I love my falsies. (No, not those kind of falsies…) No special event would be complete without them, and after the devastation caused by the disappointing YSL Faux Cils Mascara, and my complete failure to identify a suitable replacement, I have a feeling I’m going to be relying on them more often from now on.

The secret to wearing false eyelashes without looking like a drag queen? Don’t make like our friends at Shu Umera (above) and go the whole hog with patterns, feathers and – ohh! why not add some diamante, too? No, the secret is to go with individual false eyelashes. Are they fiddly to apply? Well yes, there’s no getting away from it, they are. Much like pointy-toed stilettos, though, you get used to them, and pretty soon? You’ll be wondering how you ever managed without them. Here’s how to wear ’em…


First things first, you’ll need to buy your falsies. I like Eyelure’s One by Ones, which are about £5 from Boots, but only £2.55 from Jolair. Bargain! These are good because they’re the individual falsies I mentioned up above, and they come in three different lengths: short, medium and long. (Well, duh!) For most of you, the medium lashes are probably as long as you’re going to want to go: the long length is very long, and will look pretty fake – unless, of course, you’re own eyelashes are that kind of length anyway. (I hate you, if so.) What you can do with the longer lashes, though (and what I do) is to use them anyway and just trim them down to the length you want.

So, you’ve got your lashes and you’ve decided which length to use. Now you have to apply them.

I generally use three lashes on each eye: one on the onside, one on the outside and one in the centre. You, of course, may want to use more, and that’s up to you. To apply them:

1. Use a pair of tweezers to pick up the lash, holding it about halfway down the length

2. Dip the end into the little pot of glue that comes with the pack. (You might want to pour the glue out onto something first). You’ll only need a tiny amount, about the size of a pin head.

3. Close your eye, and press the eyelash firmly against your eyelid, as close to the root of your lashes as possible. Hold it there for a few seconds.

4. Open your eyes. Voila!

5. Rinse and repeat.

  1. Probably a silly question, but we all have to start somewhere, right? When using false eyelashes, do you/should you/can you still put mascara on the real ones? I have quite light, short eyelashes (I know, you’re jealous, right?) that NEED mascara every day, so I would presume they need the same even if I’m wearing falsies. Particularly individual falsies.
    If that is the case, I assume you put the mascara on before the falsies?

  2. Hi Claire!
    Don’t worry, it’s not a silly question at all – I think a lot of people wonder about this.
    You can wear mascara with falsies, but it’s best to put the false eyelashes on first, then the mascara on afterwards, otherwise it’ll be harder to get the glue to adhere (and also harder to get the mascara off without removing the lashes). I have very fair lashes, so I normally dye mine, then put on the falsies, then add mascara the same as you would over your normal lashes. Hope this helps 🙂

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