DIY Eyelash Extensions: How to Apply Eyelash Extensions Yourself

Update (April 24, 2014): We have a video version of this tutorial!! Check it out here.

Eyelash extensions. Everybody’s getting them, everybody’s talking about them, and everybody’s going gaga over them. But the sad truth is, not everybody can afford them.

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As always, there is a much more affordable route to this beauty craze. And as always, Elegant Lashes® is here to help.

I’ll be showing you a temporary version of eyelash extensions that will give you that lush, natural look without the unnecessary risk and expense.

We’ll be using individual flare lashes with strip lash glue instead of the traditional semi-permanent individual eyelash glue used to apply eyelash extensions. This method is widely used by makeup artists for brides and “natural look” photo shoots and is completely customizable to your tastes and needs. Better yet, there is absolutely no commitment required – you can remove the extensions easily along with the rest of your makeup at the end of the day without worrying about maintenance and costly touch-ups.

Important: There is a difference between the glue that I’ll be using and the glue that extensions experts use. DO NOT attempt to follow along if you’re going to be using individual lash adhesive because that’s a wholeindividual eyelash adhesive strip lash adhesive false eyelashes extensions ‘nother story. (Wait a minute…was that even proper English??? Now that I think about it, “a whole ‘nother story” doesn’t even make sense. O.o!) Oh well…

If you need to brush up on your adhesive knowledge, read our sensational post on strip lash glue vs. individual lash glue here. Your newly acclaimed knowledge will help you make wiser and more informed decisions and you’ll be glad you did it!


Some tips before I enchant you with your life-changing lesson on how to apply your own eyelash extensions:

  • Choose individual lashes of varying lengths. (I chose Medium, Short, and Under.) This will ensure that your complete look is more natural and you can use the shortest lashes to fill in blank areas along your lash line without making your overall effect look “crowded”
  • Curl your natural lashes before you start applying your individual lashes.
  • Draw your eyeliner on before you apply the individual lashes. Think of your extensions as your finishing touch and hold off from doing them until the very end of your makeup routine. It’s a little difficult to draw over extensions without making a bit of a mess.
  • Choose dark tone strip lash adhesive if you’re applying black lashes, clear tone for brown.
  • When applying, try to refrain from any excessive eye movements while you wait for the adhesive to dry since constant opening and closing of the eyes may warp how the lash extensions set.
  • If you want to apply mascara, do it after you’ve applied your extensions.


Ready to get lashed? Let’s begin!
What You'll Need for DIY Eyelash Extensions

  1. Select the length you want to use on your outermost corner (I chose Medium Black) and squeeze a bit of your strip lash adhesive where you can quickly and easily dip the knotted ends of your individual lashes. I’m using a tray of individual flare lashes that I’ve used before and just squeezed out a dot of glue into one of the empty notches.squeeze out a dot of glue eyelash extensions elegant lashes
  2. Gently pick up one knot (or cluster) with your tweezers and dip it into the adhesive. Too much adhesive on the knots will make your eyelashes look messy, even with clear tone glue, so try to use only as much as you to apply your own eyelash extensions at home elegant lashes
  3. Looking down into a mirror, place the first knot on the outermost corner of your eye, making sure the knot is flush with your skin and not just clinging to your lash follicle. Remember: we can do this only because we’re using strip lash glue. Individual eyelash adhesive is NOT meant to come into contact with your skin – only your lashes. how to apply individual eyelashes_DIY eyelash extensionsFor the most natural look, try to shimmy your lash extensions between your natural lashes. Eyelashes do not grow in a neat single-file line, so take advantage of this fact by placing the knot where it can be hidden within the forest of your natural lashes. The closer to your lash line the better because your own lashes will cover the knots on the individual flares.
    apply the individual eyelash between your natural lashesWithout placing the knots too close to each other, repeat steps 2 and 3 and work your way inwards until you’ve covered the outer third of your eye. Don’t worry about filling in any blank spaces yet. Focus first on the overall effect the lashes have on your eyes.

4. Select the next shortest length and dip it into the adhesive. Use this length to fill in any blank spaces in the outer third of your eye. This creates more volume at the base of the lash while keeping the length a bit more subtle.

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Of course, this is just my preference. You can always fill in the empty spaces with the longest length again to put more emphasis on length while providing overall volume from root to tip (and not just at the base). Remember, it’s totally up to you!

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On the outermost corner of my eye, I used Elegant Lashes® Flare Medium Black individual lashes and filled in the empty spaces with Elegant Lashes® Flare Short Black individual lashes.

5. Continue to apply the lashes along the rest of your eye, using the middle length for the middle third of your eye and the shortest length for the inner third of your eye. Fill in empty spaces as you need using either a shorter length or the same length.  how to apply eyelash extensions (individual flare lashes)Notice how I did not apply any lashes along the innermost corner of my eye? If you have a small crease or have monolids, do what I did and leave the innermost corners empty. That way, when you open your eyes, your eyelid will not push the extensions down, making your eyes look sleepy and half-closed.


