Have you always been in awe of larger eyelashes and rued your own stubby ones? False eyelashes recently caught your fancy and you want to try them but can’t stand how they look so…well, fake? Or maybe you’ve been wearing false eyelashes for awhile and they look like they’re going to crawl off your peepers and eat your face? Don’t worry, even celebs have this problem. We’re not naming any names but you know who we’re talking about. The celebrities whose false eyelashes make them look like creatures from another world. Brr! It’s unsightly and scary, but more than that it’s an unforgivable makeup faux pas.
Tips to make false eyelashes look natural
Fortunately, there are ways to make false eyelashes look more natural. Fake eye lashes are a blessing for those of us who have tiny eyes as they really open up the peepers and brighten up the face. They are also a wonderful addition to your makeup box if you like to try out new looks from time to time. All you have to do to pull off fake eyelashes is to ensure that they look natural, not as easy as it sounds but not that difficult either. So let’s look at some ways in which you can make your fake lashes look more natural.
Tips to Make Fake Eyelashes Look More Natural
Get the Right-colored Fake Eyelashes
For example, if you have black eyelashes, your fake ones should be black too. So make sure you know exactly what color the real ones are before you buy the fake ones. Mismatched fakes are a dead giveaway.
Yeah, sure, it sounds simple, but surprisingly few women understand the need for proper lighting in front of a good mirror while applying any kind of makeup, not just false eyelashes. The light should be bright enough and hitting from a couple of angles if possible to help you get a better view and thus make fewer mistakes while applying the faux enhancers.
We all have differently shaped eyes. Some of us have small, narrow eyes while some of us are blessed with large doe eyes. It’s not possible for makeup companies to conceive of every different eye shape so they make a standard size. Your eyes make be smaller or larger than what is in your fake eyelash pack. One of the reasons that fake eyelashes can look unnatural is that the lashes you put on are not the right size. So firstly, trim off the extra bits, if applicable.
Secondly, also trim the lashes to look the way that natural lashes do. For example, the lashes on the outer edge of the eye are longer than those on the inner edge. If you notice your fake eyelashes, they’re all shaped in one straight, long line. This is fine for a dramatic effect but it will be obvious that you’re wearing fake eyelashes if you leave it that way. Trim the fake ones to have fewer hairs on the inner edge and more on the outer. Also trim those to have just the slightest bit of an uneven feel as natural eyelashes do not all have the same length.
It’s a good idea to get a pack of fake eyelashes in varying sizes. This way, even if you have to massacre one of the sets for the natural look you still have the others for when you want to go all glam.
Get the Glue on Right
Instead of applying the eyelash glue directly on to the fake eyelashes, apply it on the back of your hand and then gently dab the edge of the fake eyelash on it so that it can pick up a thin line of the glue. Now the glue can get quite drippy if you apply too much of it so take care to only allow a very thin layer to get on the fake eyelash. Wait for it to get a little dry before sticking it on. This will prevent leakage on your real lashes.
Apply Your False Eyelashes Properly
In most cases, the reason that false eyelashes look so weird is because they have not been applied properly. So first and foremost, learn the proper application technique. The packet that your false eyelashes come in will have instructions. Read them carefully and follow them to the T. It will be a few tries before you develop the skill so do not let your first try be the day you have something important planned.
Apply Fake Eyelashes on your Lash Line, Not Your Eye Lid
It’s a common mistake to stick fake eyelashes on the upper eyelid so don’t be embarrassed if that’s what you’ve been doing too. Fake eyelashes are meant to be stuck right on the edge of your lash line, not the eye lid. This is a skill that is learned over time and not something that you’ll pick up very easily. Plus, it’s precision work. Use tweezers instead of your fingers to fix the fake lashes into place and give it a smoother finish.
Another Tip on Application
Do not apply the fake eyelash too close to the inner edge of your eye. The lashes on your inner edge are naturally quite sparse. So when you apply your fake, long lashes too close to the inner edge it’s pretty obvious to anyone that you have something on. This is generally what gives fake eyelashes that creepy-crawly look too.
Hold On Until Dry
Once you’ve applied the fake eyelashes, hold them down on both the inner and outer edges for a few seconds so that the glue really sets in well. This will not only make your fake eyelashes look more natural but will also allow them to stay in place longer. Most eyelash glue is quick-drying nowadays so you won’t have to hold on too long, maybe 30 seconds. Also try not to blink for about a minute after you’ve applied the fake eyelashes so that they do not move out of place.
Cover Up Edges with Eye Liner
This is a tried and tested method to make fake eyelashes look more natural. If you are not used to wearing fake eyelashes, it’s the way that the edges are stuck to your upper eye lid that will give you away. Maybe your hand wavered a bit and they’re are slightly uneven. Even if you have it on right, the edges can look quite unnatural. A quick swipe of your eye liner across the upper eye lid should take care of it. It will cover up any discrepancies plus it will brighten up your peepers.
Mascara Helps Too
Maybe you want the fake eyelashes but not the eye liner because you’re, let’s says, planning on a natural makeup look that day. No problem. Just curl your lashes and then give them a few generous coats of mascara. This will help both your fake and your natural lashes to blend in together and will also give your eyes more definition.
Always remove your fake eyelashes before going to bed at night. Sleeping with eye makeup and fake eye lashes on is very harmful for your eyes. So no matter how tired you are, take them off before you hit the sack.