Long eyelashes can make eyes look bigger, fuller and more inviting, but not all of us are blessed with sky-high lashes. Thankfully, modern civilization invented false eyelashes, which come in various styles, colors, and sizes. If you learn how to put them on correctly,(this blogger’s bestie has it down to a science!) no one will ever guess that they’re not yours. Follow a few tips from Planet Beauty Makeup Artist extraordinaire Monica to get the look perfect every time! First, lashes come in about a million different looks– the right one for you is the right one for the occasion. Bachelorette party? Try something long and full . A special night out with your honey? Try something a little more subtle for a flirty, romantic look.
Most of the time, the lash strip will be too long for your eyes, so measure them first, then cut off the excess. Many makeup artists disagree about where to make the cut, but typically you would want to take off the ends; that’s where lashes tend to get the longest and curliest. Since your eyelid is way more rounded than the holder the lash came in, you need to shape them as well. Wrap the lash around the end of your pinky finger for 30 seconds to give them a nice rounded shape. Squeeze a glob of eyelash glue onto the back of your hand and run the band of the eyelash along it. Many glue brands have a dark and a clear formula– the choice is yours! (This blogger likes dark, because any mess ups can be camouflaged to look like eyeliner!) Blow softly from edge to edge to make the glue a little less runny to apply your lashes. You want the glue to be a bit tacky before you apply the lash to your eye. Pick the lashes up with tweezers and bring it as close to your natural lash line as possible. This can get tricky if you already have long lashes, so tipping your head down to get a better look can help. Gently press your ring finger along the line of the band, really helping the glue take hold. This allows the glue to set so that when you lift your fingertips from it, the lashes won’t come along for the ride. Apply your mascara as the final touch to help your lashes blend in with the fake ones.
A few more tips from the pro: Try applying your lashes as a last touch, after the rest of your makeup is complete. The lashes are a lot longer than your natural ones, so any powder or eye shadow dust is going to stick to the tops of them, and that stuff is hard to remove! When you’re ready to ditch the lashes, try gently lifting the edges and pulling them off. Lash companies make a special lash adhesive remover, but you can improvise with baby oil, makeup remover, or even face soap!
Allie Kelley has been a Planet Beauty Buff for four years and has a Bachelor’s degree in English. She enjoys painting her nails, trolling Pinterest for new trends, and has an obsession with lip gloss.