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Faux Eyelashes are fun! But they can be tricky to apply if you have never tried to before. The following steps will walk you through perfect lash application, so you can glam it up whenever you feel like it.
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Step 1: The Stuff

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When I apply false lashes, I use the following products:
  • faux strip lashes
  • DUO lash adhesive
  • liquid eyeliner
  • powdered eye make-up
  • mascara
  • tweezers
  • small scissor
  • cotton swabs (not pictured)
Helpful Hint:

For this Instructable I used the DUO clear adhesive, so that you could see it better in the photographs. I recommend using their dark adhesive, it blends more effortlessly into your natural lash line.

Step 2: Fit and Bend the Lashes

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Often, your eye's shape will not be as long as the lashes you are trying to apply, it is important to trim them to fit your lash-line. If you have overhanging ends, they will begin to (painfully) peel up. Can you imagine how it may look to have your false lash falling off at your next party?

To fit Jessy's face, we fit the lash, and then trimmed about a 1/4" off each lash.

After we trimmed them, we curled each lash into itself using the strip adhesive that holds it to the plastic. I would let them set this way for about five minutes.....

Take this time to apply make up. Which brings us to.....

Step 3: Makeup!

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I like to keep a pretty natural look. We brushed Jessy's whole eye with a nude town, and then ran a little bit of dark copper into the creases of her eyelids.

To help mask the look of the lash strip, I like to use a liquid liner to create a bold line along the eyelid's edge. Let it dry, and use a little bit of eye shadow on a cotton swab to blend it all in.
Duo makes a glue that dries black. Makes mistakes harder to notice and of course blends in perfect with liner!
bccara2 years ago
An idea-years ago my stepmom (who was a high-fashion model for Bergdorf Goodman in New York in the early 40's) told me to apply the eyelashes backwards switching right and left eyes! It does look better...at least on my eyes. And this technique is used where the right and left sides of the lashes do not have a large difference!
Thanks for posting! I wear falsies a lot but I always goof them up some how. I will try this method next time. I guess its all about being patient.
kalimo2 years ago
Is there a specific reason to use waterproof mascara instead of regular mascara?

And whats the best way to remove the falsies? Is it possible to reuse false eyelashes or are they a one-time thing?
audreyobscura (author)  kalimo2 years ago
I have re-used strip lashes up to 3 times....after that they kind of start to fall apart. I use baby oil to remove the lashes, but there is also a specific kind of lash adhesive removal you could purchase.

I use waterproof mascara because if I stick anything near my eye, it instantly starts to tear up.
Lovely! I never had the courage to apply fake eyelashes, but they look great!
I can't stop laughing at my mascara face, that is a mess, ahahah
Very fancy :)
Could you add an addendum about not leaving small piles of eyelashes around in peoples houses. It's creepy...