9 easy hacks to applying false eyelashes like a pro

by Sarah Ifidon


False lashes aren’t great but they aren’t bad either. There are definitely other things besides false lashes that are far much worse like:

  • Your boyfriend telling you he’s getting married
  • Combing your natural hair after leaving it unprotected all night
  • Getting a lash stuck in your eye
  • Finding out your crush has a mouth/body odour (what a waste of 3 months!)
  • Going to work
  • Losing a dance competition to another kid at a birthday party (bad memory)
    Or even much more worse….
  • Wearing a bra (Ladies, admit it doesn’t feel great all the time).

My dislike for false lashes began when I saw it on a certain ‘unmentionable’ group of women. It always looked so tacky; and while I feared I’d look like them if I tried it on, I was also scared I’d lose my ¼ inch God-given lashes (there’s no need to measure them, they are annoyingly short).

Some ladies have my kind of lashes and I have to be very selective with my mascara to make them look thicker, darker and deceptively longer. Even my brother has longer lashes than I do – Desmond stop flaunting your eyelashes all the time! Fortunately, doing some beauty shoots for makeup artists have given me an opportunity to learn that the reason some false lashes look tacky is either one of these:

  • They aren’t properly fixed
  • They are cheap
  • They have been overused
  • They aren’t maintained properly.

Working with makeup artists, I’ve learned to quietly pick up on one or two things about false lashes. Okay, I lied! I’ve learned more than one or two things. So here are 9 things I know about how to apply false lashes:

Always apply after makeup
Trying to get your makeup done after fixing your false eyelashes can be very difficult to do. It will take a longer time to get your eyes popping the way you intend them to.

Cut to fit
False eyelashes aren’t designed to fit every eye perfectly. You’re left with the choice of cutting them to fit after lining them up to your lid to measure.

Bend to a C-shape
Bending your false eyelashes to a C-shape makes it look more natural and easy to apply. This can be achieved by wrapping them around a makeup brush before application. Ever wondered why some ladies look tacky with their false eyelashes? Check out the shape of their lashes. (You didn’t hear it from me).

Apply glue
You can either do this on the false eyelashes or on your lash line. Leave for 10-20 seconds before applying. If you don’t want your false eyelashes to go with the wind then ensure they stick. The longer you leave them after glue application, the drier they become and the stickier they get.

Apply a liquid eyeliner
Some glues leave an obvious residue after false eyelashes application on the lid and this can be camouflaged with a liquid eyeliner. What’s your favorite eyeliner?

Use the face-down mirror technique
If you’re a novice at applying eyelashes like me, then you need to practice this bit. It helps to have your mirror placed in a position that allows you to look down into it. With elbows on both side on the mirror, you can apply away.

Use a make-remover to take it off
Using a cotton bud soaked in an oil free make-up remover helps remove the false eyelashes easier. After removal, use coconut oil to remove the glue residue from your eyelashes and use tweezers to remove from your false eyelashes. I’ve lost a few precious ¼ lashes due to my aggressive lashes stripping habit. Don’t be like me.

They are not waterproof
While washing your false eyelashes in liquid and hot water is good for maintenance after removal; going swimming or tearing up with your false eyelashes on may not be a good idea if you don’t want to scare them off.

There are varieties
False eyelashes come in different shapes and sizes and Beauty kinks may just have what you’re looking for. I’ve tried applying one of Beauty Kink eyelashes and I loved flirting with myself in the mirror. Luckily, they also have a lashes glue and several other eye candies.

False lashes still aren’t the best things on earth for me but they certainly aren’t the worst. Right now, eyeliners are my eye candy, what’s yours?

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