Whether you want a naturally enhanced lash or a more glamorous look, these expert tips from MAC Senior Makeup Artist Romero Jennings will have you applying your own false lashes like a professional. And with his easy tips in mind, your lashes are sure to stay in place all day or night long.
Creating the perfect Halloween costume is all in the details, and Illamasqua has found a way to make you stand out from the crowd with a very clever version of their much-loved false eyelashes. They've been trimmed in a scallop shape to resemble bat wings and would look amazing against a dramatic eye (green or red would be suitably spooky and ensure those lashes are seen). Snap them up now in a special gift set ($22) with Swarm nail polish, a matte black glitter that will add the perfect finishing touch to your Halloween look.
Now that you've already mastered the art of applying fake eyelashes, why not get a little creative with it? With Halloween close at hand, there's never been a better time than the present to try some of the more unconventional varieties. Take a peek at some of Etsy's most gorgeous homemade lashes, from delicate lace to outrageous feathers.
Sometimes one mascara isn't enough to get the faux-lash effect. Don't settle for second best, though. Double down on your formulas instead. Combine a lengthening lash-enhancer with a thickening formulation, or top a defining mascara with a curling one. The combinations are endless. For lashes even Snuffleupagus will envy, find a few top mascara pairings when you keep reading.
False eyelashes are one of those beauty products that give you a serious boost when used correctly, but can also look terrible when things go awry. "The key to false lashes anytime, whether you're backstage or at home wearing them, is to fit them to the eyes. You have to cut the band and make them shorter, otherwise they'll drag your eyes down," explains Stila key makeup artist Sarah Lucero, who created the flirty eye makeup look for Alice + Olivia's Spring 2013 show. To see her insider tricks for getting false lashes right, keep reading.
Individual false lashes lend a serious wow factor to any beauty style. And because they're so lightweight and you control how many to apply, the results are surprisingly natural looking. They thicken the lash lines making you look like you have lashes for days, but depending on your technique, you can transform yourself with sexy fringe or even a pretty doe-eyed style. Watch now to see how you can accentuate your flutter with flair.
- Cut the strip lashes so they are as long as the length between the center of your eye to the outer corner. "Remember it's all about blending your inner lash line lashes with the faux," Freedman explains. Avoid starting too close to your inner eye, because it's "a dead giveaway and difficult to glue down in that naturally sparser area."
- Spread a thin line of glue along the thread, and blow on it a little to allow the glue to become a little dry and tacky.
- Use your fingers to apply the fake lash to the outer corner of your lash line (and not your lid). Then, use tweezers to press the strip down securely along the lash line. If you are hesitant, Freedman promises it gets better with practice. "It's like riding a bike," he explains, adding, "Once you do it a few times it's way easier."
- Hold down both edges of the false lash for a few minutes until the glue dries to lock them in place.
- To finish, do a quick pump with an eyelash curler and top off with a few coats of mascara to blend the natural and faux lashes together.
Long, lush lashes. Who doesn't want them? With the trend toward brighter lips and sparser eye, a vivid lash line is even more important. So many gals ask me about amping up their flutter with faux lashes. It's actually pretty easy. Here's my technique to give your peepers a little extra pop. See how Brett gets it right every time when you read more.