How To Put On False Lashes Like a Pro

I love a dramatic eye. I love a thick lash look. I love the idea of false lashes, but what I haven’t been good at is putting them on. I decided to change that. I have so many different styles of false lashes in the store that I really wanted to be able to wear them and frequently. But every time I would try to apply them I would inevitably run into the same problems. The end would keep popping up or I would put them on and they just wouldn’t stick no matter which glue I used. I see women wearing them all the time, if they could do it…why couldn’t I?

So, I set out to find out what I was doing wrong. I spoke with my makeup artists and they each had some tips to share. Once I tried it using their steps, my eyelashes went on without a hitch. Now I’m going to share those tips with you.

First and foremost, there is a bit of a learning curve. You aren’t going to do it correctly the first time, no matter how many tutorials you read and how many YouTube videos you watch. The moral of that story is don’t use your mink or silk lashes the first time you attempt to put them on. We sell mink, silk, and human hair lashes. The human hair lashes are 10 sets to a box for $25. The mink and silk are about that price for one pair. I chose to try this using the human hair lashes first.

Start by curling your natural lashes with an eyelash curler and applying a lengthening mascara, then draw a line of black eyeliner with a liquid liner close to the lash line and into the lash line. Now you’re ready for the false lashes.

According to Celthia, once you carefully pull the lash from the box with a pair of tweezers, you should wrap the lash around a pencil or an eyeshadow brush handle to make the band more flexible. This will hold the curve to the eye, so the end doesn’t flip up at the corner.

Secondly, hold the lash up to your eye, starting with the inner corner where your own bulk of natural lashes begins. Starting too close to the inner rim will be uncomfortable and look unnatural. Holding the false lash over your own close to the lash line will show you where the lash should end — generally, where your own natural lashes end or just a tiny smidge further. Any excess is what needs to be trimmed. Trim the lash at the outer edge, not the inner edge.

To insure the lashes are even, pull the other lash from the box and set it next to the trimmed lash. Trim the same amount from the other lash.

Next, pick up one of the lashes with a tweezer, holding the lash and not the band. Apply the glue to the band. Abby then says to make sure to wait one full minute for the glue to get tacky before attempting to apply it. Once the minute has passed, looking into a magnifying mirror set the lash down close to your natural lash line and press gently on the length of the lashes to set it in place. Close the eye and make sure there is no gap between your lash line and the band of the false lash. If there is, use the handle end of the tweezer to push the lash into place. Press gently on the ends of the band to make sure the lash is firmly in place. You have to work quickly as the glue is setting. If it doesn’t look right, pull the lash off and try again. Then repeat the process on the other side. Once the lashes are on, gently press the lash back toward your eyelid to create some uplift.

Following these steps, I couldn’t believe how quickly and easily I applied the lashes. If you still can’t master it, come in to the store and we’ll walk you through it. I can’t stop looking at my lashes. After a few more wears, I’ll be ready to tackle the silk 3D lashes…hello, gorgeous!

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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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