Lights, Cameras, Lashes?

(June 8, 2011 – Photo by Bauer Griffin)
Celebrity lashes made a big statement on the red carpet for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. From L-R: Kim Kardashian, Kristen Stewart and Jessie J.

I could not help but notice the long, dramatic eyelashes that were batted at the cameras at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards held at Berkeley Square Gardens in London on June 7th. As amazing as it would be if we were all born with tarantula-long lashes to frame our peeps, that’s simply just not the case for everyone and really is something that only good amazing genetics can grant you. In order to compensate for what Mother Nature failed to give us, women turn to mascara to get darker, fuller and longer lashes. But, if you want a more dramatic look, the trick is faux lashes, or if you’re daring eyelash extensions.

Here are some tips on how to apply false lashes, so that your lids are lush and full.

Tools you’ll need:

False Eyelashes




Eyelash Adhesive

Step 1: Gently remove your lashes from the tray, and lightly stretch the band by holding the ends with both fingers and maneuvering the band up and down very gently. This makes sure the band will contour very nicely against your eyelids.

Step 2: Trim the lashes. Not all lashes are created equal, some may be too small for your eyes, while others may be too wide, so it’s important that you shape the falsies to fit your eyes properly. If you decide to use individual lashes, give those a trim also. The last thing you want is to have the fake sky-high lashes alternating with your natural, shorter ones.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of eyelash glue, such as Duo Surgical Glue, to a clean surface. Using a toothpick or tweezers, apply the glue to the lashband and blow on it until the glue becomes tacky. Quick Tip: Do not apply the glue directly to the falsies, because if too much comes out you may end up damaging the lashes. Conversely, don’t be afraid to use the glue, because if you apply too little your lashes won’t stick.

Use a tweezer to apply the falsies close to your eyelid.

Step 4: Place the rim as close to the base of your natural eyelashes as possible (it’s best to use a tweezer for this). Once you have the lashes lined up properly, press them down for about 30 seconds or until the glue dries. Quick tip: Try slightly titling your head in order to see your lash line more clearly. Be sure to work quickly before the glue dries. Also, press along the entire band to ensure that your lashes will stick and stay in place.

Step 5: Apply mascara to blend your natural lashes with your fake ones for a seamless and natural look.

Step 6: Use eyeliner to fill in any gaps and to make you lashes look fuller.

Step 7: Bat those mysterious eyelashes at the cute guy staring your way.

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