Falsies are someting a lot of girls I know avoid using because they are scared of ending up looking like a drag queen. Most of them also feel that it´s way too difficult and takes up a lot of time. The mistake a lot of girls make is to buy cheap and bad quality falsies and glue, or falsies with the wrong shape for their eyes. You can easily use falsies without anyone noticing, it´s all in the quality, length and shape you choose. If you are one of the sweeties that tend to avoid them after that one time when it all went wrong then you might want to reconsider. False eyelashes doesn´t nessessarily mean eyelashes up to your eyebrows you know. Try it out whenever you are home and have nothing to do. There´s nothing wrong with some everyday glamour ;)
Which brands are safe?
I´m not saying that all eyelashes you can buy cheap in superdrugs are bad, but a lot of them are. If you haven´t heard of Ardell lashes before you should definitely check them out! Ardell lashes are relatively cheap and are good quality. They have a lot of different shapes and lengths as well so it shouldn´t be a problem to get the right shape for YOU. Mac has a large variaty of lashes as well although these tend to be a bit more expensive and not as easy to apply as the Ardell lashes. If you are looking for something special you should check out Shu Uemura´s eyelashes as these are truly something else. Shu Uemura have both normal and exotic lashes.
False eyelashes that all have the same length will look more fake than the spikey/wispie ones. I prefer wispies as these blend in naturally with your own eyelashes and are a bit crossed like your own. If you are looking for a natural finish you should also stay away from the ones that are a lot longer in the outer corner. The spikey eyelashes also blend in quite naturally with your own lashes as long as they are not too long next to your own.
For natural looking lashes you should go just a little bit longer than your own. A key rule is basically the bigger your eyes, the longer lashes you can have. If you have very small eyes you should be careful with false eyelashes, but there are plenty made for you as well ;)
What eyelash adhesive to choose?
There is only one eyelash adhesive rocking my world and that is the famous Duo eyelash adhesive. It holds the lashes in place all night and comes easily off whenever you want it to without ripping out your own eyelashes. It´s even waterproof!
How to apply?
There are lots of different ways of applying false lashes, but I like to start with painting the band that the lashes stick to in black with a gel/liquid eyeliner. If it´s the first time you use this particular pair of lashes you should check if the length of the band fits your lashline, if not you should cut it so that it fits. Always cut it on the outer corners. Another great trick is to apply eyeliner just along the lashline before you apply the lashes to make sure you don´t get any empty space between the eye and the lashes.
Then I squeeze out some glue onto my hand and apply a thin line along the lash with a little bit extra on each end. I then wait approximately 30 seconds for the glue to become sticky. If you apply them when the glue is still too liquidy it will be more difficult as they will be more likely to move from where you want them to stay.
When the glue is sticky I pick up the lashes with a tweezer and start by applying them to the outer corner so that my outer corner meets the outer corner of the lashes to avoid the lash getting too close to the inner corner. When they are located where I want them I make sure that the whole band is straight and along the lash line and that none of the ends are loose. Wait a couple of minutes before applying mascara/eyeliner so that you are sure the glue is dry. Even though I´ve already painted the band black I always go over it once again with an eyeliner to make sure that the band is well hidden. Voilá :)
I get my Ardell lashes from Madame Madeline :)
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