You can be as dramatic as you like with your false lashes. (Pic: Pixabay)

False lashes can be intimidating. It does involve glue after all. It’s rare that you manage to apply falsies perfectly on your first attempt.

Beauty bloggers make it look so easy on their tutorials but what they don’t show you is how much they practised before they perfected the technique. Don’t be too hard on yourself when, after watching all the tutorials, you still somehow manage to glue your eyelids together.

Most people assume that false eyelashes are reserved for stage performers and drag queens. There are some women (and men) who might want over-sized and unnatural looking lashes, particularly when they’re looking for a bit of drama. For the women looking for more natural-looking lashes, there are just as many options, varying in length and thickness.

Here are a few things to look out for when shopping for lashes, as well as tips on how to apply them.

What to buy:

Opt for ones with a clear band (the strip the lashes are attached to).
A full strip of lashes can be intimidating and trickier to apply than singles (individual) or trio lashes.
Use dark lash glue instead of the white one that often comes with lashes since it’s harder to cover up. Some clear glues have a tendency to dry to white though.
Unless you have small fingers, it’s easier to use tweezers to apply the lashes. They come in handy when you need to press down the falsies onto your own lashes.

Lashes are available in various lengths and thicknesses. (Pic: Pixabay)

Application: 

Which brings me to where the lashes need to be applied. Where do your lashes appear thickest? That’s where you start applying them. Then work towards the corners. Apply them as close to your own lash line as possible and not to your eyelids. You don’t want to have a gap between your own lashes and the false ones. Nothing looks more unnatural than two rows of lashes.

Watch fashion and beauty blogger Aqeelah Harron-Ally (Fashion Breed) shows you how it's done.