Applying false eyelashes can be tricky, have you ever thought they looked perfect in their packet only to apply them and look like a TOWIE wannabe? Unfortunately, strip lashes aren't one-size-suits-all. Here's how to find the ideal lash type for your eye shape, and handy hacks for applying them so they look natural – and last.
First, what's your eye shape?
The close-set / wide-set test:
Using a pencil, pen or makeup brush look into a mirror and place your tool from the inner corer of the eye to the outside edge which will let you measure your eye. Technically you should be able to fit the width of one of your eyes perfectly in between the two eyes. When you get overlap (i.e. there's less than one eyeball width space apart) you tend to have close-set eyes so you want to create the illusion of drawing them apart with lashes that are longer at the outer corners. If the space is bigger than one eyeball width then you have wide-set eyes and want the emphasis to be towards the center and inner corner of the lashes to draw the eyes together.
Hold them in the packet under your nose with the lashes facing outwards; this will identify the left and right lashes as they're not always marked. To remove always peel them from the outer edge, never from the inner corner. This is because if you bend one section of lashes on the outside it doesn't matter as it's more than likely you'll be trimming them off to fit your eyes anyway. If you bend or break the lash from the inner corner, it matters! Gently tease it out using your fingers or tweezers and rest the lashes back in the box.
Measuring-up the lashes:
Rest the strip lash along your lash line to see whether you need to trim it to size. The strip should start where your natural bulk of eyelashes begin, if you start too close to the inner corner it will irritate your eyes. To mark where your strip lashes should end, go to the outer corner and count 2-4 lashes inwards. If you have them hanging over, it can pull the eyes down.
Trimming the lashes to size:
If you have to trim your lashes to fit, remember to do it from the outside edge and don't cut through the lashes, always cut them at the vein. If you cut upwards you'll chop half of other lashes off you wanted to keep.
Preventing false lash pop-up:
Sometime lashes can flatten when you take them out of the box and therefore pop up at the inner or outer corners once applied. To avoid this roll the lashes around your finger, a makeup brush, pen or cotton bud and leave for a minute – this will help them remain more curved in shape.
Applying the glue correctly:
Dot a thin layer of glue (straight from the adhesive applicator) along the vein of the lash, from corner to corner. Wait a few seconds for it to go tacky before application. If you want super long-lasting application do the 'double adhesive' technique by applying some dots of glue along your lash line as well as on the lashes.
Where exactly to apply the lashes:
Bonding the lashes:
Creating some uplift:
How your lashes will look...