Sunday, October 21, 2012

How To Apply False Eyelashes


Hey everyone! As Halloween and holiday times start creeping up on us, the advent of many festive parties come to our attention as well. What will we wear? Gold or red sequins? Boots or heels?

One accessory that is fabulous at accenting our look and is perfect for the season is something you may not have thought of: false eyelashes!

Whether you are a novice and want to amp up that lion costume for Halloween, or you are a lash pro and are curious for tips you may not have thought of before, I wanted to share a bit of my knowledge of lashes that I've picked up over the years. I'll admit it, I'm lash obsessed!

Check out the vid below to get the low-down on lashes:



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Shisem "XOG특" lashes (similar Lioele 04 Cutie lashes)
Duo Darktone Adhesive
Cuticle Scissors
Darkness "VO" lashes (similar Luxe U1 lashes)
Etude House "Side End Long" lashes
Urban Decay "Black Velvet" Urbanlash lashes
Holika Holika "04" lashes

ON ME:
Zoya Blair nailpolish
Target tank
Forever 21 mint top (similar/similar)

Here are some basic tools that I find come in handy when applying lashes.


1. First, Duo Dark-tone glue is awesome for everyday use since the glue dries clear and the hold is strong but not too strong that it will pull out your lashes when you are removing them.

2. Cuticle scissors are awesome at cutting extra length off the outer end of lashes if they are too long for your eye shape.

3. A good waterproof liquid eyeliner is a MUST as a base to hide lashes and fix visible glue lines. I prefer matte eyeliners since it hides the lash band better. My favorite is this Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner which is a felt-tip pen type, making it very easy to control for beginners.

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To prepare the lashes for application, I measure the lash on my eyelids, then note how much extra length there is on the ends that need to be snipped. With most Asian lashes, I usually skip this step but different brands do make different lengths of lashes and not every lash will fit.


Apply glue by squeezing out just enough to make a small curve at the tip of the applicator. Then slide the lash band from one end to the other, adding a bit extra to each end so the lash corners won't lift.


After the glue gets tacky (about 10 seconds or so) place the lash as close to the lash line as possible. When applying, I like to place the inner corner first, then middle and end. When the lash is in place, I press each section (inner, middle, end) into the lash line and hold for about 5 seconds to assure the lash has good grip.


If you happen to have monolids and want your eye to look even more open, you can also draw your eyeliner a little thicker and apply the lash slightly above the lash line. This often results in forming a crease in the eyelid. It's a great trick to get variety in your makeup looks! This is from my Film & Photography makeup tutorial.



You can also use the full length of a lash to manipulate the length of your eyes as well, as I did here in my Princess Jasmine makeup tutorial, giving a more sexy, exotic look.


Whether you are applying makeup for a costume, special occasion, or just for everyday, lashes are a really amazing tool for enhancing a look. A photograph always looks better in a frame and the same is true for eyes. :)

I hope you found this tutorial informative! If there are any questions I haven't answered make sure you check out the video to see if I answered it there. Otherwise, definitely leave any tips or questions in the comments!

Have you worn false eyelashes? Do you wear them regularly or only for special occasions?





43 comments:

  1. Question - can you wear each pair of lashes more than once or are they a 1 time use thing?

    Thanks!

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    1. I use my lashes more than once until they're bent and crooked, as long as they're in good shape I think it's wasteful to throw it out

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    2. You can use them more than once, but I make sure to peel off any excess glue that's left on the lashes after removal. This way, they will last longer.

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  2. Hi Jen, what are the longer lasting glues that you've tried? I totally hate how when I wear lashes they start coming off and someone has to tell me, or i run around the whole day with them about to come off and people just don't want to tell me.

