Thursday, 4 August 2016

False Eyelashes: Tips & Tricks

Back when I stumbled across the beauty blogging community, applying false eyelashes was something that completely eluded me. After years of reviews, tutorials and general chit chat, I'm a lot more skilled and thought I'd share what I've learned in the hope that someone similar to my 2012-self can be aided. Of course I'm not a makeup artist, or any kind of expert, these are just the things that make my life a bit easier. 
The first thing I'd say is get a set of lashes that work for you. I've heard great things about the Ardell lashes but I personally found them really footery to apply. Some people will also opt for the cheaper end of the lash selection such as those available in Bodycare for around £2. I wouldn't say that more expensive lashes necessarily look much better when applied as I've used and got along well with cheaper ones. Eylure is definitely my favourite brand though. They're about midway along the price scale and are often on special offer. I'd consider them value-for-money simply because you can reuse them a good few times unlike, in my experience, the cheaper ones. I have repurchased the Eylure 101 lashes countless times as I really like their volume and length and they're idea for a night out. However, I've recently also tried the Eylure Cheryl 114s and these are perfect for a more subtle yet lengthening look. 
There is definitely a knack to applying false eyelashes that comes with practice. Almost every pair I buy need to be trimmed to properly fit. Before applying the glue, measure the lash against your own lashes and cut to size. This prevents them springing up in your inner corner. Also, it might seem obvious but don't cut them next to your own lashes or you'll end up cutting them too. I think lashes look much better and are easier to apply when they start about a quarter of your eyelid away from the inner corner. Sometimes I like to apply a single coat of mascara to my own lashes before applying the false ones to give them something to cling onto. Apply the glue in a thin strip across the top of the lashes and what is absolutely key is that you wait about 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky and sticky before attaching them to your eyelid. If you don't wait, they'll slide about and won't attach. You want to get the strip of lashes as close to your own lash line as possible. I use tweasers to put them in position and then my fingers or the flat side of the tweasers to pat and secure them into place. If the false lash strip is quite obvious against your own eyelid, applying eyeliner will conceal it. Do a final check that the full strip is glued in place with no edges springing up and you're good to go. To be able to reuse them, make sure you place them back in their packaging when you're finished so they keep their shape. If they have makeup on them, you can give them a clean with makeup remover but I only have to do this very occasionally.
I think everyone finds applying eyelashes a little difficult but it definitely gets easier with practice. Do you have any top tips for applying false eyelashes?


  1. Great tips love! I've never heard of this brand but they sound lovely. I haven't worn lashes in years mainly because I don't like them with my glasses. You are looking fab!! :)

    1. Thank you lovely! I'm the same- I only wear them with contacts. Thank you so much :) xx