Full Strip False Lash Tutorial

I was asked by the delightful StyleOnTheCouch to put together a quick false lash tutorial in honour of the festive season, so here is it!

I enjoy wearing full strip lashes, but depending on the type that you buy they can be difficult to put on and rather obvious on the eye. The Princess Lee lashes (in Cross 7 Black, reviewed here and available here) in this tutorial are still the most natural full strip lashes I’ve found to date. I find MAC #7 too uniform and fake-looking, Ardell Wipsies too full on, Ardell #117 even more full on that that, Red Cherry the most fake-looking of them all, and so on. Of course, it depends what look you’re going for, but personally I’m not a fan of  Kim K lashes at all; I like false lashes to add drama without going over the top. For me that means looking for a full strip lash that has:

- a very flexible band to help it stay glued throughout the night, and add comfort;

- a criss-cross, ‘messy’ arrangement of lashes that more closely mimics real lashes;

- lashes that are smaller at the inner corner and longer at the outer, to give a ‘cat eye’ effect. I find that the ones that are longer in the middle look terribly fake, and are usually so big they almost reach my eyebrow!

-nothing too plastic or shiny looking.

False lashes are great for glasses wearers like me when you need a bit more definition around the eye, and look fantastic in photographs.

So, this is the way I apply them.

First, apply your eyeshadow and curl your lashes.

Apply one coat of mascara to hold the curl. This will give you a ‘guide’ for the rest of the look, and ensure that you are ready to curl your lashes with a heated curler later.

Choose your lashes.

I love Duo Lash Glue in either the clear or black formulations, but unfortunately I’m allergic to it; it makes my eyes go red in about five minutes.

Fortunately, it seems that pretty much every other lash glue on the market is latex-free, so I’m using Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive that I picked up from Priceline. Latex-free lash glues are not as comfortable as the Duo glue as they don’t have the extra cushioning provided by the latex. However, in terms of actually sticking the lash down, this latex-free version seems to work fine.

Paint on your liner. Here I’ve gone for winged liner with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (tutorial here).

Curl your lashes with your heated curler, concentrating on getting heat to the base of the lashes.

Apply your second coat of mascara to hold the curl.

Grab your strip lash. In this case I’m using my beloved Princess Lee Cross 7 Black.

Check that the lash isn’t too long for your eye. If it is too long, trim some of the longest lashes from the outer edge of the lash.

These fit with no problem on my eye.

Apply the lash glue, adding an extra glob to the inner and outer corners where the lash is most likely to lift. Wait about 20 seconds for the lash glue to begin to dry.

Apply your lash.

Start by applying the lash as close and you can to the base of your own lashes.

Adjust the lash so that it’s not too far to the right or left, and the whole strip lash is as close to the root of your lashes as possible.

Don’t panic! Take your time, and if it doesn’t work, just take it off, apply some more glue, wait 20 seconds, and try again.

Some like to adjust lashes with tweezers, but I prefer to use my fingers.

You can see that the glue is still visible because it is wet. When it dries, it will become clear.

Lashes on.

Quick comparison between eyes: lashed and non-lashed.

Apply lashes to your other eye.

Make sure both lash strips are on the same angle. You don’t want one facing skyward and the other facing dead ahead.

Both lashes applied.

Get your heated lash curler and ensure that your lashes have combined with the false lashes.

Apply one last layer of mascara to fuse your natural lashes with the false ones. I only apply mascara to the bottom third of the lashes as a I like to reuse my false lashes, and I find the heated curler helps everything fuse well anyway.

Apply the rest of your makeup.

Done!

Here’s a quick comaprison between a photograph WITH false lashes:

And one without:

In real life the difference would not be so pronounced, but if you’re being photographed false lashes give great definition to the eye area.

The Princess Lee lashes also don’t look too much when you look down, which is when over the top lashes start to look a bit drag queen-ish.

They also look great behind specs, and don’t touch the lenses at all.

And there you have it!

 

 

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13 Responses to Full Strip False Lash Tutorial

  1. Leira Yann says:

    Great tutorial. I prefer using my finger to adjust too. The princess lee cross 7 looks great on your eyes. :)

  2. Charlie says:

    Brilliant! You couldn’t have timed this post more perfectly. Am going to a party tomorrow and I want to wear lashes, have been trying to get them on and failing terribly but will try again now using your tips! Thank you!

  3. Gosh, you’re right – those look really natural! Love the tutorial. I’m always messing up my fake lashes. Glue inevitably ends up everywhere…

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Leira Yes! I find tweezers too fiddly. Thankyou! :)

  5. Dempeaux says:

    @Charlie That’s so great! I hope you get on well with your false lash application, and I hope you have a great time at the party :)

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Clare Thankyou – they’re my favs! Yes, applying lashes takes calm and patience ;)

  7. Sarah thank you so much for blogging this! I think I am making too mistakes when I try this on my own – panic-ing when I don’t get the lashes in place the first time, and the step where you use the heated curlers the second time and apply mascara to your false lashes. I really do love this look for a night where you know there are going to be a lot of photos and you want your make-up to stand out more. I’ll report back how I go with my own attempts! Thank yoooou!

    http://www.styleonthecouch.com

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch No problem! Let me know how you get on! :D

  9. Mairyn Blainey says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I am a newbie with falsies so this is very helpful!
    Which heated lash curler do you use? I bought a Manicare one from Priceline a year or so ago, and it did virtually nothing for me.

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Mairyn No problem! When I first bought this heated lash curler it didn’t do anything for me either, but I discovered after reading Jen’s post it’s all in the technique! Check it out here http://myfunnyvalentineblog.com/2011/10/reviewed-eyecurl-ii-heated-eyelash-curler.html

    I find lash curlers are all pretty similar, but the technqiue is key! :)

  11. Mairyn Blainey says:

    Thanks! Am currently reading aforementioned page.. :)

  12. Aly says:

    ~ Thanks for your wonderful post! YOU look gorgeous….
    I love all articles about eyelashes, mascara, as I have really straight lashes and when properly curled makes my eyes look bigger, amazing and gorgeous..

    I so love sharing with others about great products.~ The best ever“ heated eyelash curler I have ever found is the Hot Lashes eyelash curler, makeup Artist kit. Loved the reviews on Amazon and was impressed. There is also a site of the same name Hot Lashes.

    This curler is exactly like the Shu Uemura curler with a 24K gold plated curler and this small heater base. Keeps my lashes curling till the next day. and my eyes really pop… Happy New 2012…HTH~

  13. Dempeaux says:

    @Aly Thankyou so much!! Thankyou very much for the recommendations too – I’ll be checking them out! :) Happy New Year!!

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