When it comes to doing my own hair and makeup, I’m better at certain things than others. I can do a great smokey eye and sleek bun, but I often struggle doing waves in my hair and the perfect cat eye. One thing I am randomly great at? Putting on false eyelashes – who knew! I know from speaking with my girlfriends that many women struggle putting them on, and I’ve picked up a few tricks along the years working with different makeup artists that I wanted to share with you guys. Read below for the step by step process – it’s really not as hard as you think!
I recommend practicing this once when you’re not about to go out – you might mess it up or need more time the first go round. My favorite kind of lashes to use are these Natural Wispies from Ardell (I also like Eylure in the UK) – they’re so affordable and look totally natural.
Step 1) Carefully remove the eyelash strip from the plastic with a pair of tweezers – this keeps them clean and makes sure that you don’t accidentally yank out strands with your fingers.
Step 2) Put a small amount of glue on the plastic holding the end of the lash, and dab the strip so that it’s covered but not too gloopy. Apply evenly and then blow on it for about 10 seconds so that it gets tacky.
Step 3) Squeeze each end of the eyelash strips between your thumbs and index fingers (don’t touch the glue part!) – bend it in a U-shape, going in the natural direction of the eyelash strip. This will make it easier to mold against the curve of your eyelash line, and will also keep it from flicking up at the corners.
Step 4) Tilting your head back (this makes it so much easier to get close to your lash line), apply the lashes carefully to your lash line in the mirror, making sure that it’s not sticking out at either end (some lash strips might need to be trimmed, so sometimes I line it up to my lashes ahead of time to see if it needs to be cut down at either end). Squeeze the strip down onto your lid with your thumb and index finger, going along the eyelash strip to make sure that it’s evenly pressed down.
Step 5) Once the lash strip is on, gently push up along the outer edge to give a it a more natural, wispy look.
Repeat on both sides! I recommend putting on your lashes before eyeliner and mascara. I love wearing these lashes on their own for a natural look, but liquid eyeliner and mascara are great to add for a more evening look. Your lash strips can be used about 2 times before disposing, just pick off the glue to keep them fresh.
Please try this and let me know in the comments below how it went!