False Eyelashes Basic Q&A

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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!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

12 COMMENTS

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  2. hello, I’ve recently bought a drugstore pair of false eyelashes and I have found the glue hard to get off even with makeup remover. How do you remove the glue from your falsies? thank you!

  3. Hi Jenny and Vannie, to remove the glue, I simply use a pair of tweezers to gently peel them off. You can also use eye makeup remover.

  4. Hi Phyllis
    I’ve been wanted to know how do we apply fake lower lashes
    on our lower lashline i mean we stick it underneathe our lowerlash on above it.
    I do hope you can get back to me or do a tutorial about it thanks alot.
    Hope to hear from you real soon

  5. ^ i think apply the lashes below ur natural lashes because the glue cud irritate ur eye? so like underneath ur own lashes :)

    woo hoo i jus bought some eyelure natural lashes today [my 1st set of falsies ever] so xcited cnt wait to use em! :)

  6. Hi Phyllis. I’m chinese and have single eyelids,and I was wondering how I could get that innocent dark-liner look that most Korean girls have. I think they use really thin liquid liner and very subtle pink and purplish eyeshadow. I found some pictures of Joo and I also like her blush so much! Its so natural with just the right glow of toner on her skin!

    http://krnloop.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/joo-park-jin-young-greatest-teacher.jpg

    http://popseoul.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/200802042joo-small.jpg

    (Or just look up “Joo jyp” on Google)

    Thanks,
    Jenna

  7. Hi Phyllis. I’m chinese and have single eyelids,and I was wondering how I could get that innocent dark-liner look that most Korean girls have. I think they use really thin liquid liner and very subtle pink and purplish eyeshadow. I found some pictures of Joo and I also like her blush so much! Its so natural with just the right glow of toner on her skin!

    http://krnloop.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/joo-park-jin-young-greatest-teacher.jpg

    http://popseoul.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/200802042joo-small.jpg

    (Or just look up “Joo jyp” on Google)

    Thanks,
    Jenna

  8. Hi, i was wondering what lash adhesive you used.

    I know a lot of ppl who use DUO waterproof. how is that?

    I recently bought sugar false lashes and it comes with a tiny tube of adhesive but it is really bad! the adhesive is not sticky or tacky on skin at all and it falls off as soon as i put it on.

    Please recommend any good adhesive brands that are affordable.

    Thank you!!!

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