Perhaps a little damaged by their ubiquity on every red carpet and, well everyone in possession of nude platform heels and a bodycon dress, false lashes took a backseat in our affections for a little while; quietly making way for minimal make-up. Thanks to the retro resurgence they are back with a vengeance. Seen on the catwalk at Gucci, Versace and Rochas, as decreed by make-up artist Pat McGrath, it’s finally safe to wear false lashes again.
If like me, you whip them out for every birthday or Halloween convinced you’ll figure out how to avoid getting glue all over your eyelids before very swiftly giving up, fear not as I have finally cracked the code. Thanks wholly to make-up artist Gary Cockerill.
Here’s the failsafe step by step guide to applying false lashes:
- Take lashes off the packet from right to left
- Check they fit, if not don’t be afraid to trim them; there’s nothing worse than overhang!
- Apply the glue to the fake lash line and be generous
- Let the glue catch oxygen so you have a tacky fit and doesn’t slip around (I’d wait for at least 15 seconds, or until it feels sticky)
- Place the falsies on your lash line with tweezers
- Press down all the way around
- Before you open your eyes gently bend/push lashes up so that when you open your eyes it lifts them, instead of dragging them down
- Then line lashes/root of lash line with gel liner to seal and banish imperfections
- If applying mascara use the tip of the wand and just touch up roots from underneath
And there you have it. Easy.
[Photos: Versace and Gucci AW14 Backstage]