For most of my young adult life, I wanted nothing to do with fake eyelashes. I thought they were way too difficult to work with. When I did attempt to put them on, I exclusively used individual lashes and painstakingly attached each one on and then layered them for what felt like hours.
I didn’t realize until a few months ago that there is an absolute foolproof way to apply them–even if you’ve never really worked with them before!
The first thing you are going to need is the lash. If you are just beginning, it would be a good idea to start with lashes that have a thin band so that way they are easier to work with and place correctly on the eye. I got this pack of 50 pairs for around 14 dollars on amazon, and they are still going strong! It even came with a tool that helps with the application process. I highly recommend you get some sort of tool (it can even be tweezers, but be careful!) to apply them!
The next thing you are going to need is glue. I would highly recommend that you do not use the lash glue that comes in the squeezable tube form because it’s incredibly challenging to work with. The best glue that I’ve found is the one I’ve linked below. It comes in a liquid form with a brush, and you just paint the glue onto the band of the lash. Wait for it to become tacky, and you’re golden!
Here’s a step by step process that hasn’t lead me astray… yet!
Apply your eyeliner and mascara however you are most comfortable with. I tend to do a winged eyeliner with a decent coat of mascara. This makes the lashes become a little tacky themselves, which, for me, makes application easier.
The next thing you want to do is take one of your eyelashes with your tool, or even your clean hands, and apply a thin layer of glue.
Wait. It is recommended that you wait at least 20-30 seconds for your glue to dry so that way it isn’t just a slippery mess when you go to apply it. I have found that waiting around a minute to a minute and a half is the best wait time for me to get the best application. It seems like a long time but the glue becomes so tacky that it is bound to stick right away and you won’t have issues if you wait this long.
This next step is usually daunting for a first try, but it’s time for application. I have found that the easiest way to put the lash on is to apply the center of the lash on the lash line. Apply as close to your lashes as possible first, then the corners. When it comes to the corners, I start with the outer corner and place it at the end of my lash line (or sometimes where I began my eyeliner wing depending on the day). For my inner corner, I usually try to place it as close to the lash line as I can, but if my eyeliner is thick enough, I can usually get away with applying the lash a little bit above it if the lash is being temperamental.
The final step is to blend your lashes with the false lash. I usually do this by curling my lashes or pressing my lashes with the false for a few seconds. You don’t have to apply more mascara but that has also been something that works.
Voila, you have false lashes on!
It definitely takes some practice when you first start, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes quite enjoyable and exciting. It feels like an extra fun step to a makeup routine. I tend to use them if I have a little extra time in the morning to get ready, but it is completely dependent upon my sleep schedule… and my motivation.
I hope this advice will be helpful for anyone struggling with the lash application; I believe in you!
Image from: https://www.ebay.com/c/8006851580