We can imagine why you would want to make your own lash extension, but we also don't know why some people want to do things the hard way. Why would you want to make your eyelash extensions when you can buy outstanding ones?
Companies like Ardell and Eylure have spent thousands of pounds inventing the best false eyelashes around, not to mention all the money invested in great glue and new research into new formulas and better use of materials.
But if you insist on making your own lash extensions at home, here's how you can do it.
What you need to make homemade lash extensions
You'll need false lash material like silk threads, human hair, mink or packs of strip lashes. You need lash glue because you will need something to stick those mink hairs to your lids.
Tweezers and a small mirror are essential bits of kit under normal circumstances, especially if you're going rogue and making your own false eyelash extensions.
Instruction on making false lash extensions using human hair:
- Make sure that the human hair is clean. You can use a little shampoo and water for this, but ensure it's all rinsed out, so no residue can interfere with the glue later.
- Take a small section of hair and tie it off at one end with a piece of thread or string. This will create a little bundle of lashes that you can dip into the glue.
- Once the lash bundle is coated in glue, carefully apply it to your eyelid as close to the lash line as possible. Use tweezers to position the lashes exactly where you want them, then leave them to dry for a few minutes.
- Repeat this process until your hairy eyelids are covered in homemade fake lash extensions.
Now go to the bathroom and take these off, you wally! For some sensible advice on making your own eyelash extensions, please don't read on because we don't give practical advice on such a ridiculous idea.
However, since you ask - here are some more ridiculous ideas...
Or you could use an old makeup brush and use the bristles from there. Here is how:
- Squeeze out a line of glue on a plastic dish. The glue line should be the length of one eyelid.
- Grab your old blusher brush that you no longer need (we all use blush balm now) and cut the bristles off.
- Dip the bristles of the makeup brush into the glue.
- Start at the outside of your eye (towards your ear), and apply the lashes to your eyelid.
- Use tweezers to apply more pressure on the outer corners.
- Let the adhesive dry for a few minutes, and then repeat until you look like an eejit.
If you don't have a makeup brush, don't worry; an old broom will do - NO, it's a joke. Please don't do it. The above suggestions are not actual advice, but the ones below could be...
How to make individual lash extensions from strip lashes:
- Cut the lash strips into smaller sections that will fit your eyelid. You can also make individual lashes by cutting the strip band into small sections.
- Apply a tiny amount of lash glue to the back of each section and wait for it to become tacky.
- Using tweezers, carefully apply the lash strip or individual lashes to your eyelid, as close to your natural lash line as possible.
- Repeat steps 2-3 until you have the desired look.
- Use a small mirror to check your work and make any necessary adjustments.
Now you've wasted a load of time you could have spent doing voluntary work or taking an extra shift to pay for fake eyelash extensions; let's get on with some sensible suggestions.
Invest in hybrid lash extension
We all want to look fabulous, especially during party season, but there are more straightforward ways to look good. Investing in some good-quality false eyelash extensions is a great idea.
If you look after the lashes correctly, they will look after you. Let's start with the basics...
What are hybrid lash extensions made of?
They are made of two different materials - synthetic fibres and natural human hair. Human hair is usually sourced from Siberia, India or China, anywhere that produces robust and healthy hair.
The lashes are then individually hand-tied to a fine cotton thread. This process is very time-consuming, but results in a much more natural-looking lash than a machine-made.
Hybrid lash extensions will last up to six weeks when applied correctly. They are also much lighter than other lash extensions, making them less likely to cause irritation or damage your natural lashes.
We highly recommend hybrid lashes if you're thinking about getting lash extensions. They offer the best of both worlds.
Our favourite hybrid lash extensions or strip lashes are as follows:
These lightweight lashes create a natural, wispy look that is perfect for everyday wear. They are made from a blend of human and synthetic hair, are hand-tied to a strong thread, and are magnetic for easy use.
Each box contains one pair of lashes, some magnetic liner and a touch-up pen.
MAC 7 LASH FALSE LASH
These popular lashes are made from 100% human hair and have a tapered tip for a more natural look. They are also quite long, giving your eyes a dramatic look. The box contains one pair of lashes, but you can reuse them several times.
These beautiful lashes are made from premium synthetic fibres and have a criss-cross pattern that creates a voluminous, fluffy look. They are also quite long, making them perfect for special occasions.
The box contains one pair of lashes you can reuse if you look after them.
These iconic lashes are made from 100% synthetic hair and have a light criss-cross pattern that gives your eyes a natural-looking lift. They are also medium-length, so they are ideal for everyday wear. The box contains one pair of lashes.
Now that you know what hybrid lash extensions are and where to get them, it's time to learn how to apply them! Keep reading for our step-by-step guide…
How to Apply Hybrid Lash Extensions for Best Effect
- Start by thoroughly cleaning your lashes with an oil-free cleanser. This will remove any dirt, makeup or oils that could prevent the lash adhesive from bonding properly.
- Next, measure the length of the lash against your natural lashes to see how much needs to be trimmed off. Trim the lash strip to size, careful not to cut too much off.
- Apply a skinny layer of lash adhesive along the base of the false lashes. Wait for 20-30 seconds or until the bond becomes sticky or tacky (we like the term stacky) before proceeding to the next step.
- Using a pair of tweezers, carefully place the lash strip to your natural lash line as close as possible. Gently press down on the strip to secure it in place.
- Repeat steps 2-4 until you apply all your lashes.
- To finish, apply some mascara to blend your natural lashes with your falsies.
That's it! You now know how to apply hybrid lash extensions like a pro. Just clean your lashes regularly and avoid rubbing or picking at them; they might last for up to six weeks.
What are regular fake eyelashes made of?
Maybe you don't fancy the idea of mink or human hair on your eyelids; you can choose synthetic lash extensions or fake strip lashes - here's what they are made of.
Most regular strip lashes are made of synthetic materials, such as plastic-based nylon or polyester. The lashes are often mass-produced in a factory and can be made using a machine.
The most significant benefit of synthetic lashes is that they are usually very light, putting less strain on your natural lashes. They are also generally cheaper than mink or human hair lashes.
The downside of synthetic lashes is that they can sometimes look unnatural and fake. They also might only last for a short time as mink or human hair lashes, and they can be more challenging to apply.
Why not learn about the history of those lashes you know and love. Read our history blog here.
If you're looking for regular fake eyelashes, we recommend the following:
These popular lashes are made from 100% synthetic materials and are available in various styles to suit your mood. They are also quite affordable, making them a great option if you're on a budget.
The pack contains one pair of lashes that you can reuse several times.
KISS Looks So Natural Lashes
These natural-looking lashes are made from 100% synthetic fibres and have a thin, clear strip that makes them easy to apply. They are also quite affordable, making them a great option if you're on a budget.
The packet contains one pair of lashes that you can reuse several times.
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