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Have you noticed a trend with fuller, thicker, longer lashes lately? Women didn’t suddenly start growing them at faster speeds, they’ve simply been introduced to the beauty of false eyelashes.
“Gorgeous eyelashes aren’t just for supermodels anymore,” according to ARDELL, one of the companies specializing in faux eyelashes. Thanks to companies like it, you can now have supermodel-like eyelashes too!
Before you hop into your car and drive to the nearest drugstore to snag a pair, consider the options and some tips that will facilitate your decision-making, application and removal process.
There are two two different types of eyelashes to choose from: strip and individual, and they each come with pros and cons, respectively.
Strip eyelashes, as the name indicates, come in neat strips of synthetic hair. When applying strip lashes it’s important to match the size of the strip to the size of your lash line.
Shu Uemura, a cosmetics and false eyelash provider, suggests, “If the false eyelashes seem to be too wide for your eyes, adjust the width by trimming the outer corner.”
If the strip is too long it will hang and you’ll probably get a few looks -- and not the your-eyelashes-are-beautiful kind, instead you’ll get the what’s-wrong-with-your-eye looks of concern. Make sure to cut only a few strands at a time, you want to have enough left for a full look, after all.
Once you have sized the strips accordingly, apply glue directly to the line using as little as possible. Using tweezers, simply dip the strip into the adhesive and apply as close to your lash line as possible. Make sure not to use too much adhesive because it will not only take longer to dry, it can also smudge on your eyelids and into your eyes.
If you just want to fill in a few gaps along your lash line, you can use individual eyelashes, which can last longer but also take longer to apply. Some women opt for individuals because they can create a more natural look, but if applying a full set, the process can be tedious.
ARDELL suggests applying 10 to15 lashes per eye. Applying a full set requires patience and sometimes, a higher skill set.