The thought of applying false lashes can stop even the most seasoned MUA in their tracks. Fake lashes don’t have to be intimidating! Read on for the Bless Guide to finding the ideal lash for your eye shape, and handy hacks for applying them look natural and last all night long!
Find Your Eye Shape
Strip lashes aren’t one-size-fits-all. For deep-set eyes, look for lashes that are longer in length at the center of the lash (like the Bambie lashes from House of Lashes). For downturned eyes, try a shorter lash strip that is longer in the outer corners to lift your eyes. My pick – the Ardell Beauty Demi Wispie lashes featured in our June Summer Lovin’ Bless Box. Hooded eyes do well with a thin strip lash with shorter length lashes, such as the Ardell Luckies.
For prominent eyes, close-set or wide-set eyes, try balancing out a luxe top lash (like the Salon Perfect Silk Noir Lashes from our April Spring Showers Bless Box) by applying strip lashes on the bottom too.
Prep Your Lashes
Now that you’ve selected the perfect pair of falsies for your eye shape, it’s time to prep your lashes – both the ones in the box, and the ones on your eyes! To prep your natural lashes, curl ’em and apply a coat of mascara. I like the Bobbi Brown Eye-Opening Mascara from the April Bless Box.
Next, carefully remove your false lashes from the box, peeling ever-so-slowly from the outside edge. Always start from the outside edge, because you’ll be more likely to trim from the outer corner. If you break or bend a lash from the inner corner it’s much harder to cover!
Measure the lash strip along your lash line to see whether you need to trim the band to size. The strip should start where the natural bulk of your eyelashes begin – starting too close to the inner corner will irritate your eyes.
Trim carefully using a pair of clean scissors – the mini clippers from the NCLA Cheers Tool Kit (featured in our July Just Peachy Bless Box) work just fine. Wrap the lash band around your finger to soften the band and give it some curve.
Apply Lash Glue
Dot or brush a thin line of glue along the lash band, from corner to corner. I like the waterproof secure-hold Get A Grip Strip Clear Lash Adhesive from Salon Perfect (featured in our April Bless Box). Wait at least 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky before applying to your eyelid – trust me! While you’re waiting, bend the lash strip in your fingers so that the ends kiss – this will redistribute the glue to the ends so they won’t lift or pop up while you’re wearing them. Genius!
Pop On Those Lashes
Game time. Now that the glue is tacky, it’s time to apply your lashes! Instead of looking straight ahead, place your mirror so you’re looking down. This position will allow you to see exactly where to place your strip lash. Lash experts might feel comfortable using their fingers, but I find that a pair of tweezers or even a dedicated lash application tool makes all the difference. Once your lashes are in place, bond your false lashes with your natural lashes by gently squeezing the strip lash down onto your natural lashes. While dedicated lash bonding tools exist, you can accomplish this with regular eyelash tweezers or clean fingertips.
Now that your lashes are on, here’s a final step to making your strip lashes look less obvious and more seamless with the rest of your makeup. Use liquid liner (I like the Maybelline Eyestudio Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner from our July Bless Box) to draw a line extending the band from where it begins into the corner of your eye.
You can also flick out the end if you want for a winged effect! If you like, you can finish everything off by applying a final coat of mascara to your natural lashes to blend your lashes with the falsies.
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