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