Back to Basics #6: How to Apply False Eyelashes

By | February 24 2012 | 26 Comments

leonard and eva!

Leonard and Eva mug it up for the camera!

In the last Back to Basics tutorial we looked at curling lashes and applying mascara but for some of us, that’s simply not enough in the lash-flattering department.

lashes by shu uemura and ja'maal buster

Shu Uemura Smoky Layers and Ja’Maal Buster Whisper lashes

So: falsies. Leonard’s gone for a cross-border approach again with a high and low-end solution. One of Eva’s eyes is an uptown girl with Shu Uemura lashes (around €18-20) and the other’s a down homegirl with some Ja’Maal Busters – which are pretty damn good for the price. Shall we see how best to lash them on?

Psst: Mascara first, says our makeup maestro. “Always do mascara before you put on lashes, always,” he instructs.

lashes tutorial step 1

Step 1: Lift off the false lashes with a tweezers – Leonard’s using a special lash tool from Shu Uemura here but a regular tweezers is also absolutely fine. Measure them first against the eye – if you need to cut them then trim from the end. His best tip to aid with the easiest and speediest last placement is to wrap lashes around a brush handle first – this helps to make them a bit more flexible and fit against the natural shape of the eye better.

lashes tutorial step 2

Step 2: Blob a little glue out onto the back of your hand – or an old business card or piece of plastic, it’s up to you. Grab the lash with the tweezers again, place one end in the glue and drag it across. Give lashes a shake. Let glue go tacky on the lash for about 30 seconds to a minute.

how much glue to have on lashes

How much glue should you have on your false lash? Answer: this much!

Leonard’s Top Tip: “Even if you’re using cheaper lashes buy better glue. Shu Uemura and Mac both sell good glue, it doesn’t have to be Duo necessarily. Dearer glue lasts longer!”

place false lashes on lashes

Step 3: Firstly, apply the lashes directly to the eye and rest on top of your own lashes.

lashes tutorial - placement steps

Step 4: Now begin to push them in. “I always push in at the centre first then go to the sides,” says Leonard. Use gentle movements, manoeuvering them into place so they sit naturally on top of the lashline but flush with it – the aim is to make sure you don’t have a gap between the two.

lashes applied

The Shu Uemura Smoky Layers are now in place on Eva’s right eye.

applying ja'maal buster lashes

Leonard followed the exact same steps for Eva’s left eye, but for he used the cheaper Ja’Maal Buster lashes which cost about €6.95 and which you can pick up at chemists. Unlike the Shu’s, these have an invisible band, so deliver a more natural result.

Leonard’s Tip: “while the Ja’Maal Buster lashes are cheaper and brilliant for a night out, if you buy lashes from Shu Uemura they’re reusable and you can bring them back in to the counter and they’ll put them on for you again.”

false lashes final result

And the finished lashes – Shu Uemura Smoky Layers on the left, Ja’Maal Buster Whispers on the right.

Which do you prefer?

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26 Replies to "Back to Basics #6: How to Apply False Eyelashes"

  • Maj says:

    This is the tutorial i have been waiting most of my adult life for!!! Trying this tonight! Thanks xxx

    Loving the shu lashes

  • Great job again Leonard!

    I’m shocked to admit but for a night out I think I prefer the cheapies. I can see myself springing for Shu though for a special occasion, or when I want them to last the day

  • Makeup hair and glitz says:

    I must be the only person in the world who puts glue on my eye first rather than the lashes.. I use an old eyeliner wand apply the glue to my lash line wait for a few mins then place lashes on the eye n hey Presto no playing with tweezers to get them to sit right etc …they sit in perfect every time !!!

  • Raaaaaawr says:

    Em, am I the only one who can see that they aren’t in place in the inner corners…

  • Love the depth in the Shu lashes!

  • Baglady says:

    The one on the right looks better as the one on the left looks like it’s not sticking in the inner corner. She looks great though.

    Make up hair and glitz – I think I’ll try your tip next time, I always go wrong as I can’t co ordinate the tweezers!

  • ciara says:

    they never sit right on the inside of my lids, i cant do them myself but even with someone else doing them they still end up this way… drives me mad :(

  • ams says:

    ciara maybe try the half-ie ones – sometimes I just chop the cheap ones from ebay.

    I picked up some of the penneys ones for 1.50 yesterday – they look nice and fluttery. I never seem to be able to rescue mine after use so dont like paying loads.

  • Cait says:

    Ah this is exactly what I needed! I have never ever been able to get the hang of false eyelashes. Thanks so much!
    I also prefer the cheaper ones – they’re much nicer.

  • Baglady says:

    ?This is probably a really stupid question but sre false ones hard to get off?

  • Hazie says:

    Lovely! I like how full the Shu ones are, but the invisible band on the cheapies look better.
    Some great tips there :)

  • jlo066 says:

    the individual lashes are waaay better and easier to put on, i usually put 3-4 on the outer edge of each eye… gives a lovely cat eye effect i like to think!

    I also never reuse (i think its unhygenic) so dont wanna pay loads and u can get a whole box of individual ones on boots for 8€ and u will get 5-6 nights out of each box

  • Zoe says:

    The Shu ones look as if they aren’t stuck properly on the eye or they were placed a bit high on the inner corner. The others to a lesser extent. Bit of a gap there. I need to stop criticizing sorry. Both are beautiful sets of lashes though :) Also, lashes are all reusable. I find that by using the end of a makeup brush or an orange stick, I can merge the falsies with my own lashes better.

  • Zoe says:

    Not sure if I’m allowed to link a video? Remove if not!

  • SarahDub says:

    Love this topic! I am addicted but always have to get my little sitter to help me out!

    I use the sold out show style in the cheaper range and love them they are very natural.

    Going to attempt this tonight now sans the little sis!

  • Isabelle says:

    The Shu ones have a nicer texture but the fact that even the expert didn’t get them to sit right doesn’t bode well for them! :-p The invisible band on the cheaper ones obviously pays off, they sit better.

  • Elle says:

    The Shu are nicer, but they are not placed properly…they seem to lift on the inner corner, don’t they?

  • Bridget says:

    I can never get them to stick to my eyelashes? They always start lifting after 10mins? And NEVER stick at the inner corners for me either must be hard if even a professional cant.
    @JLO066 agree teh individual ones are much easier and you can decide on length and thickness. But even still I just hate teh feel of anytjing on my eyelashes haha im too sensitive i think :)


  • boredmum says:

    thanks for this, i have never worn false lashes as i was always afraid they would fall off, but i promise i will wear them the next time i go out after looking at this,

    I prefer the cheaper ones, i think they look more realistic and amazing, i think the fact that the other ones are so full on the outside and don’t seem to sit properly is what is putting me off them,

  • Cheap&Cheerful says:

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm not stuck great are they?????
    That tip about putting the glue on the eye first intrigues me!
    Make up hair and glitz – how do you put the glue on to the lid?
    I have the duo that dries black so just wondering how precise you can get this??

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