First things first - to give yourself the best shot at it you will need a few basic items:
We at Glossed don't currently supply our own adhesive - this is something we would love to do in future - but for now, we recommend using Duo Glue. Duo Glue is favoured by many makeup artists including our owner Claire. It comes in both black and white versions and it also comes in a latex-free version for anyone who may be allergic to latex.
A small cosmetic or nail scissors will do but you do need something to be able to trim the lashes to fit your own eye. Always trim your lashes from the outer corners not the inner corners.
I find these incredibly handy for applying the glue to the strip, and also to help sit the lashes in place.
Tweezers or Lash Applicator.
A tweezers is best for individual or cluster lashes, but one of these curved applicators works the best for strip lashes. We of course recommend our Rose Gold Applicator which will help you apply your lashes in no time!
Applying mascara to your own lashes before applying your falsies will help to give them something to cling to and allow them to blend together better for a more seamless look.
Some fabulous lashes.
So lets get on with the simple steps...Before you start, apply a coat of your usual mascara to your natural lashes..
Of course we recommend one of our luxury lash styles!
Step 1: Measure the lashes to fit your eye shape.
Most brands of lashes out there make the lashes longer than the average eye shape and if they are too long for your eye they won't stick or sit properly on your own lashes.
Step 2: Trim the lashes to fit onto your eye.
Make sure when you trim the lashes that you cut them on the outside edge, not at the edge that sits in the inner corner of your eye as otherwise you will lose the natural gradient of the lashes which goes from short to long from the inner to outer edges.
Step 3: Apply glue to the band of the lashes.
You need to apply a thick enough layer that the strip is well coated but not dripping down onto the lashes themselves. It can be helpful to use a cotton bud for this as it helps to get an even layer without making too much of a mess but you can apply it however works best for you!
Step 4: Wait 30 seconds for the glue to go tacky.
If you are too impatient, the glue will still be too wet and trying to apply the lashes will only result in smudging the glue all over your lash line and possibly your eyelid. ( We've all done it!).
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Step 5: Using the applicator, apply the lashes onto your lash line, sloping downwards.
It can be very helpful to hold a mirror at chin level then look down into it while you do this next part. Secure the middle of the lash first, then either end - either with the end of a tweezers, the end of your applicator or a cotton bud.
Et voila! Repeat the process with the second eye and give yourself a pat on the back for conquering your fear :) With plenty of practice it will most definitely get easier too!
Bye for now,