Do You Apply Mascara on Fake Eyelashes? [Deciding What to Do]

Josie Marks
November 14, 2019

Fake eyelashes are a hallowed tradition of beauty. Wearers from all over enjoy how they can enhance any look. Fake eyelashes have come a long way, and in today’s world, there is more variety than ever before. Falsies are easy to apply and, with the vast array of products on the market, easy to remove.

Fake eyelashes have become a simplified commodity. There are tons of methods and techniques that make eyelash wearing stylish and comfortable. Despite these advancements, there are a few things that may still concern those who wear falsies.

Consumers of this popular accessory may not know that mascara and falsies can work in tandem to create a stunning look. Mascara is a low-cost way to ensure that your fake lashes and your natural lashes can combine flawlessly and safely. Despite mascara’s ease of use, there are a few dos and don’ts that should be observed.

Do You Apply Mascara on Fake Eyelashes? [Deciding What to Do]

Mascara and Falsies: It's All About Technique

Mascara and Falsies: It’s All About Technique

Before applying your eyelashes, create your makeup look. It will be much easier to touch up your eyeliner and foundation after putting on your lashes than the other way around.

Once you’ve completed your makeup look, apply a thin coat of mascara to give your natural lashes a boost. When using the mascara wand, begin from the base of your natural lash and then move slowly upwards, using a side-to-side motion to cover the hairs. The addition of the mascara will make your natural lashes a bit sticky.

The stickiness of the mascara will help to adhere the falsies to your lashes, making it easier to blend. A tip to remember is to not use a curler before applying your mascara and falsies. Instead, use a curler after you’ve bonded the lashes to your eye and used the final coat of mascara. If you use a curler beforehand, you may find it harder to align the falsies to your natural lash line.

Applying Your Lashes

Be sure also to measure your eyelashes. This will go a long way in blending the natural and false lashes. Getting just the right amount of lash for your unique eye shape is crucial for an impeccable look. Remember to trim your falsies from the outer corners inward. Place a dot of lash glue or adhesive to the rounded end of a bobby pin or q-tip. Next, spread the glue along the lash band of the falsie. When applying your false eyelashes, place them on top of the lash line rather than applying them from the side.

Using this method will allow your lashes to align more with your natural lash line and give you a more seamless look. You should also try adhering the lash in the center first, and then placing the ends. After you’ve applied your falsies, let your lashes dry. When your lashes have entirely dried and are affixed to the lash line, begin to place a light coat of mascara. Let the coat dry for a minute or two before applying another. And voila! You have a gorgeous lash look.

What Kind of Mascara Should I Use?

When it comes to mascara and falsies, there may be some questions as to what to use. There is a wide range of mascara products out there. You want to be sure to use the product that will best fit your lash needs while still giving you the bang for your buck.

One thing to note is that you shouldn’t apply your mascara too heavily on the false lash. A thick coating of mascara can weigh the lash down. It can also give you the dreaded “spidery” lashes that are clumpy and lack volume or fullness. Instead, stick with just a coat or two.

Mascara that is applied too heavily will also be hard to remove after you’ve taken off the lash. Falsies can be pretty durable, but you don’t want to risk tearing the strip.

Another thing to consider is the type of mascara you buy. Avoid waterproof or extended-wear mascaras. Even a small coat of these mascaras will prove especially challenging to remove. Opt instead for a mascara that can be easily removed but still has some staying power. Three brands we recommend include:

What Kind of Mascara Should I Use?

Maybelline: The Falsies

True to its namesake, this mascara is great at defining natural eyelashes while creating a perfect blend. It is also simple to remove. A bit of makeup remover and water will be enough to clean your falsies. At $8 per bottle, it is also quite a steal.

Too Faced: Better Than Sex Mascara

Despite its name, we think that some things may be better—including a great set of falsies. This mascara makes that happen by bringing natural and falsies together without smudging. However, at the end of a long night, you won’t have to scrub this off and risk ripping your falsies.

Tarte Cosmetics: Mini Sugar Rush 4-in-1 Mascara

This Tarte Cosmetics mascara helps to blend while being environmentally friendly and vegan. The bottle comes packaged in an easily recyclable container made of soy ink. It defines lashes while enhancing volume. It is also chock full of vitamins and essential oils made to nourish and grow your lashes.

Buxom: Lash Volumizing Mascara

If you’ve been searching for a mascara that is sure to give you fullness and depth, look no further. Buxom is also an excellent choice for definition and length. Its inky color goes well with darker lashes, and with its easy to remove formula, while it doesn’t smudge, it can be washed away with warm water.

Final Thoughts on Combining Falsies and Mascara

Mascara and falsies don’t have to be mutually exclusive concepts. They can work well together to create a look that is flawless and beautiful. Mascara can emphasize length and maximize volume while darkening the hue and pigmentation of lashes from root to tip. Some may argue that falsies and mascara don’t mix. In some cases, this can be true. When you have mascaras that are long-lasting and waterproof, this could be the falsies’ undoing. Rubbing hard and pulling at any extension strip could tear your lashes and ruin your intended look. However, by using easy to remove formulas, you can get all the benefits without the fuss. It ultimately all comes down to two things: your comfort level and preference.