Fake Lash Tips and Tricks

     I will preface this post by saying that I AM NOT AN EXPERT. Not by any means. If you want pro advice, look elsewhere. This is what I found that works for me after gleaning through YouTube videos, the advice of others, frustrating mornings, running late with kids banging down my bathroom door, and much trial and error. These are my tips from the trenches.

     I'm asian if you hadn't noticed. So quite naturally I have hooded monolids. This means finding lashes I liked was TOUGH. They were angled wrong, too long, too short, too curled, too full, too flared, too flat, too multi dimensional, etc. The only way I know to find lash styles that you like...try them. 

     The lashes I like right now for a dramatic look are Ardell Faux Mink Lashes style 811. They have natural looking tapered strands, an invisible band that is comfortable to wear, and they are reasonably priced. I can easily get 5-10 wears per pair with the proper care.

     The glue I use is Duo Quickset Lash Adhesive in Clear. I like this kind better than any I have used so far. The paddle wand makes application easy and tidy. It was less mess than the brush or squeeze tube type. The glue formula is great because it really does set quickly. 

     Application time!

     I learned the hard way to use tweezers to remove new lashes from the package. In my haste to try them, I just pried them out with my fingers and shredded them. New lashes are glued to the package base pretty tightly and if you aren't careful pulling, they will lose their shape and strands.

     Once you have the lashes free, trim them. Hold one up to your eye and decide how much to snip off. Having a too-long lash strip poking you in the eye all day is not fun. Snip only the lash strip to shorten them. Be careful not to cut the lashes themselves or you may lose their natural looking shape.

     Next, glue. It took me awhile to land on the right amount of glue. Too little and the lashes dangle or fall off. Too much and you have a mess (or you glue your eyelid open like I did HA). Apply a sufficient layer of glue to the strip of your lash...and here is the important part...LET IT SET PROPERLY. Allow time for the glue to dry partially and get tacky before attempting to apply the lash to your lid. This makes all the difference. Less oozing mess. Better adherence.

     Attach the lash to your lid as close to your natural lash line as possible. There are several different recommendations for how to best attach your lash. For me, it works best to attach the inside tip, then the middle, followed by the outside tip in that order. If I don't, I end up with a bubble in the middle, or uneven sides. 

     I don't use an applicator tool. Some find them helpful. But I only found them useful for poking myself in the eye or pinching my eyelid. I apply lashes with my fingers and use the back end of my tweezers to press the strip down if needed.

      When removing your lashes, take care so you can use them again. I use tweezers to pluck off excess glue. Then I use little micellar eye wipes to clean the strips. I store them by placing them back on the base they were originally packaged on so they can dry and keep their shape.

     For me, faux lashes had a steep learning curve. I was a clumsy, bumbling, mess the first million times. I can't count how many times I ripped my lashes off and had to pick off old glue and start all over. But it got easier and easier. I'm still no pro. In fact, I went to Life Group last night wearing a lash that was only half attached without noticing. But I love lashes! I'm sold!