The Inside Scoop on Sexy False Eyelashes
Last updated on : July 22 2016
Your eyes are the windows to your soul and your eyelashes are demure curtains framing them.
Faux eyelashes are beautifully-designed, sensual curtains that create a perfectly dramatic and smoky looks. Many women absolutely swear by falsies while several others are not even sure where to start with them.
Here’s the definitive inside scoop on sexy false eyelashes that you have always wanted to be privy to.
History of False Eyelashes
False eyelashes are by no means a recent beauty trend. In fact, these beauties have been traced back to the early 1900s.
Falsies were invented by DW Griffith, an American film director. During the filming of the film Intolerance, actress Seena Owen’s character was dressed and styled to be dramatic and flawless. Fashioned out of human hair and fine gauze, these eyelashes were stuck to Owen’s lash line with good ol’ glue. While the movie failed to be a blockbuster hit, a new makeup trend was born. Black-and-white cinema saw a fair share of falsies, especially of the fringe kind. No one has looked back here since.
During the black-and-white movie era, false eyelashes were made of fringe weave. While the fringe material itself was inexpensive, the procedure to apply these dramatic lashes was not. Furthermore, these fringe lashes had a life expectancy of just a few hours and looked quite unnatural. This is why you only see fringe lashes in vintage cinema.
In 2016, false eyelashes are as common as celebrity bandage dresses and made from several other materials including synthetics, human, and mink hair.
Easily the most common type of false eyelashes available to you, synthetic lashes are made of plastic and silk materials. These are affordable options, and in most cases, may be reused up to 4 times.
However, synthetic lashes are thicker than actual human hair. Not only does this make the lashes look a tad unnatural, it also makes them heavier. Another common complaint about synthetic lashes is that they have stubby end, and a lash band that is difficult to glue on. If you are looking for affordable yet fairly durable lashes then synthetic lashes are fairly simple to apply.
Made of sterilized human hair - these lashes look and feel more natural. However, they do come at a higher price.
The choices in terms of color and shapes are also limited as compared to synthetic lashes. These lashes are a preferred option owing to the fact that mascara looks very natural on them and they have a lash band that is more malleable and easily adheres to your lash line.
Fox or Mink Hair
Not for the faint-hearted, these lashes are generously priced and start at $1000 per lash. Known for their natural look, lightweight texture, and innate curl, these fur lashes also last for up to 25 applications. Please make sure they are cruelty free.
Types of False Eyelashes
Full strips offer you a single band that contains an eye’s worth of lashes which are already attached to each other and the lash band. This means that all you have to do is glue them onto your eyelash line and you are ready to go.
Available at most drug or beauty stores, these lashes are easy to apply once you learn how and are available in a number of shapes and sizes. They are also much easier to remove, as they are attached to a single synthetic lash band. Some great options are offered by Makeup For Ever, Red Cherry, and MAC.
Partial strips such as those by Urban Decay begin at the middle of the upper lid area. This means you do not need to worry about lashes that lift at the inner corner. This is a great option for novices who want to start off easy.
Individual Eyelash Extensions
Individual eyelash extensions are great for those who do not require a full strip of lashes but need dedicated attention in areas that have scanty lashes. Invented in Japan in 2006, these individual lashes are attached to existing natural ones in a lash-by-lash technique.
Given that these are single false lashes, they are a tad more complicated to apply, but they look very natural, have a gentle curve, and are affordable too. Ardell offers plenty of single false lash options in varying lengths.
Applying Your False Eyelashes
Applying your false eyelashes takes a bit a prep work to get it just right. If you have decided to give falsies a try, these are the beauty items you need handy prior to beginning the application process.
- The lashes. Choose lashes that are most likely to look natural on your face to begin. As you get more comfortable with the application of your lashes explore various lengths and styles. Also determine if you want to try singles or strips.
- Lash glue. Pick a lash glue that dries clear like the all-time favorite Adhesive by Duo ($8) or Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive. Consider dry time and the included applicator as needed.
- Tweezers. Using tweezers to apply your false eyelashes is a simple fool-proof way to keep your lashes beautiful and shapely during application. Tweezers also make it easy to handle and apply the lashes with precision.
- Eyeliner and mascara. Once your false eyelashes have been applied it is important to use eyeliner and mascara to complete and polish the look. Mascara also allows you to blend your natural lashes with the falsies.
- Precision Q-tips. Q-tips are the best for cleaning up areas where there may have been smudging or too much glue applied.
Stylist Tips for Natural Looking False Eyelashes
- Start with the liner and mascara. Most people apply mascara after gluing the lashes on, but applying mascara beforehand ensures that the falsies adhere to the natural lashes much more easily. If you can opt for quality liners such as MAC Liquidlast, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel liner, or H&M Liquid liner. Create a slightly thicker liner as it serves to mask the lash band at the base.
- Work the lash strip by wiggling it between your fingers. Do not be too vigorous but just bend the lashes a bit so the band becomes less stiff and easier to shape during application.
- Ensure that you measure the false lashes by holding it against your upper lid. Cut them down to size only after measuring the falsies properly. As you hold your lashes to trim hold at center of the falsies, as the outer corner tends to be fuller and more flared.
- The trick to applying false eyelashes that stay on comfortably through the day is to glue them at just the right point. If you glue the lashes too close to or on top of the tear duct in the inner corner of your eyes, you are sure to have a bad evening full of persistent stabbing pain in your eye every time you blink. One tip to help you know where to start the application is to hold an eye pencil against the edge of your nostril, and start at the spot where the pencil meets your upper lash line.
- Less is definitely more when it comes to lash glue. Sanitize the thin end of a makeup brush, dip it into a drop of glue, and then gently dab some on the lash band of the falsies. Some glues come with a brush-on applicator that makes the whole process infinitely easier on you.
- Take some time to breathe. It is a common instinct to rush into fixing the lashes immediately after applying the glue—resist this instinct. Allow the glue to dry for at least 30 seconds before applying so that it clings properly, and does not move too much after application.
- Use a pair of tweezers or your trusted fingers to stick the center part of the lashes first. Then adjust the sides as you desire.
- Wait for the glue to dry, and then do a quick touch up with your eyeliner and mascara. Do not aim for perfect application. Let your mascara and liner do the heavy lifting.
- If you are using a lash glue that dries black instead of clear, you should keep a few precision Q-tips at hand. Wait until the glue has dried off, and then use the Q-tip to gently clear any smudges or messy areas on your lids.
- In most cases, depending on the material and type, your false eyelashes have more than a few lives to them. However, you need to ensure that they are taken care of after you take them off. Dab the lash band with a Q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover after taking the falsies off to ensure that all the dried glue is gently removed. Once the eye makeup is removed completely allow your falsies to dry completely prior to your next application.
- To protect your natural eyelashes use of falsies and glue, use a lash conditioner such as Talika Lipocils Expert or others of its ilk to give your lashes the TLC they require after taking the false ones off.
False eyelashes are simple ways to give your face a lift and polish that is celebrity inspired. Wear them to your wedding, on a hot first date, or simple to a night out with friends. Remember that learning to apply false eyelashes takes time and practice. Start with a complete band strip and then explore with various partial strips as you go.
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