I’d really love to wear false eye lashes, but I don’t want to look like Tammy Faye. How do I put them on and wear them?

The photograph above is one of my brides wearing false eyelashes I applied. It is not difficult. Here are some tips to follow.

Step 1 – Choose a pair of lashes that look natural. Laura Mercier Full Faux Eyelashes

I go through packs of these doing photo shoots Ardell Multipack Demi Wispies Fake Eyelashes

Those are Demi’s in the multi pack

these are thicker and a bit more glamours Ardell InvisiBands Lashes Glamour – Wispies Black 240435

Red Cherry False Eyelashes #82 Black 3 Pack

Andrea Redi-lash Self-Adhesive Lashes 45S, 34 45 Each






One of the most important things is to buy a good pair of tweezers. Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, Stainless Steel are my favorite.

They will help tremendously in the application.

Also buy strong-hold waterproof glue. The glue that comes with the lashes most of the time isn’t waterproof. See step 4.

Step 2 – Use a mirror that you can gaze down into, by place the mirror lower than your eyes so you are not looking directly into it at your eyes. A mirror on a swivel base will work well too. Before you start the application curl your natural eye lashes with an eye lash curler.

Step 3 – Using the tweezers, pick up a lash by the corner. Hold the strip of lashes up to your eye to study the length to determine placement. You might notice they are too large for your eyes. You will need a pair something like these Niegeloh TopInox Stainless Steel Manucure Scissors. Made in Germany, Solingen.

Take a pair of tiny manicure scissors trim them and adjust them to an appropriate length to fit your eyes. Some women cut the lashes into two or three strips and apply them individually with their tweezers. Personally I’m more comfortable with one strip. Once the lashes are the length you are happy with, hold them up along your natural lash line to get a feeling where you will place them.

Step 4 – Find the brand of eye lash glue you like. There are several to choose from.

DUO Eyelash Adhesive, Dark Tone – 0.25 Oz 

DUO False Eyelash Adhesive White Waterproof

LashXO- Eyelash Adhesive Brush on LATEX FREE, Waterproof

Select the one you intend to use. Then apply a very fine line of glue to the base strip of the lashes. Allow the glue to dry for approximately 30 seconds.

Step 5 – With a steady hand carefully apply them to your lash line as close as you can get. You may wiggle them gently into place. Hold still for a minute or two until the glue dries. Once you get the knack of it you will find the method that works best for you.

Step 6 – Some women like to use an eyelash curler after they have applied the false eye lashes and not before, it is up to you what you are most comfortable with. You can do both before and after, what ever works for you. But make sure the glue is thoroughly dry before you attempt to curl them.

Here is a super nice one by SURRATT Relevée Lash Curler

Step 7 – Next apply eyeliner. Some women prefer liquid liner, others prefer pencil liner, and some use eye shadow to create the line to fill in any gaps.

Another option is you can lightly brush the false eye lashes with a coat of mascara. By doing this you pump up the intensity and volume.

My favorite is L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, Carbon Black and this shade L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, Black.
Or perhaps this one L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Curved Brush Mascara, Black, 0.28 Ounces

If your lashes are full in other areas, and sparse in the outer edge, you might find using fluttery clusters in the outer edge only or apply pieces of lashes where you need them.

Taking the lashes off can be as painful as ripping off a band-aid on you eyes. Be gentle. You can use a little eye make-up remover on a tissue held against your lashes to soften up the glue. Threads of cotton from a cotton ball might stick to the lashes so you might find a tissue works best.  Once you feel the glue dissolve, you can then slide the lashes off with ease so you can  clean and reuse them later.

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