I can understand why putting on lashes can be a terrifying process. Glue close to your eyes? Yuck! The possibility of having spider-looking-things hanging down your cheeks as you dance the night away? Not flattering!
My ultimate favourite false lashes are by Ardell. They are 100% human hair, lightweight and reusable. The ones with the invisible lash band are most ideal as they look very natural. My usual go-to is “#110” and my new found fave is “#128.” Both give length to the lashes and the perfect amount of volume — just enough added oomph to enhance your eyes and make you feel beautiful.
Here are a few of my helpful, non-messy tips to enhance those fluttering lashes of yours:
- For beginners, try applying only half a strip of lashes instead of a full strip. To do this, simply cut the lash band in half. It’s an easier application and if you apply the half-lashes to the outer corner of your eyes, you can still achieve the sultry, cat-eye look.
- Before applying your false lashes, measure them. Ensure they don’t go past the outer corner of your eyes as it can give the illusion of droopy eyes. Then cut the lash band to the correct length.
- When applying the false lashes, use waterproof glue. My favourite is Duo Eyelash Adhesive. QUO has a latex-free glue for those allergic to latex.
- To avoid the messy glue application, put a bit of glue on the back of your hand. After 30 seconds, use a toothpick and dip it into the lash glue and then apply it to the base of the lash band. This will help avoid the huge globs of glue that sometimes come out when you apply it directly from the tube.
- Add a bit more glue to both ends of the lash band for added security.
- When applying your lashes, stick the lash band to the center of your natural lash line. You can use tweezers if it’s easier. Then adjust both ends of the lash band to fit it into place. Push the outer corner of the lashes up to give your eyes a lift. This will help open up the eyes.
- As the glue is drying, look down. Don’t close your eyes! You don’t want the glue to smoosh onto your lower lash line and make it feel like you glued your eyes shut.
- Once the glue has dried (I suggest applying the rest of your makeup while you wait) apply a black or dark brown liquid, cream, or gel liner to the base of your lash line. This will hide the lash band as well as any imperfections to make your false lashes look like your own.
- Add mascara if needed. Mascara will help fuse both your natural lashes and the false lashes together to make them indistinguishable.
Va va va voom! You are now ready to bat those lashes! Just remember to avoid rubbing your eyes!
- Ardell Fashion Lashes in “#128”
- Duo Eyelash Adhesive in “Dark-Tone”
- Tweezerman Tweezers
- Eyebrow Scissors