The number one make-up related question I get, is how to put on false eyelashes. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, and know a few tricks to make it easier, you’ll have no problem applying them. I have little lashes, so I’ve been wearing them for years and find they always make my final look much more finished and they make a big difference when taking photos whether it’s for cosplay or regular pics. I did a tutorial on YouTube, where you can watch me demonstrate everything I’ve mentioned here. I did a blog post as well, because I’m one of those people who always wants to read the directions AND see it!
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7 Tips for Applying False Eyelashes
Tip 1: Find the right lashes and glue
There are SO many choices when it comes to lashes that it can get intimidating just trying to find a pair. I use KISS lashes all the time, and you can easily find them at the drugstore or on Amazon for around $5 a pair (or less!). The lashes I’m using in the YouTube video are their newest lash called My Lash But Better and have a thinner band than most lashes. A thin band makes them much lighter. The effect of these eyelashes was very similar to the time I got eyelash extensions, so they really did look like my own lashes, but better! A style like these is a good one to start with with, and then build up to the bigger ones. Large lashes and those with a thicker band can be a little heavy, but you do get used to it.
I don’t have a favorite glue, but I do have a favorite type and that’s the black or dark toned glue. Lately I’ve been using this one: DUO Lash Glue in Dark Tone. I always use the black glue because it blends easily with my black eyeliner. I find that the invisible glue sometimes still dries a bit white and can be noticeable. If you have latex allergies, check out the latex-free lash glue by KISS.
Tip 2: Measure and cut the lash
I can’t stress this one enough- lashes are not “one size fits all.” You get the best fit if you custom cut them to fit your eye. I have smallish eyes, so I usually cut the lashes nearly in half. The less lash there is, the easier it is to put on. Sometimes I just do a little extra piece at the very ends. You can also save the part you cut off and add it on top of the lashes at the ends for a little extra drama. Doubling up or stacking lashes sometimes gets you an even better look than a single pair, but I suggest getting the hang of doing a single strip first.
Tip 3: Apply a little glue to the strip
Notice I said “a little” glue. Not a big glob. You want to apply it lightly and then I usually do it a little thicker at the ends. I apply a blob on my hand and then apply it to the lash band with my finger. I have not yet tried the new glue where you paint it on your lid as well.
Tip 4: Let it dry a couple minutes
This is an important step that is often overlooked! Don’t stick them right on, or they will just slide off. You want the glue to dry a bit and be tacky. If you use too much glue, or put them on too soon, you’ll be left with a sticky mess and most likely glue your eyes together a bit. This still happens to me when I’m in a rush, because sometimes it’s hard to wait! But waiting a few minutes will make applying them so much easier.
Tip 5: Don’t place them on the entire lid
If you cut them to fit first, you should recall where they looked best when you were doing the test fit. I usually start mine right where my iris starts. They get irritating and come loose easier if you try and apply them too far in the inner corner of your eye. If you are just starting out, use a small bit of lashes and just try putting them on the outer corner. And don’t worry about following the entire curve of your eye. I usually make mine go out a bit at the ends and then just fill in the extra space with liquid eyeliner. Once you stick them on, give them a few light taps and press lightly on the inner and outer corners to make sure they are stuck on really well.
Tip 6: Liquid eyeliner is your friend
Black liquid eyeliner can fill in spaces and also help the whole lash blend better. Once I apply my lashes, I touch it up with eyeliner down the inner corner, and then one swipe across the whole top. Then fill in the ends if needed. I usually use the pen style of liquid liner. I find it easier to control when I can hold it like a pen.
Tip 7: Apply mascara
I always add a coat of mascara after about 5 minutes. You want to wait for the adhesive to completely dry so you don’t pull off your lashes. Adding mascara on top helps blend your real lashes and false lashes together.
And that’s it! If you have any questions I haven’t covered about applying false eyelashes, please drop me a comment and I’ll be happy to answer it. I’ve done magnetic eyelashes as well, but not the individual style.
Also I recommend KISS lashes and have been using them for years! Use code WELCOME20 and get 20% off on their website:
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About the Author
Candy Keane is a digital content creator and long-time cosplayer, most well-known for being on the cover of the Star Wars documentary Jedi Junkies. After making costumes professionally for over a decade, she now writes about about geek culture and mom life, and continues to cosplay for fun, while sharing her love of costumes on Instagram @SewGeekMama. Her first children’s book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, was published in 2020 and won a Story Monsters Approved award for Excellence in Literature.