If you haven’t tried false eyelashes yet, where have you been? Anyone with an interest in beauty needs to know how to apply strip lashes as these can make an amazing statement and really enhance your natural beauty.
It is important to invest in a good quality pair and these can start from as little as £13.50. If you have a special event coming up, such as a wedding or prom, or perhaps you are looking to add to your makeup bag, false strip lashes are essential to achieve that Hollywood glamour look.
For an eyelash novice or someone who has failed at the application before, this may seem like a tricky task. Fear not, we have the ultimate guide for those looking to give strip lashes a go or perhaps you are just wanting to further your knowledge to make the most of these glorious beauty products.
Strip Lashes: What Are They?
So exactly what are strip lashes? With so many products now on the market, it can be easy to get confused when looking for your new accessory. Strip lashes are the most classic style of false eyelashes and have been around since the early 20th century.
Strip lashes are curved strips with clusters of lashes attached in different styles to achieve a variety of fashions, depending on what look you are going for. They can be found in most beauty stores and can be anything from a subtle natural look to the bigger Kim Kardashian flair.
If you are completely new to the world of strip lashes, we recommend starting me a more understated pair and you can always build yourself up to the larger sets as you gain more experience.
Preparing Your Strip Lashes
Not many people know this, but strip lashes aren’t ready to go straight out of the packaging, you need to do a bit of prep work first. You need to make sure the lashes actually fit your eye, rarely will your new purchase fit your eyelid perfectly.
Firstly, you need to remove your lashes safely from their packaging. Don’t just pull at them with your fingers as this can cause them to become misshapen which will make them trickier to apply and could increase the likelihood of them falling off throughout the day significantly.
Using a pair of clean eyelash tweezers, gently tease your eyelashes from the packaging, starting from the outer edge. Next, hold them up to your eye using the same tweezers to measure how much needs to be removed before application. The strip lash should begin and end where your natural ones do.
Use a pair of sharp, good quality scissors (nail scissors work well as they are small, just make sure they are clean!), cut off any excess lashes. Do so by cutting upwards from the strip into the lashes on the outer edge, this reduces the risk of accidentally cutting any lashes you weren’t meant to.
How To Glue Strip Lashes
This is the fiddly bit but by following this you should get the hang of it in no time. Hold the lashes with your tweezers and using the applicator from the adhesive, gently sweep the glue along the strip.
Now the bit many people get wrong, you need to wait. The glue needs to become tacky before you apply the lashes to your eyelid, 20-40 seconds should suffice.
Place the lash against your natural lashes, starting with the centre and slowly and carefully pressing outwards. If you don’t get it the right first time, do not worry as you can easily remove them and try again, you may need to apply more glue if making a few attempts.
If you want a stronger hold, you can also apply 2-3 small dots of glue on your lid beforehand. This is great if you are planning on wearing your lashes for a long period of time.
Removing Strip Lashes
Next, we will run through how to remove strip lashes. Doing so properly limits damage to the lashes and more importantly, your eyelid! Using your trusty tweezers, gently pull from the outer edges.
Place your lashes back in their packaging or another clean container to await cleaning.
Cleaning Strip Lashes
It is important to know how to clean strip lashes as this means you will get the most out of your purchase. Not only will this save you money in the long-run but it is far less wasteful: bonus environmental points! It is also important to remove any bacteria as these sit so close to your own eye.
You will require makeup remover, a gentle one made for eye makeup is the best, cotton balls, a clean mascara or eyelash brush and your tweezers.
Use your tweezers to remove any excess glue and wipe down the strip. Make sure you use a clean cotton ball for each lash to avoid transferring any bacteria between the two.
Lay the lashes on some kitchen towel and gently use your mascara wand to brush the lashes to their original state. Leave them to dry in a safe area, away from any drafts.
By following these steps, you should have gained an understanding of how to use strip lashes and the process should become easier.
If you do still struggle, ask a friend to help you, sometimes just having another pair of eyes to confirm if things are looking right or not can make a world of difference.
Strip Lash Application Dos and Don’ts
Do apply mascara first
False lashes should be your last step. Most lash wearers would normally apply all make-up including mascara first then apply your falsies lashes as the final step. And remember to let your mascara fully dry first.
Don’t apply more mascara on top
The oils in the mascara can break down the bond of the lash band so it is important to try to avoid getting mascara on the false lashes. Itis wise to avoid applying mascara directly on the false lashes; by applying mascara first on your natural lashes and then applying the false lashes you will get up to 5 to 7 additional uses out of each pair of your false lashes.
Do prep and measure them first
Some strip lashes may be longer than your eyes so trimming to suit your eye shape is needd. Hold the lash up against your eyelid to measure them against the natural length of your lash line. Using scissors, trim the lash band to size if needed. Always starting from the outer corner of the lash so the look of the style is maintained.
Don’t just glue and go
The biggest ‘mistake’ you can make when applying lashes is not giving the glue enough time to get tacky. There is a misconception that you should apply the lashes immediately after applying the glue while it is still very wet. The trick is to give the glue 20 seconds or so to slightly set and it will make your lash application so much easier.
Do employ tools to master placement
Ardell has an eyelash applicator tool which allows you to grasp the lash and place it on and as close to your natural lash line as possible, then secure the corners. Some people use tweezers, but – for obvious reasons – these can be dangerous. For the perfect finish, once the lash adhesive has fully dried, you can brush the lashes upward and into your own lashes using the comb end of the lash Applicator to blend to perfection.
Do clean your lashes to make them last
Single-use strip lashes are no good for your wallet or the environment. “If you get make-up on your false lashes, use a q-tip and eyelash cleaner or oil-free make-up remover to spot clean the lashes, do not soak them. Gently remove any remaining adhesive/residue. Allow lashes to air dry and store lashes in plastic tray they came in.