How to Trim the Length of False Lashes

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After trimming and attaching your lashes, curl the fake lashes to blend with your natural lash growth.
After trimming and attaching your lashes, curl the fake lashes to blend with your natural lash growth. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Even though false lashes are fake by nature, they don't need to look that way. False lashes done right look just like real lashes, with few to no visible clues. However, bad-fitting lashes attract attention in all the wrong ways. The main culprit behind awkward lashes is length, so trimming your fake lashes is essential to making the look come together in a natural, believable fashion. To bring those fluttering lashes down to size, pick up some scissors and get ready to snip cautiously, yet creatively.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp scissors
  • Eyelash adhesive
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara

Hold the false eyelash strip up to the eye and compare it to your natural lash length. Chances are, the false lash will be considerably longer than your natural lashes. Also notice if the lash band itself is longer than the length of your eyelid.

Snip off any excess length from the lash band. Start from the inside corner and cut sparingly, taking the time to hold the lash up and do a visual measure against your lash line. Stop trimming when the start of the lashes blends in naturally with your actual lash line.

Plot out the diagonal where you'll cut the lash hairs. You'll be cutting with a diagonal gradation, rather than a blunt horizontal chop. Imagine the shorter lashes at the inside corner of the eye leading to the longest lashes at the end. This way, the false lashes will blend more realistically with your actual lashes, which grow along a natural slant.

Cut down into the lashes with the tip of the scissor, snipping only a hair or two at a time. Cutting downward creates a broken line, rather than a blunt one. Progress slowly and carefully down the lash, remembering to make the cuts more shallow as you near the end.

Attach the lash the lash line with eyelash adhesive, curl with a lash curler, and apply mascara to finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Err on the side of caution when trimming false lashes. It's possible to keep on shortening if the lashes are a bit too long, but too-short false lashes look awkward and unnatural.

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