How to Put on Fake Eyelashes Step by Step

Josie Marks
January 4, 2019

Whether you are getting ready for a wedding, a hot date, or just a random night out with friends, you are definitely going to want your eyes to pop. If an eyelash-fluttering look is what you’re going for, you’ll want to go out and purchase a new set of falsies as soon as possible. For those who have never applied falsies before, this process can feel extremely intimidating and overwhelming.

You might feel concerned about getting that sticky glue near your eye, or maybe you might feel as if your fingers won’t be able to place the lash strip at the right area of the eyelid. The first step of applying false eyelashes, after of course determining the right set of falsies for your eye shape and buying them, is trimming your lashes down to the right size. Once you’ve trimmed your lashes, the real fears tend to come up, because the actual procedure of applying your falsies is about to begin. With our step by step guide, we’ll explain how to place faux ones like a seasoned pro. There are really two directions you can go in when it comes to placing a pair of falsies on your eyelids.

If you are aiming for a more dramatic look and don’t have a ton of time to apply your lashes, an all-the-way-across strip lash is your answer. Those with more time who are aiming for subtle glamour (or those very, very intimidated), don’t have to completely put on fake lashes and can opt for an in-between compromise; singles are your friends seriously (the single lash has saved so many fearful of fake eyelash application because it is difficult to mess them up!).

Either way, you can do it and once you’ve chosen your lashes of choice, you’re ready to begin the application process. Certain lashes are, of course, easier to apply than others, although many brands these days seem quite comparable. Some of our favorite brands to turn towards for easy-to-apply lashes includes, ShopAzlo Lashes, Velour Lashes, Tatti Lashes, Artemes Lashes, and Seduire Lashes, but there really are plenty of incredible eyelash brands out there (just look at our website as an example, we’ve reviewed a ton of them!)

On top of your newly purchased false eyelashes, you’ll also need some glue. Items that are optional for the application process includes tweezers, a pair of scissors, cotton swabs, a black eyeliner (for extra definition), and a small cup to hold the glue.

Before you start, if you choose to use a black eyeliner along with your eyelashes, line your upper lash line with black eyeliner to help hide the base of the falsies.

Now that you have your materials ready, our step by step walkthrough can begin.

How to Put on Single Fake Eyelashes

For those who have more time to spare and are still a bit nervous about applying false eyelashes for the first time, single fake eyelashes are sort of a happy compromise. They aren’t as complicated to place on your natural lash line, but the application of these lashes does typically require a bit more patience. A positive aspect to this form of application; it allows you plenty of freedom to customize the way your lashes look, which means you can build your look up and end up with a result that is ideal for you and your own personal preferences. Here’s how to apply single fake eyelashes:

Step 1: Fake Eyelashes Preparation for Application

You will need to start by getting your fake eyelashes prepped for the application. Gently pull the lash off the packaging with your fingers—not the tweezers, which will prevent any damage to the small, delicate individual hairs. The tweezer’s grip is strong, so it can bend the lashes, which you definitely don’t want happening. You might need a little force here when you remove the hairs with your fingers, and once you have freed the cluster, stick it on the back of your hand to get it ready for placement. Grab your tweezers and get ready for some gluing! You can also cut lash clusters using a pair of scissors, especially when you only want to add one hair but a cluster contains 2 or 3 combined strands.

Step 2: Using Glue to Create a Bond

One thing to remember before you begin gluing your individual lashes:

Don’t blow on it; you don’t want the germs from your mouth to get anywhere near your eye, so refrain from adding any air to the glue so that it dries faster.

Now that this has been expressed, it is time to start applying! Using tweezers, dip the base in the glue. You can place the glue in a small jar for easy dipping, but this is not always necessary. The base of the individual lash is normally a knot or small tip, and it will be quite easy to distinguish the base from the tip of the lash. Wait a few seconds for the glue to get a bit tacky.

Step 3: Eye Preparation and Lash Application

Examine your natural lashes. What areas do you feel like need a little more attention than others? Sometimes it is best to begin applying individual hairs in areas where your own natural lashes are a little bit sparse. Once you’ve applied lashes to these spots, add hairs to other parts of your upper eyelid if you desire an appearance that is a tad more dramatic. The lovely thing about individual lashes is their versatility; you can honestly create any type of look your desire, simply by placing your lashes in all the right places. If you want to go for a look that is classic and simple, place a lash cluster on the outer edge of your eye. Add a few more to the outer edges and build up your elongated, eye-opening look.

