How to Apply False Eyelashes

Eliza Barlow
December 4, 2018

Fake eyelashes look stunning. They complete just about any makeup look and leave you appearing radiant, alive, bright and glowing, but the primary reason why more individuals don’t opt for falsies is not that they don’t like the way they look, it is due to the fact that many are intimidated by the application process. It is a massive myth that only makeup experts and those used to putting on makeup are capable of adhering false eyelashes. There usually is no one-size-suits-all lash for everyone. So much of the process pertains to picking out the right strip lash style and preparing the falsies well. Those who don’t take their time to customize their lash sets are sometimes disappointed, only to apply them shoddily. Typically, it requires a little adjusting for your fake lashes to look natural. At the same time, applying false eyelashes does not need to be a tricky challenge. Our handy hacks for applying lashes are here to help make this process a breeze for you, and we will walk you through the entire process of how to find the ideal lash type for your eye shape and size, all the way to the actual application.

What’s Your Eye Shape?

We’ve all been there; browsing the website of some makeup company, trying to determine if a certain product will fit our complexion, eye color, eye shape, eye size, face shape, whatever it may be. It is no different with fake eyelashes – many potential customers feel stuck and hung up on thoughts such as, “will these suit me?”. Eyes, just like the rest of the body, come in many variations since no two individuals are alike. Many false eyelash websites, such as Eylure and Esqido, offer handy resources that assist in picking the right lash styles once you have determined your eye shape and eye size. The best way to figure out how to define your eyes is to stand in front of a mirror, look straight ahead and utilize illustrations to help you identify your eye shape. These illustrations are just the beginning, and for some this alone can help them get the answers they seek. For others, their eyes might be a bit more complicated, which is why descriptions are also in order. Just remember, no eye shape is considered better than the other. There is not really a suit-all strip lash eye shape, but many falsie styles can be worn by various eye shapes, taking on a slightly altered appearance each time, which is part of what makes this process so unique and beautiful. Some common eye shapes include deep-set eyes, downturned eyes, almond eyes, hooded eyes, and round eyes. Some other common shapes and structures are monolid eyes, prominent eyes, upturned eyes, close-set eyes, and wide-set eyes. In this section, we’ll describe each of the most prominent eye shapes:

Deep-set Eyes

You know you have deep-set eyes when your eyes are set deeper into the head. Deep-set eyes tend to be larger in size and create an illusion of a more prominent brow bone. If you think you may have deep-set eyes, it is best to try lashes that are longer in length at the center of the lashes. This helps to balance out the depth of your eyes.

Downturned Eyes

Downturned eyes exist when the outer corners of the eyes appear to be drawing downwards. Eyes that are downturned can benefit from makeup styles and lash styles that give the illusion of a lifting effect. If you believe you have downturned eyes, try a shorter strip lash that is longer in the outer corners to lift your eyes, paired up with a cat-eyed or winged eyeliner look to complement this shape.

Hooded Eyes

Hooded eyes are present when the crease of your eyelid is not visible, not because it isn’t there, but because it is usually covered by an additional layer of skin that droops over. This can create the illusion of smaller eyes, so choosing lash styles that will open up and brighten up your eyes, can help to balance out the natural hooded effect. For hooded eyes, it can sometimes be a bit more challenge to apply false eyelashes but try a thin strip lash that is shorter in length and see if this makes the process easier. The shorter lash length prevents the eyelash hairs from constantly snagging against the hooded lid.

Prominent Eyes

Prominent eyes are when your eyelids appear projected in the eye socket area. This look is normally quite a dream for makeup artists to work with, because it includes plenty of extra eyelid space for applying eyeshadows and liners, along with an already rather defined crease. If you have prominent eyes, try balancing your top lashes with strip lashes on the bottom, which will give the illusion of pushing back your eyes creating a greater balance.

Monolid Eyes

Monolid eyes are when the eyelids are flatter on the surface, which leads to a less defined crease and less prominent brow bone. Many individuals with monolid eyes report that finding the right pair of falsies can be especially difficult, but certain companies like House of Lashes and Esqido offer numerous styles that are suited perfectly for this eye shape. Lashes with a straighter cut that includes shorter, straighter hairs, are normally best for monolid eyes. These lashes need to have a slight variation in length from inner corner to outer corner, but it should be subtle as to not overwhelm the natural beauty of a monolid eye.

Almond Eyes

Normally considered the most universal and “proportionate” of all the eye shapes, almond eyes are slightly elongated to where there is no white space above or underneath the pupil if you are looking straight forward. These eyes are said to suit any false eyelashes, but depending on the size of the eyes, lash options should be avoided. For smaller almond eyes, overly dramatic and fluffy lashes can look overwhelming, and for larger almond eyes a too natural lash can appear underwhelming.

Upturned Eyes

Upturned eyes have a slight lift at the outer corners of the eyes. Try choosing false eyelashes that focus on adding volume, more than length. Lashes with a slight gradient from the inner corners to the outer corners to produce a more elongated effect, which can look elegant on upturned eyes, but the shift in length should be subtle.

Round Eyes

Round eyes are more circular and typically not as elongated, with white space visible above and underneath the pupil. This eye shape can appear especially cute and doe-eyed, which is an advantage with certain lash styles. Lashes that are evenly balanced between width and lash length are ideal for round eyes, because they maintain this slightly circular effect, while not appearing overwhelming or distorting any natural beauty.

Before Applying Eyelashes, Conduct the Close-set / Wide-set Test

Here is how to conduct the test on yourself:

  • Using a pencil or pen, look into a mirror and place the tool in front of your eyes, with the length of the pencil or pen extended from one pupil to the other. Determine the exact center of your eye and place a mark on your pen/pencil from the inner corner of the eye to the outside edge. This will be the measurement of the length of one of your eyes.
  • If you have average set eyes, you’ll technically be able to fit the width of one of your eyes perfectly between the two eyes.
  • If the pencil markings overlap, you have less than one eyeball width of space apart, which signifies close-set eyes.
  • If the space between your eyeballs is bigger than one eyeball width, you have wide-set eyes. To create balance you’ll want the emphasis to be towards the center.

