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This is How You Should Really Be Applying Fake Eyelashes

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SMU chapter.

We all dream of having naturally long lashes but – until we find a serum that works – we are stuck with wearing fake eyelashes on those big nights that we really want to amp up our eye makeup. I for one love fake eyelashes, and wear them to every formal and other big event in my life. I learned how to put on fake eyelashes through a lot of practice with dance competition makeup, but some people really struggle with them. Perfectly placing the line of glue with the line of your natural lashes without gluing your eye shut is a skill few posess.  Here is a step-by-step tutorial to keep your eyelash game on #fleek. 

1. First you have to purchase your eyelashes. I am all about drug-store beauty products, and love the Ardell number 105 eyelashes. The number denotes the different style, and there are many to chose from. The styles range from “barely there” to “dramatic” to “costume.”

2. Apply your makeup as you would normally. Eyelashes should be the last thing you put on, although I suggest starting with a thin line of eyeliner. 

3. Size and cut your eyelashes.  By this I mean place the fake eyelashes onto your eye without any adhessive on it.  If there are parts hanging further than your eye, take scissors and cut the eyelashes to match.  I always cut from the inside corner because I enjoy the flared look at the outside corner of my eye.  

4. Place a thin line of glue to the base of your fake eyelashes.  Be careful that none of the adhessive gets on the actual lashes.  Blow on the glue and hold it for a few seconds to let the glue set. 

5. Place the fake eyelashes straight across your lash line, right where you put your eyeliner earlier.  Do not open your eye immediatly.  Keep your eye closed for a few seconds after you place the lashes.

6. After you wait a good five seconds, open your eye and use your nails to push the base of the fake eyelashes closer to the base of your natural lashes. Be careful that no glue squishes out if you used too much.  

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the other eye. 

8. Give it some time for the glue to dry again, and then curl your lashes so that your fake and natural ones are in lined.  If you have naturally lighter eyes you might want to add a light swipe of mascara to both eyes to mask the color difference. You can add more mascara for a more dramatic look.  

Alexis is a junior at Southern Methodist University and working towards a degree in secondary education and English with a specialization in creative writing.  Alexis is a member of Alpha Chi Omega and the president of Golden Key International Honor Society.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and watching videos of puppies.  Food is her best friend and Pinterest quote boards are her guilty pleasure.  
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