Even while we love our mascara, a little faux volume, length, and curl is always a plus! False eyelashes, or falsies, are fake lashes you add to your existing ones to the give the impression that you have more than you actually do.
The problem with them, though, is that they can potentially cause you to take too long to leave the house, or ruin your look if they fall off mid-way through the day – all because you applied them wrongly!
We believe in getting to root of all your beauty problems, so here are nine reasons why you just can’t apply your false eyelashes right to save your life. And of course, tips on how to get it on point, all the time.
1. You remove your false lashes from the case by the inner edge of the strips
It all starts with how you remove those false eyelash strips from their case! Peeling them out by the inner edges (the ends that are facing each other) risks damaging the ends you want to keep, whereas the outer edges will be trimmed off anyway. Always handle your falsies by the outer edges.
2. You don’t trim the ends
More often than not, false eyelash strips are a little too long for the length of your eyes. They’re usually designed to be longer than normal eyes so that you can trim them down to the right length. If you were to just stick them on full-sized, chances are you’re going to have excess faux lash hanging off the outer edges of your eyes. Measure them against your real lashes then trim off the excess to make your faux lashes fit right in! You can even trim them shorter to make them look more natural.
3. You use your false lashes without ensuring they are curvy enough
Making your strips of false lashes extra curvy is a sure way to prevent the ends from annoyingly popping up when we stick them to our eyelids. Just let the veins of the eyelash strips sit curved around the rod of the makeup brush, a pencil, or around your finger for a while before you use them; this way, they would obediently stay attached to the curve of your eyelids!
4. You don’t curl your real lashes before you apply your false ones
False eyelashes are meant to enhance our existing lashes, and therefore, are usually more curled than our real lashes. Without curling our real lashes prior to sticking on false ones, especially if our lashes are droopy or straight (or both!), your falsies would look awkwardly detached from your eyelashes.
5. You skip applying mascara
Even with the extra volume and density your falsies add to your real lashes, the two will need to come together as one to seal the the realness of look! Mascara acts as the “adhesive” that literally gels your real lashes and your false ones together. You can either brush on mascara before or after you apply your falsies – just remember to wait till the glue is completely dry!
6. You use too much glue
Eyelash glue is best applied minimally so that a) it wouldn’t take too long to dry, b) it wouldn’t stick to your fingers, and c) removal wouldn’t be a pain (literally). The glue could either be dotted along the vein of the strip using the tip of a bobby pin or transferred onto the vein of the eyelash strip from the back of your hand. These two methods will ensure that you don’t over-apply the glue, compared to if you had applied it directly.
7. You apply a uniform amount of glue to the vein of the eyelash strip
We struggle the most with getting the ends of our false eyelashes to stay stuck to our lash line, as they pop out of place easily. So, it makes sense to give the ends a little extra glue to strengthen the adhesion! Even if you’ve already stuck the strips on and the ends are detaching themselves from your eyelids, just use a bobby pin to add another dot of glue on those annoying ends, then press them down again.
8. You stick your false lashes on immediately after applying glue to them
Glue is not stickier when wet! It’s actually stickier when left to dry for close to a minute before you stick your false lashes on! But, if you’re in a hurry, you can blow on the glue to make it dry faster.
9. You stick your false lashes above your lash line.
This hack will make false eyelashes look more natural and feel more comfortable on your eyes! Sticking your false eyelashes under your lash line, as opposed to above your lash line, ensures that they stay attached longer, feel barely-there, and blend in nicely with your real lashes!