Sunday, February 6, 2011
How to: Lashes for beginners
( I am using Sassi lashes #79, black duo adhesive and rimmel sexy curves mascara - not pictured)
The best time to apply your lashes is after your makeup is complete, you don't want to have eyeshadow fallout all over them!
Applying mascara first will help support them, and is also better if you want to re-use your lashes.
Curling your lashes beforehand can be helpful, too.
Gently remove your lashes from the box with a pair of tweezers, pulling on the band, not the lash hairs. (You don't want to damage any or pull any out)
If you have a smaller eye you may need to trim the band of your lash, so that it fits comfortably.
To do this, just hold the lash up to your eye, you will easily be able to see if it is too long or not. If so, use a pair of small cosmetic scissors to carefully cut the band shorter. (the band, not the lashes!)
This next step is not essential, but your eyelashes are going to position a lot better if you bend/curve them into the right shape, beforehand. You can gently wrap them around your finger, or even a makeup brush. Just remember to be gentle!
This will especially help with lashes that have thicker bands. (Invisi-bands are usually fine on their own.)
Apply a thin layer of adhesive ( i recommend duo or lashgrip) along the band of your lash, one at a time.
Having the right glue is a must.
If your glue doesn't have an applicator like mine, you can always squeeze a little dollop onto the back of your hand, and apply it with the back of your tweezers.
Wait 10-15 seconds for the glue to start drying, they will apply best just before your glue is about to set. You want them to be "tacky" when applying, not wet, or they will just slip everywhere and make a mess!
With your tweezers, apply your lashes as close to your natural lash line as possible, so that there is no gaps or spaces.
Apply the middle first, then press down the outer and inner corners.
(the inner corner is always the hardest, and easiest to slip, so really make sure it is secure)
Continue to press down on them with your tweezers until they are dry and secure. (a cotton tip, orange stick or even your finger is okay, too)
If you are applying your mascara AFTERWARD:
Press your finger behind the fake lash. This will blend the false lashes into yours and avoid any messy clumps getting on your eyelid. Just be careful not to smudge your makeup you applied beforehand! ;)
You can now fill in any gaps or neaten up your eyeliner over the top. This will help disguise the band, also.
You are now done! It wont be long til you have the hang of it and feel confident to wear lashes any time you please!
Removing your lashes:
Using your tweezers or your fingers, start from the inside and gently peel them off. The latex based adhesive will not hurt at all, you can then remove the excess from the lash, too, it will peel straight off like rubber.
You can re store them in the original packaging again for later use. Try not to bend them out of shape too much.
So there you have it! I suppose it can look a little trickier than it actually is, but hope this helps you all! There are SO many beautiful false eyelashes available, don't be afraid to try them! They can take even the most basic makeup to the next level.