Drag Princess Tips: Simple Tips For False Lashes!


Unless you hit the genetic lottery, false lashes are an absolutely crucial part of any look that demands a little extra drama or glamour. However, I find that most people skip them because they can be difficult to put on! Here are my tips for an easy, fool-proof application process for bat-worthy lashes!

  • Make sure the lashes are the same width as your eyes. Hold them up to your eye, and take note to see if you need to trim any excess length off. It’s up to you if you want to trim from the inner, outer, or both ends. 
  • Curling your lashes before applying tends to help the false lashes blend in better, but can also make it more difficult to work around.
  • Choose the right glue! Never use those tiny tubes that come with your lashes—honestly, I don’t even know if they should be considered glue! I personally use hair glue—I know some people say it’s not safe, but it’s the exact same thing but with a higher latex content.  I prefer it because it dries much faster than eyelash glue, and it’s easier to find in black. If you want regular eyelash glue, a popular favourite is Duo.
  • Squeeze out a line of glue onto the back of your hand or a palette, and gently touch the band of your lashes into the glue. You don’t need a lot of glue! If the glue is leaking into your eyes or getting all over your lid, you're either not letting it set enough or using way too much! I like to apply slightly more glue to the corners, to be sure that they will hold all day.
  • If using Duo or another eyelash glue, wait about 30-60 seconds for it to get tacky before applying. If you’re using hair glue or liquid latex, you only need to wait about 5 seconds.
  • Allergic to latex or don’t want to mess with glue? Don’t fret—I just discovered a fabulous new product called Fantabulash! It was developed by a woman who lost all her hair to alopecia AND developed an allergy to glue! I’ve tried it out several times and it’s definitely got some great perks. It already comes in strips, which you simply press your lashes onto, and then press it onto your eyelid. Definitely doesn’t get easier than that! It also has a VERY strong hold—I wore it for 10 hour days both times, with absolutely no lifting or any other issues. It IS a bit pricier than lash/hair glue, but if you're allergic or don't wear lashes very often, it's a great choice. Also, I haven't been able to test this out, but I've heard that it holds up much better in humidity than regular glue! I know I'll be keeping it in my kit for sure!
  • Apply to the inner corner first, but start the lashes a cm or so away from the corner for comfort (otherwise you’ll feel it when blinking). It’s important to do your inner corner first because while you need to get the inner corner precisely right, you have more flexibility for lash placement for the outer corner. You can extent the lashes beyond your eye for an elongated shape, or up away from your lash line for a more open look. You can’t do either of these things with your inner corner though!
  • Use your fingers, or the side of a brush or cotton swab to support the lashes upwards while they dry. This helps them from drying at a strange angle, and can have a widening/opening look for your eyes.
  • Apply a coat or two of mascara to blend your real lashes with the falsies.
  • If you’re totally new to lashes, try cutting them in half and only applying them to the outer corners until you get more comfortable with them.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear multiple pairs for extra drama!
  • I know cartoon characters do this, but don’t rip your lashes off at night (especially when using Fantabulash! That stuff is insanely strong, and you’ll damage your natural lashes or skin)—Ouch! Instead, soak them with a warm washcloth & some makeup remover to soften up the glue before gently removing them.

Lush lashes forever!

 Blake Karamazov is a San Francisco based makeup artist, Swagger Cosmetics creator and only eats vegan glitter and rhinestones.  


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