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    1. Darkness makes amazing lash glue. You have to pull them off at the end of the day to get them off. Great for swimming or late night partying! Here's a link: (it also comes in Black)
      http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-False-Eyelashes-Glue-Gel/dp/B002AER2FU/ref=pd_sim_bt_1

      yuni @ OBSESSED

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    2. ahhh! thank you!!! that link was helpful! do the glue that come with darkness lashes work the same??

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    3. I use a japanese brand called Koji. They make a super-black eyelash glue that I absolutely loooove. It's not grayish like Duo. They're about $6-7 each on sasa.com. Only downside is that they take a month to ship to you, so make sure you order like 3 of them!

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    4. I agree with Julie, Darkness has the longest lasting glue I've tried. Koji works amazingly well on some people but it holds weaker than Duo for me. If it gets wet at all it will lift. The regular clear type Darkness glue is awesome!

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  3. thanks for making this video! I have yet to get the hang of these. -_-

    http://shortandsweetjoy.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial! I rarely wear lashes often since I wear glasses, but do you think it'll be okay to wear lashes for us who wear glasses? I'm assuming short natural lashes are best?

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    1. For glasses, shorter or half-lashes will work best. I find that long lashes on the middle of the eye are what usually hit the lens but half lashes at the outer corners may work better.

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  5. Hi Jen! Thanks for the video on how to apply false lashes... I tried once and failed miserably. I was also wondering what you think of the One Dollar Eyelashes? I was thinking of ordering some of those, but wanted your opinion. Thanks!

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    1. I haven't tried their actual false lashes (I only got the case) but I've tried many kinds of 10-pair boxed lashes and they work fine, as long as you flex the band so it becomes softer and use cuticle scissors to snip any sharp edges. :)

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  6. Great tutorial!! :)

    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  7. I would love to wear false lashes more often, but they feel so strange on my eyelids! Like I have caterpillars on my eyes! Do you ever feel like that? Did it take a while for you to get used to them, or did they feel natural immediately?

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    1. They do feel weird at first! If I go a long time without wearing them, when I do it feels heavy and like I can "see" them hanging over my eyes but after 1 hour you get used to it and don't notice them. :)

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  8. If they start lifting, how do you reapply glue so that it doesn't get everywhere and become a mess?

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    1. Take the handle end of a very thin eyeliner brush (or any other blunt, thin stick) and roll the glue around the end's circumference in a very thin layer. Then roll it under the band of the lifted part of the lash. Make sure the glue is on the very end of the lash and press onto your lid for about 10 seconds. You should be good to go!

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  9. This was helpful! I love the idea of the tackle box, but the dollywink case looks too disorganized to use with more than one/two types of lashes. Do you ever use individual lashes? My eyes (which are super round and double lidded, but without being deep set) tend to get overwhelmed with full strip lashes.

    I would actually love a basics video of you removing your makeup! This might sound sort of stupid, but I can never get ALL of my eye makeup off and always end up waking up with a bit of gunk in my eyes, especially if I use eyeliner on my waterlines! It seems like makeup removers themselves sometimes end up in my eyes? I have no idea, but it would be amazing if you could show the reverse of what you do for us all the time!

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    1. I will definitely do this sometime! It's very highly requested so don't feel like it's just you. ;)

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  10. Hi Jen, thanks for the tips! They were super helpful :D But I was wondering, what do you do if you have quite a low brow line? Because then fake lashes reach up almost to your eyebrows, and it looks like you're wearing REALLY LONG, REALLY OBVIOUS drag queen-ish lashes. I thought of wearing lower lashes on top, or trimming normal lashes, but both look kinda weird. Any tricks you would use? Thanks! :)

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    1. Either try to find a very short pair of lashes and make sure they are glued pointing out instead of up, or you can try half-lashes that you just apply to the outer corner of your eyes. A third option takes a little more skill and risk, but you could also try gluing the lash to the underside of your real lashes so they only go up as far as your real ones do, so they look more natural.

