How to Apply False Eyelashes

How to Apply False Eyelashes

False lashes are one of the quickest ways to add drama to your makeup look. Whether you want added length, volume or all of the above, false eyelashes can help and they are one of our must-haves for special occasions. We’re sharing our tips for how to apply those falsies perfectly, everytime.

Choosing the Right Eyelashes

Before we even get to the application, the key to gorgeous fluttery lashes is choosing the right lashes for you. There are so many options out there for false lashes now, meaning you’re guaranteed to find the perfect lash for your ideal look.

There are 3 main types of false eyelashes available.

  • Individual lashes– the most customisable, individual lashes, they tend to come as little groups of 2 or 3 lashes. You can choose exactly how much definition and what shape you want.
  • Strip Lashes – these are the classic lashes that come all attached to one simple strip to apply. They now come in all sorts of shapes and textures.
  • Demi or Half Lashes – these are smaller versions of strip lashes, that come either halfway or 3/4 of the way along the lash line, perfect for accentuating the outer corners.


In terms of shapes, longer lengths at the outer corner of the eye tend to elongate your eye for a glamorous, feline look. Longer lengths in the middle of your eye tend to open up the eye for a soft, feminine look.

For a more natural look, go for lighter density lashes and lots of different lengths. For bold drama go for dense, dark lashes. With individual lashes it is up to you how bold or subtle you want it.

Our Top Tips for Perfect False Eyelashes

  1. Remember Outside In

    When you take lash strips out of the packaging, it can bend the lash strip, making lashes look messy.

    Remove lashes from their pack from the outside in so any bent edges can be trimmed away.

  2. Adjust to your Shape

    If you’re using strip lashes, they aren’t always a one-size-fits-all. The way to get the best fit is to trim your lashes.

    To get the right size, place the lash alongside your eye, with the inner corner of the lash starting where you lashes begin to fill out. See how much beyond the outer lash line it goes and trim that amount off the outer edge of your strip lash.

  3. Stop Pop-Off

    It is so frustrating when the edges of your lashes lift- it usually happens when lashes get straightened out as they are removed from packaging, so they don’t curve with your eye.

    Make them fit better by curling them around your finger or a brush for about a minute- the edges will fit snugly along the curve of your eye.

  4. Apply Mascara First

    For both individual and strip lashes, applying mascara first is the way forward.

    It helps your lashes support the weight of the falsies without drooping as well as giving the false lashes something extra to grip to.

    Once you’ve applied your lashes, just press and squeeze them together with your natural lashes for ultimate hold and blending.

  5. Place them in the Right Spot

    Making sure your lashes are attached to the right spot will help them stay on and look their best.

    For individual lashes, apply them onto your lashes, just above the root. For strip lashes, apply them along the lash line, starting in the centre and then pressing the outer corner and finally the inner corner.

  6. Adhesive Tricks

    If you want a rich lash line, try a dark lash adhesive, but if you’re a new starter, stick with a clear one.

    Apply the adhesive to the false lash strips and let it dry and become tacky before you apply them. For extra hold you can also dot some adhesive along the lash line with a fine liner brush before putting on your lashes.

  7. Curl it Up

    For a finishing touch, curl both your natural and false lashes together after application.

    It helps bond everything together and also helps stop lashes drooping, making them more comfortable to wear all night long.



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