Lashes for days (+ how to put on false lashes)

I love false lashes.  They are something that help my small eyes really stand out and I appreciate whoever invented them!  I know a lot of people are afraid of them or say they are time consuming but I’ve been wearing false lashes since my make up artist friend introduced them to me about 10 years ago! For me to put on false lashes takes about as long as applying mascara.  The biggest tip I can give you is practice, practice, practice!  You will learn the best way to apply to your eye and then it will become second nature to you.  If you are interested I will have my tips below on applying them and helping them stay on.

Joi, the owner of Lash Closet recently reached out to see if I’d like to try out some lashes from her store and she seriously spoiled me!  I love everything that she sent.  For everyday I go for the more subtle lashes – the Ardell 110 seen below – are perfect for the everyday lash.  In the past few years I’ve mastered the invididual eyelashes and I often will use 3 individual lash clusters at the outer edges of my eyes and it really makes quite a difference.  Layer mascara over your real and false lashes and nobody can tell the difference.


As you can see, the Lash Closet sells everything that goes along with lashes including glue, eyelash glue remover (you only need that when you use the stronger individual lash glue) and even eyebrow gel.  I love the selection of lashes she offers.  I usually buy my lashes at the drugstore and they always have a minimal selection so it’s nice to see how many styles there are in one place.

For those of us lash addicts out there, the Lash Closet offers a subscription service where you can customize your own sets of 10, 15 or 20 lashes and they will automatically send them to you and you save 10% on all those lashes.  Such a great idea as I know those of us who use lashes on a regular basis are always trying to stock up when we can.

I haven’t tried out these red cherry lashes before so am happy she sent a bunch for me to test out.  I’m already loving the styles.  I typically won’t do the heavier lash set like #101 but it’s great to have on hand for halloween costumes. 

My eyes are so small that photography does not really capture the effect of the lashes but in person you can definitely tell the difference.  Here’s a few recent selfies to show you the difference.
without lashes (just mascara)

with lashes
How to put on false lashes:
  1. Always do this first step!  Most lashes do not come sized to fit your eyes (especially small Asian eyes like mine)  Cut them to fit your eyes and I would say even aim to go smaller than your eye – this will apply to step 4.  Test them out on your eye without any glue on them just to get a feeling of where they will sit on your lid.
  2. Layer your glue on the lash strip carefully.  Put enough on just to cover the lashes but not too much or it will goop all over your eyelid. I recommend the Duo Dark Adhesive.  Wait about 10-15 seconds for the glue to get tacky.
  3. Curl your lashes so that the falses lashes will blend into your natural lashes.
  4. Looking down at a mirror (I prefer a tabletop magnifying mirror for this step) apply the inner corner first.  The reason why I said in step 1 to cut it smaller than your eye is that I often don’t pull my lashes to very inner corner as sometimes the lashes can get too close and irritate the inner corners.  I will put the lash as close to the inner corner without actually going in.  I hope that makes sense.  Basically do it at the point where you open your eyes and can see the lashes.
  5. Once the inner corner is placed you can carefully align it to the rest of your eye.  Adjust as necessary.  The glue will still be tacky enough to move at this point but do this quickly as you don’t want it to get too sticky that you can’t move it.
  6. Once it’s in place just hold the lash onto your eyelid for a few seconds to ensure that it stay.
  7. After the glue has dried, apply a liner (I recommend this Rimmel Eyeliner) on top of the lash strip and eye lid so that it all blends together and is not obvious you are wearing lashes.

Some people like to add mascara to the false lashes and natural lashes but I don’t do this step as I don’t find it necessary and the lashes last longer without the addition of mascara.  I actually use all my lashes at least 10 times before tossing them!

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  • ChocolateFashionCoffee
    October 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    somehow to me they are so uncomfortable :)) maybe I havent found the perfect ones 🙂

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  • jo
    October 24, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Hi Tiff, I can't live without my falsies! Love Red Cherry, they're really comfy and affordable. I've been wearing them non stop.

    xo Jo

  • prudence yeo
    October 24, 2014 at 1:51 am

    I am looking out for tips to put on fake lashes, so thank you for the tips!