false lash seesaw. Not cool.

Luckily I’ve found a tool to make it a synch to apply those falsies. And best of all, you can grab one at your local chemist. I call it the eyelash moon wand (this is probably due to my love of Sailor Moon as a child, you can call it what you want). Ardell makes a fantastic one and Mecca has also included one in their new signature tool collection.

It’s essentially a pair of tweezers but instead of a pointy end of impending doom it’s curved to match the shape of your eyelid, meaning you can grab your fake lash and push it straight onto your regular ol’ lashes applying the pressure to the lash line the whole way around in one swift move. Too easy!

2. Get a Decent Glue

The ones in the pack can sometimes be fine but a lot of them don’t seem to go tacky they just go from liquid to concrete allowing you no wiggle room (literally, you don’t want that falsie superglued to your eyebrow).

The DUO eyelash glue is fantastic, so again is the Ardell. Pick one of these babies up and save you a life time of grief.

The best way to use glue is to hold it upright and squeeze so a small amount of glue baloons out of the tube. Run the edge of your false lash across it so glue is applied evenly. Then instead of applying straight away where glue is just going to end up everywhere, leave it a few seconds give it a few blows to dry and become tacky, this is the point where the real magic will happen.

Apply to that lid and it will instantly adhere giving you a nice clean application.

3. Merge Those Lashes

After you’ve applied the false lashes if they still look a little ‘stuck on’ grab a clean, disposable mascara wand (you can get packs of these from the chemist, they’re also great for brushing out those brows) and lightly brush your lashes as if you were applying mascara.

This will better combine your natural lashes with those bombshellin’ falsies to give you a gorgeous faux glam.

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