False eyelashes are like shoes—they either fit or they don’t!
If they don’t fit correctly, they are awkward, they can fall off or, worse, they will look fake when you don’t want them to. As a makeup artist, my two favorite things in makeup are mascara (as important as the air we breathe) and false eyelashes.
Most women don’t realize that lashes, when applied by professionals, are measured to fit your exact lash line. This involves measuring the lash line and comparing it with the length of the false eyelashes, and if it’s too long or too short either the false eyelashes have to be cut, or individual lashes need to be added. You can do this yourself.
Remember that 80% of lashes will fit all eye shapes, but if the ones you buy are too long, then all you need to do is cut them at the ends. I have found that in most cases a full lash is not required. For me, the sexiest look is when single lashes or just one-quarter is used on the outer lash line; this gives a winged effect and lifts the eyes instantly.
You can reuse false lashes – if you’re using them for your eyes only, just soak them in warm water for 5 minutes to remove the glue before reusing.
As with anything there are do’s and don’ts, so before you launch yourself into applying false lashes take note of the following –
- overuse glue, as it will not dry and can go into your eyes
- apply the lash if the glue is too wet; just squeeze a tiny amount onto the back of your hand and wait for it to get a little tacky. Then apply it to the back of the false lash—not your lash line
- trim the false lash after you have applied it; you can cut your own lashes (I guarantee it!)
- use lashes that are too heavy for your natural lashes to hold, as they drag your lash line down
- apply lashes too far out on your lash line if you have rounded eyes as they will drag your lash line dow.
- curl your own lashes before applying falsies; if you attempt it afterwards, you can rip them off
- check the base of the lash. For example, if the lash has a black line at its base, remember it will give you the look of an eyeliner, which you may or may not want
- paint the base after application if it is white (use liquid liner).
Applying false eyelashes
If you are looking down and apply the lash all the way to the end of your natural lash line, when you look up the false lash will cause the eye to droop. Also, it can cause a nasty shadow under the eye.
This is the correct way to apply false lashes. Notice that the lash has been moved inwards about half a centimeter. This ensures that when you look straight ahead, your lashes follow that beautiful line that gives your eyes a lift (from the corner of the nose to the corner of your eye). This instantly makes you look YOUNGER. The same applies with a single lash: always start approximately half a centimeter inwards.
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