How to Apply False Eyelashes and Fake a Fabulous Fringe

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

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!

mac 33 lash

MAC 33 False Lashes, my favorite for natural-with-a-kick eye looks!

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…

how to apply false lashes tutorial

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…

how to apply false lashes tutorial

Next, gently pinch your real lashes into your false ones.

how to apply false lashes tutorial

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.

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Wearing Revlon Fantasy Lengths Eyelashes in 91003 Flirty

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,



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  1. I can’t stop staring at your pics. I think you look kinda’ awesome with the blue hair!
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  2. Teri says:

    Karen, you look fab! I really love your tips and tricks, it really makes sense. For me the biggste change and help with fake lashes was using tweezers. I used to just use my fingers, but tweezers make such a huge difference!
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  3. KhaliaNicole says:

    And she sits here going, “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” A ‘Dry’ practice run makes total sense! Thanks for the tip!
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  5. Ana says:

    Those lashes are fab!
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  6. Marla says:

    Wow, the blue hair with the pink eyeshadow and lipstick really looks amazing!

  7. What a fun explanation, hehe 🙂 And you actually rock the blue do! 😀

    I have a question, though. Whenever I apply false lashes on someone else, I let them look down so that their eyes are not completely closed. But people blink, ofcourse, and often a couple of blinks is enough to make them end up with lashes that are glued together. Do you happen to have a great tip to prevent that from happening?! I’ve been doing it forever now, and I still end up temporarily blinding my victims sometimes… 🙂
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  8. Jennifer says:

    I still don’t think I could do that for myself!

  9. Lulle says:

    I definitely need to practice! I own several pairs of gorgeous faux lashes, but I’m a little scared and I’ve never dared to try them on…
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  10. I’d never thought of practicing putting lashes on without glue just to train my muscle memory. Clever! I’ll be trying that as I’m a novice with false eyelashes.
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  11. Phyrra says:

    You look great! I love the blue wig.
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  12. Nina says:

    So cool, thanks! I definitely need the practice!

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