Backstage Beauty Secrets: How to Apply False Eyelashes
Lengthy lashes are an enviable attributejust ask any women who has tried lash-booting services like eyelash extensions, Lash Dip, or growth treatments like Latisse. But if you're weary about results that last longer than one night, a stellar mascara may be your only bet other than a pack of falsies.
We personally don't dabble in false lashes here at Real Beauty, but that's not to say we aren't completely fascinated by women who are able to pull them off. (Kim Kardashian is in our False Lashes Hall of Fame.) Between the daunting application process to worrying about them falling off at any given moment, falsies seem to be more trouble than they're worth. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be if you were on a date with a guy, and you had a wonky falsie hanging in your eye? (The ladies in the cast of the Jersey Shore are guilty of this, thus landing a spot in our False Lashes Hall of Shame.)
Last week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, James Vincent, key makeup artist for Make Up For Ever, was loading up the models' eyes with sets of lush, falsies for Bebe's Fall 2011 runway show. We grabbed a few minutes with him to debunk the mystery behind perfect false-lash application.
1. Vincent opted to use strips of false lashes, as opposed to individual pieces that are available. First, line each one against your eye and snip off any excessjust make sure that both strips are the same length. Vincent suggests cutting each into three pieces. "The smaller sections are easier to work with, and you can line them up better when you're applying," he said.
2. If you look in the mirror, you'll notice that your natural lashes don't exactly start at the very inner corners of your eyes, so your false lashes shouldn't either. "If you have wide-set eyes, bring the lashes closer to the inner corners of your eyes. If your eyes are closer together, place the lashes a bit further from your inner corners," he said. When applying the strips, get as close as you can to your lash line.
3. Once you've applied both sets, go in with an eyeliner pencil or liquid liner and color in any spots where your lash line is poking through. This includes any section where the white lash string can be seen.
4. As much as you're tempted to, avoid pulling off the lash strips at the end of the night. The last thing you want to do rip out your real lashes. "I use a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover and swipe it along the seam where your lash line and lash strips meet," said Vincent. Another option is to sit with a makeup-remover pad pressed over your eyes for a minute or two.
Check out the effects on the model below.
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To really become a pro at applying false eyelashes, check out this how-to video.