One makeup skill that took me a long time to get the hang of— and maybe one I’m still trying to master— is putting on fake eyelashes. Falsies can immediately amplify any look, and also help make your eyes look bigger. But the act of applying them can be very intimidating for both beginners and seasoned beauty lovers alike.
Over the years, I’ve learned tricks and tips to put on fake eyelashes that make the process easier, and make wearing them more comfortable. Hopefully these tips can help you get more comfortable with falsies and level up your makeup game.
Watch the video above for a full application demo and more tips on how to put on fake eyelashes.
First of all, my favorite lash & glue combo are the Ardell Demi Wispies and Duo Dark Tone Lash Glue. These lashes are the perfect balance between glam and natural, and have a very good fit right out of the box making them perfect for beginners. The Duo glue in the dark tone is the best when you’re applying the lashes over liner, and holds on very well. I wore these both on my wedding day, and thought they looked fabulous.
1. Check the Fit & Trim if Necessary
Some eyelashes will fit you straight out of the packaging, others will need to be trimmed. In order to check the fit, you can pop it on top of your natural lashes. The very small amount of glue used to keep the lash in the packaging will help hold it in place while you check if there’s any overhang in the outer corner, or poking in the inner corner.
If you 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 shortest lashes are to simulate how your natural lashes flare out.
2. Curl Your Own Lashes & Add Mascara
Before we start applying our fake lashes, you want to prep your natural ones first. You don’t want to skip curling 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. Keep the Glue Thin & Add More in the Corners
It’s time to add glue! Grab your lashes with tweezers just under the band. Squeeze gently to apply slowly, and run the glue along the lash band (or, if you’re using a brush applicator, brush on a thin coat). Then, add a little bit more to each corner to help reinforce its most vulnerable points.
4. Let the Glue Get Tacky
Once you’ve applied the glue, you do NOT want to immediately apply the lash. This will cause the lash to slip and slide right off. Wait about 30 seconds for the glue to become slightly tacky. This will allow it to immediately grab onto your lash line and continue to dry in place without migrating. But don’t wait too long, or you’ll lose the stickiness.
5. Tilt While Applying
Don’t just stick that false lash straight onto your eye— there’s an art to it! Tilt your head down, and tilt the lash upward as you look up into a mirror to get the best application angle. This will help you get as close to the lash line as possible without creating a gap. Start by applying pressure where you already have your tweezers while lowering the falsies, then push the outer corner onto the skin, followed by the inner corner. Let the glue dry for about a minute. Then, press your natural lashes and the falsies together gently between two fingers.
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 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.