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How to Apply (and Remove) False Eyelashes Safely - Updated

How to Apply (and Remove) False Eyelashes Safely - Updated

Eyelashes make one of the biggest impacts on our overall look, hence all the cosmetics and serums that are made to lengthen, plump, and volumize our lashes. False lashes make our eyes look bigger, more flirtatious and command a lot of attention! Though cosmetics are effective at accentuating lashes, they still fall short in comparison to the dramatic effect that false lashes can offer. Once you experience the vivid effect of that extra length and volume, it'll be difficult to be satisfied with your typical makeup routine.

As effortless as wearing fake lashes might seem, they do require proper care and the right application techniques. You do not want to be caught with a loose eyelash or with only one hanging on at the end of the night. But rest assured, rogue false lashes are easily avoided with accurate application and shouldn’t be much of a concern. Below is our complete guide on how to use and care for your lashes from A-Z!

Applying Your False Lashes

There are numerous kinds of lashes available, which cater to different desired looks. Whether you’re looking for something subtle and natural, dramatic and bold, or something fit for dressing up in costume, the right false lashes exist for your needs and may have different application techniques. Don't be scared - it can take some practice to get right, but practice makes perfect.

Step #1: Curl your natural lashes

To create a shelf for your falsies to sit on, curl your natural lashes and apply mascara which will help support their weight.

Step #2: Cut the falsies to fit

Cut your false lashes to perfectly fit your eyelid. You can also divide them up into smaller pieces or thin them out to create a more natural, less chunky look. Another tip is to bend them into a C shape for a few moments to help curve them into a natural eyelid shape.

Step #3: Add your adhesive

Make sure to use a good quality adhesive, as the kind that sometimes comes with your lashes might not be best. Duo adhesive is makeup artist staple! You’ll want to trace a very fine line on each of the lash bands with the adhesive, not apply it to your eyelids. For a more sanitary and even application, do not apply the glue straight from the tube to the lash (especially if re-using lashes); apply a dot of glue to the end of a cleaned brush handle and apply to the lashes. Do Wait a few moments for the adhesive to dry and become a bit tacky before applying. Even if your lashes come with some adhesive already on them, always apply your own; the adhesive is usually only meant for the lashes to stick to the packaging.

Step #4: Stick them on

For better placement and safety, use your fingers to apply your falsies, unless you are more comfortable with tweezers. You’ll want to start by placing the lash from the outer corner first, keeping it as close as possible to the lash line. You can try creating a cat-eye effect by placing the outer extension slightly above your natural lash line.

Step: #5 Touch it up

To help blend everything together, you can take a soft eyeliner brush and press a thin line of black matte eyeshadow onto where your lashes meet your eyes and add eyeliner if necessary. You may also want to press the falsies with your fingertips into your own lashes to create a single layer, so they will move as one and look more natural.

Removing False Lashes With Care

Your false lashes should be removed before beginning your makeup removal routine. You can soften the adhesive with a q-tip or cotton swab soaked in a good quality makeup remover, such as Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover or RCMA Adklen Adhesive Remover.

You can also use your favorite oil such as coconut or sweet almond oil. Run your swab along the lash line. Then, grab the extension by the outer corner and slowly peel the strip away from your real lash. If you feel any pinching or resistance, then apply more oil or makeup remover and wait a little longer before trying again.

Fake Lash Hygiene

It is recommended that you clean your lash extensions to help keep bacteria away from your eye that could cause redness and agitation. You can also prolong the life of your lashes by cleaning them.

Step #1: Peel off the glue residue

If you look closely enough, you'll see the remaining strip of adhesive stuck on the base of your lash extensions. You'll want to peel the remaining off so it’s ready to be re-glued during their next use.

Step #2: Create a cleaning solution

Fill a small bowl or sink with warm water and a little bit of soap. You can also add liquid makeup remover

Step #3: Clean the lashes

Submerge your false lashes into your water/cleaning solution and GENTLY rub them to dissolve mascara and other makeup.

Step #4: Let them dry

Check the lashes for any remaining residue, and then set them in a clean place to dry. If you're in a hurry, you can also pat them dry.

If you neglect to clean your lashes, you'll have a hard time reapplying them next time and soon you'll have false lashes caked in makeup. By keeping them nice and clean, you'll get more uses out of them in the long run and keep your eyes safe and bacteria-free!

Now that you know what’s involved in the application, removal, and cleaning process of false lashes, you can see that using them isn't so intimidating. We recommend starting off with a more flexible clear band (like those on D-Wispys, for example) and working your way up to a thicker band (most commonly used with more voluminous or Mink lashes).The first couple of times you try, you may fumble a bit while putting them on, but getting a good brand like Stilazzi, Velour, or Flutter Mink lashes will help make it easier. Have fun trying out all kinds of different lashes to achieve your signature look!

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