What you'll need:
False lashes - Strip or Individuals (Ardell lashes are one of my fav brands!)
Lash glue - I use Duo lash glue in CLEAR
Tweezers (Optional) - recommended when using individual lashes
Black eyeliner - preferably liquid or gel
Getting the Look:
Lashes should be one of the last few steps of your eye makeup application. This means your eyeshadow should already be done. The reason you don't want to apply your lashes before your eyeshadow is because the shadow will get caught on the top of the lashes and will lighten them, which is the opposite effect you want!
Once your eyeshadow is complete, do a thin layer of black eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible. This will help conceal strip on the lash line and make them look more realistic!
Next, you'll want to take your lashes out of its packaging and measure the length of the falsies to make sure they fit your eye, this only applies to the strip lashes. To do this, simply put them up to your lash line as if you were gluing them on. Pay attention to where the lashes end on the outer corner of your eye, chances are they are longer than your natural lash line. You'll then want to trim the excess off from the outer corner side. Trim them so they are slightly shorter than your natural lashes to that they will feel comfortable when you apply them!
Now you'll want to finish prepping your eye by curling your lashes and applying a coat (or two!) of mascara. Once the mascara is dry you'll be ready to start applying the lashes!
Applying Strip Lashes
Squeeze a pea sized amount of glue to a Q-tip, or you can even use a brush handle for this! Swipe the glue along the lash line of the false lashes so there is a thin layer of glue on the lashes.
Now the trick here is to wait. Hold the lashes (or fan them) for 30+ seconds before applying. This allows the lash glue to become tacky /partly dry to create less of a mess and make then easier to apply because you wont have to hold them in place as long.
Once you're ready to apply stretch your eyelid as best as you can by looking as far down as you can while tilting your head up towards the mirror so you can still see what you're doing! Now apply them with the lashes vertically with the strip facing down towards your lashes. This will allow you to get as close to the lash line as possibly without (hopefully!) getting excess glue on your eye lid or lashes. Once you hit the lash line use your natural lashes as a shelf for them to sit on while your fixing the inner and outer corners. I like to start on the outer corner by gently pressing it down to the lash line and adjusting. Same idea of the inner corner. Once they start to feel secure run your fingertips on top of the lashes to blend them with your natural lashes.
If you find they are sitting too high and aren't close enough to the lash line, give them a gentle but firm pinch between your fingers and it should help to squish them into a better position! Repeat on other side.
Applying Individual lashes
Squeeze a pea sized amount of glue on the back of your hand. Let the glue sit for 30 seconds before attempting to apply. Use your tweezers (or lash applicator tool) to gently pull the individual lashes from the packaging and dip a small about in the glue.
Apply them as close to the lash line as possible where ever you feel your lashes could use a boost! I suggest starting from the outer corner where your natural lashes are longer and working your way in. You can applying them across the full lash line or just add a few to the outer corners of your eyes to make them pop!
Once you've applied your strip or individual lashes and the glue has dried you'll want to conceal the lash line and add final touches! Go back over the lashes with your black eyeliner to conceal the lash line to make them look more realistic. Then apply one more coat of mascara, this will help blend your real and fake lashes together and help push the lashes up so they sit a little higher!
Now go out and bat those lashes! ;)
Remember: It will take some time and practice to perfect your application, so be patient and don't give up! You'll figure out what works best for you and then be able to apply them in less than 2 minutes!
Lisa Teller | Makeup Artist
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