Thursday, January 8, 2015

False Eyelashes 101

I absolutely love false lashes and have actually become a bit of a hoarder :p. I'm sure most of us asian gals here can relate to the miracle it provides, being born with practically no lashes ._. So having worn so many different types and styles for so many years, i decided to do a mini guide to help out some of us who may be new to them!

There are 3 types of false eyelash types

1. Mink Lashes

  • The most expensive and are made with mink fur
  • I find them the best quality but also the most sensitive
  • For e.g. the lashes by Velour retail for around $35. An insane price, but can be used up to 25 times
  • Feel light and very comfortable on the eyes
  • However they also seem to be the most sensitive with the hair easily falling off if not taken care of. E.g. harshly pulling the glue off the lashes 
  • It is also not recommended to put mascara on them to extend their wear. They are after all the most sensitive kind of falsies
  • Range from very natural to dramatic

2. Human Hair

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  • These are averaged priced, definitely affordable
  • For e.g. House of Lashes, Ardell and Red Cherry ones are around $9 a pair
  • Might not be for you if you're a bit creeped out of the thought of wearing other people's hair 
  • Can be worn 5-8 times
  • Amazing quality
  • Range from very natural to dramatic

3. Synthetic Lashes

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  • These are generally the cheapest
  • You can get no brand ones off Ebay for as cheap as $1 for a box of 10 pairs
  • Because of the price, some styles can be really ugly. You get what you pay for
  • The higher the price, the higher the quality
  • I recommend to avoid thick bands ones, as they are the most uncomfortable 
  • Clear band ones are the best and most comfortable
  • Not as sensitive as say, Mink or Human hair lashes, so you can be more harsh with them
  • Great for beginners!
  • You can use them up to 5 times for each use.
  • However for the cheaper no brand ones, i usually toss them out after 1-3 uses
  • Japanese synthetic lashes however, are amazing quality! There are a crazy range of styles ranging from extremely natural to the most dramatic. 
  • Japanese falsies also seem to be the most comfortable
  • Quality Japanese brands range from Dolly Wink, Melliesh, Diamond Lash, Vanilla Birthday, etc. There is an infinite amount. I'll do a haul when i'm back from Japan
There are 2 types of eyelash glues
  • The most popular brand of eyelash glue seems to be DUO. I personally find them quite overrated, but they do they job well. They are available in both white and dark glues.
  • My favourite will always be the white Shiseido glue, and is the most affordable
  • The Velour eyelash glue however is great for those who are in a super hurry in the mornings. The glue already comes out tacky so you can pop the lashes on asap, without waiting 20 seconds for them to become tacky
1. Dark Glue
  • The glue comes out dark and dries dark
  • Great for those who wear a thick dark eyeliner as it blends in flawlessly 
  • However, i don't recommend them for beginners. It may become a bit messy when adjusting, as it does dry dark.
2. White Glue
  • This is my favourite type
  • Although it goes on white, it dries flawlessly clear
  • This means you can wear it without eyeliner and it still looks flawless
  • I recommend them for beginners. Even if you have trouble adjusting the lashes on your eyes at first, the glue dries clear so it won't be noticeable at all
Putting them on

1. Remove the lashes from the box by pulling or pushing down gently on the band, not the lashes or you'll end up damaging the shape or pulling the hairs off

2. If they're too long trim the length to fit. Lashes that are too long can make your eyes look super ugly. However, you cannot trim the width, so i recommend getting shorter width eyelashes if thats the case, especially if they touch your eyebrows. I like trimming from the outer corner, because depending on the style, the lashes usually look a bit strange when you trim it from the inner corner.

3. Apply the glue to the lashes focusing on the corners. Don't use too much or it won't dry clear (if your using white glue) or dry lumpy and ratchet looking (with the dark glue). Simply use your fingers or a tweezer

4. Let the glue get tacky for approximately 20 seconds. Shake, blow or whatever to speed up the process

5. Curl your lashes

6. Pop them on while looking down. Apply them as close to the lash line and push them in. Adjust them quickly before they dry

7. Put mascara on to blend the lashes. I recommend non-waterproof mascara as it is generally harder to remove while taking the lashes off.

8. You're done!! 

How to remove your lashes
  • If your glue says that it can be removed by warm water just simply, remove and pull off gently with facial cleanser in the shower
  • If not, makeup remover is your best bet. Use a cotton bud and rub against the band until the glue's stickiness begins to disintegrate 
  • Remove by gently pulling on its base from outer corner to inner tear duct
How to care for your lashes
  • Handle and clean with care and place them back into its box or a container
  • Getting rid of excess glue is important so bacteria doesn't grow and build up. You don't want an eye infection do you? Do this by gently soaking in makeup remover and pull off by holding the lash by its base

I hope this guide helped a few of you! What are your favourite brands or types of lashes?


  1. What a great and detailed review. Thx for sharing. Lovely blog here btw! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know on my blog so I can follow back. Thank you.
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  2. Thanks for the super detailed post!


  3. Thanks for this informative post! I just purchased a bunch of false lashes yesterday to try them out for the first time! I brought the synthetic ones from ebay!

    Jessie @ bijou-heart ♥

  4. no problems :) oooooh you should do a blog post about them!! I'll love to see how you find them!

  5. Thanks for dropping mine too, and of course! :)

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