How to Apply False Lashes

Anyone who has tried to apply false lashes knows that it’s not as simple as it looks! And it never fails at some point you end up with glue on your hands, fingers, and eyelids just to name a few. Eyelashes can make your eyes look bigger and more inviting, but unfortunately not all of us were blessed with long luxurious lashes. Thankfully, false lashes now come in various styles, colors and sizes.  And when applied properly, they can transform your eyes from the mundane to the extraordinary.

What You Need

  1. False Lashes:   I prefer ones by Ardell as they come in several styles and are most natural looking.  They retail between $3.99 USD – $5.99 USD at Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply and Drug Stores. You can also purchase the Ardell lashes for$3.99 USD.  Red Cherry lashes retail for $2.39 USD.
  2. Lash Adhesive:  Duo Lash Adhesive is the best. It comes in clear and dark tone and retails for $5.49 USD at Target and at the Makeup Geek store for $7.99 USD.
  3. Tweezers:  Not necessary, but they make handling the lashes much easier.
  4. Scissors:  Just in case they need to be trimmed.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully remove the lashes from their container using your tweezers. Be aware they will be glued down so lift them gently as not to tear any of the lashes.
  2. Size your lashes by holding them up to your eye to see if you need to make them shorter. If so, trim the outer edges to shorten the length.  If you aren’t familiar with fake lashes, start with the accent ones as they are shorter and are easier to apply.  Ardell’s #301, #305,Demi Wispies , #120, Demi Luvies are all good accent lashes.
  3. Wrap the lashes around your finger and hold there for about 15 seconds to help mimic the curve of your eye.
  4. Using the Duo Lash Adhesive, apply a thin line to the lashes being careful not to get any of the glue in the lashes themselves. Another way is to apply a small amount of glue to the back of your hand or any flat surface and gently drag the lashes through the glue. You can also take a small brush and dip into the glue and then brush it onto the lash strip.
  5. Hold the lashes for approximately 30-60 seconds to give the adhesive time to set up and get tacky. (you’ll know they’re ready when the glue slightly changes color)  Hold the eyelashes in a U shape to help maintain the shape you formed around our finger. You don’t want to glue to dry, just get tacky so they grip onto the eyelid easier.
  6. With either the tweezers or your fingers, take the lashes and looking slightly downward, place the lashes in the middle of your of your natural lashes as close to your lashline as possible. Remember, you don’t actually want these on your lashes, but on the lashline itself.
  7. Once the lashes are set on, take the end of your tweezers and press the lashes into place along the lashline to make sure they adhere. Focus on the ends since that’s what seems to pull away first.
  8. Allow the lashes to sit before curling them or applying eyeliner.
  9. Go over the base of the lashline where the lashes were attached with your eyeliner. This will hide any glue or unevenness in the lashes giving them a natural effect.
  10. Apply your favorite coat of mascara to help meld your natural lashes to the false ones.

And Viola, you are done! Don’t let lashes intimidate you- with just a little practice you can be wearing these in no time.  And once you get the hang of putting them on, it goes quickly and becomes an effortless process, giving your eyes all the drama you desire.

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good tut. i kinda liked that monroemisfits eyelash tut a little better. she put her mascara on before hand. can you still use the lashes even if there is a pile of old mascara stuck to them? it can be very expensive to keep buying them.

Hi Marlena,
I really enjoyed this tutorial as well as all the other great ones you do !
I’m struggling a bit with the individual false eyelashes which are semipermanent and actually go on your own lashes (brand called YLURE). They can look really natural if done properly. . . I have so far had a couple of mini disasters and would welcome any tips please.
I’m a big fan of your site and think you’re very professional. Thanks for all the advise.

Used fake lashes (for the first time!) today. I got soo many compliments and I wanted to thank you Marlena for being my makeup mentor. THANX!!

Hi Marlena,

I’m french and i don’t undertand what you say (my english is very bad).
But I find you beautiful and very talented. I’m impressed !!
I regret not understand the tricks that you provide us.
I still watch your videos to see your technique.
Thank you and sorry for my english.

Hi Marlena,

I’m french and i do not understant all that you say , but, with the video it’s
a little easier…I am in admiration for your work, I love! I regret not understand ,but continues and thank you for making beautiful !

I’ve been just a little bit…okay no really…pretty intimidated to try falsies out. After your tutorial I definitely have more confidence to give them a try than I did before. Thanx Marlena!

YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! you have no idea (well, maybe you do [: ) how much this helps ALL OF US. haha ive always tried to look at other tutorials by MAC makeup artists, or asked people at sephora but i was still left stumped. This answers all of my questions in detail to the very last point! thanks so much for this tutorial!

you are greaaaaaaaat!

This is off-topic, but I couldn’t think of where else to post it…what happened to your pretty recent article on applying eyeliner? I can’t seem to find it anymore.

I have tried and tried to get the strips to work, but you tutorial gave me a whole lot of insight, I am good with the flares but not the strips, I now know where I was going wrong thanks a heap.

Throughout the day my real lashes tend to straighten out and it gets noticeable when I wear the false lashes. How do I fix this problem? How can I keep the real & the fake lashes blended together so it can look real?

Hey Mariena! You ROCK! I really admire all the tricks you give to us! I had a question regarding these false eyelashes. Do they come off easily when you want them too? Can you reuse false eyelashes after you’ve used them once? And also, any make up tips for women of color? (I am Indian, and have a caramel-brown complexion). It is always hard to find good make-up artists who can actually do make up on darker skin!
Thank you and many hugz and kisses to you!
Btw, your mini-cupcakes are adorable!


love this tut!! i went to cvs and bought the Ardell brand and the duo lash adhesive and i just spent like 6 bucks! and when i got home i pulled this tut up and followed you diretions step by step and it was SO EASY!!!! and im lovin my new falsies and i got alot of complinents when i went out! so thank you again for all you wonderful tutorials! and please keep them coming! HAVE A GREAT DAY AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!

thank you! I’ve been so afraid and not very good at false lashes but I will definitely try this & I feel more confident in applying them now!!

She Gloo is also good, when done I just peel them off slow. Never tried Duo though. Love that mname “She Gloo” sounds like s uper hero LOL.

Also Red Cherry lashes are good. Mac used to make # 101 but no more. Great tip on measuring it on eye first and never knew had to dry a bit-no wonder top lid would stick to bottom at first :-)

Lower lashes scare me, never tried em

Hi: Can you please let me know how to clean false eyelashes after I wear them. What products are recommended?

Thank you,

Thanks so much for making this tutorial. I never tried to put false eyelashes cause i was afraid of doing it the wrong way, but after this tutorial i will definitely try it.

thats kwl. ama try that. ive bought ones b4. long tym but they pissed me off cause they wouldnt stay. hopefully this tym they would. fanx.

Hello from kazakhstan! your site for me simply find!! This idea with video clips – shocking! so much new I on your own opened! Many thanks! I am sorry for errors, write with a translator)

Can you re-use lashes? how do you clean them without destroying them? I use them for dance all the time but sometimes i ruin them trying to get the glue off…! =[

I have found duo glue @ Walgreens and they have a brown/dark glue. I have hear from other people that they like the darker glue because you don’t have to fix it as much with eyeliner and such. Have you tried the darker glue and if so which of the two do u prefer?


i just did them! thanks for such a great tutorial.

loved it so much, had to take a pic:

but now i need a tut on what to do next….

do i just take out and throw out?

are they washable?

do i clean them like the brushes?

so many more questions…

but so excited! they actually looked real. used the ardell 110 you used in another vid.

thanks again!

it’s late, so i didn’t really retouch my makeup, but you get the idea…

u are amazing Girl! ur make ups are WOW!!! AWESOME! i wish a Great 2009 and great make ups for u!
lu From Brazil!!!

Hi i have just discovered your site and is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you soo much for all the very helpfull hints X

Tanya from Ireland

Oh, awesome, I need to try this! Question though: how do you get the lashes off when you’re all done?

Dear Marlina
Thanks so much for making this tutorial… i open ur site this evening for the first time and its really late now ur prof. but there is only one Q…for this tutorial…
How do you take them off? can we use it again..
thank u
fab from Sweden

I’ve always been nervous of using lashes with glue, the one time I tried them I made such a mess with the glue, so up till now I’ve just stuck with pre-glued lashes which look great but I can only use one. I think I’ll have a go with the glue again now I’ve seen your tutorial, thanks.

I’ve had to put fake eye lashes for dance for years now, and this clears up and helps a lot! Thanks.

Just a question, when finished with your lashes, you’ll almost always have glue still stuck to the rim, what do you use to remove it? I’ve been taught to use lighter fluid … do you know anything safer?


when i put on false lashes they seem longer since my natural lashes are already long what should i do?