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False Lashes 101: Tips to Applying, Removing, and Cleaning Your Lashes
January 12, 2022
One of the most important components of your face, besides your brows, is your lashes. So many brands focus on strengthening, lengthening, and stretching out your lashes for a reason. We all want fuller, more voluminous lashes but sometimes we need (or simply choose) to get a little help…wink wink.
Insert False Lashes…these lashes (called falsies, for short) come in a variety of styles and kinds. But for the sake of this post, lets just focus on your average lash. As easy as wearing fake lashes might seem, they do require proper care and the right application techniques. There’s nothing more horrifying than being caught with your lashes hanging off or more embarrassing than prematurely losing one (or both) altogether! Here are a few of my go to tips when I’m asked about application and cleaning.
Applying Your Falsies
Much like your skin needs to be prepped and primed for makeup, your lashes need to be prepped and primed for lashes. You are adding a weighted object to your natural lash hairs, after all.
1. My suggestion is to use a lash serum to strengthen your natural lash hairs and prevent them from falling out and to curl your lashes to create a little shelf for the lashes to sit on.
2. Take the false lash and measure it to your natural eye line. You do this by simply holding the lash close to your lash line and mentally note where it ends/overlaps with your own.
3. Cut the lash ends where they’re too long on each end, if necessary.
4. Add your adhesive. I don’t exactly have a favorite, but Duo and Kiss are my go-to’s. Apply a very thin line of adhesive to the lash band (not your eye!) and wait for it to dry down a bit or become a bit tacky.
5. Depending on your level of comfort, you can apply with your fingers or use tweezers. Starting from the outside and working your way inward, apply the lash band as close as possible to your natural lash line. One it’s settled you can use your fingers or a lash curler to blend your lashes and your falsie together to create a seamless blend.
Step back and admire your hard work. Look at you applying lashes by yourself! Yay sis! If it’s your first time they may feel kind of weird but if applied correctly they should not in any way feel uncomfortable. If so, check the corners because one or both ends may still be too long. An important thing to note as well is that although massive lashes seem to be “on trend” that doesn’t work for everyone. It’s not worth your comfort to walk around with lashes that may be too big for your eye shape.
Removing False Lashes
Pro-tip: Never pull or snatch your falsies off! That’s a sure way to lose a few of your own natural lash hairs.
1. Using a q-tip covered in your favorite oil or a makeup remover, rub along the lash band and it should slide off easily. If there’s any resistance, avoid snatching or pulling and just apply more oil or remover until it basically falls or slides off with ease.
Cleaning your False Lashes
You want to do this regularly to prevent bacteria and irritation from infecting your eye, but it also prolongs the life of your lashes. Most lashes with proper care (especially minks) can be worn 20+ times with the proper care.
1. If there’s any glue residue on the lash band gently peel it off. I actually find this step pretty satisfying, (ASMR fan here lol 😊).
2. Using makeup remover or a little bowl of warm water and gentle soap (or baby shampoo) or a combination of the above- use a q-tip and gently rub the lash band and lashes until all traces of residue is gone.
3. Lay them flat to dry or if you have a lash tray (like the one they came in or similar), you can reshape them to the lash tray to maintain the curl.
Appling lashes is pretty much trial and error until you find a way that works for you. If you’re a visual learner there are plenty of YouTube videos on the subject, but I hope this little walkthrough was somewhat helpful. Don’t be afraid to try new lash styles and lengths. You won’t know what you like until you try it. And remember, practice, practice, practice!
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