If you really want to make your eyes pop, sometimes just mascara isn’t enough. Fake eyelashes are the perfect solution for lush, long lashes, but there’s just one problem: they’re much more difficult to apply than mascara. If you’re new to fake eyelashes do some research before you buy to figure out the right kind of fake eyelashes for you. If you currently use fake eyelashes, there may be some tricks you don’t know about to prolong their life.
Choose eyelashes based on the shape of your eye
If you have smaller eyes, choose lashes that are thicker, especially in the outer corners. They will really open up your eyes and add length. If you have wide eyes with minimal creasing, choose lashes that are most dramatic in the center. If you have deep set eyes look for extra-long lashes that will lengthen the shape of your eyes. Make sure your fake lashes are the correct length before applying by sizing them to your eyes, and trimming off any excess length with nail scissors (or any small scissors).
Application should be the last step of your makeup routine
Applying eye shadow and/or liner will become much more difficult if your fake eyelashes are already on. Wait until you’re happy with your base makeup before applying your falsies. That being said, you may need to apply a light coat of liquid eyeliner to hide any visible residue.
Fake eyelashes are reusable
You can get more bang for your buck with multiple uses, as long as you’re careful. Gently use tweezers to remove any excess glue when you’re taking them off and store them in their original case. If you’ve applied mascara to the lashes, make sure to remove it before putting them away.
Don’t touch them once they’re on
Leave them be after they’ve been applied. The more you touch them, the more likely they are to fall off (and the harder they will be to reuse).
Avoid contact with water
Fake eyelashes are not waterproof, so leave them at home if you know you’ll be around water (the pool, the beach, etc). This also means they aren’t tearproof. While this is something you can’t control, if you feel like you might have an emotional day it’s probably best to leave them off.
Give them some curves
You can manipulate the shape of your fake eyelashes a bit by bending them into a c-shape before application. This will soften them up and give them a more natural shape, plus they’ll be easier to apply!
Some glues contain latex
If you’re allergic to latex, make sure to read the ingredients before purchasing your glue to avoid allergic reactions.
Practice makes perfect
Fake eyelashes can be hard to apply the first few times, but keep on practicing and you’ll be a pro in no time. No one gets it perfect at first!