Fabulous Falsies!

Learn how to apply lashes There’s nothing that’ll add glam to your makeup look faster than a gorgeous set of false lashes. The challenge: how do you put them on without looking like Tammy Faye?

 The first thing you need to know is that there are three kinds of lashes:  individual lashes, clusters of individual lashes, and strip lashes.  Individual lashes and clusters are tedious to apply, not to mention the time it takes to glue in one lash at a time on each of your individual lashes.  No thanks!  But strips of lashes are completely different.  Fun to wear just for a night out on the town, anyone can learn to apply strip lashes with just a little practice and our helpful application tips:

 Pick the right lashes – It’s tempting to go for the really long, extremely full lashes.  But without a lot of trimming these lashes look ridiculous and make it hard to keep your eyes open.  Go for lashes that have some spaces between the hairs, just a little longer than your natural lashes and look fairly real.  Remember that the lashes add to what you already have.

 Lashes can be trimmed – Just like everything else, one size doesn’t fit all.  Depending on the size of your lid and how long you want the lashes to extend beyond the outside of your eye, you’ll probably need to trim a little off the end of the lashes.  Because it’s much easier to apply shorter strips than strips that go across the entire lid, you can even cut the lashes in half and apply only to the outer corner of the eyes for a little lift.

 Use glue sparingly – This is the make or break it point of the whole application.  Using a toothpick or straight from the tube, apply a very thin line of glue to the same part of the lashes that were stuck to the package.  You can always add more glue later if you need it, but if you put too much on you’ll have to pry your eyes open to see again.   Let the glue dry on the lashes for 30 seconds, until just tacky, before applying.

 Put the strip as close to the lash line as possible – Some people like to use tweezers, but others have better luck using their fingers.  Hold the lashes at a 45 degree angle, rather than flat against the lashes as you position them.  Start at the inside corner and gently press into place, working your way toward the outside corner.  Gently pinch the lashes down to blend with your own lashes.  If you like, add a little mascara to the top and bottom lashes.  Voila, you’re a diva.

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