How to Apply False Lashes: It’s Easier Than You Think!

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Nothing adds that extra specialness to smoky eyes like false eye lashes. Every time I put a pair on, I instantly feel prettier, sexier and ready to conquer the world (or, at least the party).

Problem is, getting the damn things on without gluing the palm of my hand to the bathroom counter.

With a little practice, applying falsies is easier than you think. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way when applying false eye lashes:

  1. Find a pair of lashes that fits your needs. If you’re looking for a natural-ish enhancement, you’re not going to be happy with a huge set of tranny lashes. There are so many styles out there you just need to play around until you find the ones that are perfect for you. My favorites are shu uemura Partial Soft Cross Lashes but I found that Revlon makes a very similar pair for a fraction of the price.
  2. Trim the lashes to fit your eye shape. If you’re applying a strip of lashes (versus partial or individual lashes) be sure to trim them to the right size. Hold the lashes (without glue) against your natural lash line, starting at the inner corner of your eyes where your own natural lashes start. Trim off any extra that extends past where your natural lashes end.
  3. Apply mascara before false lashes. Curl your lashes and apply mascara as usual before applying false lashes. After your lashes are secure, gently pinch them together with your natural lashes to avoid a “double lash” effect.
  4. Go easy on the glue. Only the tiniest bit of glue is needed to secure lashes to your eyelid. Apply too much and you’ll have a gooey, gloppy mess on your hands. Also, be sure to give the glue time to set before attempting to apply your lashes.
  5. Apply carefully. Gently lay the false lashes on your own lashes and adjust before allowing the glue to touch your eyelid. If you move slowly and carefully you’ll get it right every time.
  6. Remove properly. Before removing lashes, soak a q-tip in makeup remover or baby oil and gently rub at the lash line. False lashes should slip right off. Don’t ever pull or tug on your false lashes!

Here are a few fun tutorials from YouTube:

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  • I’m not going to lie. I’m skilled at many things, but applying falsies is DEF not one of them!! I do think, however, that I probably am not waiting long enough to let the stuff get tacky and I’m always scared of over trimming them. I’m gonna try your tips for next time!

  • I have NEVER been able to do this myself! Looks like I am going to have to practice some more! Thanks for sharing!

  • I don’t think I will ever get the hang of this. You make it sound so effortless though. LOL. Thanks for the tips!
    – Kaith

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