Here is a brief Q&A regarding the use of false eyelashes. If you have more questions, leave a comment here and I will add them onto this entry.
Q: Hey Phyllis, is there a special way to take care of your falsies in order to maximize their life-span (3 to 4 uses?)
A: Of course there are ways you can make your false lashes last longer! I always reuse my lashes and I can use the same pair for up to 14 uses. The key is to treat them with ultra care so they stay in shape. Here are some tips:
* Try not to wash the lashes if possible. Use a pair of tweezers to pick the glue off and run a Q-tip dipped with eye makeup remover to gently remove any mascara/liner residue. If you must wash the lashes, use a gentle cleanser and do not ever soak them in water.
* Never blow dry your lashes. Lay them flat on a paper towel and let them air dry. Once they are completely dry, gently reshape them. Use a spoolie to comb through them before putting them back into the box.
* To blend the falsies and your natural lashes together, use a curler instead. This will minimize the need to reapply mascara which in most cases, is difficult to remove and can increase your chances of ruining your lashes.
Q: Will wearing falsies affect your natural lashes? Does it cause your natural lashes to fall off?
A: Personally, I do not see how wearing fake lashes would affect your natural lashes, that is assuming that you are applying them and taking them off properly. Obviously, if you tear them off vigorously, you will risk tearing off your natural lashes too.
For me, I actually find wearing falsies better than mascara. I used to wear mascara daily and my lashes would get so dry and brittle that they fell off every time I took my mascara off. Now I wear falsies every day and my lashes have stopped falling off as much.
Q: How do you remove fake lashes?
A: To remove falsies, simply tear them off gently and slowly starting from the outer corner. If you experience difficulty removing them, cover your eyes with a cotton ball soaked with eye makeup remover to loosen up the glue first.
Q: When you trim the lashes, do you trim exactly up to the corner of the eye or a little before?
A: I think this varies by person since different people have different eye shapes. What I can tell you, however, is to trim until you feel comfortable wearing them, i.e. no poking the eye. You should also make sure they look natural and fit the shape and length of your eyes. I like to trim mine so they stop roughly 0.5cm before the corner of my eye. I also like to keep the hair at the outer corner longer and the ones in the inner corner shorter.
Check out my How To: Apply Strip False Lashes Tutorial as well!
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