I’m no false lash addict, but when it comes to going out on the weekends or heading to events, I will throw on a pair for total fun. I will be honest though: It took me a long time to really perfect applying false lashes and to learn the best techniques to prep and attach the lashes for my eyes.
But even as an experienced lash-wearer, I knew I could learn a few more tips and tricks to aid me along the way — so I speed dialed L’Oréal makeup expert and educator Gabriel Almodovar to provide his makeup-not-magic tips on how to get your falsies flawless and batting — here’s what he had to say.
Make sure your lashes suit your eyelids.
Before even applying your lashes, make sure they are cut to fit your eye length. “You don’t want them poking out in the inner corner of your eye, or extending past the outer corner of the eye,” Almodovar says. “Cut the ends as needed!” Another trick Almodovar suggests is to wrap your lashes around the handle of a brush before you apply them. “This creates more of a curvature in the band to help secure that the ends won't pop up while you’re wearing the strip,” he says.
Less is more.
When it comes time to apply your lashes, make sure to apply them with just the right amount of glue (not too much, not nothing at all) and a tweezer. “I use three things to apply lashes,” Almodovar notes. “The lashes, DUO Black Eyelash Glue, and a tweezer with a rubber grip for my fingers,” he says. “This makes holding the tweezers easier so I can focus on the placement of lash.” Simply get close to a mirror, close your eye about halfway and pop them on your upper lash line, as close to your natural lashes as possible.
If you’re applying them individually, map it out.
“When I use individual lashes, I do every other lash then go back in and fill in the holes,” explains Almodovar. “I go from one corner of the eye to the other, overlapping the flared tips since the glue has already dried.” This makes the process a lot easier: “There’s no need to be concerned about moving the already placed individuals.”
To make your lashes budge-free, make sure your glue is tacky when you apply them.
“One of the biggest mistakes is applying the lashes before the lash glue has gotten tacky enough,” says Almodovar. “You risk the glue getting into the eye and causing it to water, which could potentially ruin your eye makeup and concealer.” So what’s the trick to ensuring your glue is tacky enough? “I tend to wait up to 30 seconds to make sure that when I touch the lash to the lid it doesn’t slip or slide and sticks exactly where I want it,” he says.
Marry it with mascara.
Applying mascara to both the falsies and your natural lashes with help lock the two together and make the false lashes blend in and look more real.
How to Apply False Lashes
Step 1: Cut your lashes to fit the length of your eyelid.
Step 2: Curve your lashes around a brush to break them in.
Step 3: Apply a thin line of glue onto the lash and wait for it to get tacky.
Step 4: Apply your lashes in one shot, or map them out if they are individual falsies.
Step 5: Finish off with mascara.