Reasons For Failure When Attaching False Eyelashes
Wearing false eyelashes renders a dramatic impact to our looks. But it can also be one of the most challenging parts in completing a makeup routine. I’ve had difficulties with this myself and through experience, I gathered some of the reasons why it becomes a burden instead of an exciting step:
1. Faulty Adhesive
Some are just inferior in quality while others diminish in efficiency after a while. No matter how amazing a glue works from the first few months of purchasing it, it does get old and when this happens, it won’t work as well as it used to. Remember the date when you bought it and check if it hasn’t changed in odor, consistency and appearance- it shouldn’t sting when applied. Always close the cap after use to prevent it from drying up.
Putting on too much glue is an error we frequently commit. It will dry up bulky and will stick the falsies to your natural lashes. Apply only a thin layer, use Q-tip or toothpick to prevent squeezing out too much of the product directly from the tube towards the lashes.
2. Lack of Arch
When you buy a pair of lashes, it’s usually stuck to a curved plastic, mimicking the curve of the lash line when you’re looking downwards. That’s how the false lashes should be shaped just before applying it on your eyes. Problem comes in when you pull the lashes briskly out of its container, losing its shape. Or it could be that the next time you use the pair, it haven’t been positioned properly back into its case and back to its arch.
Make sure you roll out your thumb gently when pulling out the product. Trim the lashes on its outer ends to fit into the length of your eyes. Hold each lash from side to side and bend it to form an arch.
3. Wrong Timing
After spreading a thin layer of glue to the lashes, wait til it becomes tacky before attaching it to your lash line. That’s roughly around 20 seconds, depending on the characteristics of your glue. While attaching it too early may cause the procedure to fail, letting it dry for a longer time will not attach the lashes to your skin at all. Reminder: please don’t blow into the glue to shorten the waiting period especially when doing makeup on your client. Just wave it back and forth into the air.
4. Poor Technique
You can either use a tweezer or your bare hands to apply it to your lash line, whichever is more comfortable for you. Locate the center point of your eye and stick to that part first. Attach the lashes as close to the lash line as possible, following the natural curve. Press the rest of the parts in the inner and outer corners using tweezers or your hand. Wait for a few seconds before blinking.
5. Oil Around the Area
Ensure that the skin where the falsies will be attached is dry and clean. The glue will not stick to an oily and rough surface. Get rid of oils coming from makeup removers or from the skin itself. Wipe it off with a clean Q-tip.
Below is a video showing a technique from Emmy Award-winning make up artist, Eve Pearl on how to attach false eyelashes:
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