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Step 1: Getting them out of the box"/>
False eyelashes are a pain at the best of times (they can sense our fear, we swear) but don't panic, there's a way to make the application easier – even if you're a beginner. There are plenty of cult mascaras to play with while you practise with your fake eyelashes. Now, grab a pair of tweezers, some patience and follow our step by step guide to applying false lashes correctly.
Step 1: Getting them out of the box
No no, this isn’t a joke. Anyone who has tried removing fake lashes out of the packaging will know it’s more challenging than playing Jenga with fake fingers. Always peel the lashes from the outer corners in – the reason being, if you slightly snag one, the chances are you will cut it off anyway when you shape it round your eye. The inner corners are what you need to preserve.
Step 2: Shaping
If you’re a novice we strongly suggest you rope a friend in to help you with the measuring.Most eyelashes won't perfectly fit your eye size and shape, so you'll need to measure them against your eyes. Hold the fake eyelash over your eye and anything drooping on the outer side needs to be snipped off (that’s where the friend comes in). Make sure you mark out where they need to be cut, and snip them well away from your eyes! If you have small or hooded eyes, you may want to go for a shorter length of eyelash – anything to big and thick will make your eyes look smaller.
Step 3: Avoiding a sticky situation
Whatever anyone tells you – glue should always be applied to the false lashes, not directly to your eyelid. Run a thin line along the base of the lash and then wait a couple of seconds for it to go tacky before you apply. This one is very important to prevent the lash sliding down your cheek just as your date walks in…If all else fails, this cheap mascara gives a false lashe effect, and we think it's better than this £25 one!
Step 4: Placement
Push and hold the lashes in place (we find using a pair of tweezers helps here) starting from the inner corners and working along to the outer corners. As a rule of thumb, apply mascara (these our our favourites under £10) to blend your natural lashes into the fake ones.Tightlining your eyes with a good kohl eyeliner will help make the lashes look more natural and blend in with your eye make-up. Sensitive eyes? Then this mascara is for you. And if you're feeling brave – top them off with one of these surprisingly chic coloured mascaras – we dare you.
If you're still struggling, don't fret. These mascaras are just as good as any pair of false eyelashes...