The holidays give us license to get as full and flirty with our lashes as we possibly can (you can even channel a little Nicki Minaj and go totally over the top). Here are a few ways to really make your eye lashes the focal point of your holiday beauty look.
Make a statement with your eye lashes this holiday season—because if there’s ever a time to play them up by going as long as you can go, it’s this month of non-stop parties and soirees. We’ve got your every lash wish covered in this DIY guide, from how to apply falsies like a pro to getting the right look for the occasion through your mascara application.
How to go all out with false lashes
Don’t get intimidated by the delicate little bands of lashes. With a steady hand and a bit of practice, applying false lashes will become as easy as slicking on your lip gloss. MAC makeup artist Melissa Gibson shares her top tips on applying falsies with ease.
Sit with a mirror at eye level to apply your false eye lashes
Your best spot to apply your lashes? With a mirror in front of you, at a spot where you can be seated and have a table on which you can rest your elbows so you can stabilize your arms, says Gibson.
Use your fingers to apply your falsies
You might think that a pair of tweezers might be easier to handle the delicate band of false lashes, but Gibson says your fingers will give you more control. If you want something smaller than your fingers to help push the lash close to the lash line, she suggests carefully using the end of a makeup brush handle.
Apply the glue sparingly
The hole of your tube of lash glue may glop on too much adhesive to your false lashes. She suggests putting the glue onto the end of a makeup brush handle and then brushing that along the lash band so that there is not an excessive amount of glue. “Dollop slightly more at each end of the lash—when false lashes lift, this is where they’ll lift, so you want a little more at the ends,” says Gibson. Also, she suggests letting the glue rest for about 20 seconds so that it dries a bit and gets tacky before applying the false lash.
Start with a half lash
If you’ve never applied false lashes, begin with a half lash. “This is the easiest to apply and it’ll help you get used to the feeling of the glue, and the feeling of wearing lashes with the emphasis on the outer corner—it’s more subtle and an easy place to start before graduating to a full lash,” says Gibson.
Apply a full lash in two pieces
Once you’ve grown used to wearing a half lash on the outer corners and feel ready to apply a full lash, she recommends applying the lash in two pieces (you’ve already mastered applying them at this length already, after all)—go ahead and snip a full lash in half. Start with the outer corner and apply slowly towards the centre of the eye, pushing the band as close to the lash line as possible. Then move onto the second piece, applying it so it meets where the first piece ends.
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