Jessica Simpson rocks her set, JLo’s are said to be made of mink, and even Michelle Obama is in on the trend. iVillage called fake eyelashes the Wonderbra of makeup and I agree. Most people are wary about putting fake eyelashes on themselves, unfortunately if you don’t keep a makeup artist on staff, you probably don’t have a choice. The truth is, it’s not that hard to learn to do and the results will make your man batty.
So, here are some tips that will help you play up those eyes and play down those crow’s feet. The key is to keep it subtle and allow yourself a few tries before lashing out. For day time go with singles or fans of 3. For evening go with a full strip but choose a short or medium lash length. If you want to really baby step it, cut one strip in half and apply each half to the outer edges of your eyes.
1. Moving on… with the full strip, hold it to your eye and cut the excess from the inner corner of the strip so it fits nicely. Please don’t cut it while you are still holding it at your eye. That would be incredibly unintelligent on your part.
2. Now, make sure that you have clear glue. The one that may come with the lashes is okay for touch ups, but the clear one found at the beauty supply stores -sometimes in a glass vile- is better. Be warned if you pull that little bottle out randomly in public, people will think you have a drug problem. You can try say something disarming like, “Oh, I’m just addicted to my fabulous lashes,” but they won’t believe you and may have an intervention.
3. Apply your makeup, minus mascara and have your eyelashes curled before putting on lashes. Okay, now use a brush, toothpick, or q-tip to get the glue onto the lashes and wait at least 10 seconds until its tacky. You’re not trying to adhere an appendage, so tacky will do just fine.
4. With a tweezers hold the strip at the middle and start from the inside out. Try to get the strip as close the lash line as possible. You will have a few seconds to re-adjust if you are too far from your own lashes. Once in place press and hold falsies against your lashes for 30 seconds. Then put on liner –liquid is best to cover the line and your mascara, take a deep breath and start on the other eye.
5. After both eyes are done and you’re finished admiring your work in the mirror, or berating yourself for being so inept and stepping on them like spiders, go out and have a great time.
For the first couple times try Ardell, which I still use. They do the trick, and you won’t be upset if you have to trash them. Once you’re a pro, try MAC or shu uemera, they are worth the investment and you can probably get more uses out of them. If you are careful with the glue, you should get at least 3 to 5 wears on any lashes.