For a long time I just wasn't fussed about false lashes. I thought they were fiddly, messy and they always ended up looking ridiculous on me. At some point last year I decided enough was enough and that I wanted those super long, fluttery lashes packed with volume that I was always poring over on Instagram or YouTube, so it was about time that I tried my best to get the application nailed.
Fast forward to nearly 12 months later and I finally feel confident enough to wear lashes on a regular basis, without needing to dedicate 40 minutes of my precious getting ready time to applying each strip. Over the past few months I've read countless blog posts and articles, and spent many an hour trawling Pinterest looking for the latest and greatest tips when it comes to applying false lashes, so now I actually find it a relatively easy process.
False lashes can be pretty intimidating at first, so I thought I'd share some of the more useful information I've come across through my research, as well as introducing you to one of my favourite brands at the moment.
One of the big factors in me overcoming my hesitations of false lashes was the glue. A lot of the time, the glue that comes alongside strip lashes isn't quite up to scratch, so I decided to pick myself up a tube of DUO Eyelash Glue from Boots. I find that DUO has a much longer lifespan, helping my lashes to stay put all day without my eyes feeling like they're absolutely smothered in horrible sticky glue! I steered clear of the black glue on offer and went for clear instead as I haven't quite got the perfect application technique and so didn't want to smear my eyelids with sticky black gloop in the process. It's impressive stuff, especially in comparison to the sachets typically included when buying lashes. It also means that I can make the most of being able to buy eyelashes that don't include glue, meaning I've been able to try lots of new styles and brands.
Styles & Brands
Speaking of styles and brands... Jenni's Beauty Lashes recently sent me a few of their styles to try out and they have totally converted me. I used to stick to the main contenders like Eylure and Ardell, but since trying out the styles available from Jenni's Beauty Lashes I've realised just how many amazing independent eyelash brands there are out there. It's incredible!
I like a variety of styles of lashes depending on the occasion, and at the moment I find myself reaching for the Jessica Lashes nearly every day. These beautiful lashes are lightweight and super flexible, meaning they fit to my eye perfectly with no discomfort so I can easily wear them all day. The clear band helps them blend in with my natural lashes and they add the perfect amount of length and volume to my natural lashes for every day wear. For special occasions, I like to go all out. We're talking long, fluttery lashes with lots of volume. The Jennifer Lashes are perfect to pair with a shimmery smoky eye for some full on glamour without being ridiculously over the top and spidery like some other styles can be.
- Make sure to trim your lashes from the inner corner so as to ensure they fit your eye perfectly without losing any of the shape and flick from the style
- Allow the glue to set for 30 seconds - 1 minute and become slightly tacky before applying your eyelashes to prevent them slipping all over your lid
- Curl your natural lashes and apply a thin coating of mascara before adding falsies to help them blend together seamlessly
- Wrap your false eyelashes around something like a makeup brush before applying to ensure they are as flexible as possible
- After applying, use a black liner to help blend the strip with your natural lashline
- If you struggle lining up the band of the lashes with your natural lashline, try looking downwards in to a mirror when applying - it helps more than you'd expect!
- Be patient - it takes time to master the perfect application, but practise makes perfect