I have been having lash extensions for two years. And while I love them, I do wake up in a cold sweat from time to time, thinking my natural lashes may fall out and never grow back. So I'm going to wean myself off the more permanent options, and master the art of applying individual lashes. Most women want a lush-looking lash, especially for a special occasion. And it is easy to enhance what Mother Nature gave you, once you know how? So, I decided to find the best tutorial, which happens to be from pro makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s (who also happens to be an ex Kiwi). Her advice on applying individual lashes is very straightforward. She believes, “Nothing adds a sprinkling of playful looking magic to the eyes like individual fake eyelashes.” Got to agree. And more importantly, long lashes, do help lift the eye. I won't lie it will take a few attempts to get it right, so make sure you put some time aside to watch and learn slowly. Eldridge says, “If you drop them on and they twist, don’t panic. Just lift them off and re-position them.”
Now, while she makes it look easy; my tip would be to keep your hands clean, and free from glue, wash them to avoid stickiness or keep makeup wipes on hand. And make sure you space lashes evenly, to prevent clumping. Also, if you make a mistake, wait a minute or so to allow lashes to dry, and then gently pull them off with the tweezers. When it comes to glue, use Duo Adhesive, $25 (the glue that comes in lash packets is hopeless) and MAC lashes $25 are brilliant. “Once they’re completely dry, you can leave them natural like that,” Lisa says "Or add mascara for that finishing touch."
It makes an enormous difference - and you will get faster at applying them - I promise. So much so, you could skip the blush contouring, and just go for the individual lashes as part of your regular beauty routine.
MAC individual lashes, $25.