Any beauty enthusiast will know you can make the biggest statement with your eyes. There are endless products and shades on the market that can help you achieve this but sometimes eyeshadow, liner and mascara just isn’t enough.
Have you got a wedding, party or event award event coming up and you really want to ‘wow’ with your look? Have you ever considered using false strip lashes?
It may seem like a daunting task, especially to a novice, but putting on false lashes is actually a lot easier than you may think. Flawless Lashes by Loreta are here to guide you through a step-by-step process on how to apply false eyelashes to help you get it right the first time and keep you looking even more fabulous.
What are Strip Lashes?
Firstly, what even are strip lashes? There are so many lash products on the market, it is easy to get confused. Strip lashes are the ‘classic’ false eyelash. These are curved strips with clusters of lashes attached.
You can find them in most beauty stores and there are numerous styles to choose from. From subtle everyday sets to fuller, thicker fan-eyed styles, you can even get coloured ones, sets with glitter or even made from feathers if you are wanting a truly unique look.
If you are completely new to strip lashes, we recommend going to a more subtle set of lashes and you can always gradually build up to the fuller sets with more experience as they can take a bit of getting used to.
How to Prepare Your Strip Lashes
It may seem strange at first, but it is unlikely you will be able to find a brand of lashes that fits your eye perfectly without a little alteration, you will have to do a bit of prep work first.
You need to take care when removing your lashes from the packaging, if you don’t, you could risk bending the lash out of shape, causing the likelihood of them falling off during the day to soar.
Use a pair of clean eyelash tweezers and gently pull each lash from the outer edge. Next, using the same tweezers, hold each eyelash to your upper lid to see how much needs to be trimmed. The strip lash should begin and end where your natural lashes do.
Using a pair of good quality scissors, carefully cut off any excess from the outer edge. Always cut upwards from the strip itself, this prevents the risk of accidentally cutting any of the other lashes you actually wanted to keep.
How to Glue Strip Lashes
This is the bit that can get tricky but if you follow our guidance and keep calm you should have no problem.
Hold your strip lashes with your tweezers in one hand and the glue applicator in the other, carefully run the glue along the strip. Don’t worry if you are a bit messy, the glue should dry clear.
Next is a step that many miss out and this is where you can go wrong. You need to wait. The glue needs to dry slightly and become tacky, this will help you position your strip lashes, usually 20-40 seconds will do the trick.
Next, place the lash on your natural lash line, taking extra care to make sure you are placing the correct strip on the correct eye. Start in the middle and carefully press down on your upper lids, then work outwards.
If you don’t get it right the first time, you can move your strip lashes around until you do. Sometimes you may have to apply more glue if it is taking numerous attempts.
If you want some extra hold, you can also add glue to your upper lid beforehand, you don’t need much, 2-3 small dots will work wonders.
Makeup and Strip Lashes
Great news, you can still wear eye makeup with your falsies! But do take care in doing so, some find it easier to apply makeup beforehand but if you are new to this, you can risk messing up your hard work.
You can apply mascara before or after applying your strip lashes but sometimes a small coating beforehand can help you get a better grip on your natural lashes and position the strip lash correctly. You can build up more layers afterwards.
How to Remove Strip Lashes
When taking makeup off, your strip lashes should be the first thing you remove. Using your trusty tweezers, gently tease them from the outer edge.
Place your false eyelashes back in the packaging or in a clean container ready to be cleaned later. You can then move onto your other makeup.
How to Clean Strip Lashes
Cleaning your strip lashes means you can get more wear out of them. If you don’t clean them and plan to reapply then, you place yourself at risk of infection from bacteria. They also won’t look as good with build-up of old glue and previous makeup.
You will need a gentle makeup remover, one tailored for eye make works best, cotton balls a clean mascara wand or eyelash brush and your tweezers.
Soak the cotton balls in the makeup remove and gently wipe along the lashes, not forgetting to do both sides.
Use your tweezers to remove any excess glue from the strip and wipe down with a freshly soaked cotton ball.
Repeat on the other lash, remember to use a new cotton ball so you don’t spread bacteria from one eye to the other.
Lay your strip lashes out on kitchen towel and gently brush the lashes back to their original shape and leave to dry. Make sure you don’t leave them near an open window or drafty area as they are so light, they can easily be blown away.
By cleaning and reusing your eyelashes, you get the most for your money and also reduce unnecessary wastage.
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned eyelash wearer, you should now have taken some useful hints and tips to get that hollywood glam look we all dream of.
If you are really struggling, ask a friend to help, sometimes a second opinion just to advise if they are on straight can make a world of difference. If you are planning on wearing them for long periods, it is also handy to keep eyelash glue in your handbag for any touch-up emergencies.