How to: Apply false lashes for the party season

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

How to apply false eyelashes

False eyelashes are meant to enhance your natural lashes, and draw attention to your eyes. When applied correctly, they have the ability to take your eyes from pretty to va-va-voom, “come hither” peepers. Unfortunately, many people find the application process difficult, so they either opt for having them applied professionally, or don’t have them applied at all.

If you want to try applying them at home, you may want to go for individual lashes rather than a single lash piece that covers your entire eyelid area. This way you can control the effect more easily, and make it more subtle if you choose. International make-up guru Bobbi Brown recommends using a dark brown or black eyelash glue rather then the traditional clear glue, as it blends into the lash line and is less visible.

Follow these simple steps and tips compiled by Bobbi Brown to make your at-home application easy and fuss-free:

  1. Remove a lash from the packaging using a tweezer (not your finger) and start with the smallest of the lashes.
  2. Carefully dip the lash in the eyelash glue and let it air dry for a few seconds.
  3. Starting at the outside corner of your eye, gently place the lash in position, as close to your lash line as possible. Keep your eye closed and firmly the lash in place until it dries.
  4. Work your way across your lash line, gently applying each lash as you move along. You will need between five and ten individual lashes, depending on the volume you want and the length of your eyelid.
  5. Once all the lashes are dry, gently apply mascara to exaggerate and lengthen your falsies. For a dramatic effect, line your top lid with black liquid liner.

We love i-Envy false eyelashes by Kiss. Try these professional lashes in Classic Fare Medium for exaggerated, yet still natural, lashes. If you prefer a single set of lashes (not the individual ones), you may want to try essence Fancy Lashes as they’re easy to apply and look like exaggerated natural eyelashes rather than fake lashes.

See, not as complicated as they are made out to be! Buy an extra pack to practise with if you’re a beginner.  That way, if you mess one or two of them up, you don’t have to leave the house half done, you can simply use your extras.

If you’ve found a false eyelash brand or product you love, let us know by commenting below.

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Katyra

    I’ve always been afraid to try it myself, but this article helps a lot. Thank you

    4 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Not a big fan of false eyelashes – It’s a bit over the top

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Thank you for the great tips! Still need practice though!

    4 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I had no idea you could find fake flashes in singles… I thought they only came as a set of full lashes – this is what’s been preventing me from buying them: I’m far too afraid to go ALL the way the first time I use them. I think I’d be less frightened if I could apply ten or so lashes individually. This way, I can control my look. Will certainly buy two packs and practice with the first… The tip about the brown or black glue, is GOLD! I always thought clear would be best. Didn’t even know that they made the glue in colours. My lashes are really short… and light brown, so they’re not that prominent, even WITH mascara. Think the false lash is definitely for me. Will try it out for sure. I’ve heard the Katy Perry lashes are good. They’re available at Clicks for something like R70, I think.

    4 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    Very useful article thanks; I think the trick is to enhance your natural lashes rather than try to look over the top. very obvious falsies are a big turn off

    4 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    It does take some practice to get this right, and a little while to get used to once the falsies are on your eyes, but it definitely makes a big difference if you want a bold statement look ;)

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Gosh the steps sounds simple enough knowing me I’ll mess up. Worth a try

    4 years ago •

  1. Zellikinz

    can’t go out without wearing my fake lashes,but its harder to apply it than what it sounds.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Great article. I like the idea of false lashes for parties, I feel like they go one step further than mascara to enhance what we already have. What i don’t get is when women use such a heavy set of lashes that looks unnatural and quite off-putting.

    4 years ago •

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