Applying False Lashes - Dilemma of the Week - Makeup - iVillage Beauty

How does one apply false lashes?

False lashes are a fun way to enhance your eyes and play with your look. And once you get the technique down, they're relatively easy to apply. There are two types of false lashes, individual and strip. I'll go through the techniques for applying both. To start, you'll need:

  • False lashes
  • Small scissors
  • Duo surgical glue
  • A toothpick
  • A magnifying mirror
  • Tweezers
  • An orange stick (that's the long wooden stick manicurists use to push back the cuticles); you could even use the bottom end of an eye shadow or eyeliner brush instead, as long as the end of it is small, smooth and clean

If you're going for a natural look, chose a color that resembles your natural lashes, unless you're pale blond in which case go for a light brown.

Before you begin, make sure the eye area is free of any moisture.


How to Apply Strip Lashes:

  • Place the lash strip against your lash line to measure size. If they're too long, you may need to trim them a bit by cutting a small section off.
  • Place a drop of eyelash glue on a clean surface.
  • Dip the toothpick into the glue, dotting a tiny bit along the lash strip. Let it set a few seconds. Don't worry if the glue looks whitish; it'll disappear once it dries.
  • Place the strip of lashes down against the root of your natural lash line using the orange stick to press as you go. Be careful to use a steady hand. It will feel stiff for a few minutes, but if done correctly, you'll forget you even have them on.


How to Apply Individual Lashes:

You can purchase individual lashes as such, or cut through the bonded strip a few hairs at a time.

  • Pick the individual lash up with tweezers and dip the end into the glue. Let it set.
  • Gently place the hair next to your natural lashes. The placement and amount depend on how full or sparse your own lashes are.

If you want to be outrageous, there are lashes in all kinds of wonderful colors and shapes.


Recommended Products:

Maybelline Expert Eyes Demi-Wisp Faux Lashes
Many varieties and easy to apply.
Price: $7
Available: Mass market retailers,

M.A.C Lashes
These mesh in beautifully with your natural lash line. Available in seven different styles. Try #1 & #7 for the most natural look.
Price: $8.50
Available: M.A.C, department stores,

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers
My favorite and their bestseller, excellent grip and high quality.
Price: $20, stainless steel; $18 enamel
Available: (888) NIPPERS,

Tweezerman Brow Scissors
Small and sharp. Comes with eyebrow brush.
Price: $12
Available: (888) NIPPERS,

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