False eyelashes are one of the few things in life that simultaneously bring us incredible joy, as well as crippling anxiety. (Also on the list? Real Housewives of Orange County marathons and Miley Cyrus’ Instagram feed.) Up until now, our own method of application has fallen into the “stick it near the vicinity of our eye and hope it looks good” category. (This works about 50 percent of the time, and is not a technique we would recommend.) Luckily, we now have a falsie expert on our side: resident Byrdie beauty guru and celebrity makeup artist, Lauren Andersen.
Responsible for the long, fanned-out lashes of celebs like Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen, Andersen is clearly a master of the craft—which is why we tapped her to show us the ropes. So with no further ado, we are delighted to present the ultimate guide to applying fake eyelashes like a true professional.
Keep flipping for the step-by-step guide to applying individual and strip lashes, plus Andersen’s best falsie tricks!