False Lashes 102: Apply False Lashes Like A Pro

By Kimberly Roberson

(Originally Posted on Fly Gyal)

Last week’s beauty post on Fly Gyal, we showed you how to choose the perfect pair of false lashes. This week, we are going to teach you how to apply false lashes like a professional makeup artist. For first timers, applying false lashes can seem a little intimidating, and difficult, but with a little bit of practice and patience, false eyelash application can become as easy as brushing your teeth!

Before we go through the steps of applying false lashes, don’t forget to pick up a tube of false eyelash adhesive. Even if a sample of adhesive is included with your false lashes, we still recommend you purchase a full size tube of false lash adhesive, as the samples tend to not be of professional quality.

Our favorite false lash adhesive is the Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive. This adhesive is great for everyone, including contact lens wearers, but the adhesive is specifically made those who are allergic to latex. The Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive is nearly waterproof, barely budging when in contact with sweat, tears, and water. It’s built-in applicator brush makes applying the adhesive to the lash seam effortless, and the adhesive sets quickly giving you less fuss during application.

Pro-Tip: Look for adhesives that are labeled “dark tint” this will eliminate a step in eyelash application where you would use eyeliner to disguise adhesive spots that did not dry clear.

Step 1: Do all your eye makeup first, before applying your false lashes. This prevents any eyeshadow fall-out to collect on the false lashes. Apply mascara as you normally would, as doing so helps bind your natural lashes to the false lashes.

Step 2: Gather your supplies and prep your area. You will need your false lashes, lash adhesive, and a set of tweezers (some stores even sell false lash applicator tools, check with your store’s associates to help you locate them). Additionally, you will need a hand mirror, small scissors, any black eyeliner, and optional items include q-tips and tissues. Place your supplies in front of you for easy access.

Pro-Tip: Relax. The less anxious you are applying false lashes, the better your application will be.

Step 3: Gently removed the lash strip from the tray, using your thumb pressed on the lash-sliding the lash outwards, off the tray.

Step 4:Do a preliminary lash application without the adhesive to determine if the false lashes are wider than the width of your eye. Do this by holding the false lash seam against your natural lash line, if it extends too far out from your natural lash line, trim the only the ends with your scissors.

Pro-Tip: You can gently wrap the false lash seam around your index finger, as this allows the false lash to become more flexible to the shape of your eye when applying the false lash.

Step 5: Prep the lash for application. Pick up the lash with your tweezers or false lash applicator tool.

If you are using Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive, use the brush to apply the adhesive to the seam of the false lash. If you are using an adhesive such as DUO, apply a small amount of adhesive to the end of your tweezers or lash applicator, run the adhesive along the seam of the false the lash.

Step 6: Holding the lash in your tweezers, wait for the adhesive to get “tacky,” or sticky. This usually takes about 20-30 seconds.


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Step 7: Once the adhesive gets “tacky,” with the lash secured in the tweezer/applicator with your dominant hand, and the mirror in your other hand, look down into your mirror (looking down prevents the adhesive from getting on your eyelids). Begin applying the false lash by lining up, and placing the lash in the middle of your natural lash line first. Quickly press the false lash into the inner and outer corners of your natural lash line.

Pro-Tip: If you have sensitive eyes and tend to tear, gently press a q-tip near your tear duct to collect excess tears. Blot with tissues should tears escape from the eye area.

Step 8:Using your finger, lightly tap or hold the lash into your natural lash line, in any spots that may need more reinforcement.

Step 9: Allow your false lashes to completely set. You can take this time to apply your lipstick and/or blush.

Step 10: If you find that there are spots in your application in which the false lash did not completely adhere, apply a tiny amount of glue on to the seam, and hold the lash in place until it sets.

Step 11: Once your lashes are completely adhere, apply a thin line of eyeliner along the seam of the lash line. Doing so will hide any adhesive that did not dry completely clear.

Pro-Tip: After applying your eyeliner, you can use a eyeliner brush dipped in black eyeshadow to hide any “shine” from the glue or eyeliner for a more natural effect.

We hope these false lash application tips were helpful in getting your lashes performance ready, check in next week to find out what our Top 10 Must Have Brushes are!