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As I've gotten older, my eyelashes have gotten skimpier. I've had false eyelashes applied for special events - my wedding, red carpets - but always by a professional. When they're done well, they look great! But I do my own makeup most of the time, and would love it if I could achieve the high eye drama on my own.
I decided to try it out before girls night dinner this past weekend, confident that with a little practice I could be sporting "come hither" lashes for all this season's holiday parties.
I purchased these beauties at Sephora. They were $8 and came with their own adhesive.
Because this is Lazy Beauty, and because I didn't have all the time in the world, I opted not to watch a video or anything before trying my hand at false eyelashes. I mean, how hard could it be?
I decided to go ahead and put all my makeup on and apply the lashes last. I have no idea if this is what you are supposed to do or not.
I applied the lightest of eyeshadow (barely visible in the picture), curled them with the Shu Uemura tool, and added my usual coat of my very favorite mascara: Loreal Voluminous. (You can find my other favorite beauty products here.)
I peeled off one of the eyelashes and applied a thin coat of the glue. The glue came out black, which surprised me. It dried black also. The tube says to wait 30-60 seconds to let it get tacky before application. This is what it looked like just before I lifted it to my nervous face:
I carefully placed and pressed and....
This is what I got. Three times. I could not get that sucker to stay. I began to seriously question whether or not I was supposed to apply them after the rest of my eye makeup was done, because I worried I was being too careful and that's why it wasn't staying.
After 15 minutes of effort, I gave up. My girlfriends were not going to get to ooh and ahh over my bedroom eyes.
The next day I decided to give it another try, with more patience. I googled "how to apply false eyelashes" and found a video tutorial that helped. I quickly realized that a) I wasn't manipulating the eyelashes to make them pliable and b) I wasn't using enough glue.
So I did both of those things and got...
Ridiculous. They wouldn't stay and I pressed and pressed. It was time to call it. I gave it a good beauty try, but daily, self-applied false eyelashes are not in my future.
Some things you just have to leave to the professionals.
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