Step 4: Placing Lashes Along Other Areas of Your Natural Lash Line

Once you’ve added a few lashes to the outer corners of your eyes, you can stop there, or you can decide to take the look to another level. Placing lash bundles in the middle and inner corners of your eyes produces a bit of a more dramatic appearance, and you get to determine if you need more lashes in between the sets you’ve placed. If you feel like you still have not reached your desired look, keep going with the clusters. The great news is, with individual lashes you can add as many or as few as you like, and if you feel you’ve gone one lash too far, the clusters are simple to remove for use some other time in the future. That’s it! Now you can examine your newly enhanced eyelashes and admire your work.

How to Put on Fake Eyelashes (Fake Eyelash Strips)

Complete eyelash strips are definitely a quicker option once you have nailed down the technique for how to apply them. If you have already taken the necessary steps to pick the right false eyelashes for your eye shape and trim your lashes down to the correct size and fit for your eye size, then the following steps can be taken to proceed with the application:

Step 1: Getting Your False Lash Strips Ready for Application

When you first see your false eyelashes, you’ll probably be wondering how it is best to get the actual lashes out of their holding box and into your fingers where you can get them prepped for the application. Although your lashes are delicate, they aren’t as fragile as you might think. To get them out of their box, roll the band down to loosen the glue, starting with the outer edges and then working your way towards the inner corners. Don’t pull it straight off; this will risk damaging the “hairs”.

Step 2: Working with Your Falsies

Wrap the strand around your finger or a pencil to soften the spine and maintain the strip’s natural curvature. Sometimes lashes can become flattened in their box, so this step is important to give the strip back some of its original life and shape, only assisting with making the soon to come application that much simpler.

Step 3: Making Any Final Adjustments

If you’ve already gone ahead and trimmed your lashes, you can skip this step.
If not, measure the strand against your eye. If there’s any overhang, take note of how many lashes too long the strand is, and make a mark using a pair of tweezers of your fingers. This mark should be on the outer corners only, never the inner corners.

Step 4: Trimming Down Your Strand If Needed

Again, if you’ve already trimmed your lashes, you can skip this step as well and proceed to step 5.

If not, get ready to cut your lashes. Using a sharp pair of small scissors (manicure scissors actually work really well), trim off the excess length from your lashes. It is best to always cut the band from the inside of the strand, never the outside, because trimming from the outside can deform the band. Don’t lose any volume by making this common mistake. Even though you will want to trim the excess from the inside of the band, you’ll always want to make sure you are only removing hairs located on the outer corners of the lashes. Take caution, these two directions shouldn’t be mixed up.

Step 5: Getting the Glue Just Right

Once your falsies are trimmed to size, apply glue with a cotton swab or the brush applicator that is provided with your lash glue. One of our favorite eyelash glues is the Companion Lash Glue by Esqido, so if you haven’t decided upon which adhesive to buy yet, this one is worth checking out. Once the glue has been applied, wait a few seconds. Some glues instruct a wait time of up to 30 seconds, but usually, it is never more than 10-20 seconds. Let the glue get tacky on the lash, this is when you will know that it is ready for placement. Remember: no blowing on the lash for it to dry faster! This is super unsanitary and could cause some issues.

Step 6: Applying Your False Eyelashes

Now the real fun begins! Using tweezers or your fingers, place the middle of the strip in the center of your eye at the lid. This will create a great foundation to get your falsies to sit exactly where they need to be.

Step 7: Perfect the Fit of Your Falsies

Once your lash is sitting upon the center of your eyelid, nudge the outer and inner corners down along your lash line, and using your tweezers or your fingers, make adjustments as necessary to get both edges to lay flat upon your natural lash line. Once you have the fake eyelashes essentially where you want them, you can give your natural lashes and the false eyelashes a gentle ‘squeeze’, which will help to solidify the bond between the two, keeping them looking as natural, uniform, and joined as possible. You can top off your look by layering a little mascara if you want an appearance that is a bit more blended or dramatic.

Final Thoughts on How to Put on Fake Eyelashes Step by Step

We completely understand why the process of putting on fake eyelashes could appear extremely intimidating, but we hope that with our step by step explanation of the process it becomes less scary. The best thing to do in life when something seems a bit challenging is to face the difficulty head on and overcome the fear, and the same goes for getting past the intimidation of false eyelash application. With a little practice, we know that the fear of putting on fake eyelashes will become a thing of the past, and a whole new world of opportunities will open up for you.

Without a doubt, falsies tie together just about any look, adding tons of definition to your eyes so that they stand out, and they help to enhance the natural beauty you already possess. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of showing off your stunningly gorgeous lashes ever again—our step by step guide is here to assist you, so you can continue feeling confident, radiant, and completely gorgeous every time you go out.