I don't think anything changes your look more than a pair of beautiful fluffy perfectly applied false lashes. The bottom line is this... cheap lashes, poorly made lashes, ill fitting lashes look horrible. Spend the time to find the right pair...and they take you to the next level. I keep several different shapes and styles of lashes in my makeup kit so I have just the right pair for each client. As for myself, I try them all out to see how they last and how they feel. I just had a pair of Dolly Wink Koji False Eyelashes #9 Natural Dolly from Koren sent to me and I loved them!!!
There are many wonderful brands out there...different hairs, mink, synthetic, human hair... so many styles, and so many choices. These are a few of my favs.
1. SHE UEMURA FAKE EYELASHES "Smoky Layers" $28
2. Huda Beauty Faux Mink Lash Collection"Classics" $23
3. Velour Silk Lashes Silk False Lash Collection " Momma Got Lash" $23
4. ARDELL Glamour Wispies Black Lashes $4
5. ARDELL Individuals Medium Black Lashes $4
6. ARDELL Natural Lash - Black #110 $4
7. BENEFIT COSMETICS Big Spender Lash $15
8. MAC LASH #20 $17 (Half)
9. ARDELL Accents Lashes #315 (Half)
9. Red Cherry Black, #747M, #43 and #W004 (Half)
10. Esqido Mink Lashes 'Little Black Lash' $30
TIps to applying them to your client
1. I have to stress the importance of trimming the lashes before you apply them! Not everyone’s eyes are the same shape, and strip lashes are often too long for most eyes. Hold the lashes to your clients eyes, and gauge how much needs to be taken off. Away from your clients eye use eyebrow scissors to snip off the part of the falsies that extends beyond the natural lash line. When trimming lashes strips, start by trimming from the outside corner moving inwards. Start on the side with the longer hairs.
2. Everything’s Better with Curves
If your strips have a band, they might be too straight. The more curved the lash band is, the easier the lashes are to apply. Toggle the lash band back and forth, like below, to get that optimum U-shape. Another way to insure more flexibility and a super natural look is to use false eyelashes with an invisible strip.
3. Squeeze out a small dollop of Duo lash glue onto the back of your hand or your palette. I cut a Q-Tip and use the end to apply a thin layer of glue to the base of the lash. I've seen some artist use a disposable lip liner brush. If you are using individual lashes, it’s easier to pick up each lash with tweezers and dip just the end into the glue. Allow the glue to set on the lashes for about 30 -50 seconds before you apply.
4. Have your client looks down (do not have them close their eyes) gently hold their lid in place with your thumb, and then apply the center of the false lash to the center of the lash line, getting as close as humanly possible. I usually use my fingers to apply the lash strips. You can use a lash applicator as well. JAPONESQUE $12 and GEORGIE BEAUTY $18 make a nice ones. Attempting to get as close as humanly possible. Gently press down the edges down, this is where I use the other half of the cotton swab...or the applicator. For Individuals I use Tweezers.
5. Once the lashes are applied, let them sit. After the glue has set, if you need to hide any glue with liquid eyeliner. If you see any spaces between the real and fake lashes, fill in the gaps with liquid eyeliner. Use mascara to blend the natural lashes with the fake ones. Take a clean pinky finger, and rest it against the top of the lashes where the tops of the lashes or individuals are connecting with the skin. This will hold them into place so that the mascara wand doesn't lift them away. Then apply mascaras as usual in order to blend in false lashes with real lashes. Take a look from the side - are all the lashes blended in together? if not, repeat. If needed give them a curl.
I highly recommend a precision lash curler. This curler (top) is from PREO PRIMA is great because it has no guards on the sides which can mess up the lashes. You can crimp sections of the lashes and give them lift and secure the hold between false and individual lashes - it makes such a difference. I cannot live without this product in my kit - it's a must-have for me. You can it from Alcone or Amazon. www.alconeco.com .
Shu Uemura S Curl Eyelash Curler (bottom) and JAPONESQUE Precision Lash Curler are also amazing. (bottom)
THINGS I LOVE!