Lash Out: Your Guide to False Eyelashes

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As might be evident from my previous articles, I’ve spent a good amount of time dabbling in the theater; and if the theater has taught me anything at all about life, it’s how to apply falsies flawlessly. Over the years I’ve honed and refined this self-taught skill, so if I can do this for myself and three other girls in the crunch time before a show, I’m certain that, à la Anastasia, you can learn to do it, too.lash-guide-false-eyelashes

 Here’s what I recommend using:

  • Mascara, for pre- and post-application blending

I use: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retroglam ($5.99, Ulta)

  • False lashes, because that’s the point of this

I use: Anything Ardell. They’re cheaper than some but they’re super resilient and they have a nice variety depending on how bold you want to go.

  • Lash glue, as the self-adhesive lashes don’t last as long – think of this as an investment in your future

I use: Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive ($3.99, – this is easily the best lash glue I have ever used. It’s easy to see during application but dries clear, and it’s really strong. PSA: The Katy Perry Eyelure glue is terrible, so don’t use it even if you get those lashes.

To prep: Swipe on a coat or two of mascara, especially if you have light eyelashes. This is so that it won’t be super obvious that the ones you’re about to glue to your face are fake. Make sure your mascara is dry before continuing.

Now you’re ready to face your fears and get started. Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty simple:

Step 1:


Apply a moderate amount of glue to the main strip of the lash. Be sure to cover the whole strip, and I usually like to add a little along the bottom edge that meets the lashes for extra security. Be sure to really focus on the edges, because those are what usually start to come off, even more so if your eyes water regularly or you know you’ll be crying.

Step 2:


Time to half-dry. Blow on the lash, wave it around, do whatever you want—just don’t drop it.

Step 3:


Once the glue appears to be mostly dried, you’re ready to stick ‘em on! You can use a lash applicator, but I usually just use my fingers.

Get as snug to your natural lashline as possible. I like to secure the middle first, half-open my eye, and tweak the placement of the edges. Fan your face to finish drying the lash, and repeat on the other side.

Step 4:


Once you think the glue is dry enough, blink and move your eye around to make sure the lash is secure and comfortable.

Finishing touches: I like to do another swipe or two of mascara just to re-blend the lashes together. This also helps to anchor the falsies a little bit more. Then usually I apply eyeliner so that the line of the falsies looks continuous and blended, focusing on the inner and outer corners of the eye (gel eyeliner is best for this).

You might come up with your own system, and any path you choose will take practice regardless. However, I’m certain that no matter how you do it, you can do it—so grab some glue and bat those lashes!


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Angelina Hoidra

Beauty Editor: A college senior in DC trying to find the balance between Whitman and Wilde and stopping at Sephora along the way.

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