How To Apply Fake Eyelashes Perfectly Every Time

Applying eyelashes can become quite the challenging task. Your hands may shake, the glue may not stick, and before you know it, your application mistakes are quite obvious. With what feels like countless options including strip lashes, individual lashes, dark glue or clear glue, it’s difficult to keep track of it all. It’s easy to feel lost and not know where to begin.

Thankfully, this process doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. If you’re looking to perfect your lash routine, try these helpful tips.

Lash Prep

Prior to applying eyelashes, there are a few steps to complete. By doing the following, you’ll ensure that your lashes will blend into your natural eyelashes, seamlessly.

STEP 1: Apply Shadow or Eyeliner to the Root of Your Lashes:

Grab an eyeliner brush and dip it into a dark brown or black eyeshadow. Gently press the powder on top of the root on the lash line.

Next, press the shadow underneath the lashes, as close to your upper waterline as possible.

This step ensures you won’t have any gaps showing through when you apply your lashes, which also helps achieve a fuller look.

STEP 2: Curl Your Eyelashes:

Curling your eyelashes before applying falsies is a crucial step. Many people underestimate the power of an eyelash curler. Even if you don’t notice a dramatic difference right away, you will see the difference this step makes when it comes time to blend the lashes.

STEP 3: Apply Mascara:

Next, it’s time to apply your mascara. It’s best to opt for waterproof mascara because it will ensure that there won’t be any product transferring around your eyes, and it will hold the shape of your curl for longer.

Don’t worry about applying the mascara perfectly. This won’t matter once your lashes go on. After these three steps, apply your falsies and enjoy the beautiful look.

Applying Lashes

Whether you are applying a strip lash or individual lashes, or whether your glue is black or white, it all requires the same prep as listed above.

STEP 1: Measure The Eyelash Band:

Because not all eyes are the same shape, it’s crucial to measure the lash to your lash line before applying any glue. If the lashes you’re using are too long for your eye, be sure to trim off a centimeter or 2 at the longest end.

TIP: When trimming lashes, always make sure to cut from the outer eye band. Trimming the inner corner of the false eyelashes will ruin the natural illusion and leave them mis-shaped.

STEP 2: Apply A Thin Coat Of Glue:

Now, it’s finally time to apply glue to the band. When applying a thin line of glue to the lash band, the most important thing is to allow it to dry for 20 seconds before applying.

The glue needs to be tacky before application and waiting 20 seconds will make sure it’s ready and won’t slide around your eyelid.

There are also lash glues on the market that change color, indicating when they’re ready for application.

STEP 3: Applying the Lashes To The Eyes:

Have a mirror ready and be sure to hold it low at an upwards angle. This allows you to see exactly where you are going to place the lash.

Tweezers will be your best friend; make sure they are not sharp to avoid any potential injury, especially if your hands shake. Place your elbow down on a countertop to help stabilize your arm and hand.

Now, as you’re looking down, apply the lashes with your tweezers by holding the middle of the band, and press the lash band onto the middle of the eye.

Make sure you initially place the lash just above your lash root and not directly on your natural lashes.

Once the middle is secure, you can lay down the outer and inner corners of the lash.

If you need extra reenforcement, dot a little lash glue on the inner and outer corner of the eye so the lash won’t curl away from your eye.

You can now take your tweezers and gently squeeze the fake lashes into your natural lashes. This will further help conceal the band and create a stronger adhesion. You have now perfectly applied your false eyelashes! Repeat these steps on the other eye.


After application, you can take your liner brush again and gently pack on another layer of shadow to further conceal the band. If necessary, add another coat of mascara and make sure to only apply it to the base of the lashes in order to blend the fake and natural lashes together.

Avoid applying mascara on the top of the lashes to make sure they don’t clump. This will make it much easier to rewear this same pair of lashes again.

If you plan on wearing falsies all day, keep your lash glue and tweezers in your bag at all times for glue touch-ups.


1 Comment
  1. Thank you for the additional info on the application. Especially the mirror angle and eye direction. Use shadow instead of a line would look better. Sometimes lash applicators are included with a multi pack of lashes. LIFE SAVER!!

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