Not sure about the ever growing lash terminology? Well I’ve put together a few tips & tricks to help you navigate the world of lashes…
False Lashes / Strip Lashes
Refers to strips of authentic or real lashes, usually individual lashes tied to a clear band.
These can usually be found in any cosmetics aisle, ranging from $1-$200.
Of course, these are one of those things of “ya get what ya pay for”…the $200 end includes materials such as real mink lashes (lashes made with the finest mink hair).
The lashes I have taken pics of are from Quo(Shoppers Drug Mart) in Glamour 308. My personal favorite as they are flared at the ends and blend nicely with any length of lashes.
Although an economical choice for eye enhancement, applying strip lashes on your own can prove difficult.
You will need the appropriate adhesive for lashes, you can find this in either a clear drying formula or dark drying formula. It all depends on your regular make up wear and how much you’ll need to blend the lash line into your natural lash line.
Some people will require the trimming of the lash trip, as it is not a one-size-fits-all product. Place the un-glued strip across your eyelid starting from the inner corner to where your own lashes start. Take note of where the strip ends at the end of your lash line. Using a pair of cuticle scissors, cut from the outer end (usually where the lashes flair or are longer).
You can then proceed to utilize the tiny piece that you cut off as a filler for the ends. Simply place it on top of the lash strip at the outer corner of your eye to give it a little more volume.
Your best bet is to search YouTube for tutorials on how to apply strip lashes. Or contact me for your private lesson. Practice makes perfect 😉
I’ve put together a quick check list of how to reuse and clean your strip lashes. Depending on the quality of lashes, you can get up to 20 uses out of them.
*this pictorial demonstrates cleaning my synthetic strip lashes. Always follow manufacturer recommendations prior to a DIY article 🙂
Remove glue residue
I recommend doing this after each use, as it can muddy up a look to attach clumpy strips.
Using a pair of tweezers helps the job get done.
Once both strips are free of thick residue, soak in isopropyl alcohol. Avoid makeup remover, as some strips are assembled with glues (rather than tied) that can be broken down by the makeup remover and tragically end the lifetime of your lashes.
Here I used 50%, basically because it’s not useful for anything else lol the alcohol content is enough to break down the rest of the adhesive. This won’t disinfect, at least not to my standard.
Once the lashes are saturated, gently sweep along the strip with a spoolie to help any left over adhesive.
Now just pat the lashes on a clean towel and put back into tray. The tray helps them keep a slight bend, which makes application easier.
Now, you’re good to go!
A few more tips for everyday lash wearing:
• apply a light coat of mascara to your natural lashes BEFORE applying your strip lashes. It’s not always necessary to coat the falsies in mascara after applying, only sweep under to blend your natural lashes up into the strip.
• trimming to fit will ensure comfort. If you feel pinching, impaired vision or any other irritation, it could be a fit issue.
• make sure you are using adhesive for strip lashes. Glue for the “flairs” or individual lashes are made for a longer wear and can be too strong for strip lashes.