I'll be the first to admit that my initial impression of false lashes was that they were (1) scary and (2) tacky. But mostly scary. At 24 years old, I had never once worn false lashes, but despite my apprehension, the recent popularity of falsies definitely had me intrigued.
Like many, I was a tad suspicious of gluing furry strips to my eyelids, but the Youtube tutorials made it look easy enough. But if you've ever tried false lashes before, you will know that a first application is not without hiccups. If you're looking for some real-life tips to make the whole thing go a lot smoother, look no further than yours truly.
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Don't panic. Take a breath, and leave yourself ample time for completing this look—you do not want to rush because that's when you end up with an upside-down falsie going diagonally across your eyelid.
Determine the look you want to go for. If you want a more natural look, use lashes that have variation of the hairs in length and thickness—not ones that look like a solid fan of black hairs. Go for lashes that have the longest hairs at the end of the lash, toward the outer corner of your eye. False lashes begin to look really cheap when the tallest part of the lashes is in the middle of your lash line. If you do want a more bold false lash look, opt for the lashes that are longer but still have variation in terms of the shorter and longer lengths of the hairs along the lash. I decided to go big for the first time, and I was still surprised with how big they ended up looking. Keep in mind that false lashes actually look a lot smaller in the case, which can be startling when you glue them on and they look massive.
Apply liner! Imagine how difficult it will be to apply liner once you have glue and falsies to work around. Make sure to fill in any gaps within your lashes and the waterline. This will help the fake lashes look more natural when you apply them.
Curl your natural lashes. Do this before so that they blend in with the false lashes, which are pre-curled. You don't want any weird double-layer lashes here.
Apply black mascara to your natural lashes to match the falsies.
Remove lashes from container (and get ready to drop them at least five times by accident). If the lash appears to be longer than the natural length of your eye, cut the outside end of the lash rather than the inside. Cutting from the inside will mess up the natural fan of the false lashes of hairs that go from shorter to longer, like regular eyelashes. Also, cut at the vein of the false lash and not from above so as to avoid accidentally cutting the top lashes.
Lightly apply glue along the lash strip. It's easier to use the tweezers for grasping the lashes here, as fingers are too big and clumsy. Allow the glue to settle on lash strip for a few moments before applying.
This is the stressful part, but remain calm. With the tweezers, directly place false lashes to middle of eyelashes as close to your natural lash line as possible. Once the middle is secure, begin to adjust the rest of the falsies strip with your tweezers until the entire false lash is aligned with your natural lash. If you goof a bit and have an unaligned lash, do your best to push the lash closer to your lash line before the glue dries.
You might notice the glue still looking globby right about now—allow for it to dry. The glue will get clearer with every passing moment. If you end up having dried glue all over the place like I did, take a cotton swab with a makeup remover or baby oil and clean it up (carefully).
Chances are, you didn't get the lash exactly on your lash line. But don't be discouraged. If you see a gap between your false lash line and natural lash line, use your black liner to fill it in. No one will even notice.
Apply the other eye. If your lashes look absolutely perfect, congrats. If they look a little wonky—that's OK. To hide any mishaps, create a more smoky eye shadow look so that you can't see the mistakes. Apply some dark brown or black eye shadow to an eyeliner brush and press into your lash line. If you're feeling super-bold, create an overall smoky eye shadow look.
Comb out your lashes with an eyelash brush, and you're good to go. And yes, it will feel like you have mini weights on your eyelids and that a perpetual shadow is hovering over your vision. You'll get used to it.
Removal: So you partied it up and showed off your full lashes; now it's time to take them off. If you peel them off without any makeup remover or baby oil, it will feel like you are giving your eyelids a wax job. This is what I did. My advice for my future self (and everyone else) is to gently press a cotton ball of baby oil to your eyelid and to wait until the glue has softened before removing.
Overall, I was surprised with how much I liked my false eyelash look. Do I recommend falsies for everyday use? Definitely not. I prefer a more natural approach to makeup overall. But I did realize that a girl needs a little glamour in her life from time to time—and falsies do just that.