How to apply false lashes effectively partially depends on purchasing the right products. When selecting eyelashes, ensure the bands are thin and not too dark – this will prevent the droopy look and reduce chances of discomfort and irritation.
The right lash glue can also make or break the outcome. For novices, try a clear colour so it isn’t messy. Some lash glues ‘flake’ off when they dry, leaving white remnants. Don’t skimp on quality for your base! We recommend MAC’s DUO lash glue for long lasting precision.
Play around with the lash band before applying the glue. Stiff lash bands make false lash application difficult and can cause your lashes to fall off quickly. Gently loosen the lash band by curving it around your finger, brush handle, or any round object to make the lash more malleable and curved for application. You can also toggle the eyelash around to make it more flexible.
Measure the lashes against your eyes to see if the falsie fits your eye shape. If it is too long, use a pair of scissors (preferably nail scissors) to trim off the ends to the desired length. The falsie shouldn’t cover the entire eye: there should be some space on the outer and inner corner of your eyes.
Remember: how to apply false lashes like a pro depends on perfecting the preparation process.
The ultimate how to apply false lashes guide wouldn’t be complete without this nifty trick: When applying the lashes, angle them in a subtly ‘upturned’ position. Avoid applying the lashes ‘straight down’, as it can look heavy.
If your lashes still end up slightly coming off, don’t fear! Apply lash glue to a toothpick and gently line the area where the lash has fallen off. Wait 30 seconds, then press your falsies back on.
To remove lash glue, soak a cotton bud in eye makeup remover, wait for it to soften, and gently peel it off. You can reuse falsies, but make sure you thoroughly clean them. Dirty false lashes can result in flimsy application, as old layers of makeup, dirt, and glue can cause the lashes to slip off.
Story by Kristina Zhou. Holding shot via @lilyaldridge