How to Apply False Eyelashes – 5 Tips You Wish Someone Had Told You

According to the instructions on the back of DUO adhesive boxes, false lash application takes just three simple steps:

how to apply false eyelashes instructions
The illustration is not applying false eyelash glue correctly, by the way. Ha!

Seriously? Just three steps?

Anyone who’s ever tried applying false eyelashes for the first time knows it’s not this easy.

Well, Step 1 is easy enough, and I’ve done a terrific job of explaining Step 2 in my How to Properly Apply False Eyelash Glue (All about Adhesives, Part I) post here. *pats self on the back* X) But Step 3 is where people have the most trouble, and that’s why I’m here to provide you with five tips you wish someone had told you when you first learned how to apply false eyelashes.


Tip #1: Everything’s Better with Curves
The more curved the lash band is, the easier the lashes are to apply. And don’t worry if you think you overdid it; it’s actually a lot easier to apply a severely curved false eyelash onto your eyes rather than try to pin down both ends of a lash that is too straight. Use one of the methods below to get that optimum U-shape:
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Note: lashes not made of 100% Human Hair will not bend as easily due to the stiffer lash band. You can read more on the difference between synthetic and human hair lashes here.


Tip #2: Oil-Free is the Way to Be
Oil makes it hard for the adhesive to bond to the lash band and to your eyes; it’s like trying to make tape stick onto a greasy forehead. If you have naturally oily eyelids, blot the excess oil with oil blotting sheets. If you’re re-using your lashes, make sure you NEVER remove them with oil-based makeup remover as the oil will stay lodged within the lash band, making it hard for you to glue them back on. (Read How to Remove False Eyelashes Painlessly for more tips on lash removal and care).

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Tip #3: Keep your elbows on the table
If you’re new to false lashes, mirror placement and stability make a HUGE difference when it comes to successful application. Most people apply their lashes while standing in front of their bathroom mirror or sitting at their vanity, and that’s usually where the trouble starts. Try one of these setups instead to make your life a little bit easier:

1)      My favorite setup:how to apply false fake lashes use mirrorLay a mirror flat onto a table and, with your elbows on either side of it, look down into the mirror with your false lash all glued up and ready to apply. This angle seriously provides the PERFECT view of where to apply your lashes. Try it out for yourself – you’ll see exactly what I mean!

2) Just a different version of my favorite setup: how to apply fake lashesInstead of a hand mirror, use a swivel mirror and place it just beneath your face. Adjust the angle and prop your elbows up on the table for support.

The key thing is to always place your mirror somewhere beneath your face. This will provide you with the perfect view of where your natural lashes are and where your false lashes should be.

3) If you can’t stop shaking, go ahead and plant that chin onto the table as well. Like this: 

Can’t get more stable than that, right?! Shakiness eliminated to the max! XD**

Tip #4: Start Small
Accent lashes/demi lashes/half lashes are a beginner’s best friend. They’re shorter in width (they only cover the outer half of your eye or less) so they’ll stick onto your eyes much more quickly and easily than when you’re handling full strip lashes. 


Tip #5: Take it One Step at a Time
If you’re in love with a pair of full strip lashes but can’t seem to get them on correctly, try cutting them up in two or three sections. Here are two ways to wear them:

1. As a half/accent lash: tips for how to apply false fake eyelashes


2. As a full strip lash cut up into two or three sections (I did three sections):cut false lashes up for easier application

One word of advice: this tip will not work well with thick lashes since people will be able to see exactly where you cut them. But then again, if you’re new to falsies, you should be starting off with light density and short lashes anyway. =P


Other Tips That I’ve Mentioned in Previous Posts:
If you’re handling false eyelashes, you should also be well educated on their adhesives as well. I’ve done an informative series called All About Adhesives to touch upon eyelash glue basics that all false lash users should know. Check out these posts to expand your lash knowledge:

How to Properly Apply False Eyelash Glue (All about Adhesives, Part I)

Clear Glue vs. Dark Glue (All About Adhesives, Part II)

Individual Lash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue (All About Adhesives, Part III)