Aaaaaaand you’re done! Finished Eyelash Extensions do it yourself appy at home elegant lashes

This process may seem long and arduous at first, but don’t get frustrated – it’s totally worth it and really not as hard as it looks. Remember, just like with regular strip lashes, practice makes perfect. In no time, you’ll be able to do your own eyelash extensions in mere minutes. Best of all, you didn’t spend over $300 to do it – YAY!

Here are some close-ups of my eyes before and after my extensions:

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Left: my eyelashes au naturel, Right: with individual flare lashes/eyelash extensions

See how small and wimpy my eyelashes are before? And look how naturally fuller and longer my lashes look with extensions! I don’t care what anyone says – no mascara in the world can make my lashes look this good.

Now for some headshots to show you the overall effect that longer lashes can have on someone. Just so you know: I’m wearing nothing but my regular eyeliner on my upper lash line in the ‘before’ photos – no mascara – and simply added individual flare lashes (a.k.a extensions) to the upper lash line in the ‘after’ photos, also sans mascara.

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Eyelash Extensions before and after DOWNThe after photos are definitely more appealing, do you not agree? Aside from the hairstyle being slightly different, I did absolutely nothing else to change my look except to add some extensions to my eyes. Eyelashes are such a small part of the face, but they really do make a huge difference!


If you’re itching to ask any questions regarding how to apply your own eyelash extensions or want to add your own tips, let me know in the comment section below! And if you found this post helpful, don’t forget to “Like” on Facebook, Share with friends, and Tweet away using the handy buttons below! ^^



35 thoughts on “DIY Eyelash Extensions: How to Apply Eyelash Extensions Yourself”

  1. If i get this method down pat, would it be stupid to try the surgical glue for lashes to last through a vacation?? Thanks.

    1. By surgical glue, are you referring to the DUO Clear adhesive? If yes, then your lashes will come off when you wash your face/remove your eye makeup. The DUO adhesives are meant for strip lashes so they only provide a temporary hold. You can read more on the difference between strip lash glues and individual lash glues here:

      You can always use individual lash adhesive to achieve a semi-permanent hold that will last through your vacation, but that’ll require a different method from what I wrote in here. Good luck!

      1. Hi Bonnie, I did not realize I was buying my lashes from YOU and was actually on your website when I recommended using only Elegant Lashes. I made the mistake of ordering some from China which appeared to be identical to the ones I first began using, but the packaging was deceiving. I LOVE your products and can’t live without them. People ask me all the time to do theirs. I don’t – but I do my own and love them. The under lashes are perfect for me. I mixed a little Duo with your glue and it gave me a perfect hold.

        1. Yay!! Thanks for recommending us to your friends! And you’re so right – I totally suck at putting individual lashes on my friends. I’m pretty good at doing it on my own eyes, but when it comes to doing it on someone else’s, they get a really weird result with twisted lashes everywhere ha!!

  2. This looks like a fun group activity. (I mean when girls get together for manis and pedis. or some other beauty treatment.)

    I think this should be the new trend for bachelorettes, sleep-overs, b-day parties, etc.

  3. Hi, I was wondering how long these would last using the adhesive you mentioned? Would it last over two weeks?

    1. Hi, Sharon! I’m using regular strip lash glue for this method, so it’ll only last until I decide to remove my makeup off. AKA, it’s a very temporary form of eyelash extensions. You will need the individual lash glue if you want a more semi-permanent hold, but as I said in the post, it will require a slightly different technique. Read this post for more information on the difference between individual lash glue and strip lash glue:

      That should answer most of the questions you have! =D

        1. Hi, Rose! The main difference between this temporary DIY method I showed (aside from the glue formula, of course) is that when you apply your lashes with semi-permanent glue, the false lashes are bound to your own eyelash hairs instead of onto the actaual eyelid. This provides for more comfortable wear but also weighs down your natural lashes over time, which is why clients are always told to “give their eyelashes a break” between semi-permanent eyelash extension appointments. Using the DIY method is safer and healthier for your lashes since it’s a gentler glue formula and the false lashes never weigh down your natural one since they’re attached to your skin – not the lashes themselves.

  4. It would be so nice if someone would come up with a glue that holds a little longer than the strip adhesive and was safe for the skin. I love lashes but everytime i get them applied with the individual lash glue all of my lashes fall out when they are removed and I end up with “snake eyes” So right now my delima is I’m not a fan of strips. I need a more permanent hold yet I have barely any lashes to hold individuals….sighs

    1. Sorry to hear that, Ingrid =( It sounds like the glue being used for your individual lashes was either too heavy for your eyelashes or the removal process was too harsh. I have good news for you, though! You don’t need your own natural lashes if you’re using the method I showed in this post since you’re using the gentler strip lash formula to apply directly to your skin – NOT your lashes. I know this brings us back to the problem where you feel strip lash glues just don’t provide a long enough hold, but at least it gets rid of the snake eyes problem! (I’ve had bald “snake eyes” at one point in my life, too, so I totally understand your frustration!) Good luck! <3

      1. I am going to try that – it seems I have to keep filling in every few days anyway. If I can get all my real lashes back I can start over with the new info you provided. You are wonderful.

