Start by applying your eyeliner. I like a thick, dark line for this. You can do a thinner line, but, in my opinion, this is a dramatic eye and you need a dramatic line. Then, if you want, curl your natural lashes. I do this because later on it helps blend the natural lash with the falsies. If you're like me and your lashes grow very straight, then you need to take the extra five seconds and do this.
Once your eyeliner is dry, apply the lashes.
A friend of mine showed me a trick several years ago and it is golden: Cut each eyelash strip in half. You're only going to apply the strip lashes from the center of the eye to the outside corner. This gives a more natural look and it keeps you from having to remove and re-bend the eyelashes repeatedly to get the curve to match the curve of your lid. The other great part about this is that, in essence, it gives you two sets of lashes for the price of one!
Be sure to use the matching halves from each strip. Most lash sets are mirror images of each other and gradually get longer toward the outside corners. So, if you don't use half of each lash strip, one eye will have much longer lashes than the other.
Once you have the halves separated, test out your placement by laying the lash strip on your eyelid where you want it to go. If the curvature isn't right, gently flatten or deepen the curve with your thumbnail.
Next, apply the glue. Be very careful. You need a tiny amount of glue, less than a drop per lash strip. I promise it is enough. If you get too much on you will make a mess, they will take forever to dry, they will slide around on your eyelid and eventually they will fall off. Use a teensy weensy amount of glue.
Be patient! Don't get trigger-happy here. After you've applied the glue, wait at least 30 seconds. It should go from solid white to slightly translucent. Do not apply the lashes to your eyelid when the glue is too wet.
When the glue is slightly dry, line up the lash strip as close as possible to your natural lash line and, using the tweezers, lightly press the lashes into place. Count to 20 to let them finish drying.
Last, apply mascara. Most makeup people say this is a no-no, but I am telling you, to get the look you want this is nonnegotiable: mascara goes on last. Putting on mascara after you've applied lashes serves multiple purposes: It helps secure the falsies by bonding them to your natural lash (so if the glue pulls up, your lashes are still on) and it blends your natural lash into the falsie (so you don't have two alien rows of lashes; instead, you have one thick line).
There you have it, false eyelashes for everyone!
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.