How to Apply False Lashes Perfectly

False Lashes

Adding a set of false lashes can take any makeup look to the next level of allure, but bad application can take away from it and create wearability problems. With the right strategy and some practice, however, you can make sure you get them right every time. Here’s what you need to know about false lashes and how to use them.

Different Types and Styles of Lashes

False lashes come in a near infinite variety, ranging from the minimal to the extreme. To give you an idea of the diversity, here are just a few examples of different lash types and styles.

Disposable vs. Reusable

Disposable lashes can be used once and thrown away, eliminating washing. Reusable lashes are more environmentally friendly and can save money, but they require care and storage. If you only wear false lashes on occasion, disposable may be easier. If you wear them daily, reusable might be worthwhile.

Partial vs. Full

Most false lashes come as a full strip, but you can also buy partial lashes that enhance only certain parts of the lash line. For example, they might be applied to the outer half of the lid to enhance the wing and accentuate the outer portion of the eyes.

Full lashes add volume and length across the lash line. These suit pretty much any style and are especially effective for glam looks and theatrical makeup.


These lashes accentuate the natural lash line without adding too much intensity. These tend to blend right in, making them perfect for everyday wear, simple beginner styles, and that convincing “no makeup” look.


Dramatic lashes are generally fuller, longer and/or more intense, and really suit bold, glamorous looks. They’re perfect for a night out, photoshoots, stage makeup or just looking extra fabulous.

Choosing the Right Lashes for Your Eyes

Selecting a set of false lashes that work well with your eye shape and desired style takes a bit of thought. Consider these factors when picking a lash for your look.

Eye Shape

  • Almond: Nearly any style of false lashes works well with almond eyes, but cat-eye lashes can look especially good by accentuating the almond eye shape.
  • Round: Lighter, wispier lashes keep eyes open, while thick, heavy styles conceal natural depth and make eyes look smaller.
  • Upturned: Like almond eyes, upturned eyes can pull off pretty much anything, but look great with a lash that wings out slightly for impact.
  • Downturned: If you don’t want to enhance the downturn, stick to light, natural styles of lashes. Something with long, spiky lashes toward the outside can help lift the ends.

Desired Style

Are you going for a wearable everyday look or more dramatic makeup? A sexy style looks great with a cat-eye lash, while wispy lashes with spaced accents are more innocent.

Comfort and Practicality

What do your lashes need to endure, and for how long? Are they comfortable for you? Dramatic lashes tend to be higher maintenance, but sometimes the look is worth it!

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How to Apply Perfect Lashes Every Time

Getting really good at applying false eyelashes takes some practice, and it’s important to start by learning good technique. If you follow these simple steps every time, you’ll be more likely to nail it consistently.

  1. Prep your tools and eyelids. A pair of tweezers and a small pair of scissors help with positioning and trimming. Make sure your lids are free from oil; eye shadow should be applied first for an easier process. Applying eyelashes will also help you to see if the eyeshadow needs to be adjusted or strengthened.
  2. Measure and trim your lashes. Hold the lashes up against your lash line where you plan to place them. If they’re too long at the inner or outer corner, trim them appropriately. Follow your natural lashes as a guideline. Measure twice and cut once.
  3. Apply the lash glue, then wait. Apply a line of glue along the band of the lash. If it helps, briefly fold the lash gently in half and gently use the two sides to spread the glue evenly. After applying the glue, roll and bend the lash while it is drying to break the spine to ensure a comfortable wear and easy application. Let it sit for about 30 seconds until it becomes tacky. If it dries too quickly or is still too wet after 30 seconds, you can add more or just let it dry until tacky.
  4. Place the false lashes atop your own. Gently press the lashes against the lid as close to your natural lash line as possible.
  5. Adjust along the length of the lashes. Working quickly, use your fingers or tweezers to gently adjust the placement of the inner and outer corners, helping it to follow the natural curve. Do this while the glue is still tacky, and hold the section in place just long enough to adhere.

Removing Your False Lashes

Properly removing your false lashes is important to making sure you don’t irritate your eyes, harm your natural lashes, or damage reusable lashes. Here’s how to safely and easily take off your falsies at the end of the day.

  1. Use a cotton swab to apply makeup remover to the lash band. Starting from the outer corner, gently push down against the band to loosen it.
  2. Use the swab to help free the outer end of the lashes, then use two fingers to gently pull it toward the inner corner. If it’s properly loosened, the band will peel away nicely. If it doesn’t, give step 1 another go.
  3. Once the lashes are free, use makeup remover to gently remove the rest of the lash glue.
  4. Clean your lashes with a q-tip and alcohol gently removing excess glue and mascara so they are ready for the next wear.

Ready to Take Your Lashes to the Next Level?

Now that you’ve got all this lash knowledge, it’s time to have some fun and give it a spin. Shop Scott Barnes lashes and find your next favorite set today!