False Eyelashes Tutorial
Rhiannon: I remember wanting to wear a set of falsies on my wedding day so badly. The photographer was there, everybody was waiting for me downstairs to take the rest of the “getting ready” photos, and I had a set of falsies stuck to my eyelid about an inch above my own eyelashes. Let’s just say, the falsies didn’t happen that day. Although, now that I’ve had practice and applied countless falsies on clients and friends and family, I find myself wearing them whenever the mood strikes me! Here’s a tutorial for all of you wanting to explore falsies, but not quite sure where to start. Hopefully you won’t end up with a set of falsies stuck to your face right before a big event!
What you’ll need:
A set of false lashes: These lashes are my absolute favorites! They’re not too dramatic, but they’re still full enough to achieve the effect I’m going for. If you’re feeling lost while shopping for falsies, look for styles that are 100% human hair. They’ll look more natural than the ones made with synthetic fibers.
Some type of eyeliner: I would highly recommend wearing some sort of eyeliner with your falsies. Some women do wear falsies without any eyeliner, but I find it very difficult to hide the band the lash hairs are attached to, without any eyeliner on my lash line. Here I have a lacquer liner and an angled liner brush.
Tweezers: I used to apply my falsies with my fingers. That is, until I discovered how much easier it is to apply them with tweezers! Tweezers are able to get right up onto your eyelid the way fingers just can’t.
Eyelash glue: This is my favorite eyelash glue! It comes out of the tube looking white, but dries clear. This glue lasts me all day unless my eyes get teary, or I forget I’m wearing lashes and I rub my eye!
Let’s get started!
Here I am, pre-falsies. This is pretty much my everyday makeup look. Now, let’s say I were going out on a date with my hubby and wanted to take this look from day to night, falsies to the rescue!
1. I’m starting off by applying my lacquer liner. This is going to give you a good base and help hide the clear band that the lashes are attached to. This is how I start off doing a cat-eye look.
I continue slowly building up my liner in small, straight strokes across my lid. You’ll want to get your liner as close to your lashes as possible and even get a bit between your natural hairs. This will help make the falsies look more natural.
2. Measure lashes. Once your eyeliner is to your liking, measure the lashes against your eye. I just lay them on my lid without any glue on them. If they look a little big, you’ll need to cut a bit off. Make sure you cut from the end where the hairs are longer (the end that will sit on the outside corner of your eye). Most people will need to cut at least a tiny bit off. I’ve never done anyone’s makeup who didn’t need me to cut at least a few hairs off.
3. Glue application. Pick up falsies with your tweezers and squeeze a tiny bit of glue out. Run the lash band against the glue so that you apply a thin bead of glue along the length of each lash. Wait for about 30 seconds before applying the falsies. This will allow the glue to become tacky so that it will stick to your skin easier.
4. Place lashes. Now, the fun part! It is usually easier to look down into a small mirror when applying falsies, as opposed to having the mirror level to your face. I think it just gives you a better view of your natural lash line. Make sure you’re holding the lashes in the center part of the lash hairs. Bring them as close to your own lashes as possible without getting them on the hairs.
Once you’ve got the center of the band on your lid, bring the ends of the lash band against the inner and outer corners of your eyelid. Again, you want it to be as close as possible to your own eyelashes, without actually getting any glue on them. You’ll be happy you didn’t get any glue on your lashes when it’s time to take the falsies off!
5. Touch up eyeliner. Once the glue has dried a bit, I like to apply a bit more eyeliner. This will help hide the glue since it dries a little bit shiny. This is also good to be extra certain the entire band is against my eyelid.
6. Mascara. As I’m waiting for the glue to completely dry, I go in with a bit of mascara. I keep the mascara only on my own lashes. This will help adhere my natural lashes to the falsies. If you have naturally curly lashes, you may not find this necessary. Since my lashes are naturally very straight and they angle downward, I find this completely necessary!
These are two of my favorite mascaras! The one on the left (Almay, Get Up) is a bit watery and doesn’t hold a curl as well, but it gives a great natural look. The one on the right (Physicians Formula Organic Wear) gives more of that dramatic, voluminous, look.
Once the glue on your lashes is all dry, you’re good to go! The falsies just open up my eye so much more, right?? My left (your right) eye looks bigger, wider, and more awake than the right eye. Even my eyebrow looks a little bit more arched! Try holding your hand in front of one side of my face to really see the difference.
7. Removal. After you’ve gone out and had a blast with a few girlfriends and it’s time to remove them, here’s the easiest way I’ve found to remove falsies:
Coconut oil! I use this stuff for everything. It’s $5 at Trader Joe’s, or $5-10 at your local health store. It is great as a makeup remover and is perfect for removing eyelash glue. Grab a bit on a cotton swab and melt it in the palm of your hand.
Gently rub the cotton swab with coconut oil onto your lid. Rub it against the lash band, slowly going over and over it until the lash begins to separate from your skin.
The lashes will begin to fall off as the glue breaks down. If they’re a bit stubborn, or if they were attached to a few of your own hairs (ouch!) keep at it. Use a bit more coconut oil and keep rubbing. Trying to rip the falsies off will only leave you eyelash-less!
If you want to reuse your lashes, go for it! Just pull off the leftover glue and dab a cotton swab in a bit of alcohol and rub it along the lash hairs. This will clean them up for your next night out!
Remember to have fun with it! It took me a lot of time to figure out which lashes I liked better on myself, depending on the look I was going for at that moment. Don’t forget to practice, practice, practice! It used to take me almost 10 minutes to apply falsies to both eyes, but now I can do it in under two minutes! You’ll do great. :) And don’t forget, it’s just makeup!
Chelsey’s Extra Tips: I actually use my hands, not tweezers! So do whatever works for you. When taking your lashes out of the container, don’t pull from one edge and peel it away from the container. This can warp the shape of the lash and make it a little difficult to apply. Place your thumb on the lash at the end and press it against the container. Lightly pull the lash away from the container and be gentle. These little beasts like to hold on so be patient. If you trim from the outside of the lash, the lash appears slightly more natural. Trimming from the inside gives you a slightly more dramatic look.
The 30 seconds Rhiannon recommends to allow glue to dry is ESSENTIAL. To hide the band of the lash, you can apply your liner to the false lash itself. Place the lash on your hand and colour the band with your liner. This will allow for less touchup when you’re glue is dried and a darker lash line.
You can apply mascara to your lashes first. I typically will do my complete makeup before adding my lashes. This will allow you to use the lash over and over again without needing to clean it. For removal, I love Rhiannon’s use of coconut oil. I’m a little more old school. I grab the lash and pull. It will peel off easily and (as long as you haven’t glued it to your actual lashes) it’s a breeze. After that, use your regular makeup remover to remove any excess product from your lid and you’re set.
Brand recommendations: #3 MAC lashes are a great price for a great lash ($17USD/$19CAD). Benefit’s great double stacked lash called Pinup Lash ($18CAD). DUO Adhesive is my favorite lash glue. Give yourself a few tries to really get it and to get it right!