Everything You Need to Know About False Eyelashes

Here’s a request I got that pretty much covers everything you need to know about false eyelashes:

“Hi Wycee! Please could you write an article about false eyelashes- how to pick the right ones for the look you’d like to achieve (in my case, dramatic/50s), how to apply (for those of us that are worried that it’s a fiddly business!), whether to put eye make-up on before/after applying eyelashes, how to remove them and the glue, and finally, how to clean them for re-use. Many thanks in advance!”


I like to wear false eyelashes when there’s a special occasion. The false eyelashes I choose to wear to a particular event depends on what type of look I’m trying to achieve. For parties, Halloween, and anytime I want to stick out from the crowd, I love dramatic eyelashes (ex. lashes that have very long lashes on the outer corners, lashes with feathers, and extremely long “spider” lashes, shown below respectively — click to enlarge pictures):

For weddings and family/daytime events, I usually stick to natural looking lashes (which I used in the step-by-step pictures below).

Before you apply false eyelashes:

  • Apply eyeshadow, if desired (I always apply eyeshadow before I apply false eyelashes, because the lashes could get in the way if I applied them first. However, wait to apply mascara until after the false lashes are on securely).
  • Apply eyeliner.
  • Coat the entire false eyelashes with powder while they’re still attached to the plastic tray it came with in the packaging. This helps prevent the false lashes from sticking together, but this isn’t a required step.



Gather the following (or similar) items:

  • Pair of false eyelashes
  • Duo Eyelash Adhesive
  • Small scissors
  • Brush with thin handle
  • Orange wood stick (you can find these in the nail polish/supplies section at your local drug store) or a Q-tip
  • Tweezers

You will also need mascara at the end to blend in your real lashes with the fake ones.


Gently peel off the false eyelash by rolling it off the container with your thumb and index finger.


Tug the eyelash band a little, and then squish them inwards (as shown on the right). Roll the false eyelashes by moving one side down while moving the other side up — do this a few times to help make the band more flexible.


Look down and align the false eyelashes along your lash line. It helps to hold the false eyelashes with a tweezer. While keeping your iris as centered as possible, notice where the color of your iris begins (the side closer to your nose, as indicated by the pink line). Then count the number of lash clusters on the eyelash band from the end closest to your nose until you reach the part where the color of your iris begins.


Clip the inner part of the false eyelash band that you counted off in Step 4. The inner part (the one that will be closest to your nose) is usually the part of the band where the lashes are the shortest — if this is not the case, then check that you have the correct false eyelash band for the eye you are applying it to.

Since everyone’s eye shape and size are different, measuring the false eyelashes and clipping off a part of it will help the false lashes fit better as well as prevent it from irritating your inner corner.


Apply some Duo Eyelash Adhesive on the end of an orange wood stick.

If you don’t have an orange wood stick, you could break a Q-tip in half and apply glue on one of the broken ends.


Apply glue along the false eyelash band with the orange wood stick (or Q-tip). Make a few passes with the glue to make sure there is glue on the entire band, especially the middle and both ends.

Allow the glue to dry for a few seconds — the tackier the glue is, the better.


Hold the false eyelashes with a tweezer on the outside corner and your thumb and index finger on the inner part. Look down and align the false eyelashes by focusing on the middle first by making contact there, and then pressing down the ends. Follow the shape of your eyeliner/your natural eyelash curve.

Then lightly pinch the false eyelashes and press the band into and slightly upwards on your skin.


Use the end of a brush with a thin handle to help press the false eyelashes in and upwards. This will help the eyelashes sit up and be even more noticeable.

You can also use the end of the brush handle to press in the outer and inner parts of the lash band to make sure they are glued in well.


Touch up your eyeliner by going over it again, making sure to cover up the false eyelash band.


Apply mascara to both your natural and fake eyelashes. A trick to bond your real lashes with the false ones is to lightly place your pinkie finger behind the false eyelashes, and then use the mascara wand to press your natural lashes to the fake ones.

Now go back to Step 2 and repeat the rest of the steps for your other eye!


To remove your false eyelashes, just take a Q-tip and soak it in some eye makeup remover. Swipe the Q-tip along your lash line back and forth a few times, and you will start to notice the false eyelashes loosening from your lash line. Once the false eyelashes are pretty loose, use your thumb and index finger to gently pull it off.


For future use, you can use some of the same makeup remover and a tissue to remove the remaining glue and mascara on your fake eyelashes (lightly wipe them repeatedly in the direction from band to tip of lashes). Then place the false lashes back on the plastic tray it came with. You can also put some Duo glue along the tray to help the false lashes sit the same way it came in the packaging. Alternatively, I like to use Blinc Kiss Me Mascara (click here to read my review) when I use false eyelashes, because they are really easy to remove. This way I just use some water and a little bit of soap and the mascara just slides right off the false lashes! :)

If you’re good about cleaning your false eyelashes and are careful with them, they can last for a few wears. I wear false lashes so infrequently that I usually don’t wear the same pair of false lashes more than twice (and if I apply them on clients they are always brand new and single use). If the hairs are falling off, the band is damaged, etc., it’s time to throw them away.

Good luck!


LollyJuly 17th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Great stuff Wycee- very comprehensive :-)
Definitely lots there that I didn’t know- excellent tips!
If only I had lashes as long and lustrous as my husband’s- *sigh*- then I wouldn’t have to go to such extreme fiddly measures (NO FAIR!!!)! ;-)

WyceeJuly 19th, 2010 at 10:57 am

Thanks, Lolly :) It’s okay I totally understand — my boyfriend has a really defined crease on his eyes that I compliment him on from time to time, and he just laughs and rolls his eyes. haha!

chelseaMarch 9th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Omg! I have struggled with false eyelashes in the past and because of that I usually shy away from using them, but I always wish to have them sooo much! Thanks for this comprehensive guide – I’ve not found anything like this anywhere else! New favourite website. <3

WyceeMarch 10th, 2011 at 1:09 am

Awww thank you Chelsea! :) I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it soon!

SarahOctober 21st, 2011 at 8:46 am

Thank you so much! The last time I tried fake eyelashes, I used the glue that came with it, and it was really runny and clear and wouldn’t remove with makeup remover. I had to leave the lashes on for a few days before I could stand to pull them off! Where can I get Duo adhesive? I’ve never seen it at Walmart or anywhere, do I have to order it online?

WyceeOctober 23rd, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi Sarah,

I’ve seen Duo Eyelash Adhesive at drug stores like CVS (check the false eyelash section, usually near the nail products). I’ve also bought them at Sephora and MAC stores. It’s a very popular brand of eyelash glue, so you should be able to find it at a store near you! :)

YvonneJanuary 28th, 2012 at 6:19 am

Dear Wycee, thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to explain in detail how to apply false eyelashes. I am menopausal and have been watching my hair and eyelashes thin for a few years now. I have bought countless sets of false eyelashes after reading different tutorials on how to apply them, thinking that this one or that one has explained it well enough only to be disappointed that I couldn’t figure it out and ended up throwing away the lashes.
I am confident that after reading your tutorial and looking at the pics I could do this! I will be purchasing false eyelashes the next time I head into town.
Sincerely, Yvonne
p.s., I love the cross necklace you wear in your pics!

WyceeJanuary 31st, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks Yvonne! I’m sure you’ll master false eyelash application in no time! :)

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