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  11. I still struggle with the bands, I think I need to get lahes that have a finer ones so they're more flexible and easy to use. Also I'm allergic to latex so the glues that come in the sets are useless to me. I use kid's glue that is safe to eat and so far haven't had any issues. It's water soluble though, so it probably won't last through tears ^^ Thanks anyway for the tutorial, was helpfull xx

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    1. Revlon's lash glue is latex-free. :)

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  12. Hi Jen, love your blog and videos! I think it would be helpful for you to do a video or post on make-up "fixes" for when something goes wrong and you can't start over...some ideas: you put on too much blush, your lashes are lifting (thanks for the comment explaining that), you blended your eyeshadow too much and it looks muddy, you made your eyeliner too thick or crooked/uneven, etc. Just a thought. :)

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    1. That's a great idea! I'll add that to my list of future videos to do! :D

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    1. I think it was Dior Addict lipstick in Diorissme. Don't remember 100% though!

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  14. i love false lashes although i'm too lazy sometimes to apply them haha that's why i only use them for special events or if i really really want to. and Jen, you are sooo pretty ♥

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  15. hi jen! how do you suggest taking off the lashes? :)

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    1. Splash a bit of water or use eye makeup remover on a cotton pad and hold it over the lash until the glue loosens. Then gently lift the lash off.

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  16. Hi Jen-- I've gone through all manner of treatments for eyelashes: eyelash perms, getting individual mink eyelashes glued on by a professional, and cry baby semi-permanent mascara. My main beef with false lashes is that I feel like people can spot them from a mile away, it's too much of a hassle to incorporate into my daily routine, and I'm worried about hair loss as a result of my eyelashes begin repeatedly pulled out during removal of the false lashes. Latisse seems like an attractive option (grow out your own longer, fuller eyelashes) with some drawbacks (expensive, the effects wear off once you stop using the product). Is Latisse something you've considered using?

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    1. I've actually tried it before, but I personally didn't want to "review" on the blog because I have mixed feelings about it and didn't want to endorse either way. There are pros and cons: You do get long, natural lashes and don't need as much mascara or face makeup to have your eyes look nice. Bad for me was that I got dark under-eye circles, which I don't have naturally, that lasted for about a year after using it. It also made my eyes itchy and uncomfortable and I got sick of applying all the time. When you stop a lot of lashes also fall out so you need to wait another few months for new lashes to fully grow back in. It's really up to you on if you think the pros outweigh the cons!

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  17. Thanks for the tutorial!!! Very helpful!!! Love the earrings! Where are they from?

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  18. Do you put the shorter end of the lashes on the inner or outer corner of your eyes? Thanks! :)

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    1. Shorter end should go on the inner corner of the eyes and longer should be at the outer corner. Think of cat eyes and winged eyeliner. It's always thicker at the outer corners!

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  19. Hi Jen, great tutorial! Can you please do a tutorial on properly removing lashes and how you clean and maintain old lashes?

    Thanks!

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    1. I will do that on a future blog post for sure!

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  20. A problem that I have is fixing the lashes while they're still on my eye. Like one side needs more glue and I'm too lazy to take it all off and start over again xD
    And when I need a touch up, do I have to take it off and just reapply it on?

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  21. Hey Jen! I apologize if you've answered this already, but can you list some of your favorite lash brands/styles? I've been looking for lashes to wear for photos that fall somewhere in between everyday-subtle and clubbing-dramatic, but are still comfortable to wear. I own a lot of Ardell lashes but none of them seem to really fit in the range that I'm looking for. Thanks!

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  22. I still have a hard time applying falsies and wasted 3 pairs already :(

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  23. When people ask you really silly or painfully obvious questions how do you keep from saying what you REALLY want to say ? You are always so polite and friendly but you have to be rolling your eyes to yourself sometimes and thinking.."are you kidding me ? Am I being punked here?" because there are some really dumb questions being posted on these blogs sometimes. I'm not naming names or anything but you know what I mean. You have the patience of a saint.

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