Beauty Video: how to apply false eyelashes…

There are so many ways to increase your flutter factor today – lash extensions, serums to lengthen and strengthen your natural lashes and even mascaras with hidden properties that add volume.  But for opening up your eyes in double-quick time, false lashes are still my favourite. 

There are so many styles to choose from now, but there are usually two main types – full lashes which are a full set of lashes on a strip that you apply directly to your eye and individual lashes which can be used to fill in sparse areas or dramatically open up the eye area when applying them strategically, such as at the outer edge of your eye.

This Girls Aloud gift set, £25.00 contains five sets of lashes and adhesive which is ideal to get you started.  The kit contains a mixture of more subtle and dramatic styles and the Sparkle glamorous party set, £15.00 is all you need to perfect your peepers including four sets of false eyelashes, one eyeshadow powder, mascara, an eyelash curler, three eyebrushes and a glitter eyeliner (very now). Mister Mascara and Love Label also do fabulous sets so you’ve lots to choose from.

But how do you apply them?  Full strip lashes are the easiest to apply yet they’re more dramatic, although there are some natural styles available.  Individual lashes need a steady hand and patience as you apply one by one.

Both look fabulous and all it takes is practice so follow my top tips and view the lash lesson video and prepare to wink at all the boys:

  1. Before you apply the lashes, apply your shadow and mascara and line your upper lash line with a black or dark drown liquid eyeliner which will help to conceal the lash band, plus it is difficult to apply makeup accurately afterwards.
  2. Measure the lashes against your own lash line by simply placing the lashes on top of your own. If the ends stick in your eye a little, trim them down using nail scissors. NEVER trim from the inner corner, always trim from the outer edge to maintain the shape. 
  3. Once you have the correct length, apply the glue to your finger or a pair of tweezers, and lightly pull the lash band through the glue or dab on gently to individual lashes using your tweezers, ensuring you coat the very ends of the lash band since this is the area most likely to become unstuck – giving you away!  Wait until the glue becomes a little tacky – about 20 seconds.
  4. Apply the false lashes as close to your natural lash line as possible starting at the outer edge; then working inwards to your nose whilst pressing the lashes down for a few seconds on the outside of the eye. It is the same for individual lashes – apply them to the outside corners of the eye and work inwards.  I often apply just a few individual lashes to the outer corners of my eyes for a really natural look that opens your peepers and lessens the need for mascara!
  5. Don’t worry about the glue, it will dry clear.  Once dry, fill in any gaps with your liner and go flutter!


26th October 2010
Written by Very_Lauren

Posted by: Siobhan 28 October 2010

I always use false lashes when I go out but it always takes me several attempts to get them on straight. This blog has been a great help and hopefully I can now put them on without any fuss! 😉

Posted by: MELODIE 26 October 2010

I ADORE these lashes so this blog has really helped, thank you!!!!!

Posted by: GAYNOR REYNOLDS 26 October 2010

excellent! very informative and instructive – learnt a lot!