During the summer I wear lash extensions. Those of you who are unfamiliar with them, they are synthetic lashes that are glued to each individual lash to create volume and thickness. They are waterproof and last about 2-3 weeks before you need to get them filled. At about week 2 you start to notice some of the falsies falling out so I will use strip lashes with my lash extensions when I have shoots or days I want a fuller look. When I don’t have my lash extensions in I consistently use lash strips. The first time I put them on (back in college) I had no idea what I was doing! It took me like 45 minutes and lots of frustration trying to get them to work. Now through mistakes I have narrowed down the process and learned how to whip these babies on in 5-10 minutes.
Step 1: Get your supplies together. You will need a pair of lashes, scissors, eyeliner, glue, and tweezers. My favorite brand of lashes is Ardell. I’ve always gotten mine at Sally Beauty and I typically use the demi wispies in black. Those are my favorite.
Step 2: Do your regular make up first. Lashes are the last step in your make up routine. I typically wear my lashes with a smoky eye and winged liner. I love this natural palette I got a few weeks ago. It’s also great for beginners because it tells you where to apply each color on the shadow case (i.e. all over base, lid, highlighter, crease, etc.).
Step 3: Hold the lashes up to your eye to measure the length. You don’t want them to be too long or they won’t sit on your eye right. Trim the lashes to fit your eye shape with scissors. You want to trim from the inner corner of the lashes.
Step 4: Wrap the lashes around a shadow brush to create a natural curve in the lashes. While the lashes are resting on the brush apply eyeliner.
Step 5: Apply Eyeliner. Black eyeliner is a 100% necessity for falsies. I don’t recommend brown, or any other color, use black. It helps fill in the gaps and hide the lash line where you apply the lashes.
Step 6: Apply the glue. My favorite brand is DUO Ardell lash adhesive. It lasts the longest and has worked best for me. It comes in clear or black glue I prefer the black. Squeeze a small amount onto your hand and gently slide the lashes through the glue. DON’T APPLY THE LASHES RIGHT AWAY. I think this is the biggest mistake people make. Allow 30 seconds for the glue to get tacky before you apply. They will stick in place a thousands time better if the glue is tacky and not wet.
Step 7: Set lashes on lash line. I use my hands and place them on the center of my lid. Sometimes that’s all it takes and sometimes the ends don’t stick right away so I have to use tweezers to set and hold the ends.
Step 8: Finishing touches. I run my eyeliner one more time over my lash line once I have applied the falsies. This just fills in any gaps I may have missed and hides any glue that may be showing. Somedays I apply mascara after – it creates a more dramatic effect but you don’t have to!
…And that’s the lash magic