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The Truth About Fake Eyelashes: How To Choose And Use Them Correctly

Long, thick and fluffy lashes are to die for these days.  Fake eyelashes can certainly add a touch of glam to your look, however, it can be quite challenging for first time users.

We gathered tips from beauty vloggers and makeup artists to give you a quick 101 on how to make your lashes flutter with a little help of falsies.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to choose and use fake eyelashes correctly.

3 Types of False Eyelashes

Who would have known there are 3 types of false eyelashes? Your choice of false eyelash type would depend on the kind of look you want to achieve.

  1. Full Eyelashes

Full eyelashes or strips are most common type of false lashes.  You apply this across you upper lash line. Strips come in different types which depend on the shape of one’s eyes.

If you have round eyes, get a demi lash on the outer corners. If you have deep set eyes, the best fake lashes are the ones with longer and thicker strands.

If you have hooded eyes, use full eyelashes which are slightly longer at the mid part.

How to Use Full Eyelashes:  

Check first if the fake eyelash fits your lash line. Trim the false eyelashes to make it fit. Next, apply the glue on the strip using a cotton swab. A good steady hand will let you apply the strip with ease.

Make sure to look down during application so the strip will stick better and evenly. Use tweezers to gently press the lash in place on the inner corner of your eye.  Finally, apply the final touches with mascara.

We Recommend You to Try the Following Brands: Tarte’s Cruelty Free lashes Little Black Dress, Goddess, and Flirt, House of Lashes and Lily Lashes

  1. Individual Eyelashes

This is a great option if you prefer a more subtle look than full eyelashes. You can just fill in the gaps on your natural lash line to boost volume and length without being too obvious.

Individuals are usually available in 30-60 strands per pack which comes in different lengths.

You can apply as many as you wish because you have better control of individuals and easily switch from a minimalist to glam up look.

How to Use

Figure out the spots where you need to apply the individual false eyelash. Curl your natural eyelashes with an eyelash curler – we highly recommend Shu Uemura Eyelash curler.

Next, dip the falsies into the eyelash glue.  Use tweezers or applicator that comes with the package to apply individual lashes.

Apply a coat of mascara to make the falsies blend well with your natural eye lashes. It would help a lot if you use a magnifying mirror.

Do not get frustrated on your first attempt.  Practice makes perfect so just be patient till you nail the method.

We Recommend You to Try the Following Brands: MAC Cosmetics 30 Lash, Make up Forever Lash Show False Lashes N-601 and Sonia Kashuk Single False Eyelashes.

  1. Clusters

If you do not feel like covering your entire upper lid, clusters or flares would be your best option. You can place them only where you need them unlike strips that go from end to end of your lids.

Apply it on the on the outer corner of your eyes for a dramatic cat eye look or lay the clusters in a row for a full strip like finish.

How to Use

Identify the spots where you will apply the clusters. Use a little amount of eyelash adhesive then apply the clusters on your upper lash line. When you’re done with the clusters, apply mascara at your root so as to make the falsies blend with your natural eyelashes seamlessly.

We Recommend You to Try the Following Brands: Urban Decay HBIC Babies False Eyelashes, Huda Easy Lash Collection: Harmony and MAC Cosmetics 20 Lash

4 Tips on How to Make your False Eyelashes Last Long

Do you often feel shortchanged when your false eyelashes don’t last as long as you hoped? You’re not alone! The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way with every brand you buy.

Here are 4 simple tips on how to get the most out of your false eyelashes:

  1. Peel off the excess eyelash glue with your tweezers before you pack away your falsies.
  2. Do not use an oil based cleanser to remove falsies because the eyelash glue will not adhere well on the strip the next time you use it.
  3. Clean your fake eyelashes by soaking them in hot water with a drop of dishwashing liquid. Gently rub them to loosen up the mascara and glue.  Use tweezers to strip off the excess glue.  Blot them with tissue to dry.
  4. Make sure to keep your false eyelashes in the plastic container so dust won’t accumulate on it.

How to Match False Eyelashes with Your Eye Shape

There’s a falsie for every eye shape.

Keep in mind that false eyelashes are worn to enhance the beauty of your eyes so it is important that you choose the one that suits you in order to achieve the look you desire and avoid that dreaded “I’m wearing fake eyelashes” fail.

  • Almond Eyes. Use full false eyelashes to bring out the shape of your eyes. You’re very lucky to be blessed with this versatile eye shape because you can wear any type of false eyelashes.  For stunning voluminous effect, wear a lash that’s criss-crossed on the strip.
  • Deep Set Eyes. Wear dramatic long lashes so your falsies won’t be hidden beneath your brow bone.  Go for long curled false eyelashes to enhance your eye shape.
  • Round Eyes. Cat eye look suits you best.  For a seductive look, choose winged and wispy false eyelashes.  Apply more towards the outside wing for added drama.
  • Hooded Eyes. Go for false eyelashes that tapers on both ends while the midsection features longer strands to create the illusion of bigger eyes.  Avoid over dramatic or voluminous falsies because these types will only make your eyes look smaller.
  • Choose fluttery lashes with crisscross layers to open up your eyes. This type of falsies looks more natural on you. Avoid heavy false eyelashes as it will drown your small eyes more.

Conclusion: 5 Top False Eyelash Tips for Newbies

Is the first time you will be using false eyelashes? Don’t rush into it just because you saw your favorite celebrity rocking a pair! You might just get it wrong and end up like a character in the cult movie, “A Clockwork Orange”.

If you’re a newbie in the false eyelash game, take a few seconds to read our 5 helpful tips on using falsies:

  1. It is best to start with strips or full eyelashes with thin bands as they are easier to apply on the lash line because they are lighter and more flexible. Plus, it takes a while getting used to wearing falsies and Thinner false eyelashes will feel more comfortable to wear.
  2. Place a mirror where you can get a good view of the base of your lashes while looking down. This will make it so much easier for you to apply the false eyelashes exactly on the lash line.
  3. If it’s really troublesome for you to apply the strip close to your lash line, cut your false eyelashes into three sections. This will give you more control of the lashes so you can position them real close to the lash line.
  4. Allow the eye lash glue or adhesive to get tacky. If you apply the lash without letting the glue set, it will slide on your lid and create a mess.
  5. Get an eye lash applicator. It will allow you to apply the fake eye lash really close to the lash line. Use it with tweezers to firmly stick the edges of the falsies and get your natural lashes out of the way of the band.

When you’re a newbie, applying lashes can be quite frustrating. It is really hard and do not expect to master the craft at one go. Just remember that with any beauty routine, practice makes perfect.

Keep on trying till your hand gets steady like a pro and applying lashes become second nature to you. As your skills improve, dare to try different types of false eyelashes to enhance your eyes better.

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