In order to balance out the distance between eyes, certain eyelash tricks can be utilized. For close-set eyes: pick lash styles that are flared or angled, with the shortest hairs at the inner corners and the longest at the outer corners. This creates the illusion of eye elongation or drawing them apart with lashes. For wide-set eyes: pick lash styles that are rounded, with hairs in the inner corners that are equally as long as those on the outer corners. This emphasis on the inner corner of the lashes draws the eyes together, producing the illusion of closer set eyes.

How to Remove Fake Eyelashes from the Box

Sometimes it can be scary to finally remove your delicate, and often expensive, little lashes from their carrying case, but the process is actually quite simple if you keep in mind a few steps. Begin by holding them in the packet with your less dominant hand, with the lashes facing outwards. Identify the left and right lashes, because they’re not always marked and with some lash styles, it can be challenging to determine which is which once they are already being adhered. Removing false eyelashes is always done from the outer edge, never from the inner corner. This prevents the most delicate lashes from potentially breaking, for outer lashes can usually be trimmed down, but it is much more challenging to trim down inner lashes and have your falsies still look natural. If you happen to bend one section of lashes from the outside, don’t sweat it, it’s likely you’ll be trimming them off to fit your eyes anyway, for false eyelashes normally arrive a bit longer than what is needed for the average eye size. If you happen to bend or break the lash from the inner corner, try to gently tease the lashes out using your fingers or tweezers. Once you have removed them from the box and gotten off that initial layer of adhesive, rest the lashes back in the box. Be careful with them, however, they are now loose and can get lost if moved around too much.

How to Put On False Eyelashes

This section is where the juicy information begins. Here we will explain how to put on false eyelashes for beginners so that you can easily put on your own fake eyelashes in the next time you intend to. Just remember, if you want to put on individual eyelashes, the process is slightly different and actually a lot simpler, requiring the individual lashes to be dipped in a small amount of adhesive. Wait a few seconds for the drop of adhesive to dry a tiny bit but still remain tacky, then place the individual hair on any part of your eyelid that needs a little extra emphasis.

However, here is how you can apply strip eyelashes:

Measuring-up the Lashes

Rest the strip along your lash line to determine if you need to trim it to size. The strip should start where your natural bulk of eyelashes begins. The strip lashes should end where your lashes naturally end at the outer corner, counting 2-4 lashes inwards. If the strip starts to close to the inner corner, it will irritate your eyes, and if it is hanging over it can pull the eyes down, which is why it is important to get the eyelash band fit just right. Mark on the eyelash strip where it sits well on your eyelid, and be sure to have a pair of small scissors ready and on hand. Nail scissors usually work best, but specialized eyelash trimmers can also be purchased.

How to Trim Eyelashes to Size

If you have to trim your lashes to fit, be sure to begin with the outside edge and don’t cut through the lashes. Rather, cut them at the vein between two lashes, which will prevent any possible damage to the rest of the eyelash strip. To trim your false eyelashes, always cut upwards. Sometimes lashes can flatten when you take them out of the box, and they will, therefore, pop up at the inner and outer corners once applied. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. To avoid this, roll the lashes around your finger, makeup brush, pen or cotton bud and leave them alone for a minute. This reformation of the lashes will help them remain more curved in shape, so you won’t have to deal with re-gluing the corners throughout the day.

Applying Eyelash Glue Correctly

Applying eyelash glue is probably one of the most important steps to the false eyelash application process. Dot a thin layer of glue straight from the adhesive applicator along the vein of the lash, from corner to corner. Wait for the glue to dry for a few seconds, allowing 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, you can achieve that extra hold, but this technique might not be ideal for those who have more sensitive eyes.

Where Exactly to Apply the Eyelashes

Sometimes it’s a bit confusing where your glued lash strips should be placed, in order for the final look to be as natural as possible. Here are our simple steps for accurate application:

  • Some individuals like to apply a coat of mascara to start with. This sometimes acts as a way of priming the lashes for application.
  • You can choose to apply your falsies using eyelash tweezers or simply your fingertips.
  • Be sure to place them where your natural bulk of eyelashes begin.
  • Using the help of a mirror, preferably one with magnification, look down and press the strip lash against your eyelid. Focus on adhering the lash first to the lash line in the center, then the outer edge and inner corner.
  • Gently pinch and push your natural lashes and false lashes together so they set well and develop a strong bond along with the glue.
  • Squeeze the strip lash down onto the natural lashes, so that you don’t end up with a strip of skin between your natural lashes and the false lashes.

Creating Some Uplift

After you have placed your lashes to dry upon your eyelids and gotten them to fit as snug as possible against the base, you can create a little extra uplift. If you want to create more uplift with your lashes, finish by gently pushing against the lashes at the edge of the inner lash line. Additionally, once the adhesive is dry, you can set this extra lift with a coat or two of your favorite mascara, which will help to hold this shape in place.

Our Final Thoughts on False Eyelash Application

Applying eyelashes does not need to be an ultra-intimidating or complex process, and even if you feel that your initial application is a bit challenging, be sure to keep practicing, because, after a few more tries, it becomes a simple task for most individuals. Being able to effortlessly apply your own falsies opens up an entire world of new lash opportunities; now you can flaunt your favorite falsies to any special event, or even during day to day wear. If you are an individual that has struggled in the past with false eyelash application, we hope that this article has brought about some clarity, so you can soon give those fake eyelashes another go.