Lashes range in color, drama, size, shape, quality, and price. When choosing your lashes, really consider what you want out of them.
Do you want a natural look? Be sure to choose lashes that are not too dramatic and are close to your own natural eyelash color. Ardell lashes in the drug store, or MAC lashes, offer products in this range. If your lashes are naturally dark, you have options from nearly every maker of false lashes. Do you want a more dramatic effect? Choose dark or colorful lashes, with more length and thickness. Every brand offers something in this vein. If you want truly outrageous lashes, try Make Up For Ever or the drug store around Halloween.
Lashes come in full-strips (these are likely what you’re most familiar with), in half-strips, individual lashes, and there are also full and half strips specifically for the lower lashes. Here we’re going to stay focused on full and half strips for your top lashes. If you are just starting out with false lashes, a half-strip set will be the easiest to work with. Full-strips can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of them and use the tips further on in this guide, you can still easily apply them.
Price and quality should be considered as well. Trying them for the first time? I would recommend choosing a drugstore brand. These are good enough to be easy to apply, but very reasonably priced. Have money to burn or just want great quality? I’d suggest MAC or Make Up For Ever lashes. Have experience with applying lashes but not a lot of cash? The lashes sold at Daiso (a Japanese chain with an online store and limited locations world-wide) are only $1.50 USD a pair, and hold up well to multiple uses, but, the band is a bit stiff and can make for slightly tricky application. They have one style of half-lashes that are absolutely gorgeous.
Often lashes come with their own glue, and just as often, the glue is awful. It can be hard to work with and fails much sooner and easier. Often it’s the glue, not you, that can make a first attempt at wearing false eyelashes a failure.
It’s worth it to spend a little money to pick up a quality glue. Duo lash adhesive is the best lash glue I’ve found. It is a mostly waterproof, latex glue, that comes in clear (for any lashes) and dark (best for those with or using dark lashes, and experience with application). I’ve found that the dark glue dries a little more quickly than the clear.
Before You Apply
First, gently remove the lashes from their packaging. You don’t want to damage them. Make sure you grab them as close to the band as possible. What you do next depends on the type of lashes you’ve chosen.
If you have a full-strip, position each strip on each eye to see how they fit. The slight stickiness from the packaging should be enough to hold them in place for this purpose. Position them as close as possible to your natural lashes and so that the outer end is very close to the end of your natural lash line, and note if the inside edge is sitting too close to the corner of you eye for comfort. If the strip is too long, trim them slightly with your scissors. Do this from the outside end. Put them back on and repeat until they fit and look right. Note where the ends of the lash strips fall when they look right on you so that you can apply them with the glue in the same spot.
If you have half-strip lashes, go ahead and try them on without the glue as well just to get an idea where they need to sit to look right.
Now would be a good time to apply mascara if you like. This will help your natural lashes blend with false ones and can help keep your lashes from sticking too much to the false lashes when it’s time to remove them. I personally like to complete my eye makeup before applying my lashes. They stay on just fine whether you glue them on top of eyeliner or not. You can do this the other way around, but longer lashes can get in the way and also get covered with fallout from your eyeshadow if you do.
Ready to try applying false lashes? Check out Part Three: How to Apply, How to Remove, & Tips & Tricks
Did you miss the first article? Check out Part One: Introduction & Why Bother.