Somehow the mere mention of false lashes can strike fear into the hearts of otherwise makeup-savvy women. Applying lashes is undoubtedly an art that many of us have yet to master. How was your first attempt at winged eyeliner? Not so great, right? Similarly, the secret to great lash application is practice, practice, and more practice! (Well, also a little technique, which is why I am writing this in the first place.)
To help you get over your fear of false lashes, we have created a step-by-step video tutorial on applying lashes. For those of you who’re still not convinced, continue reading for all the nitty-gritty details you could possibly ask for!
Because I have promised to not leave out any detail (how obvious it may be), lets begin by stating that you should first do your eye makeup, just like you wouldn’t put on mascara before your eyeshadow and eyeliner. This way, you wont have to work around super long lashes when putting on eyeshadow and it also ensures that no makeup falls on your false lashes, which can be hard to clean.
STEP 1: REMOVE LASHES FROM BOX
Use tweezers to gently remove lashes from the tray. You can also use your fingers but make sure you hold the lash from the band on the outer corner so even if you bend the lash, chances are you’ll have to snip off the outer end to fit your lashline anyway. If you bend or damage the lash from the inner corner, it won’t look right and make poke your eye. Alternatively, push the lash down and away from the tray with your thumb.
Not sure which lash goes on which eye? Hold the box under your nose with the lashes facing towards the mirror. The lash on the right will go on your right eye and the other on the left eye.
STEP 2: MEASURE UP
Rest the lash band along your lash line to see whether it fits properly. The lash should start where the natural bulk of your eyelashes begin because if its too close to the inner corner it will irritate your eyes. Your lashes should end just on the outer corner of the eye, if you leave it hanging too long it can make your eyes look droopy and won’t be comfortable.
Step 3: TRIM EXCESS (OPTIONAL)
If the lash is too long for you remember to trim the excess only from the outer corners. Cutting them from the inner corners can ruin the shape of the eyelashes and they won’t blend easily. Always cut them at the vein or from the band with the band facing towards you. If you cut upwards with the longer lashes facing towards you, you may chop off more lashes than you wanted to.
Step 4: Hold both ends of the lash and bend it to create a ‘C’ shape
This is to soften the lash band so it fits your eyelid easily. Since our lashes have a cotton thread band which is really soft and flexible, the lashes will take the exact shape of your eyelid when applied.
Step 5: Prep your lashes by curling (optional) and applying a thin coat of mascara.
Mink lashes carry a natural curl so if you have really straight eyelashes just curl them so they can merge easily with the falsies. If you don’t do this chances are your natural lashes will stick out separately. Another easier way is to just put on a coat of black mascara; this will also help merge the falsies with your own if you naturally have lighter coloured eyelashes.
STEP 6: APPLY GLUE
Apply a thin layer of glue on the lash band, being generous on both the inner and outer corners as these are most likely to lift up. Wait for a few seconds so the glue becomes sticky, this will make it easier and quicker to make them stick.
If this is your first attempt, I suggest using lash glue that goes on white and dries clear. Dark lash glue has a tendency to mess up your eye makeup, especially in the inner corners, if you don’t get the application right the first time. White glue is more forgiving and you can always cover any overflowing glue traces with eyeliner.
Because our lash glue, Sticky Situation, comes with a handy fine-tip brush you don’t need any more instructions (like there aren’t enough already) on how to deal with the mess that squeezable glue tubes can create. You can thank me later 🙂
Pro tip: If you want super long-lasting application use the ‘double adhesive’ technique by applying glue like eyeliner, with our Sticky Situation fine brush, along your lash line as well as on the false lashes
STEP 7: PLACE YOUR LASHES
Place the strip on the center of your eyelid, positioning it as close as possible to your natural lashline. Remember to keep the inner corner where the natural bulk of your eyelashes begin.
Pro tip: Place a mirror lower than your face to make the process easier
Step 8: Using tweezers or your fingers, first adjust the outer corner. Use the back end of our applicator to press and hold the inner corner.
Step 9: Use our applicator to pinch together both your false and real lashes so you don’t end up with a strip of skin between your lashes and falsies. If you want to create more uplift, finish by gently pushing the lashes up at the part closer to your inner lash line.
So there you have it ladies, the struggle is real but with a little practice putting on false lashes will take less time than you spend on putting mascara and if all else fails, we always have our trusted salon aestheticians to help a girl out!
Need help choosing false lashes according to your eye shape? Find out in our next blog post.