How to apply False (Strip) Eyelashes

Some people forgo mascara in favor of false eyelashes.
Some people forgo mascara in favor of false eyelashes. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

False eyelashes are used for a variety of reasons. Some people have very thin or short lashes while others have pale, hard-to-see lashes. Some people wish to change the color of their lashes to match the color of their dyed hair. False eyelashes are also used around Halloween for decoration. Whatever the reason for wearing them, false lashes can be a useful fashion accessory. False lashes come in strips, can be cut to size and come with eyelash adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Strip eyelashes
  • Eyelash adhesive

Clean your eyelids. This is an important step as most eyelash glue will not stick to eyelids heavy with dead skin cells or dirt particles. Cleaning your eyelids also reduces the chance of infection in the eye from foreign substances falling from the lid into the eye during the attachment of the eyelashes.

Hold one end of the eyelash between your thumb and forefinger while holding the other end of the eyelash with your other hand. Bend the eyelash back and forth to improve its flexibility. This will help the eyelash flex naturally on your eyelid.

Add a thin strip of adhesive to the fake eyelash along the strip of material where they are attached. Be sure to avoid getting adhesive onto the part of the eyelash that will hang over your eye.

Press the eyelash to the eyelid starting with the inside corner. Slide your finger gently along the fake eyelash, from the inside to the outside, to attach it to your eyelid. Be sure the false lash aligns with the edge of the real lash line.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the eyelash attaches to the eyelid in the wrong place, use a toothpick or tweezers to move the lash to its proper place before the adhesive dries.
  • Do not get any adhesive in your eye. If an accident occurs, follow the safety instructions on the adhesive bottle immediately and contact emergency services if necessary.

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