Guest Blogger – The Velvet Doll on Falsies

February 7, 2010

Today we have Rachel of The Velvet Doll here to show us how to tackle an intimidating beauty tool – false eyelashes! If you’ve never tried it because you were a little freaked (meee), then read on, and maybe you’ll change your tune!

To many women the thought of applying false lashes is a very scary one. Why would anyone want to apply a furry strip of who-knows-what covered in glue to their natural lashes? Because it adds instant glam in under 5 minutes and can even be fun once you get use to it. I too was scared of them for many years, but after a lot of trial and error, I think I finally have it down. Whether you are working with $3 Ardell (my favorite low end brand) or $30 Shu Uemura lashes, here are a few simple steps to make applying them a bit easier:

1. Do your eye makeup, including your liner and even a little bit of mascara on the top lash. This gives the falsies something to stick to. If you try and put false lashes onto clean skin it is likely that they will not stick well due to the natural oils in your skin. So go ahead and cake on the makeup!

2. Hold the lash strip up to your lashes to see if they are the correct size. If they seem a bit long (which they often are) trim them with cuticle clippers or small scissors.

3. Apply a strip of the eyelash adhesive to your hand and then lightly run the base of the lash through it. Make sure to pay special attention to the ends.

4. Once the false lash is coated, hold it for about 45 seconds, or until the glue on your hand feels tacky. This is a very important step that many people miss. This will ensure that the lash sticks to your eye as soon as you apply it instead of sliding around.
5. As soon as the glue feels tacky place the lash on top of your own lash, getting as close to your lash line as possible. Once it is sitting where you want it, gently push down on it to secure it to your lash, paying special attention to the ends.

And that should be it! The glue will be white for a while but does eventually dry clear. If for some reason you still see some white, just dot some liquid liner over those spots. After a minute or two you should be able to treat the lashes as your own, so go ahead and curl them or add more mascara if you’d like!
I don’t wear these daily, but I do wear them on the weekends when heading out for drinks or dinner. As you can see from the pictures they really do make an impact on your lashes and the overall appearance of your eyes. Practice makes perfect, so the more you work with false lashes, the more comfortable you will feel.

Enjoy, and for more great beauty tips, visit The Velvet Doll!


  1. So helpful! I’ve actually wondered about the proper procedure. Now I feel less weird about trying!

  2. I have always wondered how to actually put on falsies. Thank you for these detailed instructions!

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