Applying fake eyelashes (or “falsies”) is a lot like applying liquid eyeliner. At a first glance, it can appear a little daunting, but you will see your results improve the more you practice your technique. And yes, there is a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered it, you can rock any style with ease. It’s so worth it to learn how to apply fake eyelashes.
Choose the Best Lashes for Your Eye Shape
If you can see most of your iris clearly, you probably have a round eye shape. Big, round eyes call for a curled lash with particular focus on the ends. They should follow and enhance the natural curve of your lid, like a window frame, with a fluttery flare and a little extra length on the outside corner. Think of a baby doll’s rounded, curtained eyelashes.
Almond eyes are slightly pointed at the ends with a wide center, and are complemented by most lash styles. Lucky you! Because of the curvature of the eyelid, a thin, flexible lash band is recommended to bring out the natural beauty of this eye shape without looking artificial.
Eyes that are hooded are notorious for requiring more tactical approaches when it comes to makeup. The brow is more prominent, not leaving a lot of canvas for the eyelid, and eyeshadow tends to hide behind the fully open eyes. As a result, thick, long lashes can actually drag the lid down and make hooded eyes appear smaller. A few long wispies in the middle will accentuate your iris and open the eye more fully.
For deep-set or downturned eyes, you may want to choose long, straighter lashes as too dramatic a curl may be unflattering or appear unnatural. Those with upturned eyes can play up their natural cat-eye shape with lashes with a prominent flare on the outer corner, or they can soften their look with lashes that are thick and full throughout with a tapered end for a more doe-like quality.
Monolid eyes are eyelids without a visible crease when the eye is open. Like hooded eyes, this type can be tricky when it comes to eye makeup. You want a wispy, multi-length band with longer hairs in the center to give your eyes more depth.
Added In With Your Natural Lashes
If you love the lashes you were born with and just want a pop or two extra, great news: you don’t have to commit to the full lash band. Individual lash extensions are a great way to add a little something here and there with complete control of your finished look.
With Your Favorite (Non Oil-Based) Eye Makeup
Any amount of oil in your makeup products (eyeliner, mascara, cream shadows) runs the risk of breaking down the lash adhesive and causing your lashes to detach from your lash line. No one wants a droopy lash that’s come undone; it’s not a good look. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner is also a no-go: it cakes onto the band and makes reapplication difficult, not to mention the potential for damage to your real lashes.
Opt instead for a shadow-based eyeliner, with a sharp, thin lined precision brush along your lash line. You can even press on a subtle, smoky wing to complement your new lashes. If you want a sharper, more defined wing, try a water-activated liner or muster your courage and painting prowess for a liquid eyeliner wing.
Before you ever try false eyelashes or eyelash extensions, test the glue on the inside of your wrist for potential allergic reactions up to 24 hours before application. Many people have mink allergies, and some lashes are made with mink fibers. Don’t rub your eyes while wearing falsies as it could cause inflammation. Keep your eyelids clean and wash your face thoroughly of all makeup.
You can reuse synthetic lashes up to 4-5 times as long as they are well cared for. Keep the band free of mascara or eyeshadow. Remember that the fibers in your lashes can trap pollen and dust, so keep them clean. Peel off the remaining glue and wash them gently in a small bowl of water with a gentle soap and some makeup remover. Let them dry in a clean place, preferably in the original eyelash box so they maintain their shape.