In the world of makeup, fake eyelashes are like the cherry on top of the sundae. The look isn't complete without the right set of lashes to really make your eyes and the makeup pop. But unlike a cherry that you can easily plop over the top of your dessert, fake eyelashes are notoriously hard to apply. So hard in fact, that most people tend to just skip this step altogether to avoid all the drama that comes with them. But you'll never master lash application if you don't practice, right? So let's go over some of the most common issues you can have with falsies and how you can fix them.
You're getting glue everywhere.
There's nothing worse than having your perfectly blended eyeshadow getting globbed up with eyelash glue. So what could you be doing wrong?
One of the two most common issues is putting too much glue on the lash band. We get it. You want to make sure that those lashes actually stay on throughout the whole day so piling on the glue seems like a solid idea. But honestly less is more and a thin strip of glue along the whole band should be enough to get the job done.
The other most common issue is not letting the glue dry long enough before applying the falsies. You should wait 20-30 seconds after applying glue on the band to actually try sticking them on your lid. If you stick them on right after you've applied the glue, the glue will be too wet for the lash to set in place and it'll slide around on your eye causing that globby mess. Wait for the lash glue to feel tacky and then start the application. You'll find the lashes stay in place better without spreading glue everywhere.
Your natural lashes are getting tangled up with the falsies and glue.
Your natural lashes are getting tangled up with the falsies and glue
While the idea is to blend your natural lashes with the false ones, you don't want to actually glue them together. If you keep running into this issue, skip curling your lashes before applying them. If you have really straight lashes and can't skip this step altogether, experiment with how much you curl them and the placement of your lash curler on your lashes. Alternatively, apply mascara without curling them which can give just enough lift to your lashes.
The edges keep lifting
The edges keep lifting
The edges keep lifting.
The worst feeling is spending all that time to intricately place your lashes only to have them start lifting only a little while later. We've all been there at least once but if you're constantly facing this issue, then there are multiple things you can do to prevent it in the future.
For one, do the lashes fit your eye? Just like different body shapes require different sizes, so too do your eyes need specific sizing. If the lash band is too long, then it will constantly be hitting the corners of your eyes and sooner than later the glue will give out. So make sure to measure the lashes against your eye before applying glue and cut off any excess length from the outer (never the inner!) edge of the lash band.
If you have that covered, then make sure there's enough glue reaching the very edges of the band. You don't want to glob it on but you do want to make sure it's evenly spread to the edges.
You might be relieved to know that lash lifting may not be your fault at all. If you've done all of the above and still face issues, then the problem can have something to do with the curve of the lash just not working well with curve of your eye. Don't lose hope though. If you always have this problem, simply cut the lashes into three smaller sections. You'll line them up exactly as if it was one piece but being separated helps reduce the pulling and stretching of the band and can extend your wear time.
You barely see the lashes
You barely see the lashes
You barely see the lashes.
Imagine spending 30 minutes trying to put on false eyelashes only to see a subtle difference. Well if you don't have to imagine because this is your life every time you apply them, there's a solution. Instead of applying the lashes perpendicular to your face, apply them at an upwards angle. It's a small adjustment but believe us when we say it'll make a world of a difference.
You keep poking your eye.
You poke your eye and then it tears up and starts messing up the makeup you've already spent so much time to apply which only makes it harder to see what you're actually doing. Next time, adjust the angle of your mirror so that it sits below your head and you have to look down at it. This allows you to see what you're doing without fully closing your eye and reduces your chances of accidental poking.
The lash band is clearly visible.
Applying falsies at just the right spot requires a certain kind of precision. You need to find the sweet spot between literally sitting on your natural eyelashes and so far up that you se a gap between the falsie and your lash. It's easier said than done which is why eyeliner is such a useful tool. A dark eyeliner will help hide any visible gaps between your lash line and falsies. Even if you're going for a no eyeliner look, a thin line will help camouflage those gaps.
You also want to apply mascara after you've applied the false lashes so that you can further blend your natural ones in with the fake ones. At the end, use a lash applicator or tweezers to squeeze your falsies and natural lashes together after application.
And there you have it! With a little practice and our advice, you'll be fluttering some perfectly applied falsies in no time!