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Are Faux Eyelashes for You?

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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.

To apply individual eyelashes, ARDELL recommends that you first “thoroughly clean your eyelashes and eyelids so they are make-up and oil free.” Because individual strands are so small, you can blend them to your real lashes more than you can strip lashes.

For more effective application, let adhesive dry for a few seconds before applying to your lash line. The longer they dry off of your lid, the less time they will take to dry while on your lid. This applies to either lash type.

When you’re ready to part with your luscious lashes -- though why would you want to -- you can gently pull off strips or use adhesive remover for individuals.

MAKE UP FOR EVER, a professional makeup and cosmetics company, suggests you “lift the outside edge of the eyelashes and pull gently. Clean after each use: remove the glue by hand, and if necessary, clean the edge with a cotton ball soaked in acetone to remove any glue residue.”

If you care for your lashes, which includes removing them properly, they can be reused. Keep in mind that like any other eye product, you must keep them clean to prevent eye infections or irritation.


1. ARDELL. Ardelllashes.com. Web. September 21, 2011.

2. Shu uemura. Shuuemura-usa.com. Web. September 21, 2011.

3. MAKE UP FOR EVER. Makeupforever.com. Web. September 21, 2011.

Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

Hi, good article, found this by way of the Lashologist council, mabe some Important Facts:
Lashes need to be straight for a successful fake eyelash application. Do not perm
eyelashes prior to fake eyelashes procedure; curly lashes are difficult to perfect bonding.

1.Mascara on eyelashes should be completely removed before eyelash extensions are applied.
2.As a rule of thumb, fake eyelash should be 1/2 to 1/3 longer than client’s own lashes. Any requests for longer lashes should be carefully considered as the application may fail.
3.Proper bonding is the secret to successful fake eyelashes extensions. Any separation between the fake eyelashes and the client’s eyelash will compromise the bond and the effects will be short-lived.
4.During fake eyelashes application, if client tears for any reason (i.e. falling asleep); wipe tears away with soft cotton swabs immediately.
5.Use the eyelash comb to smooth eyelashes after the application is complete to make sure that no lashes are sticking together. Examine all fake eyelashes to make sure bonding is secure.
6.After care; 2 hrs after eyelashes extension treatment – Do not allow water to contact lashes. 2 days after eyelashes extension – Do not steam face, use steam bath, swim or wash face with hot water. Do not use mascara on fake eyelashes, as make-up remover will affect the bonding of fake eyelashes. Do not perm fake eyelashes. Do not use a lash curler, as it will break both fake eyelashes and natural lashes. Do not rub eyes or fake eyelashes when washing face. Always pat dry lashes after cleansing.
7.Maintenance: The lash life cycle is about 100 days. Fake eyelashes may fall off due to the natural lashes life cycle or because of poor technique or negligent care by client. We recommend retouch every 3 to 4 weeks to maintain best look.
Common Reasons Lashes Fall Off

1.Mascara residue on eyelashes will compromise the contact area between eyelashes and fake eyelashes.
2.Fake eyelashes applied to curly or perm lashes will not adhere properly. Fake eyelashes should be used on straight lashes.
3.Actual eyelashes naturally fall of due to lashes life cycle.
4.Poor technique. Inadequate lash bonding.
5.Lashes were in contact with water within 2 hrs after fake eyelashes application. Rubbing eyes, facial steaming or taking a steam bath is not recommended within 2 days of process.

September 29, 2011 - 5:16am
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