How to Apply False Eyelashes

2 Jan

Applying False EyelashesFor thicker, more beautiful lashes, give false eyelashes a try! Here’s how to find the right lashes for you — and apply them like a professional.

If you have skimpy, barely there eyelashes, finding ways to plump them up is probably high on your beauty to-do list. Volumizing and lengthening mascaras are one way to achieve lush lashes, but to go that extra mile consider false eyelashes. False lashes are always great no matter the occasion.

The main trick is to find lashes that suit you and are not too overpowering. These days, false eyelashes are more natural looking and easier to apply than when your mother or grandmother wore them. And they really do brighten and glam up your entire face.

You can choose from full strips of false eyelashes (which can be trimmed to fit), half strips (often used on the outer edges of your lashes to give a dramatic look), or individual lashes (can be used to fill in sparse areas).

Newbies may want to start with full or half strips, since they’re easiest to apply. Attaching the individual lashes requires a lot more precision — and they need to be affixed with tweezers, so they’re best for steady, skilled hands.

Follow these tricks when applying false eyelashes:

  • Start by washing your eyelids with an oil-free cleanser (the adhesive glue won’t stick to oily skin).
  • Remove the faux lashes from the storage case, and give them a test run by holding them in place across your eyelid. Then use a pair of sharp scissors to trim the lashes, as needed, a few hairs at a time.
  • Use a toothpick to apply a thin line of glue across the entire length of the roots of the false eyelashes (never apply glue directly to your own eye).
  • Let the adhesive set for about a minute or until it’s tacky.
  • Place the lashes along the base of your lash line, as close to the roots as possible, starting from the inside corner. If you’re using individual lashes, though, work from the outside corner of the eye to the inner corner. Press and hold in place for ten to 15 seconds.
  •  Release the lashes and let them dry for a minute or two.
  •  As a finishing touch sweep a coat of mascara across both your natural and false lashes to bind the two together.
  • If properly cared for (that means you clean and store them after each use), most lash extensions can be used up to four or five times.

Here are the steps to safely removing false eyelashes:

  • Clean your eye area with an eye-makeup remover.
  • Gently lift the false eyelashes, starting at the outer corner of your eye, and tug a bit to loosen them.
  • Continue tugging until the lashes peel away.
  • Use a cotton swab dipped in the makeup remover to clean any remaining eye makeup from the lash extensions, then place them back in their original storage case.

With false eyelashes in your makeup bag, you’ll have a fun way to get super-glamorous eyes whenever you want them!

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