Hey guys! I can't believe August is nearly over. For some reason, false lashes have been a discussion among a bunch of my friends and some followers. I've found myself recommending certain styles and giving my person tips because I do wear lashes all the time. So my friend Rhea told me I should do a post about tips and tricks. That's exactly what I'm going to do.
First off. I'll be honest there's only one brand of lashes that I use and have used consistently for probably 2 years. That's Kiss Faux Mink lashes. My favorite is Boudior but I think Little Black Dress is a perfect for everyday that blends in with your real lashes. Boudior is a little more flared at the end, it's a little thicker, it's perfect for a smokey eye, a date night, an event, etc. This isn't sponsored. I buy all my lashes. Speaking of that, these are super affordable. I can pick them up at my local Walgreens or I can buy them in bundles on ULTA. So they're easily accessed.
I take lashes off the plastic bed they come in with tweezers starting at one corner and grabbing it at the band and not the lashes them self. If you grab the lashes you risk pulling them out or messing up the the shape/curl. If you peel it off starting at one end and moving the tweezers in toward the other end everything usually stays in tact and keeps it's shape at the band. If you do happen to make the band straighter you can use a makeup brush with a larger handle to curl it around and it's still kinda tacky so it will stick to the handle. You could leave it over night or just let it sit there while you're finishing your makeup or finishing getting ready and then peel them back off and they should be ready to go.
Next up, I prefer to use brush on glue instead of glue in the squeeze tube. Nearly every brand has a brush on glue now including the cult favorite "Duo" lash glue. I prefer House of Lashes glue and actually Tarteist lash glue from Tarte is really good as well. I only use clear glue on myself. Some people prefer the dark shade because they typically do liner with most looks. As you know, you never can tell with me if it's going to be a winged liner day, smudged liner day, halo eye and no liner, or just lashes and a matte finish lid. Brush on glue helps the lash band not get to clumpy and less risk of the lashes getting clumped together. Often when I use squeeze tube glue I get out too much which is easily fixed by just using your finger to spread and then wiping the excess off but that can be a waste of glue and if you're not careful could possibly get caked in the faux lashes themselves and ruin them before you can even use them.
I tend to choose lashes that look slightly "underwhelming" in the packaging for everyday wear. I'm not trying to have dramatic lashes every day of my life. I don't have great lashes on my own though, they're quite thin and not super long. Therefore, for a low key or everyday look I use lashes that look almost like nothing or at best extremely simple. Kiss lashes in Little Black Dress are a perfect example and so are the mini line from House of Lashes. I don't like trimming lash bands either so no matter what the occasion I'm going to choose something that is a little more simplistic. I feel like the Faux Mink Couture line from Kiss Lashes does a good job at being a little more subtle, now they've expanded into other lines that are more dramatic and still Faux Mink for those of you who love the dramatic and long lashes.
When I apply lashes I use tweezers. If you're new I recommend you use and get used to an actual lash applicator because they're less dangerous. If you've used quite a bit of lash glue let them sit for a few seconds to get tacky. If you do one swipe like me you can apply them almost immediately. I set them down in the center first. That way you have the lined up in the center at the very least and I use the applicator/tweezers the tug the inner corner where I need it to be. I use my finger to adjust the outer corner of the lashes and press down to make sure they are right on the lash line, sometimes I flip the tweezers backwards to really make sure they're even. I then use the tweezers/applicator to squeeze my actual lashes against the false ones.
I don't use mascara on false lashes. I know some people do it to "blend" but I don't. I apply mascara first to my real lashes, let them dry and then do lashes last. I find that applying mascara to my false lashes can not just clump the lashes together and look weird but also I don't get as much longevity out of them after that.
My key for reusing lashes a few times is cleaning off the glue on the band and keep them stored in a little box or something so that lint and dust can't attach to them because it attract that like crazy.
I don't bring the inner corner in too far, as I said I prefer to have a shorter band for the lashes. I find that the closer they get to the tear duct or inner corner the more likely they are to lift, get itchy, make my eyes water, etc.. So I choose to use liquid liner to connect the lash band to the actual inner corner and make it look like part of the band.
That leads me to my next tips which are what you need to have with you for touch ups on the go. Always have a zipper bag ready to go with a mirror so you can get close to the eye, because a bathroom mirror and leaning over a sink to reapply will not cut it. Take lash glue in case they start to lift in the corner. That way you can go above the lashes and get the brush on the band instead of going under the band which seems easier. If you go under or in between the glue will get all in your real and false lashes and become a mess because the tweezers will stick to the glue. If you go above then it's much easier to only make contact on the band with just the brush. Take tweezers that way you can adjust and also clamp the lashes back down against the lash line. Take a travel size liquid liner for any touch ups, either on top of the band or in the inner corner or in case you get tired of wearing them and want to take them off. Use the liner to fill in the areas the glue may have lifted the shadow or eye liner from when you took them off. Take extra mascara to really get at the base of the lashes if you are to remove them. Take a plastic container or something that can't be flattened or smashed in your bag to store them in till you get home.
Those are my best tips and tricks. I'm happy to say that nice looking lashes are much more affordable now, lots of cruelty free options, and far more accessible for everyone.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.