How to Apply False Eyelashes


Applying false eyelashes can be such a b*tch sometimes. The right application can make or break your makeup. With either strip or individual false eyelashes, you can make your eyes look bigger, fuller and more dramatic. But if you don’t know the first thing about applying false eyelashes, take a seat because we’re about to teach you how to get your falsies on the easy way.

Watch the video below, then keep scrolling for the step-by-step guide.

First off, you want to identify the shape of your eyes. This is important because the more you know about your eye makeup, the easier it will be to choose falsies that suit you.


Next, it’s time to choose the style or type of lashes that suit you. There are tons to choose from and the right choice depends on both your eye shape and your makeup look. Individual lashes will give you the most natural look. They take longer to apply, so we wouldn’t recommend them for beginners. Full strip lashes will give you the greatest range of wear and are the most common. They’re the easiest to use, but do not look as natural as their individual counterparts. Demi strip lashes, also called “half size” lashes are mostly applied on the outer half of your lash line. You can cut full strip lashes to create demi lashes.



Once you’ve chosen the type of eyelashes you’ll be using, you’re going to need eyelash adhesive. We recommend beginners use a lash glue that starts out white then dries transparent. Darker lash glues tend to mess with your eye makeup if you don’t get it right. DUO Eyelash Adhesive in Clear is the most favorite among reviewers and is also budget friendly.


Now that you know the basics and they’re importance, let’s get right into how to apply false eyelashes.

Step 1. Before you remove the lashes from their box, apply a matte black eyeshadow on the strip to make it seamless and more natural looking. Then when you take it off, always peel from the outer edge–always!

Step 2. Measure the lashes by resting it on your lash line to see if it needs to be trimmed. If so, trim the outside edge. Don’t cut through the lashes, always cut it at the “vein”. To prevent lashes from popping off, curl them around your finger or on a spoolie. This will help the lashes regain their curves since being in a box can sometimes flatten them out.

Step 3. Apply the right amount of lash glue–not too thin, but not too thick either. Run the tip of your glue on the strip and apply more glue on the inner and outer edges to secure it. Wait for the glue to get tacky before you apply it to your lash line. Avoid blowing on the glue for hygienic reasons.

Step 4. Look down, past your nose when you put on the lashes. This will give you a better view of your lash line and ensure your application is as smooth as can be. I like to place the lashes on the center first then fix the inner and outer corners above the natural lash line to cheat some lift and have the illusion of bigger eyes.

Step 5. You can apply a black gel or liquid liner on the strip to ensure no bits of glue or false eyelash show. Apply a second coat of mascara to bring your natural lashes and false ones together. You can also use an eyelash curler to prevent them from drooping.

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