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How to Get the Most Out of Your Red-White-and-Blue “Fourth of July Falsies”

glow in the dark red white and blue false eyelashes Elegant Lashes G241 Liberty Glow

Remember this post where we introduced the G241 “Liberty Glow” glow-in-the-dark false eyelashes for Fourth of July?

Well…. It’s almost Independence Day again, and I couldn’t help donning this colorful, patriotic pair of falsies one more time. And guess what? I rediscovered an easier way to wear these big, blinged-out babies.

I’ll show you in a minute what I did to make wearing these lashes even more comfortable (and actually easier to apply), but first here’s a photo of what they look like (minus the crazy makeup and white wig I wore last year).

red white and blue false eyelashes for fourth of july - elegant lashes G241 Liberty Glow glow in the dark false eyelashSorry for the annoying(?) face tilt. I always think eyelashes look better at this angle, though, and this entire blog is dedicated to false eyelashes, so… deal with it. >=)

(Just kidding! =X)

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Yes, the lashes are long (for me), and as you can see in the photo above, they reach up to just below my eyebrows. This is the length of most of our Carnival Color lashes, and now that I think of it, it’s the default length and shape for a grand majority of costume color lashes, regardless of the manufacturer. It may be helpful to know that most Halloween lashes are this length and shape.

Can you tell in the photo where I placed the false lashes? Actually, stop getting so close to my photo. Here’s a close-up:

red white and blue false eyelashes for fourth of july

When wearing any kind of costume eyelash or light-colored eyelash (in this case, it’s both), it’s always a good idea to make use of these 3 handy tips for wearing color/Halloween lashes. I followed tip #3 and placed my false lashes on my crease, rather than directly onto my lash line. This helps take off some of the weight of heavy costume lashes, and makes your eyes look less droopy.

I have a teeny, tiny excuse of a crease, so it’s easy for me to find where to affix my costume lashes at a perfectly comfortable distance from my real lashes so my eyelids don’t feel super heavy.

However, I realize that not everyone has a crease, and some people have large/deep creases that would make the lashes look like they’re flying off their face. If that is you, here’s your tip: follow the line of your eyeliner.

glow in the dark red white and blue false eyelashes Elegant Lashes Liberty Glow

Placing the false lashes right above your eyeliner gives you a nice dark base from the liner, and because the lashes are higher up, your eyes also look more open and awake. This is especially helpful when wearing light-colored lashes, because lighter colors on your lash line will make your eyes look smaller (which is why we don’t wear white mascara).

red white and blue false eyelashes for fourth of july

I initially applied these lashes on my lash line (without a base lash), and wondered why my eyes looked so closed and alien-y. I didn’t feel like applying a base lash, so I just removed and reapplied the G241 “Liberty Glow” lashes to follow the line of my crease/eyeliner. The result: instant alertness and much more “awake”-looking eyes. My eyes and lashes felt so perky and alive! Lesson learned and forever remembered. I decided to share on this blog. 😉

Here’s what I mean by eyes looking smaller when light-colored false lashes are applied close to the lash line:

glow in the dark red white and blue false eyelashes Elegant Lashes Liberty Glow Do you see how placing such a huge false eyelash close to the lash line actually closes the eye? Yeah, that eye on the right ain’t too sexy.

 Okay, so now that I gave you this refresher course on how to wear big costume lashes more comfortably and beautifully, on to my favorite part! Time to turn off the lights, ‘cause these babies like to dance in the dark. 😉

Here are some awesome photos of Elegant Lashes® G241 “Liberty Glow” Glow-in-the-Dark eyelashes doing their thing and *G-L-O-W-I-N-G.*

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This photo is taken in blacklight, which is why my shirt is so screaming pink. Blacklight makes glow-in-the-dark lashes look amazing, and they allow the glowing strips to luminesce much more brightly than just being in the dark.

glow in the dark false eyelashesUmm, this is kind of awesome, no? I’ve never seen glow-in-the-dark eyelashes at this angle before, and it’s pretty cool to see the shape and how the lashes really pop in the blacklight.

If you’re not going to be hanging around a black light when you’re donning your glow-in-the-dark falsies, make sure you hold the eyelashes up to a bright light source before applying them to make the glowing effect last longer and be stronger. (I shouldn’t have to explain why you should not stand next to a bright light source while wearing your falsies, right? ;P)

If you want these statement-making lashes for your own Fourth of July look, click here and get them now!
(Here’s my sublte sales pitch: BUY NOW! Hahaha)

In all seriousness, though, there is still some time to get these in by the 4th of July holiday, but you’ll really have to hurry your honey buns over and get them quick – I honestly can’t guarantee you’ll get them in time if you procrastinate. *serious face*

What do you think of these falsies? Have you tried applying big lashes on your crease/eyeliner, rather than the lash line? Let me know if you learned a thing or two in this article, and “like,” tweet, or share if you enjoyed what you read/saw. 🙂

Toodles!

 

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.

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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:

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.

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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! ^^

 

False Eyelashes 101 Tip: How (and Why) to Layer False Eyelashes

Here’s a very useful but little-known tip: like clothes, false eyelashes can be layered to create a completely customized look. Brilliant in its simplicity, layering false lashes is a very handy technique used to add volume, dimension, color, or sparkle to a makeup look. And trust me, it does not look messy. Here are some different ways you can layer your false eyelashes to fit your unique style/mood:


Double up on false eyelashes to create intense volume:

Layering two pairs of the same style of false eyelashes is ideal if you love the shape of a certain style but want more volume. I love the curl and wearable length of Elegant Lashes 824 lashes (I switch off wearing black and brown styles depending on my mood), but one day I wanted to see what I would get if I combined the two and wore them together. Let’s see how that went:

natural looking false eyelashes_Elegant Lashes 824 Brown False Eyelashes
First, this is how Elegant Lashes 824 Brown looks on my eyes. When I’m wearing some makeup.
natural looking false eyelashes_Elegant Lashes 824 Brown False Eyelashes

Here are the 824 Brown lashes again, on a more naked eye. My natural lashes are completely invisible in this picture, but believe me – they’re there. Somewhere….

