1. Measure Up
Your eye shape and length is unique to you, so false eyelashes will often need to be trimmed for the perfect fit. To do this, rest them on your own lashes, with the outer corner in line with your own – this is the fullest part of your lash line and if they don’t measure up here, your falsies will stand out for being just that. Remember, although false eyelashes are becoming a staple part of every girl’s make-up routine, the idea is that they look as natural as possible. If you’re totally new to false lashes, Ardell Lashes have a range to suit any particular look you might want to go for. They’ve been making false eyelashes for decades and are one of the leading suppliers to professional make-up artists so are a safe bet for any false lash fan.
Tip: If you need to trim them, cut from the outer corner so that the lash retains its shape.
2. Lay the Foundations
Apply your make-up before the lashes and don’t be shy. A generous coat of mascara now will save you trying to add more later. Applying make-up before the lashes helps prevent them getting clogged up with products and keeping them clean is what makes them re-useable.
Tip: Liquid eyeliner is particularly useful for blending the line between your own lash line, and the false one.
3. The Right Location
When you’re ready to apply the lashes, make sure you have good lighting, a wall mounted or free-standing mirror and a stable surface you can lean on to keep your hands steady.
Tip: If you’re planning to pull on a top with a tight-fitting neckline like a polo neck, do it now.
4. Apply the Glue
With the tube of adhesive in one hand and false lash in the other, squeeze a small amount of glue to the top of the tube and then run the band of your false lash through it. If you find it easier, you can use a small brush, a lip-gloss applicator is excellent for this, to paint the glue onto the lashes. Make sure you wash it thoroughly immediately afterwards to ensure you can use it again.
Tip: Make sure the ends in particular are coated with glue, consider the inner and outer corners as anchors for your lashes – if they come loose, the whole thing could.
5. Take a Pause
Once the glue is on, leave it alone for 20-30 seconds until it goes tacky. This will make it stick to your lash line almost as soon as it’s in place and limit the possibility of it sliding about.
Tip: This would be a good time to rinse clean whatever you’ve used to apply the glue.
6. Apply the Lashes
Hold the lashes between your fingers or with a pair of tweezers and guide them into position. Once they’re placed roughly where you want them, secure the corners first, and then gently push the middle section into place.
Tip: Try looking down into a mirror if you can. This will make it easier for you to see, and place your lashes on, your lash line.
7. Finishing Touch
Tip: If you’ve applied them well, you’ll barely notice that they’re there. Don’t forget and miss an opportunity to flutter them later.