An easy false eyelashes tutorial
Looking for an easy false eyelashes tutorial? Whether you want a luscious, natural look or attention-grabbing glamour, wearing a set of false lashes can instantly enhance your peepers. Here, top make-up artist Kerry September shares her foolproof false lashes tutorial. Keep this one up your sleeve to step your lashes up a gear – or two!
A little bit of groundwork will make all the difference when trying to achieve full, voluptuous lashes. Those in the beauty know call this stage ‘plumping out’ the lashes. Start by curling your eyelashes or, if you have weak, sparse or missing lashes, jump straight to using It Cosmetics Tightline Mascara (£19, selfridges.com) instead of curling. This product lays down black pigment along the entire lash line, helping to fill in and conceal any gaps.
OPTION A: Individuals
Achieve a natural, luscious effect with a few well-placed individual lashes. Sometimes perceived as tricky to do, there is a knack to getting them in the right place. Start by looking down into a hand-held mirror, then use a pair of tweezers to pick up each lash. Lightly dip the bottom in the glue and place them on top of and at the base of your own lashes. Make sure they are glued to your lashes (never the eyelid) and only use a maximum of four lashes.
OPTION B: Full lashes
Using a strip of full lashes is a great way to get the wow factor. The most important thing is choosing the correct lashes. Opt for a set that looks natural so they realistically enhance your own. We love these natural lashes – Lash Unlimited #17 in Brown (£3.49, lashunlimited.com). Made from human hair, they’re less likely to irritate eyes than synthetic fibres. To apply, trim the false lashes so they fit your eye. Next, run a little glue along the base of the strip and use a pair of tweezers to place the lash at the bottom of your own lash line. To finish, gently close your eye and wait five minutes for the glue to dry before tackling the other eye.
Glue and undo
We recommend using Duo Adhesive (£5.99, boots.com) as this is usually gentler then the glue included with eyelash sets. To remove lashes safely and without damage to your natural lashes, use a small amount of an oil-based make-up remover, small dot of coconut oil or Vaseline along the lash line to loosen the glue and then gently lift away the lashes. If there is any resistance when you try to remove the lashes, apply more remover and wait for 30 seconds before trying again. Then continue with your usual skin cleansing routine.