- When I’m on-air or getting my makeup done for an event… lashes are like lipstick… they’re a must. But even if you’re just going out on a date or having lunch with your girls, fake eyelashes are great for any occasion. While it can be a bit daunting to put them on if you’ve never done it before, professional makeup artist Jessica Reyes says it’s easy and practice makes perfect. Here are a few tips to help you incorporate them into your everyday life and get those lashes placed perfectly before the glue dries.
Q: When is appropriate to wear fake eyelashes?
It’s always appropriate to wear lashes, they have so many styles these days that you can always find a length that can go with your occasion.
Q: Strips vs Individuals… What’s better? And, when should you choose corner lashes over strips and vice versa?
I love both equally it just depends on what your doing and how dramatic you want to go. For weddings and red carpet events I prefer to put individual lashes because they feel lighter and won’t bug you. They have a more natural look to them. I love strips when you want a more dramatic look. You have more options when it comes to strips from thin to very dramatic. It just depends on the look you want to create. Corner lashes are great when your just starting to wear lashes and you want a little pop. Corner lashes are also great to wear during the day or when your in a hurry.
Q: You’re a big fan of semi-permanent lash extensions… why?
Lash extensions are amazing! That’s what I use myself. The process takes about a hour, and while they usually last over a month, you have to go back every 3-6 weeks to get them refilled depending on how full you want them to look. Personally, I love them because I’m a working mom who doesn’t have a ton of time so I always look like I have something on my face. However, you have to be careful with extensions though… you can’t have a lot of steam on your face and you can’t you sleep face down, or they’ll get ruined. Extensions are definitely more of a commitment, but I think they’re worth it.
Q: Can you give me a step-by-step process of how you should put on lashes?
Step 1: Hold the lash up to your top eyelid and cut to the size of your eye. Never have the lash longer then your actual eye line.
Step 2: Apply glue preferably in black Duo along the lash line. I find it’s easier to squeeze a little onto a pallet or the top of your hand and use the back of a small eye brush to apply to lash line.
Step 3: Apply the glue first to the lashes and let it sit with the glue on for 20-30 seconds putting it on your lash line so the glue can get tacky (it’s easier to apply the lashes when they’re a bit sticky)
Optional: I put a very thin line of eyeliner before applying the lashes because it helps blend the eyelashes into your real lashes if you don’t get it perfect the first time.
Step 4: Get close to a mirror and apply one portion of the strip at a time. Look down and place as close as you can to the lash line.
Step 5: once you apply both strips, allow them to sit for about a minute. Don’t close your eyes because the glue could get stuck on the bottom… simply look down and wait for the glue to dry. At this point, you can squeeze the lashes with your thumb and forefinger to get them to sit on lash line perfectly.
Step 6: Apply eyeliner right above the fake eyelashes
Practice, practice, practice! It takes time to develop this skill. And, don’t give up!
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