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Let me start off by saying that I am completely obsessed with the world of beauty. I literally own more foundations than I do bras. I spend more money on makeup than I do on rent. I make it a priority to own every new palette that hits the shelves. I’ve tried every weird and unusual beauty trend that’s been, but I have only worn false lashes twice in my life.

For many of you, this might come as a shock. For someone who loves the beauty world so much, lashes are a part of the makeup world that seems almost mandatory for some. Maybe it’s because my actual lashes are pretty long and voluminous themselves (#humblebrag), but I really never saw the need for them until recently.

As soon as beauty became a huge hit on social media with bloggers posting makeup photos always sporting a pair of false lashes and YouTubers starting to post tutorials teaching how to apply them, I started to care about lashes a little bit more. I worked at Sephora at the time and I saw all my coworkers wearing them and I thought “why not!?”. In all honesty, it was a huge trend and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon.

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The first time I decided to try them out was when I was hosting a makeup class and I figured that if I was going to be on stage and the rest of my makeup was bumped up that false lashes only made sense. I bought a pair of Ardell Demi Wispies and some Duo glue thinking it would be a great place to start.

With only a few minutes to spare before I needed to leave, I looked at the lashes, looked in the mirror, then looked back at the lashes and quickly decided there was no way in hell I was going to get them on and leave looking even slightly acceptable with the time provided. I brought them with me to the event and had my best friend apply them and decided I would save my false lash ventures for another not-so-important day.

She applied them and at first they felt super weird. My first instinct was to uncontrollably blink and tell her that she must have applied them wrong, but she knows her shit, so I knew it was just a weird feeling that I’d have to get used to. And that I did. After only a couple minutes having them on, I couldn’t even tell they were there. That is until I looked in the mirror. Holy moly, did these babies make my eye POP. I decided I loved myself with false lashe on and that I would get this damn false lash thing down ASAP.

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As a makeup artist, I started playing around with them more and more. For some reason, I literally could not get them to feel or look how they were supposed to on myself, but had no trouble on clients. I can’t tell you how many times I exploded the glue all over the lash or glued my inner corner together. I lost count.

In denial that I just sucked at applying them, I decided to blame it on the lashes. I thought that maybe if I was using a better quality lash and adhesive, that my false lash dreams would come true.

I opted for a pair of ESQIDO lashes since they literally deem themselves “the world’s most comfortable false lashes”. They’re handcrafted mink lashes and sounded fancy, expensive and convenient so I had a feeling these would be The Ones. I grabbed the Oh So Sweet Signature Lashes and the Companion Long Lasting Bond (which is actually latex-free if you’re allergic)—they had the perfect amount of drama without looking too intense.

Not to anyone’s surprise, I had the absolute hardest time applying these lashes. I was reading the directions and applying them just like the package said, but was still having so many problems. I literally ripped the lash off my eye, put it back in its package and threw it on my desk like a 7-year old having a tantrum.

Every time I would walk by the lashes sitting on my desk, I’d think about giving them another try, but then decided against it to save myself the trouble. It wasn’t until about two weeks later that I gave myself a pep talk, sat back down with my mirror, my lash glue and a whole lot of determination and decided I was going to get this down even if it killed me (or I poked my eye out).

After about 10 minutes of tugging, ripping and almost gluing my eyes shut, I finally got them on. I really had to play around with them and try a few different techniques that I saw on YouTube, but I was proud that I finally got that shit down.

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From this lovely experience, there are a few things that I would share with anyone who never wears falsies and wants to give it a go:

  • Don’t start off with the most dramatic pair. I think just by taking one step down the makeup aisle and seeing all the choices, anyone would be immediately intimidated. There are hundreds of different choices of size, shape, length, volume, etc and finding the right pair can be a challenge. If you’re really confused, I’d suggest starting off at a beauty store like Sephora or Ulta where you can get a second opinion from someone who (hopefully) knows what they’re talking about.
  • You’ll also want to make sure that you try applying your lashes for the first time on a day when you don’t have anything planned. I’m glad I decided not to try false lashes the day of my big event. I was incredibly flustered trying to apply them when I had all the time in the world, I can’t imagine having to do it when I’m in a rush.
  • Don’t forget to do your research. Especially with YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram, you have so many sources that are literally at your fingertips. Make sure to watch how different people apply the lashes so you can try a few different techniques. Everyone is different and some things work for some people while it may not for others, so going into this having options is truly your best bet.
  • Also, the lashes and glue you choose really do make a difference. At first trying with cheaper lashes, I had trouble with them being too flimsy or falling off after only an hour or two. After investing in a good pair that are crafted more professionally and with a higher quality glue, I found my perfect match.
  • Lastly, expect to get frustrated, but don’t give up immediately. I definitely have given up many times with false lashes. I’ve said to myself “Oh, lashes would literally complete this look,” then I’ve tried to put them on, failed, and just removed all my makeup and went to bed fuming pissed. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it’s also not the most difficult. It’s okay to give up for the night, but go back to it in a few days and try again. Just like anything else in life, practice makes perfect, my friends.

If you have any more tips for a struggling lash-wearer, leave them below!