After purchasing your first set of false eyelashes, no matter what type you have chosen, you will need to trim the length. You can opt to have them professionally trimmed or do the cutting yourself. To trim them at home, start by placing them lightly over the top of your lashes to measure the length you desire. With a sharp set of cuticle scissors, lightly cut the ends to the right length. Check against your lashes and cut more if necessary.
Apply a thin line of eyeliner pencil along your lash line where you intend to place your false eyelashes. This line can be used as a guide when applying and will hide any skin that may not be covered completely by the lash strip.
Place a small amount of the eyelash glue on the back of your hand - waterproof glue is available for a more secure seal. Pick up the lash strip, flare or individual lashes with a tweezers and dip into the glue. Always let the glue dry for approximately 15 - 30 seconds before applying the false lashes to your eyes.
Looking straight at the mirror, you will want to begin placing the eyelash extensions along the base of your lashes corresponding to the place in your eye where the color starts. Always begin at the outer edge of your eye, working your way in. Place the fake lashes as close to your natural lash line as possible. If using individual lashes, continue applying until you have reached your desired level of fullness. For a strip or flare, be sure to secure the edges of the strips within your own lashes.
After you have pressed the lashes along your eyelids, keep your eyes closed for approximately sixty seconds while gently pressing onto the glued ends. During this period while the glue is being set, you can also lightly hold the false eyelashes upright toward the eyebrows to encourage them to open up the eyes.
Always add mascara after you have completed the gluing process. Apply a coat on each side of your lashes to help the fake and real blend together. Defining mascara is the best choice as it separates the lashes and creates the most natural look. Finally, add liquid eyeliner along the base of your lashes to hide the seam.
When removing your eyelash extensions, always be gentle. Start with a dab of eye makeup remover on a cotton swab. Gently tap the swab at the base of the lashes to loosen the glue. Lightly pull off each strand or the strip of false lashes. Clean your false eyelashes with the eye makeup remover making sure that all the glue and mascara has been removed. As they can be reused, it is important that eyelash extensions receive a thorough cleaning and are stored in a secure case.