Trim each of the eyelash strips. Look in the mirror, no. That is, do not put it on alone and stick it immediately to the eyelid. You have to wait and let the viscous substance dry out a little, but not too much.
About 30 seconds should be enough, Simkin recommends, enough to leave a sticky but not wet feeling. During those 30 seconds, he showed me a little trick he does, in which he folds the strip to make the ends kiss, better distributing the adhesive on the tips so that they don't lift up while you're wearing them. As mentioned earlier, you'll want the beginning of the lash strip to match where most of your natural lashes start. Use tweezers to first place half of the strip in the center of the eye and then push the outer and inner corners down along the lash line.
Once all the edges are in place, you can use your fingers to gently pinch the natural lashes and the false eyelashes to blend together. The goal is to ensure that there is no space between the eyelashes and the lash line. Apply a thin layer of glue (directly from the adhesive applicator) along the eyelash vein, from corner to corner. Wait a few seconds for it to become sticky before applying it.
To create a shelf where your false eyelashes can sit, curl your natural lashes and apply mascara that will help support their weight. Now that you know what the process of applying, removing and cleaning false eyelashes involves, you can see that using them isn't that intimidating. Just like learning to ride a bike or parallel parking, learning to apply false eyelashes isn't an easy skill. You can also trim the individual lashes inside the strip to different lengths for a more natural looking strip of false eyelashes.
Whether you want the drama of strappy lashes or the full, natural look of individual lashes, here's everything you need to know about how to apply false eyelashes like a pro. There are a lot of factors at play when it comes to applying false eyelashes, including the shape of the eyes, how exactly you remove the lashes from their box in the first place (never tear them off, please) and that's even before we have to trim and apply glue. False eyelashes can make your eyes look bigger and more spectacular without the mascara mess and for a fraction of the price of eyelash extensions or eyelash lifts. Well, unfortunately false eyelashes aren't one size fits all, you can't just walk out the door, stick some glue in your bag and hope for the best.
Simkin is a makeup artist who has prepared the faces of Issa Rae, Kerry Washington and even Zayn Malik, but most importantly, she can make false eyelashes in pharmacies look like this. False eyelashes are some of the few things in life that simultaneously bring us incredible joy and overwhelming anxiety. But rest assured that stubborn false eyelashes are easily avoided with a precise application and will not be a cause for great concern. No matter what style you start with, you should first outline the upper lash line with a black eyeliner to hide the base of the false eyelashes.
As a permanent eyelash enthusiast on the Allure staff, my only irritating embarrassment is the fact that I've never mastered the art of applying false eyelashes before.