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How-to: apply fake lashes without making a mess.
Mon, 16 January 2012 9:04AM
With the Golden Globes just minutes away, I figured now was the perfect time to share with you a tutorial on all the tips and tricks surrounding false eye lashes. In case your boss is the fun police and won’t allow you to watch important things, like this video, from the comfort of your desk, I’ve jotted down a few pointers below to see you through ’til you get home.
Start with a clean canvas: You want to avoid using any oil-based makeup around the eye area as it can prevent the lash adhesive from working.
Trim the lashes first: There’s no such thing as a one-fits-all false lash so for the most natural look, always use a pair of clean nail scissors to trim the lashes before you even think about applying them.
Use the right tools: For a mess-free application, wait until the glue feels tacky which usually takes around 15 seconds before attempting to apply the lashes. Always start applying the lashes from the outer corner of the eye and use the reverse end of a pair of tweezers to gently press the false lashes into the lash line.
Gel liner is your new best friend. Leave your lashes to settle for a few minutes before starting on the eye makeup. As a general rule, I always suggest you swap your ever day eye liner pencil for a gel liner that you can press along the lash line using a stiff eye liner brush.
Newbie to lashes? Try using the individual lashes first. That way, you can take baby steps, applying them from the outer corners until you’re satisfied with the amount of volume and length. Plus, they’re easier to control using a pair of tweezers.
So, it’s 2am and you’re ready for bed? The fastest way to remove false lashes is using an oil-based eye makeup remover. Simply load up a cotton pad and gently press it onto the lashes to break down the adhesive without pulling at your natural lashes. Too easy.
What’s your top tip for applying false lashes?
Are you a fan of individual lashes or do you prefer to use the lash bands?
Do you use a gel or liquid liner?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe