I’m so very excited to give you guys this wonderful post on applying false eyelashes by my friend Erin. She’s briefly guest blogged for us before, providing a critique of Penelope Cruz’ makeup at Cannes, and will hopefully continue to guest blog for us in the future! Erin is one of the loveliest and most makeup-savvy people I know, and I can’t think of a better person to teach our readers about false eyelashes. So without further ado, here’s Erin!
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I’m excited to be a guest blogger on Jolie Asie, and write about my area of makeup pseudo-expertise: false eyelashes. I started playing with false eyelashes almost 6 years ago, and I have plenty to share from my various failures and successes!
The “Do”s and “Don’t”s of Falsies
Do: adjust strip lashes to the natural length of your lash line
It is rare that the fake eyelashes you buy are the perfect size for your eyes. Once you open your falsies, hold them up to your eye and measure them against your natural lash line. Your falsies should be the same length as your natural lash line, so where your lash line stops is where you need to trim.
Don’t: use your eyelash curler on the falsies
The lashes are already curled at a good angle. Plus the curler will have a more intense effect on falsies than on real lashes, and once you curl you won’t be able to reverse it.
Do: use dark tone eyelash glue
The alternative ‘clear’ option sounds like a good thing, but it tends to turn eyeliner into a patchy gray mess. This option by Duo is inexpensive and works very well!
Don’t: leave for an event or party without tucking your tube of glue into your bag
Nothing is worse than fake eyelashes starting to come off halfway through a party. You won’t be able to take them off without looking like part of your eyeliner is missing, so it’s a good idea to bring a way to touch up your work.
I have tried a lot of makeup removers, and my favorite is Clinique’s eye makeup remover. I suggest pressing a cotton pad over each eye for about 30 seconds to loosen up the glue before you carefully pull off the eyelash strip. After this you’ll need to gently remove glue that was left behind on your lash line.
Don’t: cut the tips off of the falsies to make them shorter
Falsies are tapered at the ends to look natural, and by cutting off the tips you’ll end up with stubby coarse eyelashes!
Do: ask someone you trust to be honest with you how they look
It might take several different pairs and strategies before you find the best way for you to wear false eyelashes, so make sure you have someone to tell you when it isn’t working.
For your entertainment, I’ve compiled a set of falsie failures:
Before I noticed this in pictures, I probably did it a few times! Notice one set is pointing forward and the other one is going straight up — YIKES.
OK now for some wins
Both of these applications are placed well and surrounded by simple make-up to create a “natural” falsie look.
In my opinion the pairs for sale by MAC and Makeup Forever are nice, but not really necessary when there are so many less expensive and completely comparable products. You’ll almost never find the luxury lashes in make-up artist kits, it’s usually good old Ardell.
Ardell Demi Wispies – Ardell products are available at most drugstores, but for the best selection try Sally’s Beauty Supply stores or Ulta!
If your eyes are on the smaller side (like mine), I recommend looking for demi eyelashes, which are a bit shorter and more natural looking. The most subtle and natural way to wear fake eyelashes is individuals or clusters. This is a slow process, and these are harder to reuse, but I think it’s totally worth it for a big night or if strip lashes are too much for your eyes.
I’ll share the application process that works for me. I think that there are several good ways to put on lashes — just remember the dos and don’ts!
- Apply face makeup as needed and eyeshadow as desired
- Line upper rims and lash line with black eyeliner (brown if you’re using brown lashes)
- Curl eyelashes, and use one coat of mascara
- Enhance your bottom lashes so they aren’t invisible from the side — try a bottom lash mascara like Clinique Bottom Lash mascara!
- Bend the eyelashes gently, moving them back and forth to keep their semi-circle shape (this helps prevent corner fly-aways!)
- Put dark eyelash glue on the strip, making sure that each end is covered and wait for about 10 seconds before applying
- Start at the inner corner of the eye, and hold the strip in place with a finger
- Slowly push the strip against your lash line until the end of your lash line
- Press the strip down with fingers on the inner and outer corners for 5-10 seconds to make sure it stays in place
- Use you finger to lightly push up on the falsie and blend your natural lashes in.
- After the glue is dry, I usually go over the lash strip with black eyeliner at the end of the process, to make sure both sides look even and as natural as possible.
If you’re looking for more guidance, I recommend this Youtube video by Kandee Johnson:
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Thanks for a great post Erin! If you have any specific questions for our false eyelash guru feel free to email them to us and we’ll make sure she gets them!