  5. Hi! very useful information! I tried it and it works, but as you said it’s only for temporary.
    Would be very nice if you also post here how to use the other technique (using individual lash glue). I did try it myself using clear glue (for individual) , but somehow the glue is not really clear, it looked like plastic residue on my lashes, it looked ugly. Well, I noticed if the glue is too thin, it may not stick to my lashes. Or maybe I apply it the wrong way. Should we also wait for another 40 seconds before applying it?
    Thanks alot.
    Should we apply it

    1. Hi, Alice! To be completely honest with you, I’m not very good at applying lashes with the individual lash adhesive and therefore don’t see myself as qualified enough to write an ariticle on it =X I’ve tried to do it a couple times, but have always liked this method MUCH better cuz it just works with me and my sensitive eyes.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! =( But I do have one tip for you: curl your lashes before applying individual lashes with individual lash adhesive so the extensions can lie onto your natural lashes better.

  6. This looks cool, but since it doesn’t last any longer, when would this be a better choice than my usual strip lashes? Does it look better?

    1. Hi, Sarah! This would be good if you’re going for the I’m-naturally-this-awesome look, if you want to fill in gaps within your lash line, or when you want to perk up the ends of your eyes. Like I said in the post, it does takes longer to apply than strip lashes, but it really does give you a more natural outcome since the lashes are applied amongst your natural lashes instead of on top. =)

    1. Attach it to the hairline of the eyelid (aka, the lash base). This will ensure that they stay on better. Keep in mind this method is for TEMPORARY lash extensions! When you use in individual lash glue for longer wear, that’s when you want to attach to the natural eyelash itself.

  7. I have tried strip lashes before and it took me about two hours to get them on. I am going to a wedding in Hawaii, and I wanted something to really “pop” my eyes. Mascara always leaves smudges on my upper brow. I thought about false eyelashes, and was looking into DIY extensions. I saw your blog and gave it some thought. I bought some cheep lashes that are three individual knotted lashes together. I figured I would give it a try. WOW, so easy! First attempt and I got it, well I need some practice on my left ( I am right handed ). I think after a few more go’s I will all set.
    Just one question, I bought the Duo glue in dark tone ( it was the only glue ). Is there a glue would you recommend for ALL day wear, in humidity? I have not tried the Duo glue all day yet.

    1. So glad you found a happy fix to your problem, Sarah! <3
      I live in sunny Southern California so I honestly don't have much experience with humidity. However, it seems like the DUO glue performs well in just about any climate. I always like to bring extra glue and individual lashes with me just in case. Never hurts to be careful!

      By the way, check out our new Double Flares ( if you want even fuller lashes without doing twice the work. They’re amazing!

  8. So I have bought 2 trays of individual lashes, a J curl 12mm long and 0.15mm thick. extensions. They came with eyelash primer black glue and a bottle of remover called debonder. Question is these are seriously individual!! How or what is the easiest way to get these on like its shown so easy on these videos?? Im having the worst luck!! They are on a strip but just fall apart when removed with my tweezers 🙁 What do you reccommend? Any great pointers?
    Thanks so much!!

    1. Hi, Stephanie! It looks like you’re trying to apply lashes with individual lash glue. That requires a different method from the one I showed in the video.
      Instead of removing with tweezers, try pulling your exteions off gently with your fingers. This provides more surface area which means less breakage. Once you have the lashes removed from the strip, you’ll have to separate your natural lashes from each other as best as you can and glue your extensions along the entire length of your natural lash – without touching the skin. It’s really hard to do on your own which is why I provided this temporary and easier method. Try practicing with individual single lashes using the method I showed in the video and once you feel comfortable, try again with the lashes you have.
      You can get individual single lashes here:

  9. I would like to use the 10mm, 12mm and 16mm without knot eyelash extensions. I am trying this for the first time and as recommended would use the strip lash glue. Which strip lash glue and remover would you recommend for a newbie!

    1. For beginners, use any CLEAR strip lash glue so make sure your lashes look as natural as possible. Of course, if you’re allergic to latex, look for latex-free formulas. All our adhesives can be found here:
      Just remember to make sure you’re buying strip lash adhesive – not individual lash adhesive!

      As for remover, I just use any oil-free makeup remover I find on sale at the drugstore. I don’t recommend pulling at lashes lest you want pre-mature sagging and wrinkling. To learn how to safely (and painlessly!) remove your false eyelashes, check out this post:

      Hope this helped!

  10. Thank you so much for this great material. I can’t get rid of my addiction to gorgeous falsies and I have learned a lot about adhesives lately… Some of them are very reliable, but most of them are harmful! So in between I’m always using my caressing Cherish Lash serum, – don’t want to lose my own eyelashes… 🙂

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