Mascara can work wonders on your lashes, but when you want to add serious drama for a night out on the town, applying false eyelashes is a great option. The only issue? Needing to know how to actually put on fake eyelashes. Even makeup pros can have trouble figuring out how to make false lashes go on just right every time. While there’s no such thing as foolproof application when it comes to fake lashes with lots of length, there are some tips that can help save you from struggling with your lash strip the next time you decide to fake it. Below, we’re sharing 12 helpful hacks for mastering how to apply false eyelashes—including one on how to remove false eyelashes at the end of the night. Take each and every one in and get ready to have lush lashes for your next makeup look!
FALSE LASH HACK #1: APPLY MASCARA FIRST
One of the best things about false lashes is that you can get more than one wear out of each pair. The only thing that might hinder this is if you apply mascara after putting on your lashes. While mascara can help blend the look of your real lashes with the fake, you probably won’t want to save falsies caked with old mascara. The easy fix? Apply mascara before you reach for your false lashes. Put on a quick coat of the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara before opening your pack of lashes.
FALSE LASH HACK #2: SNIP THE STRIP
The flexible band of your lashes is easy to cut up—a fact you’ll want to take advantage of. The simple truth is, your false lashes likely won’t fit the shape of your eye exactly. So, give them a quick trim to make them a better fit. You can also snip the strip in half and apply the lashes in pieces to give yourself better control. For a more subtle and natural look, wear only half a strip. You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to wearing false lashes.
FALSE LASH HACK #3: ADD EYELINER
Wondering how to make false lashes look natural? Well, the easiest way to make the falsehood of your fake lashes way too obvious is by letting the band show. So, don’t do that! Keep it covered by applying a thin line of black eyeliner. Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black, which is perfect for making fine lines that stay all day.
FALSE LASH HACK #4: UTILIZE YOUR TWEEZERS
News flash: Tweezers are good for more than just plucking stray hairs. Give your tweezers a new job as a lash application tool. You can use tweezers to hold the lashes and help place them ever so perfectly. The double-duty tool will be especially handy for those who are partial to applying individual lashes.
FALSE LASH HACK #5: LET GLUE GET TACKY
If your false lashes never seem to actually stick, you may need to rethink how you’re handling the glue. When you brush glue onto the lash strip and immediately press it on, you’ll probably have a problem. Your falsies are likely to shift around and refuse to stick because the glue takes some time to dry. To help expedite the process, you want to apply the glue to the strip and then wait. When the lashes are ready to be applied, the glue will feel tacky.
FALSE LASH HACK #6: DOUBLE UP ON SETS
Sometimes, two is better than one. When you want your lashes to have major drama, feel free to start layering. Give wearing two sets of lashes directly on top of one another a shot for a seriously statement-making look.
FALSE LASH HACK #7: KNOW HOW TO REMOVE THEM
After a long night of wearing falsies, it might be tempting to tug them right off. While that may seem satisfying in the moment, let us assure you it isn’t so fun in the long run. Pulling off false lashes haphazardly can do a number on your real lashes. Ouch! The best way to go about removal is to use an oil-free eye makeup remover to help break down the lash glue and allow you to easily remove the lashes. Once you’re done applying makeup remover with a cotton swab or ball, carefully lift the lashes off and stow them away for next time.
FALSE LASH HACK #8: TAKE IT ONE LASH AT A TIME
You don’t have to limit yourself to a strip of lashes to get a false lash look. Instead, try individual lashes. If you’ve ever questioned how to make false lashes customized to the look you’re going for, individual lashes are the answer to your prayers! They will give you more control over your falsies. Try placing a few at the outer corner of your eye for a cat eye effect.
FALSE LASH HACK #9: DON’T SKIP YOUR BROWS
Think filling in your brows has nothing to do with your falsies? Think again. If you’re wondering how to make false lashes look more natural, bold brows are your answer. Filling in your eyebrows will balance out the drama from your falsies and keep them from creating a harsh contrast with the rest of your makeup look. Try using the L’Oréal Paris UnbelievaBrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel to build and sculpt your brows to the perfect intensity.
FALSE LASH HACK #10: CURL AWAY
As much as all of these hacks are helpful in making false lash application easier, using an eyelash curler is one of the best ways to blend your actual lashes with false lashes. Not sure how to use one? Head over to our article, How to Use an Eyelash Curler.
FALSE LASH HACK #11: KEEP IT CLEAN
Remember when we mentioned using false lashes more than one time? It’s all about knowing how to clean false eyelashes! The key to reusing your lashes is to be gentle when cleaning them. After you remove your falsies (see hack number seven), place your fake eyelash strips on a paper towel. Then dip a cotton swab in makeup remover, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, and carefully wipe away any mascara or glue that’s on the strip of your lashes. That’s it! Not bad, right? The trick is to clean your falsies right away, before buildup has really had a chance to settle on the lash strip.
Editor’s tip: Did you forget our first hack and apply mascara over your falsies? In that case, your fake lashes may need a little extra attention. Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and use it to gently wipe off the lashes, just as you would remove mascara from your actual eyelashes.
FALSE LASH HACK #12: USE THE RIGHT LASH GLUE
Yes, there are different types of lash glue, and they can make all the difference in how natural your falsies look! Typically, you’ll want to use a lash glue that has a matte finish, as one that dries with a shiny finish will be a dead giveaway against your lash line. Picked up a lash glue with the wrong finish? No worries, just refer back to hack number three and line your upper lash line to conceal any unsightly glue! You can also opt for a black lash glue formula, which can make lashes look even fuller.
There you go! Next time you apply false lashes, it’s sure to be a cinch. Want to pair your falsies with an equally dramatic eye makeup look? Check out our article, Anything But Ordinary: 7 Modern Takes on Winged Eyeliner, for six different step-by-step tutorials.