I was chatting with my friends recently about false lashes. I thought it was really interesting that we all had different styles of applying them - some of us applied them before makeup, some of us applied them after makeup, and some of us found them too difficult to use (hi Amy!).
I thought I'd blog about my method - I suppose this is kind of a 'how to apply false lashes' guide, but also, don't be afraid to experiment to find the method that works for you too!
I always use Duo glue (£10 from Debenhams, or ~£6.14 from US eBay) rather than the glue that comes with the lashes. Duo is a professional grade product that is really easy to use - it holds your lashes on really well, can also be used to apply glitter or crystals to the skin, and doesn't pull your lashes out when you remove your falsies at the end of the night! I bought this tube over a year ago and it's still going strong - definitely a worthwhile investment!
Some styles of lashes are easier to use than others - for example if the band is thick you may find them more difficult to apply. Practice makes perfect! I first tried the Eye Candy lashes (£3.50 from Bodycare) but I didn't like the length - they were way too long for my eyes so I removed them and applied the Shu Uemura ones instead (£15.50 from Space NK - I don't recommend shopping online at Space NK, every time I've ordered lashes they've sent the wrong ones!).
I would recommend the Eye Candy 009 lashes instead of the 001 lashes - I blogged about the 009s here.
Step 5 - Use the cotton bud to pick up some glue, and run it along the band. You don't need a lot, just make sure a thin layer is covering the band and that the ends in particular have a blob to make sure they don't come loose. Remember that the duo glue dries clear, so don't worry if you accidentally do apply too much. If I do that I usually use the other end of the cotton bud to remove the excess glue!
Wait about 15-20 seconds for the glue to dry slightly - if you apply too soon you can end up with glue everywhere - possibly ruining your makeup!
You usually have about 1-2 minutes to mess around with the placement of the lashes before the glue starts to adhere. I open my eyes and make sure the false lashes aren't on an odd angle at this point. The glue will take about 5-10 minutes to dry fully.
For this step I apply one coat of mascara to 'blend' the false lashes with my own. If you miss this part out it can sometimes look like you have two layers of lashes - not a good look! If you need to, you can add some more liquid eyeliner to disguise the false lash band, and you're done!
If you weren't sure about false lashes before, I really hope this guide has helped you, or if you're a pro perhaps you picked up a new tip? Let me know what you think about false lashes in the comments!
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