Fake lashes can immediately amplify any makeup look– they’re my secret weapon for instant glam. But, the act of applying them can be very intimidating for both beginners and seasoned beauty lovers alike. Once you get the hang of it, though, you’ll be hooked on the look.
A few easy tips can help you master fake lashes, making application a breeze and helping them feel more comfortable for all day wear! Keep reading for my top tips on how to apply fake lashes for beginners.
1. Customize Your Fit
Some eyelashes will fit you straight out of the packaging, others will need to be trimmed. In order to check the fit, line up the inner corner of the lash with the inner corner of your eye and see how much it extends past your outer corner, if at all. Getting a good fit is super important for all day comfort.
If you do find that it the band needs to be shortened, trim it from the outer corner only. Try finding a gap in the lashes so that the cut is clean. You never want to trim from the inner corner, because that’s where the short and fine lashes are which help mimic natural lash growth.
I’m using the Icona Lashes False Eyelash Toolkit, which includes scissors, tweezers, a lash applicator and lash curler.
2. Curl Your Own Lashes & Add Mascara
Prepping your natural lashes before applying fake ones is essential. Be sure to curl your lashes, which helps them blend into your falsies. If you leave them uncurled, they will likely stick out underneath your fake lash and compromise the look. You’ll also want to add a thin coat of mascara which darkens them so you can’t tell the difference between natural lash and fake.
3. Add Glue & Wait
Grab your lashes with tweezers or an applicator at the center, just under the band. Start applying a thin layer of glue from corner to corner. I prefer brush-on glues, like the $1.88 AOA Studio A+ Super Lash Glue. Try your best not to get glue on the actual lashes (which I failed to do above) because this will make them harder to remove later as they adhere to your natural eyelashes.
Once you’ve applied the glue, wait about 30 seconds for the glue to become slightly tacky. If you don’t do this, the lash will likely slip around or pop right off. Letting the glue slightly dry before application helps the lash grab onto your skin and continue to dry in place without migrating. But, don’t wait too long, or you’ll lose the stickiness.
5. Apply With Open Eyes
For precise application, you want to keep your eye open when applying fake lashes. I find it helpful to look downward into a mirror, which allows me to slightly close my eyes without fully shutting them. The center of the lash should be the first point you anchor onto the lash line, then push in each corner. I typically hold each corner in place for a few seconds to make sure they’re really stuck on well.
6. Fix Mistakes with Eyeliner
If you find that your lashes look a little wonky after applying, you don’t necessarily have to start all over. Most false eyelash mistakes can be fixed with liquid liner. If you applied it slightly higher than your natural lash line, press your natural lashes and falsies together as much as you can, then fill in the gap on your lash line with liquid liner. If your lash went on a little crooked, conceal the angle by adding liquid liner on top of the band in an even, thick line. You won’t be able to see where the band meets the skin, so you can’t see the mistake!
The biggest tip I have is practice, practice, practice. Try it out when you have nowhere to go, with some cheap dollar store lashes just to get the hang of it. In no time, it will be like muscle memory.