Flair Yourself Friday: How To Apply Fake Eyelashes

I never imagined that I’d ever wear fake eyelashes. I’m not exactly the fru-fru false anything kind of mama.

So, you can imagine my surprise when during my birthday beauty bash, my sister-in-law, the lovely Amy, told me that she was gluing some of those badgirls on my eyelids.

When she showed them to me, I was pleasantly surprised that she hadn’t chosen a set that looked like a set you’d find in a stripper’s dressing room. They were simple and dainty, but I was still concerned at how wide they were. Having grown up on a farm, I knew exactly what a cow’s eyelashes look like. What’s a rockin’ look for Bessie most likely wouldn’t be flattering on Jessi.

After expressing my fear of bovine impersonation, Amy assured me that everything would be okay, especially since she was going to clip them in half. I was relieved to say the least.

She set about her work, and when all was said and done, my lashes looked amazing. (Even though there was a point where she used a stick of spaghetti to press the lashes to my lids.)

Let’s just say, it pays to have the right tools on hand.

My first falsies...

If you’ve been curious about trying out fake eyelashes, here’s the scoop…sans spaghetti.

What you need to apply false eyelashes:

  • False eyelashes
  • Eyelash glue
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpick

How to apply fake eyelashes:

  1. Wash and dry your eyelids (and hands). You don’t want rogue eye boogers or residue from last night’s eyeliner fouling up the process
  2. Using scissors, trim eyelashes’ widths to match your eyes. For a lighter look, clip them in half to fit the outside edge of your eye
  3. Gently pick up the eyelashes (base of lashes out) with the tweezers
  4. Squirt a little glue on the back of your hand and lightly drag the base of the lashes through it
  5. Lightly blow on the glue until it becomes slightly tacky
  6. Apply the fake eyelashes as closely to your actual lash line as you can
  7. Carefully use toothpick to maneuver the lashes into place (Very important: Don’t poke your eye out.)
  8. Gently press lash base to your lids with your finger tips
  9. Let set for one minute or until the glue is dry
  10. Apply makeup as usual

Applying fake eyelashes isn’t scary or hard once you have a little practice, and the actual volume and definition it gives your lashes is tremendous. I don’t wear my falsies all the time, but on the rare occasion that mama goes out on the town, they’re a regular addition to my makeup routine.

Photo: flickr.com/photos/shandilee/5816679130

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  1. I’ve never worn fake eyelashes…but mostly because I didn’t really understand how easy it is. Think I might give them a try this week. Thanks for all the tips.

  2. avatar Erika Lyremark says:

    I’ve been wearing falsies since I was a stripper! đŸ™‚ What you didn’t mention is that if you cut them down to about 1/3 the size they are easy to put on and super comfy. I can sleep in them if I need to. And if you soak them in a little bit of hot water it will soften the glue and you can pull it off and reuse the next day. Mine last for months. Really!

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