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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lash Out: False Lash Application 101

Fake it till you make it!  This can be applied to many things, but today I am giving you some hints & tricks on how to apply & wear false lashes like a pro.  I get so many questions on how to put these bad boys on without looking like a total drag queen.  Like anything else, it takes practice & patience.  So, lets get you some killer lashes.

Before you get started you will need the following:

Lashes
Lash Glue
Tweezers
Orange Wood Stick
Scissors

I purchased this little kit (shown below) from Sephora that has all the tools you need.  (I would not recommend the lashes that come in the kit.  They were a little cheap & hard to apply.)



STEP ONE:  Buying the Right Lashes 

Lashes are very hot right now & can be found at any drug store, beauty supply & even the grocery store.  There are a number of different colors, sizes & styles from casual to outrageous.  I like ones that give you a little glam without being too over-the-top. 

These examples below are from Ardell & can be found for about $3.00-$4.00 a pair.



As you can see, they range from a natural thickness to super-lush.  I like to stick with something that adds length but still looks like real lashes.  Ones in the short to medium range are perfect!

You will also need the glue to apply them. I opt for the creamy glue for Strip Lashes in the dark shade.


STEP TWO:  Prepping Lashes

There are different techniques used by many artists, but this is what I find works best for me.  I do my eye makeup first.  If you are a beginner, you may want to practice putting the lashes on a few times before you do this.  It does take some trial & error to get it right.  I do not curl my lashes as the curl sometimes makes it hard to place the lashes flat on your own lash line, but some say this helps if your own lashes are short.  I apply a light coat of mascara to create a nice base for the lashes to adhere to.  Now, on to the application!

STEP THREE: Applying the Lashes

With Strip Lashes (not the individual ones), they need to be the correct size in order to fit properly.  They are generally longer than your actual eyelid & need you need a custom fit.  Remove the strip gently from the tray & hold it up to your lid.  Place the shorter end at the corner of your eye & make a note of the overhang at the longer end.  Take a scissors & trim away the excess.

Then hold the strip in your hands by the two ends.  Slowly roll the strip in a U-shape to create a natural curve that emulates your eyelid shape.  This makes the band flexible & helps the lashes lay down when your are applying them. 



Now it is time to open the glue.  I like to put a small dollop of it on the lash tray & allow it to get a little tacky.  It gets rubbery as it dries so the stickiness will make your application easier.  You can also apply it to the band of the lash straight from the tube, but this can get messy & we want a controlled amount of glue.  Take your orange wood stick (fancy name for a wooden cuticle stick) and dip the flat end into the glue.  Gently dab the glue onto the band of the lashes, being careful not to get any on the actual lashes.  Add a little extra to each end.  Hold the lashes for a minute or two & allow the glue to set a bit.




 Now....Let's get 'em on!!


While looking down, gently place the strip as close to your natural lash line as possible.  you can use your fingers, a tweezers or a lash applicator, whatever is easiest for you.  I use a tweezers.  If the glue is too wet hit it with the heat of your hair dryer or wait another minute or two.  Carefully slide the strip tightly against your lash line.  Using the pointed end of your orange wood stick helps here.  Tuck down the band, concentrating on the ends.  (you don't want these sticking up & poking your eye.)  Hold the band down & allow to dry for about 2-3 minutes.



Repeat on your other eye.  Now this can be tricky, so take you time.  The glue will not set that fast so you have time to manipulate them into position.  The closer to the lash line the better.

You are looking "glam" already!

Once the lashes are in place & dry, there are a few finishing touches you can do to blend them into your own lashes.  I like to take a lash comb & run it through the lashes.  (For the advanced: You can also use a lash curler if you find that they are sticking out took far.)  Place the curler as close to the eyelid and pump GENTLY to give the strip some lift.  Finish with 2 coats of mascara for a more dramatic look if you want.  You can also blend in the strip by applying black eyeliner after the lashes are set.  This picture below is a perfect example of the ideal look, in my opinion.  Not too crazy but beautiful! 

I hope this help you get that fab lash look you crave.  It is fun to do for a special occasion or a night out.  Have fun, practice, play & you will have luxe lashes in no time.  Enjoy!





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