Know of other helpful tips that you want to add to this post or have questions on the tips I wrote above? Share them in the comments below! If you like this post or think someone else would benefit from reading this, Tweet, Like, and Share away with the buttons provided below. Remember, we’re here to spread false eyelash knowledge to the world, one little eyelash hair at a time. =)



33 thoughts on “How to Apply False Eyelashes – 5 Tips You Wish Someone Had Told You”

    1. Thank you! 😀
      Actually, it’s Bonnie (my red-haired twin sister and partner in crime) who wrote this article. My eyeball just made a few cameos. But I’ll pass on the compliments to her! 😉

  1. Hi, Fantastic tutorial… I struggled for years with applying eyelashes!

    Even if I succeeded they ended up falling off at some point during the night!

    Now I’m a pro and in the eye lash business myself 🙂

    1. Yay, eyelash people unite! *Hug!* Glad you still found the post helpful! What are your own pro tips for better lash application? Maybe our other blog readers can get a few good tips out of ya!

  2. Hi!
    Great stuff. I’m absolutely new to false lashes and am considering trying for the first time. Mine are very short and wide apart. But I hate the idea of daily putting them on and then taking them off, but can’t afford the extensions they have in salons! Can’t I just put on these fake lashes and keep them on for say, a week, wearing them in bed and shower, and so on?

    1. Your lashes are not going to last through a shower or a night’s sleep, I can guarantee you that! If you want extensions, you can always do them at home. Check out my post on DIY lash extensions ( to practice the temporary method using strip lash adhesive. Once you get the hang of the procedure, graduate to using individual lash adhesive to get the salon results without paying salon prices. (If you don’t know the difference between the two, check out my Individual vs. Strip lash glue post here:

  3. Loved this post. The best tip I got from it was one you didn’t even mention even though you demonstrated it repeatedly. Use two hands on the lash when applying! I’m still working on technique, but this one tip alone has made things much easier.

    1. Couldn’t agree more, Valerie! I love my false lashes, but definitely find that using two hands is WAY better than tweezers or whatever. Also, short nails really does wonders =P

  4. Hi Ladies, enjoyed reading your blog and learning your tips and tricks. You have some beautiful lashes too. Do you ever apply your lashes beneath your real lashes? Just wondering, as I have recently learned this new technique and like the results!

    1. I’ve heard of it and tried it, but it’s really hard! Maybe it’s because my natural lashes are stick-straight so the false lashes are always being weighed down by them?

  5. I still have not put the lashes on! I have ordered so many different styles, but today, I AM going to take time out and play with them until I am able put them on in 5 minutes and look good!!!
    I have read and reread all the different tips and feel like I have learned a lot! Now it is time for me to jump on board.|I am 65 years young and looking good every day can be a challenge!! And I will meet that challenge today!!
    Thank you for all your tips, ideas and kindness!!!
    Shirley B

  6. Hi,
    Like this article so much. I am having constant trouble with applying falsies. I somehow always mess up the inner corners. DO you have any specific tips for that? for me rest is fine but my inner corners just can’t stay put.
    Lemme know.
    shilpi from

    1. Ah, the inner corners. Always the trickiest. It could be one of a few things:

      1) Make sure you don’t apply your lashes too close to the inner corner. If your lashes are poking the inner corner of your eye, your eyes will tear up, making your lashes impossible to glue on. Good trick to know if your lashes are too close to the inner corners: once lashes are on, squeeze/squint your eyes shut. Feel painful? If so, you applied it too close to the inner corner.

      2) Always make sure you’re not working with oily or moist eyelids with applying lashes. Prior to application, either dab lids with oil blotting sheets or dust your lids with powder/eye shadow to create a dry canvas. Lashes should stick on MUCH better.

      3) When applying, dab more glue to the inner corner of your lash and make sure you wait a while for it to dry. The drier (stickier) the glue, the less chance of it sliding around.

      Hope this helped!

  7. I bought a pair of lashes today and just couldn’t do it. So I googled “false lashes for dummies” and your blog came up! Thanks for the thorough instructions, like how long and where etc! Going to try again tonight

    1. LOL “false lashes for dummies”! XD** So glad the blog helped. False lashes aren’t the easiest things to master, but when you do, they’re pretty awesome. Hope you have better luck tonight!

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