As a professional makeup artist, one of the most common questions I get is “How to Apply False Eyelashes, and What Products to Use?” For that reason, I recorded a video for my youtube! It’s also technically bonus content for my online makeup course, and it’s linked in the first book I wrote, which was a general instruction on how to apply makeup for people with little to no makeup skills! Of course, something like this is a lot easier when you can see it in action, so here’s a video!
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For the lashes themselves, it may surprise you that my favorite brand of lashes* can be found at a drugstore (or Amazon), and without breaking the pocket book! The name of the brand is Andrea. Drugstores sell Ardell lashes as well, but I find that the strips are significantly less flexible, which makes it difficult to get the curve of the lash to follow the curve of your eye, which can result in a funky look!
In fact, I used Ardell lashes in the video, and found that they didn’t bend the way that I wanted. It just happened to be the brand I had on hand at the time. One way to make this slightly better is to hold the end of each side of the lash and bend it a bit back and forth (make the lash in the shape of an arch or rainbow and move each side up and down) and that seems to help a little bit!
Another great lash brand that I ended up using A TON is Stilazzi, which is available at Frends Beauty. I like to buy these in bulk at makeup trade shows, because I can get them for almost $1/pair, and they come in a variety of really natural styles which goes well with the type of makeup work I usually use.
Another good tip – go to a non-name brand beauty supply store. Sometimes they have human hair lashes there for a dollar per pair. It’s worth the financial risk to try them out – sometimes I get those, and they work amazingly, too!
I have tried Mink lashes, and love that they are reusable up to fifteen times, but for me, the band (the part that holds all the lashes together) is just too thick!
You can reuse lashes on yourself a few times as long as you take them off carefully and carefully remove any glue residue and store them properly. How many times? That’s up to you. Basically, when they start to look haggard, it’s time to say “goodbye” and move on! If you’re a makeup artist, sharing lashes on a reuse from one person to another is a definite no-no: sharing is caring, but not when it comes to eye infections, thankyouverymuch!
For glue, my favorite is Duo, which is labeled as surgical adhesive. Don’t be scared! If you get the white kind, don’t worry – it dries clear, and you can’t see the glue! Another benefit is that it is relatively inexpensive and a tube will last you forever! There are four basic varieties – regular and silicon-free, and each come in black and clear.
One more falsies tip: there are special “tweezers” made just for applying false lashes! They have a grip that goes on the lashes and is shaped the way an eyelid arch is, and you can use this to steadily apply them. Here is an example of Sephora’s.
I hope you found this helpful! Let me know if you try any of my tips or the products I recommend, and what you think! I will certainly update this if I ever find anything new I love in the lash department!
P.S. I take requests! If you ever want me to do a blog or Mandie.tv episode, please let me know!
*These are affiliate links when they can be, which means you get the same normal Amazon experience, but I get a small kickback for making the recommendation. I appreciate you!