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A Lesson In The Art Of Applying Fake Eyelashes

Our self-isolation activity: get better at applying fake lashes

False eyelashes are one of the few things in life that simultaneously bring us incredible joy, as well as crippling anxiety

It seems no matter how many coats of mascara we apply, our lash line is never quite full enough for our liking. Since we have yet to find the magic wand that gives us mile-long lashes – and yes, we've tried the latest innovations like lash extensions, magnetic strip lashes, and all of the lash-enhancing serums you can think of – we've turned to the next best thing: fake eyelashes.

And before you ask, yes - you can apply them for yourself without making a mess or ending up looking like Gia Gunn circa season 6 of Ru Paul's Drag Race. In fact, fake eyelashes can actually look, dare we say it, naturally gorgeous. 

But we get it, applying fake eyelashes is hard. We mean 'how to apply false eyelashes' wasn't the most googled beauty question of 2019 for no reason. And unfortunately, strip lashes aren't one-size-suits-all. So, as someone who wears fake eyelashes at least once a week and someone whose fake eyelashes are rarely clocked, I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to the topic. 

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Rather than keep the secret to applying fake eyelashes flawlessly to myself, I've decided to share my wisdom. Keep scrolling for the ultimate guide on how to apply false eyelashes.

step one: prep

In order for falsies to look like your own, they need to blend with your natural lashes. Curling them creates a base that will seamlessly support the lashes.

step two: mascara

Now, this is an opinion than can divide a room full of beauty enthusiasts like no other but I personally prefer to apply mascara before rather than after putting on fakes because the latter just results in clumpy-looking lashes. That said, I'm definitely not against applying another layer after finishing if I still seak more drama. 

step three: Prep, but this time the Lashes

Since lashes aren’t one-size-fits-all if you opted for a full-strip lash you're going to measure and cut the lash to better fit your eye and ease application. To do so, measure the strand against your eye. If there’s any overhang, take note of how many lashes too long the strand is. Cut the band from the inside—not the outside! This way you don’t lose any volume. Next, apply the glue and move onto something else whether it be applying lipstick or drawing on your brows. This allows the glue to get tacky on the lash making it even easier to apply. Just remember, under NO circumstances blow on your lashes. 


There's a lot of beauty tools out there that are merely fads and frankly not worth the money. However, an eyelash applicator is not one of them. Granted, lash applicators work similarly to a pair tweezers but instead of featuring a thin, slanted tip they boast a specially shaped edge which is curvey to carefully and securely hold a lash. The handles are also spaced out slightly wider giving you much more freedom whilst still maintaining a firm grip of your fake lashes.

One of the biggest mistakes people make with false lashes is applying them too far from the lash line and wearing them too far on the outer corner – using an eyelash applicator means this won't happen. 

To use: simply grip the lash in the centre using the applicator in alignment with the natural curve. Then hold the lash upside down, tilt your head down slightly (you can look down if it feels more comfortable but this gives me anxiety so I don't do it), position the false lash in the centre of your lash line with the applicator and press down into place. You can then use the applicator to press down both the inner and outer corner for a secure fit and to achieve a more seamless blend with your natural lashes. Once you're satisfied, repeat on the other eye and voila, you're done.

Fabu-Lash Applicator, €14, Lilly Lashes


While we're on the topic of untameable beasts, eyeliner can be a real godsend when it comes to fake eyelash application. Humblebrag but eyeliner and I are a lot like friends who eat spice bags in pyjamas and hun buns whilst binge-watching the latest true-crime series together, hungover on a Sunday afternoon—there’s no awkwardness or formalities. We just get each other. So much so that I do not leave my house (not even to take out the bins) without a signature flick. I say all this say, lining your upper lash line with black eyeliner hides will not only help blend the base of the false lashes but will also cover up a multitude of errors. 

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