With holiday parties a-flurry, ’tis the season to sparkle up (see Stylist Picks: Sparkling Accents) and go a little more glam. Why not have fun with false eyelashes? Lash extensions are a commitment, but falsies are for tonight. You can take them off and wear them again if you treat them well, and while the application is a process, even the inexperienced can do it perfectly on the first try with a little guidance.
To that end, major thanks to Tina Salazar, Nordstrom beauty stylist at The Shops at Mission Viejo, CA, for gracing us with her wisdom.
Tina Salazar: My favorite false lash brands are M·A·C, Georgie Beauty, and Laura Mercier. When removing lashes from the case, bend back the plastic to expose the strands of the lashes and gently pull them off. This will prevent any damage to the lashes. These things are delicate!
Before placing your false lashes on, curl your natural lashes and apply mascara–this is so your natural lash and false lash blend seamlessly.
Also before application, trim the lash according to the width of your natural lash line. When false lashes are too wide, they change the appearance of your eye shape.
Apply a thin layer of lash glue on the lash band, and wait 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky. This will ensure that the false lash adheres properly to the skin and dries evenly.
Use a lash applicator (M·A·C has a new applicator that is fantastic!) to guide the lashes onto the lash line.
The Thread wants to know: Any other ideas about how to achieve a cool, elegant falsie look–and not crazy spiders on the eyeballs?
Use half-lashes, the #20 M·A·C lash or Laura Mercier Corner Faux Lash, to achieve a clean, modern look without looking fake–they give a lift to the eye without being overdone. A thin line of eyeliner along the lash line before applying your false lashes will give you a guide on where to place your lashes as well.
What are some common mistakes people make with false eyelashes?
They apply mascara to their false lashes. If you do this, you will not be able to reuse and clean them properly. Also, too much glue on the lash band will prevent the glue from becoming tacky enough to adhere to the skin evenly. And always remove your lashes at night! Remember, they are delicate and need care. Gently tug them off your eyelid, starting with the outer corner, and store them in the original case.
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