Elegant Lashes 824 Brown + Black Mascara
Elegant Lashes 824 Brown, with a coat of black mascara. Now it looks just like 824 Black. Cool.layering black and brown false eyelashes for natural voluminous lookAdded some 824 Black lashes on top of the 824 Brown. See how there’s instantly more volume? 🙂natural looking false eyelashes_layering black and brown false eyelashes for natural voluminous lookThe complete look. Yay! I loved my lashes this day. Perfect length, extra hairy and full. Me gusta. 😀

Add intensity, definition, and flair:

Sometimes you need more drama. On the eyes, that is. While I can always depend on my trusty #213 Black lashes for a beautiful look, I wanted to have really unique, cool-looking lashes for my birthday. Layering a pair of Elegant Lashes M081 Mystic Lashes on top of the #213 Black false lashes I was already wearing gave me the perfect flair and edginess I was craving. (Sorry, I didn’t take any high-quality close-ups of the eyes, so these snapshots will have to suffice.)
False Eyelashes_Elegant Lashes M081 Mystic Lash and 213 Black False Eyelashes

I LOVED my lashes this day (and my nails – ha!). And I was darn proud of my little birthday lash concoction. Adding a defined spiky false eyelash on top of soft, wispy lashes gives the eyes a very nice lift and accent, with the added bonus of more definition. I am genius.

Try this out for yourself – apply your favorite soft and full lash, and then apply a spiky, more defined lash on top. Your look will change completely. I’ve also paired #045 Black and #220 Black together and really liked what I saw. 😉

 

Soften or fill out super spiky/sparse false lashes:

If layering false eyelashes can have the effect of intensifying your look, the opposite is also possible. If you feel that a certain lash is a little too intensely spiky or sparse, add a layer of fuller, wispier lashes to soften the look and/or fill out the spaces. Here I applied M355 Mystic Lashes (a criss-cross accent lash) on top of Elegant Lashes #220 Black.

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See how the lashes look softer and fuller towards the outer corner? That’s the softening and volumizing effect of layering a sparse, spiky lash with a fuller accent lash.

layered false eyelashes_Elegant Lashes 220 Black and M355 Mystic Lashes criss cross accent lashes

Applying accent lashes (mini false eyelashes that are applied on the outer corner of the eye) on top of spiky lashes emphasizes just the outer corners, giving the eyes a nice lift and flirty cat-eye effect. I now always wear my #220 lashes with some kind of accent lash at the ends, because I like the extra oomph, and because … well, because I need all the help I can get. -_-

 

Add sparkle to ordinary false eyelashes:

Everyone knows that false eyelashes add the perfect finishing touch to any look. But when the occasion calls for something more, layer your favorite falsies with some rhinestone half lashes to add some beautiful, glamorous sparkle. When you don’t want to fuss with a full strip rhinestone eyelash but rhinestone half lashes alone aren’t enough, layering is your best friend.

Elegant Lashes M015 Mystic Lashes and D178 rhinestone false eyelashes

Bonnie paired Elegant Lashes M015 Mystic Lash with D178 Rhinestone Half Lashes applied on the outer ends. She gets the lengthening and volumizing benefits of a full strip lash, while the beautiful rhinestones make this look worthy of any special occasion.

Elegant Lashes M015 Mystic Lashes and D178 rhinestone false eyelashes

When her eyes are open, she has beautiful lashes with just a hint of something special going on. The treat is when she blinks, and the rhinestones glisten as they catch the light. So pretty!

 

Add color and texture to costume looks:

I love when artists get creative and combine different colors and textures of lashes. There are so many possible combinations, and layering lashes allows you to customize every detail to match your unique vision.

black and white feather eyelashes_Elegant Lashes F131 F404 Patrick Boltinghouse

Above is a photo sent in by the amazingly talented makeup artist Patrick Boltinghouse. Most people are content with using/wearing just one pair of feather eyelashes, but this combination of F131 white feather eyelashes and wispy F404 black feather lashes is to die for! I love how the feathers here are torn and combined to create this whimsical fantasy look.

Bonnie also came up with her own colorful false eyelash combination using Carnival Color Lashes, which she wore for her Mardi Gras look:colorful purple and gold false eyelashes, mardi gras colorful makeup

The glistening gold effect on the tips is achieved by layering golden tinsel C748 Carnival Color Lashes on top of purple C842 Carnival Color Lashes.

For a much simpler and more wearable look layering color lashes, try combining a colorful under lash, like Elegant Lashes C049 Carnival Color Lash, with your favorite “normal” falsies. Here I used C049 blue under lashes with a similar-looking under lash, Elegant Lashes #049 Black, and used both as upper lashes.

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Blue neutralize reds and yellows, making the whites of the eyes look brighter. If your eyes are tired and red (as mine often are), wear blue-tinted lashes, mascara, or eyeliner to help create the illusion of  clearer, whiter eyes.

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The blue lashes are subtle and understated, but they really bring a nice, fresh pop of color to your everyday look.

What do you think about layering false lashes? Would you try it out? If you have, let me know how you got creative in the comments section below (or better yet, share your photo with us on Facebook!).

Have fun trying out different combinations of lashes! Don’t forget to *like* *tweet* and *share.* Buttons are provided below so you  don’t have to work so hard to show your love.  >:D