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Under Lashes for Newbies

Wanna know a secret? I never posted anything on under/bottom/lower false lashes before because most of them are too long for me to wear on my lower lash line. With the exception of #133 and #529 under lashes – both of them about half the length of our other under lashes – I always wore under lashes as top lashes.

Until now.

Elegant Lashes natural looking under / bottom / lower false eyelashes
Yay for new experiences! I’m taking baby steps here, so I wore #049 under lashes in brown (always great for first-timers). Kim Kardashian can get away with dark and dramatic lower eyelashes, but I know my limits, and some faces (like mine) aren’t meant for super long or dark lower lashes. That said…

What is the best choice for those just starting out with under lashes?

Hands down, brown lashes are ALWAYS the best choice for beginners or those just starting to experiment with any kind of false eyelashes. Now, I’m no newbie to falsies, but I certainly am very new to full-strip under lashes, so of course I went for brown under lashes.

Elegant Lashes 049 Brown under bottom lower False Eyelashes

Say hello to Elegant Lashes #049 Brown. It’s been in the Elegant Lashes® family since the beginning of time and is a consistent strong-seller, which is in itself a testimony to its versatility, allure, and time-tested beauty.

So out of the 21 different under lashes I could’ve have chosen, why did I pick #049 Brown?

Honestly, … because that’s what everyone else gets. I figured there must be a reason why this is one of our staple sellers. I think people favor this because it has an overall very classic and unoffensive(?) shape and length that makes it work well both as an under lash and an upper lash. The thin pieces of hair (100% natural human hair, of course!) make it ideal for use as under lashes while the length makes it ideal for wear as a natural and virtually undetectable upper lash.

Natural looking top and bottom false eyelashes by Elegant Lashes 049 Brown

What do you think of my hairy eyes? X) This whole “bottom false eyelash” thing is a very new and interesting experience for me, but with the brown under lashes, I think I could get used to this! I’ve worn #049 Brown as upper lashes, but like I said, this is the first time wearing a longer under lash for its intended purpose, and I honestly don’t think it looks that bad! Of course, they’re too long to be my natural bottom lashes, especially for a person of my ethnicity, but they don’t look too garish to me. (Tell me if they do look garish to you, though! I want your honesty. ;))

natural looking brown bottom false eyealshes (under lashes)

Better picture of the under lashes. Don’t they look so nice and perfectly separated? I really, really like these! 😀 And I love the subtle and understated brown color. Blends nicely with the skin so the bottom lashes look soft, not scary. Yay brown under lashes!

 

I wanted to focus on my lower lashes for this post, so I downplayed my upper lashes with a sparse false eyelash in relatively the same shape as the #049 Brown under lash. But if you like the sparse and natural look of the lashes I wore on top, here’s what they look like. This particular style is Elegant Lashes #103 Brown:

natural looking brown false eyelashes_Elegant Lashes #103 Brown False Eyelash

Wow, look at that. How interesting. I honestly never even paid attention to this style before, but someone got a whole bunch of these and I got so darn curious I had to check it out. Pretty nice, I say!

 

Back to the under lashes!

 

Application Tip:

One thing I noticed with under lashes – if you’re going to use the entire strip, apply it close to the inner corner of your eyes, brown false eyelashes on top and bottom_Elegant Lashes #049 Brown False under eyelashesespecially if the under lash is on the longer side (extending beyond your natural lower lash length). I’m not saying to go so far in as to stab yourself in the tear duct, but I usually place my upper lashes towards the outer corner of my eye to elongate it, and this technique didn’t look so hot with the under lash. It looks funny having a big gaping empty space near the inner corner suddenly bursting into a row of long bottom lashes. So if you want your entire lower lash line to be enhanced with false lashes… apply the false lashes along your entire lower lash line.

Of course, if you’re only applying under lashes to the outer corners of your eyes like I did here and Bonnie did here, you can disregard that whole paragraph above.

shyne sunny_natural looking false eyelashes

Hmm, the more I look at these photos, the more I like the way these brown under lashes look. I like that they’re light in color so it’s not too obvious that I’m wearing under lashes. It makes you do a double-take because there’s something there enhancing the eyes but you can’t quite put your finger on what it might be….

 

So now that you’ve followed me to the conclusion of my first experience with under lashes, here are the major takeaway points (if you didn’t catch them already):

  • If you’re new at the whole bottom false eyelash thing (correct term is under lash, by the way), or are just unfamiliar with false eyelashes in general, STICK WITH BROWN!! Lots of people give up on under lashes because they get them in black, which looks very harsh and dramatic on most women. Try brown lashes (we have the most brown lashes of any false eyelash brand, so we’re kind of a good place to start. *ahem*) and you’ll find the under lashes don’t look so garish or difficult to wear.
    • Even if the under lash is long, the brown color will blend easily with your skin so the lashes don’t stand out so much. You’ll feel less self-conscious about your under lashes screaming for attention.
  • If you’ve bought a pair of under lashes that were too long for you, DON’T throw them away!! I never even thought of using under lashes on my lower lashes until today. If your false eyelashes are too long for use as under lashes, simply flip them over and use them as upper lashes. I do it all the time, and no one’s arrested me for my crime!
  • Unless you’re cutting up your under lashes and placing them only on the outer corners of your eyes, apply your under lash along the entire lower lash line. It’ll look very weird to have a bald gap in the inner corner and then a sudden shock of long, hairy under lashes sprouting out of nowhere.

 

I hope this was helpful in some way!

Now that I’ve shared my first-time experience with you, it’s YOUR turn – have you ever tried or considered under lashes? What do you think of the ones in this post? Share your own experiences – did it look awful, great, etc.- in the comments below!

…and you should check out how fun it is to click those “like,” “share,” “pin,” and “tweet” buttons below. 😉

 

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 need.how 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.

fill in the empty spaces how to apply your own eyelash extensions at home

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!

natural looking false eyelashes_individual flare eyelashes
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:

Finished Eyelash Extensions do it yourself appy at home elegant lashes
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.

Eyelash Extensions before and after_Side

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! ^^