By Sheila Arkee
Learning how to apply individual false lashes was one of the biggest challenges of my makeup career. It’s scary, y’all! As with everything, practice makes perfect, and by following a few easy steps, you’ll be rocking individuals in no time! Here are my tips for applying individual false lashes in five easy steps.
After my review of Lash Closet, it became clear that this is an issue worth addressing. While I’ve covered how to apply full strips of lashes in the past, I’ve never tackled individuals. It took me a long while to get comfortable with applying them on my own, but I will reveal to you the #1 tip in advance – you have to get the lash glue get really tacky before you even attempt to apply a cluster of lashes on your lash line. This is going to save you sooooooooooooooo much pain and you will thank me later. I mean it!
First, and foremost, gather your tools. Along with lash adhesive and the lashes themselves, I rely on a good pair of slant-tipped Tweezerman tweezers to apply the lashes. While I’m using black lash glue for this purpose, clear glue is acceptable, as well. The lashes I’m using are Ardell DuraLash Short Black Flares. At $3.50 a pack they’re perfectly affordable and you can buy a couple of packs to get your practicing in. These lashes also come in Medium and Large sizes, but I find the shorter length is easier to work with.
Let’s take a glance at my lashes before the lash action happens. I’m wearing L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara in this before photo.
Step 1: Curl your lashes before hand on bare lashes.
Step 2: Apply your mascara as you normally would.
Step 3: I usually use the back of my hand as my palette, but you can also put a dot of glue on the lash container. Apply a dot of glue and let it set for about 30 seconds. As I mentioned, this is the KEY to making sure you successfully apply false lashes. Any earlier and you’re headed for wet individual lash disaster, guaranteed.
One thing I should also mention is that it’s important to make sure your tweezers are clean between lash applications because glue on the tweezers can make the application a little more challenging.
Step 4: Using your tweezers, grab the lash cluster from the container and apply along the length your lashes.
Take your time with this part and remember to get the lashes as close to the lash line as possible – not on the liner, as it appears in this picture. Taking a photo of yourself applying lashes? Difficult! LOL
Step 5: It does not take too long for the lashes to dry down. Once they are completely dry, add a swipe of eyeliner, another coat of mascara to integrate the lashes, and VOILA, you are done!
The after makes it all the practice worth it, because you end up with lovely fluttery lashes. The nice thing about individual false lashes is that it allows you to customize your false lash experience, and you can add more clusters where you want more volume, like on the ends.
For comparison sake I left one eye individual-lashes free so you can see the difference the individuals make.
Remove these lashes the same way you would with a full strip of false lashes. I find a little cleansing oil does a world of difference. Remember, Sheila says, “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!” I also say, “When in doubt, blend it out”, but that’s another story for another tutorial. 😉 Now, go get your individual false lashes on!