Despite being the mascara obsessive I am, every now and then I like to dabble in the world of false eyelashes – or, more specifically, individual false eyelashes, which are a great way to cut down your morning makeup routine, and add a bit of length to your lashes without having to use half a tube of mascara every day.
This week I discovered Eyelure’s new Lash Extend Natural Lash Extensions in my local Boots, so of course I had to buy a pack, and because I’ve been asked a few times now about how to apply individual false lashes, I thought I’d write a quick tutorial while I was trying these out for the first time. Read on to find out how I got on…
Step One: Prepare your lashes
It goes without saying that your eyelashes need to be clean, dry, and absolutely free of any other products before attempting to apply your individual false lashes. If you have very fair lashes, like mine, I’d add another step to this, which is to either dye them yourself or have them dyed professionally first. If your lashes are already dark, of course, it won’t matter, but if they’re very fair, the false lashes will look a bit odd and will need mascara over the top of them to help them blend in, so before you do anything else, dye your lashes!
Step Two: Choose your brand
As mentioned above, I’m using Eyelure’s Lash Extend Natural Lash Extensions, which are one of the most natural looking types of false eyelashes you can buy. Each lash has a long strand and a shorter strand – it’s basically like adding single hairs to your eyelids. You can also buy versions containing three strands on each lash: while these are a little more dramatic looking, I find they look more fake, but it’s up to you to decide which style you prefer.
When you open your pack this is what you’ll find inside:
Ninety individual lashes in "short", "medium" and "long", lash adhesive, and lash remover. So far, I’ve never had to use the remover because I’ve always found that the lashes come off naturally after a week or so. These ones, however, claim to last for up to four weeks, so time will tell whether the remover will be necessary or not.
Step Three: Select your length
Eylure recommend that you use the "short" lashes on the inner eye, the "medium" along the middle and the "long" on the outer corners. Personally, I find the "long" lashes far too long for everyday wear. They’d be fine if you were going for a very dramatic evening look, but I tend to always stick to the medium, which I use on every part of the eye. Even those are fairly long, so you may need to trim them a little, or choose the "short" lashes if you’re going for a more natural look. I still get use out of the long lashes – I apply them as normal and then trim them to the length I want them. If you’re doing this, just be really careful not to trim your OWN lashes with them!
Step Four: Pour some lash adhesive onto a piece of aluminum foil
A couple of drops are more than enough here – this dries fairly quickly and you don’t want it to dry out while you’re applying the lashes.
Step Five: Using tweezers, grab one of the lashes and dip the end into the adhesive
I actually find Tweezerman’s Point Tweezers to be best for this, because they allow for much greater accuracy, but since I dropped mine on their points and, er, ruined them, I’m having to use the slant versions instead. I’ve used just a little too much adhesive in this picture: you really just need to coat the end of the lash. Too much, and you’ll end up with a big blob of glue on the base of your lashes, and that won’t look pretty.
Incidentally, these new Lash Extend lashes come with black glue, to match the lashes – great idea, and much more natural looking than the old clear glue, which would dry to a kind of white-ish colour, and could look really bad if you’ve used too much.
Step Six: Press the lash onto the base of your natural lashes
This is the tricky bit, and, of course, the hardest step for me to photograph! It’s a case of "practice makes perfect", though: you’ll probably mess up the first couple of lashes, but persevere and it’ll get easier. You’re going to want to try and press the end of the false lash as close to the base of your natural lashes as possible. Eyelure recommend dragging the false lash a little of the way up the length of your own lashes first, then pushing it back down to the base of your lashline. This will coat your lashes in glue and give the fake lash a larger surface area to adhere to. And it’s easier than it sounds, trust me.
Step Seven: Continue adding false eyelashes
To create the effect shown at the top of the page, I used all of the "medium" length lashes, so fifteen on each eye. That may sound like a lot, but remember, each one is the size of a single hair, so it’s not as much as you think! This takes about 15 – 20 minutes and gets easier as you go along. And you’re done!
Excuse the picture quality – close ups clearly not my strong point!
As I said above, when I’ve used individual lashes in the past, I’ve found that they last around a week before starting to come off – normally they’ll fall off when you wash your face, but I’ve never tried this new type of lash from Eyelure, and the packet claims they’ll last for four weeks, so we’ll see. You can wear mascara over the top of them if you wish. I don’t, because I don’t think they really need it, but also because removing the mascara would involve putting pressure on the false lashes, and when I’ve tried it in the past, that’s sometimes the point when they’ve dropped off. I leave them natural, and just try to avoid getting them too wet in the shower, etc. Obviously that can be tricky because you still need to clean your face, but the glue should hold even if they do get wet. I bought these from Boots, but can’t find them on the Boots website. You’ll find more information about them at the Eyelure website.