Boost your natural eyelashes with individual inserts
Short, individual eyelashes are the only way to wear falsies that look beautiful rather than comical. A complete strip of lashes (or even half lashes) looks too heavy and drag queen-esque, plus you have to disguise them with heavier make-up.
Curl your lashes and apply mascara, but that’s all. “Apply eye make-up after you’ve applied the lashes” says make-up artist Claire Ray. “You need to lift the eyelid with your finger to place the lashes on just where you want them, and that will take off any carefully applied eyeshadow in seconds.”
Squeeze it into a small puddle on the pack of lashes so you can lightly dip the end of each eyelash into it. Don’t put on the back of your hand, as it will stick to your skin. Clear glue is best and you only need a tiny amount – the more you use, the longer it takes to set. Blow on the glue to make it tackier before sticking in place.
Bend the pack so that you’re not tugging on the lash, or you may damage the curl. Bring it as close to your natural lash line as possible, gluing it to your actual lash. Press and hold until the glue dries (ten to 30 seconds). You can hold it in place using the end of a fine brush, which helps to give the lash an upward curl.
“Start in the centre and work your way out to the corners, so you can adapt the look to suit your face,” says Claire. If you have a round face, create a ‘doll eye’ with all the lashes focused in the centre of the lash line to emphasise cheekbones. If you have a long, narrow face, ‘cat’s eyes’ lashes that wing out to the sides help widen the face.
Fill in between the false lashes and your natural lash line with black gel eyeliner. This also helps to paint out any glue residue. Use a fine brush and paint just the roots of your lashes – especially crucial if you have naturally fair lashes. Finally, comb through to help blend natural lashes with the false ones, taking care that the glue has firmly set. Now you’re ready for make-up, but use a light hand to keep the look fresh.