I really wish I had included false eyelashes in my wedding day makeup repertoire. With all of the other beauty decisions I had to make…the thought, quite frankly, never crossed my mind. I recently attended the wedding of a close friend and discovered what a difference fake eyelashes can make in a bride’s appearance. My friend is truly beautiful without a stitch of makeup…and I’m not just saying that…but her lashes totally pulled the look together. They not only emphasized her best features, but made her eyes POP! She had a makeup artist apply the lashes for her, but most beauty experts will tell you that it’s pretty easy to apply false eyelashes yourself if you have the right products and a little patience. So, if you want to simply accentuate what good ol’ mother nature gave you, consider wearing faux lashes on your big day. Of course there is a right and wrong way of going about almost anything, fake lashes included, so you will want to brush up on the basics before rushing out to the nearest mall. Or, you might risk looking like a giant tarantula (like the chicky poo in the photo below). Yikes! Read on for some helpful tips…
Wedding Day Makeup Tips for Using False Eyelashes
Most falsies come in two versions – a full strip or individual flares. Single flares create a natural-looking lash, while the full strip creates a more dramatic look. If you have shorter lashes, it is recommended that you use the short-medium length flares; however, if you have long but sparse lashes, you should go with a longer length. A great trick to make your eyes appear bigger is to apply a couple of flares in the center of the lashes and top off with a coat of mascara. Look for curved lashes set on a colored strip, not a clear one. The clear strips require a coating of liquid liner to hide the strips and adhesive. For professional quality eyelashes, experts suggest the following brands: Shu Uemura, NYX and MAC. Once you have decided on a specific brand and type of false eyelashes, you will need to know how to apply them, yes? Here goes…
Step One – Measure
The most important thing to remember when using any eyelash strip is to make sure it fits your eye. Fake eyelashes come in standard sizes, but everyone has different sized eyes, therefore, your new false eyelashes may not be the ideal size for you. Always hold the false eyelashes up to your natural lashes and compare sizes. Often, the lashes will need to be trimmed. If there is any part of the false eyelash that extends beyond your natural lash, trim it off with a sharp pair of cosmetic scissors.
Step Two – Apply Glue
Although most tubes of eyelash glue have contoured tips, you can actually achieve better glue coverage by applying the glue with a toothpick. Warning: some eyelash adhesives contain Latex, so if you are allergic, stay away from this type of adhesive glue.
1. Squeeze a bit of glue onto a spare piece of cardboard or paper
2. Dip the toothpick into the glue
3. Run the toothpick along the edge of the false eyelash, applying a thin, even layer
Step Three – Apply Eyelashes
Eyelash glue is white when it is wet and turns clear as it dries. When you see that the glue has begun to change from white to clear, it is time to apply the fake eyelashes.
1. Pick up the lashes with your fingers, or a pair of tweezers if you can’t get a decent grip
2. Line up the false eyelashes with your natural lashes
3. Gently press the false eyelashes against your eyelid, as close to your natural lashes as possible
4. Use two fingertips to press the corners of the fake eyelashes against your eyelid and then hold them there for a few seconds (Please note: if you don’t line up the lashes correctly, simply remove them and try again. Wait until the glue has dried, peel it from the false lashes and then apply the glue and eyelashes again)
Step Four – Apply Mascara
To make the false eyelashes look more natural, you can blend them into your natural lashes by applying a coat of mascara to both sets of lashes. Unless you are using colored false eyelashes, obviously.
As you can see, the steps for applying fake eyelashes are fairly simple, but it will take you a few tries to get completely comfortable. So give yourself plenty of time to practice not only applying the lashes, but wearing them as well.
And for all of you visual learners out there, like me, check out the great video tutorial below. Simply click on the link to launch it!
Don’t have the time or patience to apply your own fake eyelashes?
If the DIY route doesn’t work for you there is another option: professionally applied lash extensions. Extensions are ideal for anyone who wants alluring lashes 24/7, although I must tell you…they are a little pricey. On the plus side, they look and feel natural, last for months and fall out naturally with your own lashes. Sound appealing? Xtreme Lashes is one of the most popular extension brands and you can find a list of certified professionals near you on their website.