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How to apply false eyelashes

Posted 29 July 2013

Strip lashes are the most common type of false eyelashes - there are loads of strip lashes being sold nowadays by various brands. There has been a surge in popularity over the past few years, on offer today are lashes in many different designs and styles. Some people believe that strip lashes are harder to apply than individual lashes but as with everything; it all comes down to practice - and remember, practice makes perfect!

To begin with you should already have applied your face and eye make-up. False lashes are the last item that you should apply to your face as its not easy doing your eye/face make-up after they have been applied!

You will need: Lash glue, lashes, cuticle scissors, a mirror and tweezers or another make-up tool to manipulate the shape of the lashes and how they sit while applying them.

To begin with, take the lashes and place them (without the glue) on your eye to see how they fit (while looking in the mirror of course!). In some cases the lashes may be too wide/long. If this is the case you’ll need to (carefully!) trim off a few hairs at a time (not near your eyes) and test them again until you are happy with the length and how they fit your eyes.

Next you’ll want to take the glue and apply a small thin layer along the ‘strip’ of the lash, one at a time,  and try to apply as thin a line, and as little as possible. After this wait a minute or so until the glue has become sticky or 'tacky', and pop the false lash in place as close to your natural lashes as you can.

Use the tweezers or other make up tool to push the lashes down and hold them in place for a few second while the glue sets and secures the lashes (the glue will set clear, so don’t worry if it comes out of the tube as bright white!).

After the glue has set and the lashes are fixed firmly in place, apply some mascara to help your natural lashes bond with the false ones and create a look that is either natural or dramatic, depending on what you are aiming for. You can either add some eye liner over the lash line to further cover up the strip (although these are not very noticeable anyway) or leave it bare.

And there you have it! A simple guide to help you apply false eyelashes with minimal fuss.

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