Hemingway once said, “I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky…”
Wait, that was — my bad! Sorry, I was thinking of someone else.
Forget the quote, but the sentiment still stands when it comes to applying false lashes. Believe you can do it (“I can fly!”) and do it boldly, and with great verve.
Otherwise, you might picture yourself accidentally gluing your eyes shut, and freak yourself out!
If you think you might wear false lashes with your Halloween look and don’t have a lot of practice with fake fringe, try this little trick on for size: practice putting on your lashes without the glue first…
I’m totally serious!
It’s a great way to practice and build up that muscle memory. Just keep repeating the motion, over and over, until you get a feel for how to hold your hands and the tweezers, and where to place the lashes.
It might also help to run through it a few times while sitting, and then while standing, because one way may be easier for you than the other (I prefer to stand).
Okay, are you ready for some practice?
Pick up your falsies (sans glue) with a pair of tweezers, look down into a mirror, and gently place the false lashes directly on top of your real ones…
The ends of the false lashes may splay out here, and if they do, tuck the outer and inner corners into place with your tweezers…
Next, gently pinch your real lashes into your false ones.
There! Just a quick practice run (repeat it as many times as you need to).
Once you feel ready to “go live” with real glue, also known as starting your journey to the center of the universe of crazy-@ss false lashes (LOL!), snap a Q-tip in half, grab your lashes, tweezers and your lash glue, and ROAR AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS!!!
Okay, that last bit was optional.
Apply a drop or two of glue to the back of your hand, dip one of the broken ends of the Q-tip (not the tips with the cotton swab) into the glue, and use it to carefully apply the glue along the lash strip.
NOTE: I think it helps to already be holding the lashes with your tweezers at this point.
It takes about a minute for the glue to set/get sticky, so just chill out for a bit…
Now, do your thang!
When the glue turns clear, it should be dry.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out great the first time. After all, that’s what practice is for.
Because those false lash strips are usually white, you’ll want to cover them up with something. After the glue dries, darken the strip by running a bit of liner or eyeshadow on top of it with your favorite eyeliner brush.
Tada! Sometimes I also like to apply a coat of mascara at the end to blend my real lashes in with the false ones.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,