Throughout history we’ve been obsessed with accentuating the eyes and falsifying one’s lashes. So it’s easy to imagine finishing off an elegant cat-eye with gorgeous voluminous lashes. False lashes or more commonly known as “falsies” are a great way to achieve this look.
There are all kinds of falsies available from natural daytime looking lashes to more intense, thicker high fashion styles. However, before rushing out and buying a pair of falsies there are a few things to consider like your eye shape, lash style, tools and technique to use.
• A set of the right style of falsies
• Good quality lash glue (ie DUO Eyelash Adhesive, available in clear or dark tone)
• Cuticle scissors
Just like clothes – one style may suit one eye shape but may not flatter another and if you buy a style that needs too many alterations, you run the risk of over trimming your lashes and creating a look that will really disappoint you. To help you we have provided a guide to follow:
MEASURE The most important step before application is to measure the false strip against your natural lash line. If the strip extends beyond the outer corner of your eyes, snip off the end (outside) of the strip with small cuticle scissors so that it matches the length of your natural lash line.
BEND AND MOLD Always mold your falsies to the natural curve of your eye. To do this take the ends of your false strip and gently bend them towards each other to form a “C” shape. Hold for a few seconds so that the straightness is taken out of the strip. This helps keep the strip in place and avoids the ends lifting up after being glued to your eyelid.
LASH TRIM Falsies should be longer towards the outer corner of the eyes and the length of each lash should vary slightly to make them blend into your natural lashes. Avoid over trimming because you will distort the lash shape. Did you know that you can also divide strip lashes into clusters to make them easier to apply? Just remember to snip the ends off each section so they apply seamlessly. For individual lashes, trim the lashes so that they also vary in length, with the ones towards the outer corner of the eye being longer.
APPLICATION The general rule is that lashes should be the last thing you put on before you go out, and the first thing you take off when you get home. Always apply mascara before putting on falsies and allow it to completely dry and harden. This will provide a firm foundation to glue on your falsies. If you are doing your own makeup or trying falsies for the first time, it’s best to apply falsies after mascara but before shadow and eyeliner. This avoids getting glue all over your eyelids and clumping up the shadow and eyeliner. You can always remove any shadow fallout or dust from the false lashes with a cotton tip.
STRIP FALSE LASHES 1. Gently peel the lash off with a set of tweezers or fingertips
2. Squeeze a tiny amount of glue onto the back of your hand and run the strip along it. Avoid coating with too much glue.
3. Wait for a couple minutes until the glue is tacky on the lashes before applying to your lid. This helps the lash stick better.
4. With tweezers, place on lid and start pinching your natural lashes together with the false ones. Start from inside corners and work outwards. Lay as close to your natural lash line as possible so there isn’t a gap.
5. Hold down until the glue sets (30 seconds to a minute, or sometimes less depending upon the adhesive)
INDIVIDUAL CLUSTERS 1. Pick up the end cluster (outer edge of eyes) with tweezers.
2. Dip cluster sparingly into the glue. Allow the glue to get tacky.
3. Place cluster on your lid and squeeze against your natural lashes.
4. Repeat steps for next clusters but place each cluster apart from one another. This way you can fill in your lashes as full or natural as desired.
INDIVIDUAL LASHES 1. Pick up lash with tweezers and dip into a tiny amount of glue.
2. Gently blow on it before applying to lid.
3. Start at the outer edge of eyes, work your way in and end with the smallest size lashes to create a natural look.
To help the falsies bond to your natural lashes gently sweep a little mascara at the ends of your lashes while pressing your finger behind the false lashes. This will bond the falsies with your natural ones.
Use eyeliner to fill any gaps between the falsies and your natural lash line with eyeliner.
Always remove falsies and never sleep with them to avoid them pulling on your natural lashes.
Remove strip lashes by gently peeling them from the outer corner then inwards. To loosen the glue before peeling, place a warm washcloth over the lashes for a few minutes or use special remover that sometimes comes with lash kits. To help with dislodging particularly stubborn lashes dip a cotton bud in either vaseline or olive oil and gently work it into the area where the lash is stuck.
Soak the used eyelashes in warm soapy water to remove any residue of glue and makeup. Gently reform and air dry on a dry paper towel. It’s best to store the lashes in their original packaging, so they do not lose their shape. This will make them easier to reuse. We don’t recommend using the same lashes more than twice.