A beginner's false eyelash application tutorial by makeup artist Tracy Murphy.

TRACY'S TECHNIQUE

What You'll Need
Lash Star Beauty Lash Applicator Tool

Clear or black lash glue adhesive
Pen
Scissors

What To Do

Apply shadow, liner and a generous coat of mascara on your natural lashes before applying false lashes.

1. Gently remove the lash from its container using the Lash Applicator Tool.

2. Wrap the lashes diagonally around a pen (think spiral staircase), and let them sit for a few minutes to stretch out the band. This old Hollywood trick gives them a rounded shape that’s easier to adhere to the lid.

3. Remove the lash and check if it’s the right length for your eye. Measure carefully and trim to fit with scissors, always cutting from the outside in.

4. Holding the lash with the applicator, place a thin layer of glue along the band, putting a bit more on the corners to help it stay put. Let the glue sit for 30-60 seconds until it gets a little tacky (you can blow on it to speed up the process). It’s crucial to achieve the right consistency—you can test it beforehand by putting a dab on your fingers and pinching them together until it gets gummy.

5. Put your chin up and eyes down in front of a large mirror with good light. Using the Lash Applicator Tool, position the band as close to your lash line as possible. Then hold it in place until it starts to dry.

Extra Help

You can use the Lash Styler Brush: http://bit.ly/25zCcnm to blend the lash hairs together, “marrying” them for a more seamless look.

If needed, use a little Hyper Performance Gel Eye Liner: http://bit.ly/1UciWul to blend the roots of the lashes together, an especially helpful trick if they’re not perfectly meshed.

Bottom Line

If you’re new to false lashes, they’re going to feel a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to the feeling quite quickly. (Plus, your newly lush lashes will help distract you.) If you feel any discomfort, remove them and try again until they feel comfortable and natural. After all, the goal is glamour, not pain.

There’s no doubt that it takes practice to master false lashes—but once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike.