How to Apply Fake Lashes

“Never underestimate the power of great lashes!” – Sonia from Sonia Styling, 2014

Yes, you can quote me on that!

I’ve long been obsessed with lashes. Mostly because I lack the skills required to create beautiful and intricate eye makeup but also because I think lovely large lashes open up your eyes and make them look ‘done’ with very minimal effort.

For day, I like to work with what I’ve got. I layer up 2 different mascaras to give my lashes some oomph and definition, but still maintain a fairly natural look. You can read about the 2 mascaras I’m currently using and loving in this post.

For night, I love to amp things up with a pair of fabulous fake lashes. I simply add mascara and some liquid eyeliner and I am good to go…out!

It’s taken a bit of practice for me to master the art of applying fake lashes – and let’s be honest, I’m still getting there – so I’d highly recommend using cheapies if you’re just trying to get the hang of it. Once you feel ready, treat yourself to a good quality pair of lashes (such as the Velour Lashes* I’ve used in this post) and glue, as they will look amazing and last you several applications. In fact, Velour Lashes will last up to 25 applications! Now that’s some serious staying power.


Here’s my easy peasy guide to applying fake lashes…

Step 1: Measure and trim your lashes. Before applying the glue, measure the lashes to make sure they’re the right length for your eyes. Always trim from the outer end and not the inner. You want the length of the lash to be a smidge shorter than the natural length of your eyes. This will stop the lashes from poking the inner corner of your eye. Ouch!

Step 2: Curl and apply mascara to (your) lashes. I’ve always found it easier to curl and apply mascara to my natural lashes before applying the fakies. This way, you won’t disturb the fake lashes once you’ve applied them and you won’t ruin them either.

Step 3: Apply glue to your fake lashes. I squeeze a little glue onto a cotton bud, then apply it to the lashes. This way, you can control the amount of glue going onto your lashes. Wait for 10-20 seconds to allow the glue to become tacky. This is is so when you go to apply the lashes, they won’t slide around all over your eyelid.

Step 4: Apply the lashes. You can apply the lashes with a pair of tweezers (holding the middle of the lash) or with your hands. Gently place the lashes as close as possible to your natural lash line. Get those babies to stay in place by pushing the lashes down towards your lash line (you could use a cotton bud to do this). Try not to move the lash around too much and give them time for the glue to set.

Step 5: Finish and flutter! After the glue has dried, go over your lash line with eyeliner to cover any gaps or glue. Also, now is a good time to blend any eyeshadow you may have smudged. And that’s it! Flutter those fabulous lashes at anyone who takes your fancy!

What are your failsafe tips for applying fake lashes?

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  1. says

    Thanks Sonia – I could have done with this post last Saturday! I made a mad dash to DJs to see if someone could apply them at the Napoleon Perdis counter but they’d all left for the day. Boo hoo. I’ll be trying your DIY method next time!

    • Sonia says

      Oh no! How annoying for you. The key is to allow yourself plenty of time. I may be getting better at applying them, but I’m sure as hell not getting any faster!

  2. merilyn says

    thanks Sonia!
    have worn them “once upon a time!” with funny stories of wedding night!
    but NOW way past wearing false eyelashes.
    good tips to send to daughter and niece tho!
    lol m:)X

    • Sonia says

      I’m loving hearing funny stories about fake lashes – I think we’ve all had an experience or two with them!

  3. says

    I have the shortest eyelashes known to man! I used to get eyelash extensions but they were so costly and time consuming I stopped after bub. I tried to put on false eyelashes once and I went out for drinks with friends and one of them pointed out I had a caterpillar on my cheek. Would love to wear them for special nights out so these tips are great! Thx hun. x

    • Sonia says

      Do you really? I don’t think I’ve ever noticed…probably because you are just a dazzlingly beautiful woman. Thanks, Dee!

  4. says

    I struggle applying lashes, mine often decided to migrate south on my face – which I don’t often notice until its embarrassingly too late! I blame it on the alcohol…Right, off to find me some industrial strength glue so I can try again 😉 xx

    • Sonia says

      I think we’ve all had a tipsy night resulting in lashes on our cheek, or leg…I’ve even found a pair in my hair! Good quality glue definitely helps. I bought the Ardell glue featured in my photo from Price Attack.

  5. says

    They look pretty nice lashes I have to say! I think for a night out they’re awesome, but they do take practice. Another tip is to apply some liquid eyeliner over the too once they’re in place, it just helps conceal any gaps. x

  6. says

    Great tips there Sonia. I steer clear of falsies only because I always always always trim them UNEVENLY! One side would always be shorter than the other!

    • Sonia says

      NO WAY! You are never too old for a pair of fake lashes. Next time you have a special occasion, treat yourself to having your makeup done at your favourite cosmetic counter and ask them to apply a natural looking pair for you. I guarantee you’ll love them!

    • Sonia says

      Yes! If they are decent quality such as these ones, you should be able to get quite a few wears out of them. The cheapies may last 1 or 2 applications before looking tatty.

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