I never had any interest in fake eyelashes. I have curly lashes but relatively short and, while I always finish off my look with a couple of coats of mascara, I did not consider it an indispensable item in my makeup bag.
That was until I started watching Youtube videos and tutorials and noticed the ease with which the youtubers were applying their fake eyelashes and how pretty they looked with them. So I ordered a couple of eyelashes and tried to get a hold of the technique. My first attempts were complete and utter failures. In the rare occasions I succeeded in applying them they were either too long, too short, or too far from my lash line.
Do I wear eyelashes now? Not everyday. But I thought I could help you girls if you want to try them because I learned A LOT of things about fake eyelashes while trying to master the applying technique.
1. They don’t have to be super expensive
When I first decided to try fake eyelashes I bought the e.l.f. Essentials Dramatic Lash Kit for just 1 dollar. While I usually love e.l.f. products, those lashes were not the business. The strip was too think for me, the lashes weren’t full or thick enough and the glue that came with it did not become tacky or sticky enough to old the lashes in place. A mess. But then again I tried MAC lashes at 16$ and thought they were much better. Since I am curious, I also tried Ardell lashes for 7.29$ a pop and was just as pleased. I then tried Eyelure Lashes at 3.80$ and liked them even more. so the lesson I learned was that false eyelashes do not have to be expensive. The 1$ lashes could also work for you but if you’re learning, I suggest you choose among the affordable but well known brands. Ardell is one of them and it’s available in most drugstores.
2. You don’t have to wear a full set
I started by directly trying to apply a full set and had a real hard time with it. I then discover the half-lashes and the application was a million times easier. Half or Accent lashes are applied to the outer portion of the eye and give quite a dramatic but natural effect. Whenever I wore them the question I was immediately asked was: what brand of mascara are you using? Which was pretty much the effect I was looking for.
I have not tried individual lashes yet but from what I have read and seen on Youtube they seem to be quite easy to apply and give a very natural effect.
3. The glue matters
Makes sense right? You don’t want your eyelashes to fall off during the day. You also do not want your eyelashes not to stick to your lash line and that was usually my problem. When you’re applying your lashes you first apply glue to the strip and let it set for 30 seconds or so. I used to ignore that and try to apply the lashes 10 seconds after putting on the glue. Huge mistake. The glue needs those 30 seconds to get sticky. My suggestion: Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Dark, it dries black and is quite inexpensive.
4. You don’t need gimmicks
While learning how to apply lashes I bought, lashes with strings, lashes with applicators, pre-glued lashes: #fail
They’re cute ideas but really, they never really helped me. The pre-gluedlashes actually weren’t that bad but didn’t really help when I was learning: I would apply them too far from the lash line then I had to remove them and try to stick them again closer to the lash line but then they weren’t sticky enough anymore…so…yeah…#fail.
The only thing that seemed to be useful was a tweezer-like applicator that was useful in placing the lashes on top of my natural lashes then pressing my natural lashes together with the false one. That is all. A regular tweezer can do the same thing but it felt a little dangerous to have sharp tweezers so close to my eye.
5. You can make your real lashes pop with more than one mascara
Now I didn’t know that, but some girls will use up to three different mascaras to really pimp out their natural lashes. I honestly find that to be time consuming, but if you reaaaaally want fuller dramatic lashes and don’t want to OR can’t apply false ones, this can be a suitable and inexpensive option.
6. You can have a professional apply them for you
If you have a night out or a big event you can go to a professional at any makeup counter to have the lashes applied for you or you can have lash extensions put on. The latter option is quite pricey (250 to 600 dollars for the first application then 75-150$ per touch up every 2 to 4 weeks) but it surely makes life much simpler if you can afford it. See the Xtreme Lashes Extensions for instance.
7. Youtube can teach you
Here are a few tutorials that I found quite useful. Hope they’ll help you too :-)