6 tips and tricks for goof-proof false lashes!

by Bionic Beauty on 05.Dec.2009 · 13 comments

Applying false eyelashes is definitely an acquired skill… and it can be a tad overwhelming until you master the technique. So until you get your PhD in fake lashes, here are some tips that certainly helped me.

  • Use just a TINY bit of glue along the spine of the lashes. Wait a few seconds (around 5 or so) and let the glue become tacky. Then apply them onto your eyelid. Letting the glue dry a bit helps prevent glue overflow, and gets the lashes to adhere more quickly.
  • elf cosmetics Natural Lash Kit elf cosmetics Natural Lash Kit

  • Dark glue. I picked the Duo Eyelash Adhesive in “dark-tone” available at most drugstores. It’s inexpensive, waterproof, dries quickly and doesn’t cause any irritation to my eyelids. Even though the standard white lash glue is supposed to dry clear, it still ends up looking milky on my lids. Especially if I’m wearing deeper eyeliner or shadow. The dark tone glue blends with the spine of the falsies and works great under or over eyeliner.
  • Choose your length – Fake lashes come in a variety of lash lengths and designs, but also various strip lengths. The strip, or spine, of a lash can be a full strip, partial or short “segment” length, or individual lash groups. For beginners I recommend the short segments. They are much easier to place close to your lash line and get them straight. Start with just one small strip on your outer lash corner- it’ll add fullness and length! Or use the individual lashes to fill in certain areas of your natural lashes for dramatic length and fullness. The full strips are the most common, but can be very unwieldy for newbies. They bend, crease, move off your natural lash line; and are difficult to get glued down evenly.
  • Depending on what kind of lash strip you choose, it’s usually easier to apply them with a pair of tweezers or a lash “clamp”. The “clamp” is just a little plastic V that’s flexible. You clamp the lashes in the V, apply a bit of glue (per the tips above), let it become sticky, and then hold the point of the V and apply the lashes as close as possible to your lash line. I got my “clamp” applicator packed in my box of Ardell Eye LashesArdell false eyelashes at Sally Beauty Supply from Sally Beauty. If you are using short segments or individual lashes, I suggest using a pair of tweezers to hold the lashes while you apply the glue, let it “set” and then use the tweezers to apply them to your lid.
  • Ardell fake eye lashes - from Sally Beauty Supply

  • For extra strength wear- apply a coat of mascara to bind your natural and fake lashes together. This is a great trick for windy or rainy days!
  • Removing the glue residue and cleaning: To remove your lashes, grab a corner and gently peel them off. If they are stuck, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and lots of water; then try removing the lashes again. After each wear, be sure to remove all the glue residue from your lashes and your eyelid by using an eye makeup remover (or mix your own using items from your kitchen pantry). If you applied mascara to your fake lashes, remember to use the makeup remover on them as well.

The best thing about fake lashes is their price. Even the durable and high-quality Ardell lashes are only $3.49Bionic Beauty's flash eyelash tips - Ardell lashes at Sally Beauty (and your local drugstore), or check out the e.l.f. Natural Lash Kite.l.f. cosmetics Natural Eye Lash kit or e.l.f. cosmetics’ Individual Lash Kit (both are only a $1). All three of these kits include a tube of glue and a storage tray.

elf cosmetics' individual Lash Kit-Blacke.l.f. Cosmetics Individual Lash kit

I hope these tips will help clear some of the air of mystery from wearing false lashes. Do you have any secret tips or tricks to share?


1 Holly December 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm

can I use the lashes again?

2 Bionic Beauty December 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Hi Holly, Yes you can definitely use them multiple times. I bought my Ardell lashes about 3 years ago and they are still in perfect shape. 🙂


3 Holly December 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I did my right eye perfect the first time, but my left eye never got on right.

4 Bionic Beauty December 5, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Holly, I thought of another tip for you! You mentioned having trouble getting both eyes done. I had that same exact problem at first. That’s why I am loving the Revlon “segments”. They are about 1cm long (the spine, not the lash length). If you don’t have the segments, just use a pair of scissors to trim one of your sets of lashes into shorter lengths. Then you can start by applying just one little segment to your outer eye corners. When you master that, you can start working with the longer, full eye versions.

I really think half of the battle is getting the right glue (see my comments to Stacy below).
Enjoy! And let me know how it goes!!

5 Stacy December 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I tried using the elf lashes a month ago and the glue never did dry… I am going to try a different brand soon.

6 Bionic Beauty December 5, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Stacy, I almost always pitch the elf glue. I use the dark glue I mentioned above or the Duo Adhesive white (which dries clear). The glue that comes with Revlon Fantasy Lashes is also pretty bad. It stays tacky for hours… which makes my eyeshadow and mascara clump onto it and then I look like Tammy Fay Baker (ACK!!). Let me know what brands you decide to try. I love the Ardell! I have a very short lash length, so they even look pretty natural. My favorites lately are the little segments I mentioned from Revlon. Just one on each outer corner of my eye and I instantly look more awake! (Which is incredible these days since I’m too busy to sleep, ha ha!)

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