31 August 2010

How to: Rock some fake lashes

I have always loved fake eyelashes, but I have never had the guts to rock them until my move to Nashville. I now have two sets of fake lashes that I rock most of the week. Figuring out how to put these suckers on was challenging at first, but I figured out a system and I'm getting quicker and cleaner with the whole process.

Here we go! Eyelashes 101. Before we get started, go to the store and pick out something pretty. I bought something natural and something a little more dramatic.

First Step: Prep your naked eyelid. Also if you haven't attacked those stray brow hairs, now is a good time. Fake eyelashes draw attention to your brows, don't leave them un-attended for this one.
Now that you have your mask on...
hold the lashes up to your eye and estimate about how much you need to trim them.
Remember, the goal is not to look like a goon so trim that lash!
 I didn't have to cut much, but you might. go ahead and trim both lashes at this point.
Now, cut a q-tip in half. It takes a lot of concentration...may fly across the room if you're not careful.
Apply glue to the cut end of the q-tip. 
I bought DUO (black/waterproof) from Sephora just to try out. It dries pretty quick so get in, do your business, and get out! I like the Black glue because it doesn't look like boogers when it dries.
 Apply generously to lashes, especially at the ends.
Apply lashes to your eyelid. I like to measure from the outside of the lid to the inner section of the eyelid. It helps if you eyeball it first (pre-glue).
I like to use the other end of the q-tip to clean up excess glue and push the eyelashes into place. 
YAY! only one more eyelash to go.
Repeat everything for the next eye.
Now that you have both eyelashes on, it's time for some liquid eyeliner. You don't need much. Just enough to blend your true eyelashes in with the fake ones. Be careful not to make it too thick. You will look a little night crawler-esque. You can use pencil liner as long as it's soft. If you use a hard pencil, it may pull your lashes off. yikes.
Now that you are all dolled up, figure out something to do with your hair.
Maybe look at some of Brandi's hair tutorials...

Then apply some lipstick. You really don't need anything too bold, unless you are going out at night.
I am using a pale pink :) I like the contrast between the bold pale pink and the dark full lashes.

Keep that lipstick handy because you will need to re-apply throughout the day.

let me know how it goes

p.s. even thought the glue says waterproof, if you just rub (lightly) a little water on your eyelid at the end of the day, the eyelashes will peel off gently and you can re-use them a couple of times. Be sure to get the old glue off the fake eyelashes before reusing them.

If you mess up at any point and have an end peeling up before the end of the day, unfold a bobbi-pin
 and dab a bit of glue on it. After squeezing the glue in-between the lash and your lid you can use the non-glue side to hold it in place while it dries.


Meddi said...

oh....really great advice for how to be nicer and how to have nice look:)

Amanda Pearl Shires said...

awesome! i cain't wait to try it.

my name is lauren. said...

thanks for the tutorial! i'm super scared of wearing fake lashes. i've worn them, but i always just go to the mac counter and have them do it when i want them for a special occasion. maybe i'll get brave now and try to do it myself :).

p.s. you're pretty :). lucky alan!


Carla said...

I love it Kelly! You look lovely. I am gonna start wearing these more often. And yes, the white glue does dry up looking like boogars.

Amanda Nicole said...

This is a great tutorial! Maybe one of these days I will get courageous enough to wear them :)

Shea Posey said...

This is great! I may have to get some fake lashes and try it. What kind of lipstick are you using? It's such a pretty color!

Kara said...

This is the cutest tute ever! You are seriously adorable Kelly.

Lune Vintage said...

This is the weirdest because today I was thinking about trying fake lashes in a photo shoot. Thanks for reading my mind - I'm so prepared now! :-D

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BuenoBueno said...

DON'T BE SCURRD. haha. Fake eyelashes are awesome and don't leave your lashes clumpy or black flakes under your eyes. I think fake eyelashes and lipstick are great friends to have! Shea I'm using MAC lip liner, "Soar" and the MAC Lady Gaga lipstick that I mentioned in the Lipstick post. I love the combo. It's easy to brihgten up and tone down. Thanks for all the kind words ladies! I hope this tute was helpful and inspires you to try something new.

Holly Knitlightly said...


CaL said...

i've never worn them...when i get my contacts in i'll have to give them a go!

BuenoBueno said...

Holly - Thanks! I promise it's just the fake lash and lipstick combo. I'm really an alien.

and you I wear glasses with my fake lashes 50% of the time. They still look cute

Dani said...

In the past every time I've tried to wear false lashes, they're usually the same length as my natural lashes...but after seeing this I might give them another shot to add volume. you're too adorable!