Fake Lash Extensions With This Easy DIY Hack

August 12, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
The DIY Hack to Fake Professional Lash Extensions

If you’ve spent any time on your Insta feed lately, you might (definitely) have seen a blogger or celeb raving about lash extensions or posting the perfect #iwokeuplikethis lash-ified selfie. And while we love lash extensions for their ability to give us the thick, voluminous lashes we crave, they can be pricey and high maintenance and we can’t always get to a salon. The good news is that you can totally get that doe-eyed look at home with individual lashes. If applied and maintained correctly, these can last up to a week and won’t break the bank.


Here’s what you’ll need: individual lashes (we love the NYX Professional Makeup Wicked Lashes Singles), individual lash glue and tweezers. Even for false lash pros, applying individual lashes can take a lot of patience and finesse, but it can be done. Ready to start? Follow the steps below.

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  • STEP 1:

    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 your lashes 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 they’re actually adhered to your lash line. Natural lashes have a variety of lengths, so try to vary the spacing and length of your false lashes for a custom yet natural look.

  • STEP 4:

    Once you feel comfortable with the placement of your lashes, begin gluing 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!). We also recommend a few swipes of a volumizing mascara once your falsies are in place to help blend them in with  your natural lashes. L'Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara is a good option since it’s uniquely formulated to build lashes five times their natural thickness, for a full and dramatic look.
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Need to see the whole process in action? Watch the tutorial below by beauty vlogger Bianca Vazquez:

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