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False Eyelash Tutorial

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Dear Audrey,

I love the look of false eyelashes, but I’m afraid to try using them at home—they look so difficult to put on—can you help?

False eyelashes are a great way to enhance your eyes, whether you’re headed out for an evening of romance, or just going about your everyday business. Applied correctly, false eyelashes can add instant glam, widen small eyes and even make you look younger.  There are 2 types of false eyelashes available—strip eyelashes and individual lashes. I’m going to focus on how apply False Strip Eyelashes.

In the Beginning

False eyelashes (also known as strip lashes) were originally invented by silent movie director D. W. Griffith in 1916 for the heroine of his epic movie Intolerance. But they didn't really catch on until, in the 1940s and 1950s, make-up artist brothers David and Eric Aylott perfected false lashes for the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Collins.1 These days there are so many options available it’s hard to decide just what to use.  False strip eyelashes come in many different styles including:

  • Natural
  • Rhinestone
  • Glamour
  • Colors
  • Edgy

How To

I suggest you start with a simple basic style, like a natural or maybe a lush full glamour look. To apply your lashes you will need to following tools:

  • Strip Eyelashes
  • Tweezers
  • Small Scissors
  • Eyelash Adhesive


First apply most of your make up. If your lashes are straight you might want to curl them first or apply a light coat of mascara first for a better application. 

Next check the fit of your lashes.  Remove the eyelash from the tray using the tweezers, and then place them at the base of your lashes beginning at the inner corner to see if it fits your eye. If it is too long, use the small scissors to trim them to fit.

Now here’s what most people call the tricky part, applying the adhesive—but with my simple trick, you’ll have no problem:  Using your non-dominant hand place a thin line of adhesive on the back of your hand, then run the strip of eyelash through the glue. Next, wait at least 30 seconds to let the adhesive get tacky—that’s my trick—if you wait for the adhesive to get tacky, it will stick so much better and not get gloppy and messy.

Once the adhesive is tacky holding the lash with your tweezers align the lash with the center of your eye and place the strip on top of your own eye lash, positioning it as close to your own lash line as possible.  Using your fingertips gently press the lash in place.

Finish off your look by applying lash liner and blending in to hide the lash band.

Removal, Cleaning and Re-use

To remove your lashes, just gently peel them off.  Because the glue is like rubbery latex, they should come off easily.  Strip eyelashes are reusable and should be stored in the tray the came in. To clean your strip eyelashes try using a non-oily eye-makeup remover. Note that you may need to use tweezers to remove the adhesive.

Note that it’s best NOT to wear your strip eyelashes to bed—if you sleep on your side, your lashes may get bent or come off altogether. Besides, it always best to your makeup and wash your face before you go to bed.

Here’s to full, lush lashes!


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