Sunday, 28 August 2011

False Eyelashes: A Beginners Guide


I can’t count the amount of times I have finished an eye look for a night out, then ruined it by spending up 2 hours (no I’m not exaggerating!) messing about with false eyelashes ending up with an eyelid covered in glue and having to start over. I like to think after all the failed attempts I pretty much have got the knack for applying false lashes now. Here’s my tips for applying them easily…

1: Finish Your Eye Make-Up First

Put on whatever eye shadow you’ll be wearing and I would suggest at least a thin line of eyeliner as this will blend in the lashes with your own and make them look less artificial. Look at the curl of the fake lashes, and try to give your eyelashes a similar curl, if you curl to much or to little the eyelashes won’t sit right and will look far to obvious. Now apply a coat of mascara, preferably one that separates and gives definition as oppose to one that thickens, I would recommend No7’s Exceptional Definition.

2: Prepping the Lashes

Something I have found to be very helpful when applying fake eyelashes, particularly heavier ones on a thick band (as oppose to the natural style ones that tend to have what’s known as an Invisiband) is to remove the lashes from the packaging, using tweezers, and to bend the band back on itself a few times. This will loosen it and make it a lot easier to fit around your own eye shape.

3. Check The Length

Everybody’s eyes are different shapes and sizes. Before applying glue to the lashes, put them against your own and check they fit your eye shape, if you find you need to trim some lashes off, do so from the outside corner. You also don’t want the eyelashes to hang below the outside corner of your eye as this will drag the whole of the eye down and defeat the object of using the lashes.

4. Patience, Young Grasshopper!

Now you want to apply the glue to the band of the lashes. When you do this the glue will still be of a liquid consistency, so if you apply it straight away it will slide around and will be very difficult to get it to stay where you want it. If you wait a minute or so the glue will become tacky and this is when you want to apply it,again using tweezers.  Don’t worry if you don’t get in the right place the first time, you have plenty of time to adjust it to the right place until the glue dries.

5. Finishing Touches

Once the glue dries (if your using white glue, it is dry once it goes clear) finish you look off by applying one last coat of mascara, this will blend in your own lashes with the falsies.


  1. Very useful thank you! I also think that applying the false lashes from the middle and then pushing the corners in works wonders

  2. Thanks :), I do that to, but I thought I might have rambled for long enough!