When it comes to the world of beauty, for many of us there’s nothing more intimidating than fake eyelashes. With so many different options on the market and a reputation for tricky application methods, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to experiment with false lashes but having no idea where to start.
If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll go over everything there is to know about fake lashes, including the different styles, the importance of knowing your eye type and of course, how to apply them securely and beautifully. Let’s get started!
To get your lash journey started, you need to know what type of look you’re after. Here are some of the main lash types and who they’re for.
Individuals come in sets of 30 to 60 strands with varying lengths, making them easily customisable and a great way to boost the look of your natural lashes without using anything too dramatic. Each lash will need to be applied individually, making them a great way to fill in your lashes and do anything from a demure day look to a high-intensity moment.
Strips are the most popular form of fake lashes, and they’re a band of eyelashes designed to be worn across the entirety of your upper lash line. They’re a one-step way to achieve volume and drama, making them great for beginners and events where you want to look your very best.
Clusters are somewhere in the middle of a strip and individuals and are small collections of lashes that can be used to create a more customisable look than a strip but without the expertise and time needed to pull off individuals. If you’re having trouble applying a strip, clusters can be a great alternative that allows you to help your lashes pop.
Magnetic lashes are a relatively new addition to the game. They work by sandwiching your natural lashes in between two strips of false lashes that use magnets to stick together. They’re reusable and more gentle than regular fake eyelashes, eliminating the need for the ever-tricky lash glue.
The kind of eye type that you have will impact what style of fake lashes will look best on you and help you get the desired effects. Here are some of the most common eye types and what lashes will look best with them.
Deep-set eyes are when your eyes are placed deeper into your head, making your brow bone look more prominent. Lashes that are longer in the middle of the lashes will help make your brow bone less prominent and fill up the space between your eyes and your eyebrows.
Downturned eyes are when the outer corners of your eyes tilt downwards. Shorter strips that have extra length in the outer corners can help combat this and lift your eyes up.
Hooded eyes are when the crease on your eyelid can’t be seen. Thin strip lashes in short lengths can help avoid the heavy look that other lash types can have on hooded eyes.
Prominent eyes are when your eyelids look to be projected into the eye socket area. Balancing out your top lashes with strip lashes on the bottom will help create the illusion of pushing your eyes back.
Applying false eyelashes with just your hands is next to impossible, so you’ll need the right tools to get the job done properly. Lash applicators look like tweezers and come in many different shapes and sizes, so it may take some trial and error to find the right style for you. Unless you’re using magnetic lashes, you’ll also need eyelash glue to keep them in place. Some lashes will already come with their own glue, whereas others will not.
How to apply them
How to apply your fake lashes will depend on what kind of lashes you’re wearing and what kind of look you’re aiming for. One of the first things you should do if you’re applying a strip is to measure the lashes against your real lashes and see how much you’ll have to trim to make them fit right.
Another trick to try is to make the band curvy so that it fits the curve of your eyelids more naturally, which will also help it to stay in place longer. You can do this by wrapping them around the handle of one of your eyeshadow brushes. It’s also important that you only apply your eyelashes after you’ve done your eyeshadow and eyeliner, as you could risk your eyeshadow fallout on top of your lashes otherwise.
After you’ve lined the band with your favourite lash glue, it’s time to apply it to your eyelid. Make sure to keep your eyes open while doing this to avoid glueing your eyelids together, and try re-curling your false lashes after the application to help them blend in with your natural lashes more seamlessly.