So who doesn't love a bit of false lashes! I know i do, but only now i have got used to applying them. It took me a while to get the hang of it but now i have, i can pretty much buy any i like the look of. The secret is to trim them down to fit your natural eye shape. If you don't do this, you run the risk of the end of the strip jabbing you in the eye or hanging off your lid which ain't a good look :) The second most important tip is to invest in some really good lash glue. The glue that is provided with the lashes themselves, i don't find particularly very long lasting. I recommend DUO Glue which i usually buy from Mac. I love this glue, my lashes stay on all night, no matter how much i sweat from all the dancing and it dries clear so you can't see it once it has dried. It is on the pricy side but trust me it's so worth it and lasts forever! The great thing about most lashes is they can be reused. What i do is once i take them off i just soak them in a little eye makeup remover to get rid of any mascara and then gently peel away any visible dried glue. Place them back in the box and voila, all ready to go for your next night out!
So the lashes i am reviewing today are the Eylure Naturalites Intense ( 148) This was the first time i had used these particular lashes as i bought them to wear on holiday so i wasn't too sure how they would turn out but i was very pleased with them! As you can see from the photo above, the lashes fan out towards the corners rather than curl upwards. I didn't need to trim these down so they were good to go once i had applied my eye makeup on but I think for somebody with smaller shaped eyes, you may need to trim these down. I did find that because the lashes point downwards slightly that they did make my eyes appear narrower so i think these work better with a larger eye shape. Anyone wanting to make their eyes appear larger, go for the traditional shaped lashes that curl upwards. Overall, they were very comfortable to wear as are most of the Eylure lashes. They weren't too dramatic looking and lasted throughout 2 nights of wearing them!
Tips on how to apply
1. Apply eyemakeup first before applying lashes. You can always touch up afterwards
2. Remove the lashes carefully from the box using tweezers and slightly bend the lashes to make them more flexible.
3. Apply Duo adhesive glue along the strip. I always put it directly on the strip from the nozzle but you need to be steady handed so as not to squeeze out too much glue. You want a minimal amount or if you apply too much glue it will smear over your lid and ruin all that lovely eye makeup you spent ages perfecting :) Wait around 10 seconds or so to let the glue go slightly tacky.
4. Next i grab the lash with the tweezers by holding the actual lashes and then place the middle of the strip in the centre of my eye making sure that the ends of the strip are not digging into the corner of my eye. It is better for the end of the strip to sit at the end of the lid on the outer corner of the eye so it appears more natural. You can use eyeliner to fill in the corner and make the lash look as though it extends all the way to the corner of your inner eye. Pat the strip gently against the lashline of your lid using tweezers. If you need to adjust do it quickly before the glue starts to dry. I then hold the tweezers against the strip pushing gently to help secure it in place while the glue dries.
5. This is optional but you can use mascara for extra oomph and this will also help to bind you natural lashes together with the falsies, meaning extra security.
6. Wait for the lash glue to dry clear and touch up any eye makeup and lastly use some eyeliner and go over the strip and fill in the the corner where the falsh lashes stop. If you have false eyelashes with a clear strip, then you can get away with no eyeliner at all for an even more natural look!
It sounds complex and long winded but really it isn't, once you get the hang of it, it takes about 5 mins to do, even less if you are a pro. Practice really does make perfect!
So do you girls have any tips and tricks for false lashes and what are your favourite brands?