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 logging onto Twitter.) Up until now, our 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% of the time and is not a technique we would recommend.)
We have also tried the latest innovations like lash extensions, magnetic strip lashes, and all of the lash-enhancing serums you can think of, but nothing beats a pair of good old falsies. Luckily, we now have a two falsie experts on our side: resident Byrdie beauty gurus Lauren Andersen and Matin.
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 without further ado, we are delighted to present the ultimate guide to applying fake eyelashes like a true professional.
Scroll down for the step-by-step guide on how to apply false lashes, from individual to strip ones, plus Matin and Andersen’s best falsie tricks.
Meet the Expert
Click Play to Watch MUA Matin's False Eyelashes Tutorial
Applying Cluster Lashes
"Right now I'm using a product called Lashify," says Matin. "It goes under the lashes, and it's virtually undetectable. They come in these tiny little clusters and you just put them right where the lashes grow, not on the waterline. It just enhances the lashes you have. They come in different lengths and widths so you can get as much drama as you want.I usually go just enough to open up the eyes and fill in the lashes."
To apply the lashes, Matin says, "The glue goes under the lashes, there's a black and white version. Just wiggle the brush right at the root of the lashes and sit the lahs right on top of it. At the end, you have to fuse it together. It's very light, very clean, it just looks absolutely gorgeous."
Applying Individual Lashes
As for the lashes themselves, she recommends choosing knot-free versions like these from Ardell. They don’t have a band and create a more seamless, natural look when applied to your lash line. Not to mention they are a budget-friendly option that seem to be a staple in many makeup artists' kits.
For a more dramatic look, Andersen will add one or two medium-length individual lashes on the outer corners of her eyes to give her lashes more extension. If you notice a lash or two go awry, don’t be afraid to fix them as the glue is drying. “If individual lashes tilt to the left or right, you can just use your finger to straighten them,” Andersen says.
Andersen says you can go back in with your mascara and apply one more coat once the glue dries. This will make sure that the individual lashes blend with your natural lashes by binding them together. It is a little step that makes your final look seemingly perfect.
Applying Strip Lashes
“I always do band lashes on myself,” Andersen admits. “It’s just easier because it’s a one-step process.” She does share one little-known trick, however: Cut your strip lashes in half to make them easier to apply.
You want to follow the same approach as we did with the individual lashes. Applying the glue on the back of your hand and use it as a way to apply the glue to your lash band.
After applying your strip lashes, you can straighten any lopsidedness by gently positioning the lashes with your fingers before the glue dries. This is where cutting the lashes in half is helpful, as it allows for better control of the positioning of the lashes. You won't have to worry about the inner or outer corners popping up as you work to adjust the lashes to your eye shape.
Unlike individual lashes, Andersen says applying mascara after you finish gluing your lashes is vital to making the final effect look natural. “This helps blend them into your natural lashes,” Andersen says. “When you’re getting to the inner corner of your eye and you want them to blend more, you can take scissors and actually trim off the longer edges of the lashes so that they blend with your natural lashes as well.” Just be careful not to cut your natural lashes!
Lashes on, mascara swiped—you’ve officially mastered the art of applying false eyelashes.