Friday, August 29, 2008

How to Apply False Lashes

Nothing makes your eyes stand out like a great set of lashes—even if they're not your own. Applying false lashes is easier than you might think!

First, go ahead and apply all of your eye makeup, making sure to use black liner close to the top lash line where the false lashes will be. The black liner will help them blend with your natural lashes—even if you can't get them as close as you would like. Also, be sure to curl your lashes.

Check to see if the falsies line up with your eyes from the inner corner, just where your own lashes begin, to the outer one. If they are too long, trim off as much as necessary from the outer corner of the lashes. As much as you may hate to see that length on the ends go, it will be worth it!

Hold one end of the lashes between the thumb and forefinger of each hand in an upside-down U-shape, then roll them up and down to loosen up the band. You want them to curve easily so that they'll effortlessly hug your eye shape.

Put a small drop of lash glue on the back of your hand and run the band of the lashes through it. Make sure the band is evenly coated and that you didn't miss either end. You don't want your lashes to lift at the edges halfway through the night (or fall off early in the night!) because there wasn’t enough glue! Don't be afraid because the glue is still white; it really will dry clear!

Wait until the glue is tacky--roughly thirty seconds--before attempting to place the lashes on your eyes. This will help them adhere and keep them from smudging the eye makeup you've already done. The glue will almost be clear, but not quite.

Once the glue is tacky, you can use your fingers, tweezers, or an eyelash applicator (often sold in lash kits) to apply the inner corner first. Press down for about five seconds, then press down the outer edge for another five seconds. Tap your fingertip back across the middle toward the inside, pressing the lashes in place. Allow to set for a few more seconds.

Apply mascara to blend your natural lashes with the falsies. The best mascara to use here is one that doesn’t add much length or volume, but tends to offer a more natural look. Look for a mascara with a thin consistency, like Maybelline Great Lash.

To further blend the lashes with your overall look, you can go back in with black liquid liner on the inner corners. This gives the illusion of one clean line rather than a clean lash line followed by the abrupt start of lush lashes.

You're done!

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