The Complete Guide to False Lashes

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Huda Kattan, our in-house falsies guru, is here to teach you everything you need to know about picking, wearing, and rocking the best false lashes.

Although most women find them intimidating, nothing will do more for your beauty look than a pair of fluffy, slightly dramatic false lashes. They’ve been named one of the hottest trends of 2013 and spring is the perfect time to embrace falsies and let them take over your makeup mantel. False lashes are a beautiful way to add drama without the heaviness of black eye shadow or liner, keeping your look very feminine and soft. That being said, if they are worn the wrong way, they can have the opposite effect and be very distracting. This month, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know about how to pick the right lashes and how to wear them, and give you a few extra tricks and tips so you can be a pro in no time.


Buying False Lashes

One of the best things about false lashes is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on them. Some false lashes can cost up to AED 3,000, but a similar look can be achieved with lashes that cost just AED 60. If this is your first time buying falsies, head to a physical store instead of online. See how long they are, and, if you can touch them, feel them. Always opt for lashes made from natural hairs; they will feel more natural when you wear them, and will also be much more comfortable than mink or synthetic fibers.


Choosing Your Lashes

Picking the right lashes doesn’t need to be hard, but it does take a little bit of experience. A makeup artist can recommend some lashes for you to try, but ultimately, you will be the best judge of what looks good on you. Most first-timers will go for lashes that are either too long and dramatic or too natural. Look for something that is slightly longer than your own lashes. If you’re feeling a little daring, try a pair that has a bit of extra style to it.

Huda Beauty lashes in Giselle #1, available exclusively at Sephora, The Dubai Mall

Gluing Your Lashes

More often than not, people tend to pick the wrong glue or misuse it. Getting this right is just as important as finding the right pair of lashes. If you use the right glue, your lashes will stick better and longer.

Choose glue that has a latex base and is not too runny. Glues with a weaker base won’t stick on the lashes and, ultimately, these won’t wear long on your eyes. Once you find the right glue, apply just enough to cover the base of the false lashes. Let it dry for a few seconds, then apply another very thin coat, leaving a little extra on the inner corner. Look out for a slight change in the glue color. Once you’ve noticed it, apply the falsies to your lash bed using tweezers and adjust as needed.

Duo Eyelash Adhesive glue, AED 60, MAC, The Dubai Mall

Handling and Cutting Your Lashes

When removing your lashes from their container, never pull them out. Instead, use your index finger and remove them by pressing down on the end and pulling back slowly. Then, wiggle the lashes back and forth so that the band loosens a bit.

Place the lashes against your eyes to measure, then cut the outer end of the lashes so that they fit. Keep in mind that lashes should be slightly shorter than your natural eye width for more comfort.


Applying and Adjusting Your Lashes

Using the end of your tweezers, scoop up a small amount of glue and distribute it evenly on the lashes, as previously described. Apply the lashes to your eyes by letting them sit on your natural lash bed. Then, using your tweezers, adjust them so that they fit your eyes perfectly, emphasizing your outer lashes. Finally, apply mascara to blend them with your natural lashes.

If they feel uncomfortable, try shortening them further and only applying them to the outer corner of your eye. If you feel a little prick in the inner corner, use your finger to gently tug the outer end of your lashes, shifting them away from the inner corner of your eye. This should allow the lashes to sit in place more comfortably. You will notice some heaviness for the first ten minutes, but it will go away.


Reusing Your Lashes

When it’s time to remove your lovely falsies, simply pinch the outer end of the lashes and slowly tug along the lash line until they’ve completely come off. Place them back in the lash container so that you can reuse them again. When reapplying the lashes, simply pinch the remaining glue off gently and avoid applying heavy mascara this time around.


Caring for Your Lashes

Many people believe that using false lashes will harm your natural ones. Of course, applying glue over your lash bed day after day is not recommended, but a few times a week is okay. If you take good care of your own lashes, there’s no reason why they should be harmed. Removal is the most important part of ensuring that. Careful removal is key, as is using products that are gentle on the eyes.

Another very important thing to remember if you’re going to apply falsies often is to use vitamins.
Vitamin-rich serums will help keep your lash base strong and stop your lashes from falling out. It will also help grow new lashes, creating a naturally thick and gorgeous lash base. Taking vitamins like Silica and Biotin will help them grow longer and healthier.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, AED 68, Boots, The Dubai Mall
Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner, AED 405, The Doll House

The 5 DOs of Wearing False Lashes

  1. Pick a pair that is slightly longer than your natural lashes and is made from natural hairs.
  2. Find the right glue.
  3. Remove them carefully using a gentle makeup remover.
  4. Be patient.
  5. Use the right vitamins to protect your natural lashes.

The 5 DON’Ts of Wearing False Lashes

  1. If it’s your first time, don’t pick lashes that are too dramatic.
  2. Never wear lashes without cutting them first.
  3. Don’t overdo the glue.
  4. Don’t be rough with your lashes when removing them.
  5. Never, ever sleep with your false lashes on.
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