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This summer is unlike any summer vacation I’ve ever had before, because for the past month, I’ve been attending beauty events, meeting beauty writers from different magazines, and interning at a really well-known fashion and beauty site. So, naturally, I want to make sure that I look professional and very well-put together and, well, like I belong at a beauty magazine! Not gonna lie, it can feel kind of intimidating being surrounded by so many people who have mastered the art of winged liner, ultra matte lips, and fleeky eyebrows. And while the dress code at my internship is pretty chill, I still try to look as nice as possible.
Typically, I do foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and my favorite liquid lipstick. But sometimes I want to add a little extra flair to my everyday look. While I do have naturally long, curled eyelashes, I love kicking things up a notch by applying mascara to make my lashes look extra long and volumized. And while I like to think that I’m a pro at getting eyelashes so long they rub against my glasses, I always fall in love with the way false lashes look.
In the past, I’ve purchased lashes that ended up being the same length as my natural eyelashes or shorter (ugh!). Obviously, there’s no real point to wearing them in that case, but as you can see, “Milan” (top) and “Bangkok” (bottom) are both very full-looking, so I had very high expectations for these lashes. By the way, these lashes are SUPER SOFT to the touch. It felt like I was holding feathers in my hand, which I liked because I felt like these lashes wouldn’t weigh down my eyelid the way lashes I’ve tried in the past have.
I applied “Milan” one morning for my internship and was blown away by how long and pretty they were. I definitely understand why spending a little money on really good false eyelashes is a good investment, especially because these lashes can be reused many times. While trying these lashes, I did reuse them both and I noticed that the band remained strong and didn’t get gross or weak after I removed them, which is really good since a destroyed band will prevent you from using false lashes. A definite win there.
I was extra excited for “Bangkok” because I wore these babies to the red carpet world premiere of the movie Good Fortune this week (I’ll have a post all about my experience up soon!) and I have four words to describe them: LARGE, AND IN CHARGE. I felt like such a movie star when I put them on! “Bangkok” is clearly the more dramatic one of the two and certainly fit the occasion. Unfortunately, my photos from the movie premiere are very dark and you can’t see them too well, so I reapplied “Bangkok” the following day and took much better photos. I was shocked (in a good way!) at how dramatic they were when they were on my eyes. If you’re looking for a show-stopping look then I think “Bangkok” is literally the ultimate false eyelash for truly head-turning makeup.
I know a lot of people have trouble with applying false eyelashes (been there!) so I wanted to throw in some of my tips for applying them. Of course, what works for me may not work for everyone, but I still wanted to fill y’all in in case you were interested in trying them out for yourselves (you know ya girl wouldn’t leave you hanging!)
1. INVEST IN REALLY GOOD EYELASH GLUE.
Honestly, I have used really crappy eyelash glue, and I have used really great eyelash glue. It makes a huge difference! I try to avoid the squeezy tube ones because I feel like I always squeeze as hard as I can and either nothing comes out or I get too much out. I used eyelash glue from Kiss when applying these lashes and it worked really great. But talking about eyelash glue brings me to my next point…
2. MOVE QUICKLY, BUT CAREFULLY.
Because, well, it’s glue. It will dry before you get the chance to apply the lashes and then they’ll just fall right off. This definitely takes practice — you likely won’t perfectly apply false lashes on the first try (and if you do, you must share this sorcery with the world). Just stay calm and make sure there are no distractions around you when you apply them.
3. DON’T USE TWEEZERS.
I know, SHOCKER! Contrary to what my other makeup loving friends and YouTube beauty gurus have taught me, I actually found that simply applying false lashes with my bare hands works best for me. I find that I work faster and surprisingly more precisely when I do this, so I’m just going to stick with it. Tweezers make me nervous anyway, so it’s okay. But if using tweezers works for you, then by all means, stick with it.
Pro tip: If you already have long eyelashes insert the false lashes at an angle. My natural lashes sometimes get in the way when I apply fake eyelashes, so I have found that slightly angling my wrist when I go in with the false lashes helps me get them as close to my lash line as possible without making mistakes.
4. WASH YOUR HANDS IMMEDIATELY IF YOU GET GLUE ON THEM.
Those sticky fingers will make it extremely difficult to apply lashes to the other eye! Do yourself a favor and wash off with soap and water if you happen to get glue on your hands before handling the lashes (trust me on this one!)
5. APPLY THE LASHES TO MIDDLE OF YOUR LIDS FIRST, THEN SMOOTH OUT THE EDGES.
This tip from beauty gurus definitely works. It’s much easier than trying to go from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye. Whether you choose to go in with tweezers or be brave and use just your hands, this tip is golden.
What’s your favorite way to add a little extra glamour to your look?
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