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Mascara can work wonders on your lashes, but when you want to add serious drama for a night out on the town, applying false lashes could be a great option. The only issue? You know, actually getting them on. Even makeup pros might have trouble getting their falsies to go on just right every time. While there’s no such thing as foolproof when it comes to faking 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 seven helpful hacks for mastering the application of false lashes in no time.
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 Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara before opening your pack of lashes.
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.
The easiest way to make the falsehood of your fake lashes way too obvious is by letting the band show. Keep it covered by applying a thin line of black eyeliner after the glue has dried. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, which is perfect for making fine lines that stay all day.
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.
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.
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.
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. Once you’re done applying makeup remover with a cotton ball or swab, carefully lift the lashes off and stow them away for next time.
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: 6 Modern Takes on Winged Eyeliner, for step-by-step tutorials.