I’ve given fake eyelashes a try or two, but after a few good pokes in the eye I came to the realization that I probably wasn’t putting them on properly. When the idea is for them to look naturally glamorous, I kept winding up with results that were far from seamless — and after speaking to a handful of friends I found that I wasn’t the only one struggling with faux lashes. Since this is one technique that can make a big impact, we figured that a few simple steps from Martha Lynn were in order to up our makeup game and finally nail down the art of the application. Click through for the instructions!

1. Start by applying mascara to your lashes. Then measure false lashes along your eyelid. If it’s too long, trim to size by snipping excess length off the inside of the lash (the shorter end).

2. Carefully squeeze glue onto eye lash in a super thin layer. Let it dry for 30 to 40 seconds until it becomes tacky.

3. Tilt head back and gently place fake eyelash onto your lash line.

4. Use a liquid liner to go over where the glue is, and fill in any gaps between the fake eye lashes and the lash line.

tutorial by Martha Lynn Kale, photos by Cory Ryan

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Comments (5)
  1. 1
    Michele Westrick (lovely notes) August 8, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I always want to do this at home but stuggle. I love the look when professionally done though. You have inspired me to give it another shot.

  2. 2
    erin August 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

    lovely photos! as a makeup artist, i get questions about this all the time (i posted a vid about it, too!). these tips are helpful, but i think it’s so much easier for a novice if you use tweezers, get really tight to your mirror, drop them down in the middle of your lash, and then tuck in each end. almost foolproof! x

  3. 3
    Lindsey August 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I’ve also heard that if you cut the lashes in half and just apply them to the outer corner of your lash line, you can get a little pop of lashes, but it’s not as hard as a whole set of falsies.

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