How To Apply False Lashes For A More Natural Look

The trick is to apply them under, not over, your natural lashes.
Publish date:
January 27, 2015
false lashes, eyelash glue, beauty hack, false eyelash application

I love the way false lashes can pump up any look, but the makeup it takes to camouflage the fake lash line can often steal the show. What if I just want giant lashes, without a lot of eye makeup? There's a hack for that.

The trick is to apply the falsies under your natural lashes.

It's a technique I learned back in my burlesque days. All the sweat and quick costume and makeup changes made for dubious lash application. But wearing them this way meant we could change our eye makeup without disturbing our lashes. Plus, it's easy.

But before we get into the tutorial, some notes on lash glue.

I probably went through four or five different glue formulas and brands before I found one that I really like. I’ve landed on KISS Ever EZ Lashes Strip Lash Adhesive in clear, which turns a bluish hue when it’s ready and lasts all day without shedding gross boogers. It’s important to make sure the glue is fresh; many of the latex-based glues glob up and don’t dry properly if they’re old.

Also: Thanks to a commenter, I now buy my falsies on eBay for just a few cents a strip (10 pairs for $2, folks), and I’ve been really happy with the quality. But I will say that, while the lashes are supposedly made of "natural fiber," it isn't clear where the fiber comes from.

Gather up these supplies: false lashes, adhesive of choice, scissors.

STEP 1: First, wash your hands! Now trim your lashes.

False lash strips come in one size. You need to trim them to fit your lids, otherwise they’ll work themselves off when you blink. Fit the lashes to your lash line and snip off the extra length.

STEP 2: Apply adhesive to the top of the strip, which will nestle right into your lashes, so you don’t need a lot.

I love KISS’s clear adhesive because it gets tacky in about a minute and stays tacky for a few minutes, at least.

STEP 3: Holding the strip by its ends, line it up with your natural lashes and press it in.

It should adhere to your natural lashes, not to the skin on your upper waterline. Pinch the falsies to your real lashes and hold until you get a good bond.

A word about getting glue in your eyes: All lash glue is ophthalmologist-tested, so it shouldn't sting or cause any issues if you get it in your eye.

STEP 4: Once it’s all over, and you can breathe again, curl and mascara your lashes.

To remove the lashes, simply tug the ends of the falsies to loosen them. If they don’t want to come off, add a few drops of oil or makeup remover to a cotton bud and swipe it along your lash line.

  • Do you wear fake lashes regularly?
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