Lesson Learned—Here's How to Master False Eyelashes

Lesson Learned—Here's How to Master False Eyelashes
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Fun fact about me: There isn't a day that goes by that I don't put on a pair of false eyelashes. It's essentially my beauty pièce de résistance (aside from red lipstick). Seriously, my eyes look completely bald without them. However, getting the hang of lash application wasn't an easy feat—it took me ages to get them on correctly on the very first try. Now that I've nailed my technique, I'm passing on my tips to you. Here, my tricks on applying falsies with ease!

USE THE RIGHT GLUE. Look for one that is waterproof and dries completely clear. A ultra thin line on the band will do it—be sure to wait thirty seconds so it gets a little tacky. (Pro-tip: If you accidentally get a bit of glue on your eyelid, dampen a Q-tip with water and quickly wipe it off.) Try: Duo Eyelash Adhesive, $8

LOOK FOR AN INVISIBLE BAND. Full disclosure: They'll cost you a tad bit more, but it's totally worth it. The band magically blends into your lashes, so there's no obvious line of demarcation should anyone be close enough to see it. (You want your falsies to be your little secret!) Try: Ardell Natural Invisiband Demi Wispies, $3.99

INVEST IN A PAIR OF LASH TWEEZERS. If you're all thumbs, chances are you'll have trouble getting your falsies close enough to your lash line before the adhesive dries. That's where this tool comes in handy; use it to place the band on the skin just above your natural lashes, then use it to maneuver the ends so that they're secured onto the inner and outer corners of your eyes. Bonus! Use it to lightly press on the band when it's correctly set to ensure it stays in place. Try: Sephora Collection Bulls Eye Lash Applicator, $12

CLEAN AND STORE THEM. Most drugstore lashes can be reused four or five times if you take excellent care of them, which involves cleaning them immediately after each wear. When you remove the lash band (gently lift it off starting at the outer corner), take a pair of tweezers and peel off all of the glue residue that's left behind. Next, gently wipe the band with a baby wipe. When that's done, place the lashes back in the tray they came in so that they'll keep their semicircular shape until you're ready to wear your pair again.