How to Apply False Eyelashes: A Guide for Beginners

How to Apply False Eyelashes

Practice makes perfect! Applying false lashes (like contouring) is one of those beauty processes that you have to be taught, but once you get the hang of it, it transforms your look like crazy. Whether you go with natural, synthetic or mink, sparse or over-the-top and full, lashes can take your look to the next level. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to applying false eyelashes, and product picks that will guarantee you’ll have the prettiest lashes around.


Lashes: When it comes to your falsies, you have to choose between strips and individual lashes. Strips tend to be more popular because you can just get it all on at once, but individuals are more subtle – great for daytime or when you don’t want your entire look to be centered around your eyelashes. You also have to decide between synthetic, natural and mink lashes. Again, this is a personal preference and really comes down to how much you want to spend and the kind of look you are going for.

There are so many great options when it comes to lashes. House of Lashes, Red CherryHuda Beauty and more offer gorgeous full strips of lashes at a wide variety of price points. If individual lashes are your thing, look into Ardell and MAC. For ultra luxe lashes, go with mink: Velour Lashes and Esqido are well known for it.

For more lash options, check out the LASHES feed on Pampadour.

Magnifying Mirror: Since applying falsies is such an intricate process, using a magnifying mirror will be a major help.

Scissors: Before you apply your falsies, you have to measure it against your eye to make sure it fits your lash line. Use the scissors to snip it to the perfect length.

Eyelash Glue: A high-quality glue is necessary for long-lasting application. DUO is the Holy Grail lash glue – it will keep your falsies in place until you take them off, and it won’t leave any white residue. Revlon’s Lash Adhesive is a great budget-friendly options. Pampadour users love it.

Lash Curler: The goal is for your falsies to seamlessly mesh with your natural lashes. Use a curler to prep your lashes! Shiseido’s is the best I’ve ever tried – it grabs every lash in one shot.

Tweezers: If you’re not comfortable using your fingers for application, use tweezers. They’re also great for getting those pesky edges to lay flat against your lash line. Just be careful not to poke your eye! If you don’t want to use a standard tweezer, Ardell has a specific lash applicator.

Matte Black Shadow: If there’s a visible line between your false lashes and natural ones, pack some black shadow on to conceal it.

Black Mascara: Just like a lash curler, you should use a black mascara to make sure your natural lashes and falsies blend well together. To find your perfect black mascara, check out the MASCARA feed.

Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover: Patience is key. When you’re ready to take off your lashes, dab an eye makeup remover (like Neutrogena’s) on your falsies, let it sit for a minute, then gently slide the lashes off.


Trimming False Lashes

1. When it comes to strip lashes, they are usually too long for most eye shapes and require a trim. Hold the lashes against your eyes and trim the part that extends beyond your natural lash line.

2. Squeeze out a bit of lash glue onto the back of your hand. Using a Q-Tip, apply a thin layer of glue to the base of your falsies. If you’re using individual lashes, simply dip the ends directly into the glue. Concentrate more adhesive at the corners – there’s nothing more irritating than a corner popping up in the middle of your night.

Bend False Eyelashes

3. Wait for the glue to get tacky – this takes about twenty seconds or so. While you’re waiting, take the time to bend your lash strip backwards into a curved “C” shape – straight strips are more difficult to apply. You can also curl your lashes during this time.

Apply False Lashes

4. With either your fingers or a pair of tweezers, apply the strip to the center of your lash line getting as close to your natural lash line as you can. Once you apply it to the center, use your tweezers to press down the inner and outer corners too. As annoying as it is, try not to blink during this process (the glue’s not fully dry yet)! When the glue sets, gently press your natural lashes and falsies together to mesh them.

5. Once your lashes are applied, check to see if there’s any visible skin between your lash line and falsies. If there is, go in with a matte black shadow to conceal it. Follow that up with a coat or two of black mascara to seamlessly blend your real lashes and falsies together.

6. Once you’ve removed your falsies with eye makeup remover, store them for repeat use! Yes, falsies are most definitely reusable if you take proper care of them. Pick off any visible glue you see on the false lashes, then thoroughly clean it again with eye makeup remover (go with oil-free – oily removers will make it harder for the adhesive to stick to the falsies next time) and a spoolie. Store your lashes in the container they originally came in, and they should be good to go for additional uses.


If you need visuals to really get the hang of applying false lashes, check out these awesome video tutorials.

Jaclyn Hill is one of the most likable, real YouTube stars. This tutorial is so easy to follow and helpful.

Nicole Guerriero shows off how to apply both strips and individuals.

Love Emily Noel! She takes you through the whole process, all the way ’til removal and cleanup.

This quick and easy video by MakeupbyAmarie is a fantastic watch for beginners.


Now that you’ve got falsies down, it’s time for the brows! Check out our BROWS 101 guide, here.

Do you use falsies? If not, are you tempted to start? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR!

Images via SuperGlamNews, Hollywood Housewife, Makeup by Miss Cee

  • Yulia Mertsalova

    Thanks, even without video it’s understandable. I was searching for the basic info for my cousine. As to me I avoid falsies since I ruined my own eyelashes because of them… I searched for various remedies after and only Cherish Lash serum helped. Hope everyone finds something useful in this article 🙂