If you’ve spent any time on your Insta feed as of late, you might (definitely) have seen a blogger raving about lash extensions or posting the perfect #wokeuplikethis lash-ified selfie. And while we love lash extensions for their ability to give us the thick, voluminous lashes we deserve, they can be pricey, high maintenance and require professional application every time. But alas, we still covet the natural yet doe-eyed look. Enter individual lashes, the answer to our lash extension prayers. If applied and maintained correctly, these can last up to a week and will give you the look you want for less than half the price.
To fake lash extensions, you’ll need individual lashes (we like NYX Professional Makeup Wicked Lashes Singles), individual lash glue and tweezers. Even if you’re a false lash pro, applying individual lashes takes a lot more patience and finesse. For starters, individual lash glue is designed to help lashes stick through even the wettest of conditions and is much stronger than typical lash glue. It is best used in small quantities and should not be used to apply strip lashes. You should also have a good pair of tweezers on hand because placement is the key to getting lashes that look natural yet full.
Step 1: First, clean your lashes and eyelids by using a gentle makeup remover. It’s important to start with a clean canvas that is free of oil and makeup.
Step 2: Place a droplet of eyelash glue on a piece of aluminum foil. This will ensure that the glue doesn’t dry out while you apply and prevents you from using too much glue.
Step 3: Apply a few lashes on desired areas of your eye without glue. This will give you an idea of how the lashes will look once actually on your eye. Natural lashes have a variety of lengths so try to vary the spacing and length of lashes for a custom yet natural look.
Step 4: Once you feel comfortable with the placement of your lashes, begin glueing them along your lash line. For best results, go slowly and start on the outer corner and move inward. Once applied, the lashes will be difficult to remove, so be sure you place them how you’d like them the first time you apply.
If you do make a mistake and need to remove them, use an individual lash remover like Ardell LashFree Eyelash Adhesive Remover. It is important that you use a lash remover rather than tugging them off because improper removal can result in irritation of the eye or ripping out your natural lashes (ouch!).
Need to see it in action? Watch this tutorial by beauty guru Bianca Vazquez ahead:
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.