The Ultimate Beginners Guide to False Eyelashes

False Eyelashes have fast become everyone’s favourite way to enhance their eyes and complete their makeup look. With so many different options available, from Pre Glued, to standard Strip Lashes and even Magnetic Lashes, there is a lash style to suit all levels of expertise!

Here at, we have an unbeatable selection of fake eyelashes available to purchase, and we thought we would put together the ultimate beginners guide to false eyelashes, offering all of the information you need to know from selecting a suitable style, to the full application process.


Do you have sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses? If you do, a dramatic lash style with a thick band probably isn’t going to be the most comfortable or sensible option for you. We would recommend a pair of falsies with an invisible or ultra-lightweight lash band.

These are much lighter on the eye and as a result, feel slightly more comfortable. These are great for beginners that aren’t used to the feeling of having lashes on, thanks to their flexible and fine lash band. The entire Eylure lash collection is ‘contact lense friendly’ and their lashes boast a thin lash band that is easy to apply and isn’t too heavy on the eyes.

A range of Ardell lashes also feature an invisiband which provides a seamless blend and is also extremely lightweight.


If you have particularly small eyes and struggle to find a pair of lashes to fit your eye shape or size, then you’re best looking at some of our specialist styles that have been expertly designed to suit certain eye sizes.

The House of Lashes Mini Collection consists of some of their top selling Premium Luxe styles that have been scaled down in size to provide a more comfortable and accurate fit on smaller eyes. Style Iconic Mini is a top pick for a full yet fluttery look. The measurements for this style are:

  • Band Length: 30mm
  • Lash Length: 5mm (Inner), 13mm (Center), 12mm (Outer)

For larger, more rounded eyes a standard strip lash style such as the popular Ardell Wispies should fit fine. If your lashes are slightly too long, then you can easily trim them with a pair of lash scissors such as the Lilly Lashes Rose Gold Lash Scissors.

To complete this step, measure the lash against your eye and trim from the outer corner accordingly.


Although the majority of our false lashes are black, we also offer coloured lashes if you’re wanting to switch things up or experiment. Brown lashes provide a softer finish and are best suited for those with lighter hair, or those that prefer a more natural appearance. Bold colours such as blue, plum and wine, are great for enhancing certain eye colours or adding edge to your look.

Strip Lashes

Although they may not seem like the best option for beginners, strip lashes are the most popular choice of false eyelash enhancements, and when mastered can be extremely quick and easy to apply.

There are so many different strip lashes available, that it can be overwhelming, however once you have a clear idea of the look you want to achieve, as well as the kind of fit you require, this decision becomes a great deal easier.

What you need to apply strip lashes:

  • Tweezers or a lash applicator
  • Strip lash adhesive
  • A mirror
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen roll or tin foil (depending on the adhesive used)

Selecting your Lash Adhesive:

If you’re applying strip lashes, then you’ll need a reliable, high quality lash adhesive to apply them with. We have a lash adhesive to suit everyone, and you can choose from the following on our website:

  • Clear tone – Clear tone is the easiest option for beginners as it applies white and dries clear, meaning if you make any mistakes they aren’t as visible
  • Dark tone – Dark tone adhesive allows for extra definition at the lash line, it’s black finish gives the same effect as eyeliner
  • Tube – If you’re expected to wear lashes all the time, then a tube of adhesive is probably the most cost effective glue to opt for as you get more for your money
  • Brush on – Probably the best option for anyone that is new to applying lashes is a brush on glue. These feature a stick or wand style applicator that allows you to easily apply a thin layer of glue to the lash band.
  • Latex free – If you suffer from a latex allergy or have sensitive skin, then we offer latex free strip lash adhesives as well

How to Apply Strip Lashes:

  • Carefully remove the lash from the tray using tweezers or an applicator
  • Measure the lash against your lash line
  • Trim the lash from the outer edge if necessary
  • Apply a thin layer of lash adhesive to the lash band
  • Position the lash as close to the natural lash line as possible, and press down into place in the centre of the eye
  • Adjust the two outer edges until they both sit securely on your lash line

How to Remove Strip Lashes:

  • Apply a small amount of an oil-based cleanser to a cotton bud
  • Swipe along the lash line to break up the adhesive
  • Gently peel the lash off

Pre glued Lashes

Pre Glued lashes are a great alternative to strip lashes if you want to save time. There is no need to apply adhesive, you can just measure the lash against your eye, trim it if needs be and then apply it as close to your lash line as possible using an applicator or tweezers.

We have a variety of Pre Glued lashes on our website from top brands such as Ardell, Eylure and Salon System.

What you need to apply Pre Glued Lashes:

  • Tweezers or a lash applicator
  • A mirror
  • Scissors

How to Apply Pre Glued Lashes:

  • Curl your natural lashes and apply a coat of mascara
  • Gently peel the lash from the tray using tweezers or a lash applicator
  • Roughly position the lash above your lash line to measure it
  • Trim from the outer edge if needed
  • Position the lash as close to your natural lash line as possible, and press down into place
  • Adjust the two outer edges accordingly for a secure fit

How to Remove Pre Glued Lashes:

  • Apply a small amount of an oil-based cleanser to a cotton bud
  • Swipe along the lash line to break up the adhesive
  • Gently peel the lash off

Magnetic Lashes

The latest lash invention that we have introduced to our website, is the incredible Ardell Magnetic Lashes. These are absolutely perfect for first time falsies wearers, or those that don’t want the hassle of using lash adhesive. You can simply apply them in a few steps, with minimal effort and tools required.

We have the following styles available:

Accent 001 – Add a little extra length and volume to just the outer corners of your eyes with this style. Their subtle design is soft enough for everyday wear.

Accent 002 – Again, if you just want a little lash lift, this style provides a wispy finish with slightly more length and volume that the Accents 001.

Double Demi Wispies – The bestselling Demi Wispies have been reinvented! This magnetic style has proved to be one of the most popular choices

Double Wispies – If you love Demi Wispies but want a longer lash, the Double Wispies are ideal. Full and textured without being too bold, this style is extremely versatile.

What you need to apply magnetic lashes:

  • A mirror

How to Apply Magnetic Lashes:

  • Carefully remove the upper lash from the tray and gently place it on top of your natural lash line 
  • Holding the upper lash in place, gently remove the lower lash from the tray and place it underneath your natural lash line until it connects with the upper lash 

How to Remove Magnetic Lashes:

  • Do not pull the lashes straight off, use your index finger and thumb to softly slide the magnets away from each other

For further guidance on applying strip lashes, check out our step by step guide and video tutorial here.