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How to apply false eyelashes in 5 easy steps!

One of our secret tricks for looking majorly glam is popping on fake lashes. apply false lashes!

We love the look of fake lashes, but applying false lashes? Not so much. So, determined to figure out how to put on fake eyelashes the right way, we got expert makeup artists to spill their best lash application tips. Read on to learn how to apply false eyelashes like a pro!

Like learning to ride a bike or parallel park, learning how to apply false eyelashes isn’t a skill that comes easily. But anyone who’s mastered it will tell you it’s well worth the practice. False lashes can make your eyes look bigger and more dramatic without the mess of mascara—and for the fraction of the price of eyelash extensions or lash lifts.

1. Prep Your Natural Lashes

Do Trim Your False Lashes

If your pair of false lashes is overwhelming your eyes, feel free to trim the eyelash strip to a shorter length before you apply it. You can also trim individual lashes within the strip to different lengths for a more natural look false eyelash strip. (Just don’t try this after you’ve applied the eyelashes, as you’ll end up trimming your natural lashes, too!).

woman are preparing for appling false eyelashes

Choose the right eyelash set for your eye shape.

While most false lash strips will fit all types of eyes, knowing your shape can help you get the placement of yours just right. There are six main shapes: monolid, upturned, downturned, hooded, round, and almond.

Don’t Apply False Lashes Before Eyeshadow and Eyeliner

Adding eyelashes should be one of the last steps in your eye makeup routine. always do lashes after shadow and eyeliner, If you do them first, you might end up with eyeshadow fallout on top of them. Sometimes, you need add a little liquid liner to conceal the lash and finish the makeup.

woman are applying false eyelashes

2. Trim each of the eyelash strips.

If the lashes are too long for your personal taste, consider trimming the individual lashes down to achieve a more natural look. Lashes should be longer toward the outer corner of the eye.

Who says you have to use the whole strip? Nobody! In fact, makeup artist and YouTuber Bailey Sarian suggests cutting the lash in half and applying it to just the outer corners of your eye. “It creates a cool cat-eye effect,” she explains. We love pairing this with some winged liner!

woman are putting glue to false eyelashes

3.Apply your lash glue strategically.

Apply the lash glue to the outer seam of the eyelash strip with an applicator or small brush. Allow the glue to dry for a moment before applying it to your lashes. Meaning, don’t just glob it on and immediately stick it to your eyelid. You’ve got to wait and let that goo dry a little — but not too much. About 30 seconds should do it, recommends, enough to leave it feeling tacky but not wet.

a woman are sticking the false lashes to her eyelips

4. Adhere the Strip to Your Lash Line and Press It Into Place

Look downwards into a mirror, not straight ahead. The hardest part for me and you is actually plopping the strip onto lash line close enough so that it’s right on top but not tangled up in lashes. Our expert tells me that if you place a mirror under your face nearly to a perpendicular angle and look down, your eyelid will extend, almost like you’re closing your eyes, but you’ll be better able to see exactly where to place the strip. This little tip changed my world. It really is so much easier than trying to do this staring into a vertical mirror and poking myself into the eyes while my head is tilted back at wildly uncomfortable angles.

A woman's eyelashes with a mascara kit to curl the false eyelashes

 5.Use eyeliner to camouflage the strip’s band.

Extra eyeliner and another coat of mascara with tie it all together, filling in any little gaps. Note: While adding a touch of mascara to the fake lashes will help blend them with your real lashes, it will also limit the use of the pair to one or two times. (It’s not safe to keep reusing mascara-ed up falsies more than twice because bacteria can build up — OMG!)

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