There’s very little in this world that gets me angry. Except perhaps the odd negative comment on Instagram, or the blatant disrespect of not getting enough ‘likes’ on a selfie that’s, quite honestly, taken more time and effort than spent on my university dissertation. What’s wrong with this world?! Ok fine, I don’t have the most placid of personalities, but that stuff hurts!
If there’s one thing that gets my temperature rising, it’s the unwillingness from a set of false lashes. For all my ladies out there who love falsies as much as I do, you can understand that my sentiments are perfectly rational. After all, it’s utterly frustrating when your ‘good’ eye looks bomb and your ‘lazy’ eye looks like it’s been worked on by a 4 year old. Why do lashes play us like that? Being a leftie, I always struggle with my right-eye lash application. Perhaps it’s the angle or the shape of my right eye, but my lash always looks like it’s hanging on for dear life (not very well).
They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but lashes are the fabulous curtains. Why step out with all that blending and killer winged liner without adding some fluttery falsies? False lashes add dimension to your completed look and can turn you from a basic bitch to a makeup slayer.
I don’t rock lashes on a daily basis, but when I’m looking to get a little glam, a false lash set can turn my persona around. False lashes are sexy, feminine and frame your face like no other. Having said that, I know plenty of women who avoid falsies altogether for the simple fact that they find them a pain to apply. My friends and family have quickly established that the best way to apply falsies, is to get me to do it for them. I’ve become known as the ‘Lash Queen’ (I’ll get that legalised one day). However, I want to share with you, all of my tricks and techniques for lash application so that you can slay your false lash application. Practice makes perfect in this scenario, but when you’ve applied them as many times as I have, you’ll be a pro in no time.
Many of the products listed below can be adapted to items of your choice. The technique remains the same, but having quality tools at hand makes the process a breeze.
A pair of your favourite lashes
Tweezers or false lash applicators (Eyelure do a great pair)
Scissors to trim the lashes
Pencil or gel eyeliner
1. Coat your lashes with mascara. This may seem like a completely pointless step considering you’re going to cover them anyway, but it makes the world of difference. Coating your upper lashes with your favourite mascara enables your lashes to blend naturally with the false lash hairs. Some choose to apply mascara after applying the lashes, therefore coating the natural and false lash, but I’m not an advocate of that method. Coating your falsies with mascara not only shortens the longevity of your lashes, but it creates lumps which are hard to remove without ruining the lash. I, for one, love to wear my falsies over and over again so adding mascara to them is not an option for me. You can choose to coat your bottom lashes at this time to complete the eye look, or like myself, you can choose to coat them after your false lashes are applied. Bottom lash mascara is essential to balance out the look of the eye. The mascara of choice when I’m looking to get fluttery lashes is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara; which gives me that perfect ‘doe-eyed’ look.
2. Remove lashes from the pack. My absolute favourite lashes at the moment are the Eyelure Vegas Nay lashes in Grand Glamour. They add the right amount of drama and wispy-ness to the eye without making your look too ‘drag’. The voluminous nature of these lashes give your eyes a smokey effect, without having to smoke out your eye shadow. Go for lashes described as wispy to give your eyes a fluttery, ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ look.
3. Measure the lashes against your eyelid. After completing your eye makeup and mascara, you need to measure the lashes against your eyes to ensure they’re a perfect fit. If you find that falsies ‘poke’ and ‘dig’ into your inner eye, you’ve either placed them too close to your tear duct or they’re too big for your eye shape. If you have small eyes, I would suggest using a pair of cosmetic scissors to trim the lashes. I use a pair of stainless steel nail scissors to easily cut into the lash, without damaging them. Remember to trim the lashes from the front rather than the outer edge so that you don’t ruin the shape and style of the lash.
4. Apply lash glue to the band of the lash. Now, lash glues are controversial. I cannot tell you the amount of times that I’ve been faced with a situation of having to put on someones falsies with the horrible pots of glue that come within a false lash pack. Not being a complete lash snob, but these little glues are crap. They may stick your lashes on, but they’re messy, a pain to get off and simply don’t do the job properly. Unless you want your lashes to grace the presence of your cheeks later in the day, invest in a decent lash glue! I can say with confidence that I’ve used them all. However, the best lash glue that I have come across in terms of ease of use and staying power is the Ardell DUO Brush On Striplash Adhesive in white/clear. The thin brush applicator makes it easy to apply the correct amount of product onto the lash band without having to get my fingers or tweezers sticky. The drying time is incredibly quick and it keeps my lashes on all night. I find that getting into the corners of the lash, that may need additional glue once your lashes are applied is easy with this applicator. The product applies as a florescent blue colour, but dries completely clear; which is perfect for the days that I don’t wear any liner with my lashes. If you’re not so bothered about sticky fingers, then the Huda Beauty Lash Glue in black is pretty remarkable.
5. Allow the glue to dry before applying to your eyes. For the quickest and strongest application, you want to ensure that the glue is slightly tacky before applying them to your lash line. Hold the lashes between your fingers or tweezers whilst the glue is on the lash band. I usually do the obligatory ‘lash dance’ at this time – prancing around whilst flapping my hands, creating my very own drying system. Allow the glue to dry for 20-30 seconds before application. This allows for the lash to instantly adhere to your eyelids rather than slipping and sliding all over the place.
6. Apply the lashes using tweezers or a false lash applicator. Unless you’re a pro, applying lashes with a pair of tweezers will be fool-proof way of getting them in place. You can certainly use your fingers, but if you’re as cack-handed as I am, you’ll find the tweezers a lot easier to work with. Any tweezers will do in this case, but my chosen pair are the Tweezerman Slant Tweezers. Place the lash between the tweezers and apply as close as possible to the lash line. I tend to place the centre of the lash down first to get the position just right, then work on the corners. I usually press the tweezers against the lashes for a few seconds to ensure that the lashes are firmly stuck against the lash line.
7. Line your eyes. Applying eye liner is completely down to personal preference. When I’m going for a slightly ‘natural’, understated eye shadow look, I will forgo the liner. However, when I’m doing a full on, dramatic, intense eye, winged liner is just what I need to tie off the look nicely. If I do choose eyeliner then I tend to apply this before my lashes, doing a few touch ups after the lashes are applied to conceal any gaps. If I choose to leave out the liner, I use a small amount of liner between the start of the lash band and my inner tear duct to create a ‘faux’ liner effect without having to wing it out. For precision and intense colour, I use MAC’s Penultimate Eye Liner.
What are some of your favourite lashes? Comment below with brands that I need to try!