Ta dah – Strip Lashes of course!
If fuller-looking lashes have always been your thing then Strip Lashes/Falsies are your new best friend to see you through these days of quarantine.
With strip lashes ranging from natural to dramatic to more extreme in both length and volume, if you are new to the idea of wearing DIY falsies then know from the start that whatever your eye shape or preferred lash look there is a suitable pair of strip lashes out there to flatter your eyes!!
Compared to salon semi-permanent classic and volume lashes that can take up to 2 -3 hours to apply and require infills every 3 wks, strip lashes, on the other hand, provide instant enhanced lash effects however the adhesive used to apply them is not semi-permanent and therefore they will need to be removed and re-applied after a day or two.
Step Guide – How To Apply Strip Lashes
Before you start you will need the following items;
- Toothpick (or something similar to precisely apply adhesive to the back of the lash band)
- Small scissors (*If using Noveau Strip lashes there should be no need to cut lashes to fit)
- Eyelash curler
- Mascara (*recommend Nouveau Lash Enhance)
- Eyeliner (gel or liquid)
Step 1 – Removing from the box – The lashes are secured in their box with a strong tack at the back of the delicate lash band. Removal must be slow and delicate and best removed from the box using a tweezer to prevent causing accidental damage to the lashes. *Strip lashes are re-usable so keep the box for lash safe keeping storage afterwards.
Step 2 – Check if the lashes will need trimming – Measure the lash strip against your top lashes and assess if they align perfectly. If they extend past your outer lashes cut them down so they fit exactly to your top natural lash line. *Cut lashes from the outside only!!
Step 3 – Eyelash Curlers – Curl lashes
Step 4 – Mascara – Apply a coat of mascara to the natural lashes. *Mascara provides grit for a better blend of the falsies to the natural lashes
Step 5 – Adhesive – Squeeze out a small amount of adhesive onto the back of your hand. Either slide the back of the lash band across the adhesive (*less is more) or use a toothpick to transfer a very thin layer of the lash adhesive all the way across the back of the band i.e. corner to corner (*ensure the lash corners have glue on there this ensures no lifting!!)
Step 6 – Hold and wait – 10-20 seconds – this allows for the glue to get a little tacky
Step 7 – Mirror – Place it so it’s under your chin almost and looking down into the mirror ensure you can see clearly your top lash line
Step 8 – Lash Placement – Place the strip lash onto your eyelid as close as possible to your top natural lash line
Step 9 – Press – Start to press in the middle then out to the corners. Use your thumb and forefinger to press the lashes onto the top lash line
Step 10 – Second Eye – Repeat process
Step 11 – Eyeliner – Apply the liner to the upper lash line to conceal the lash band and any glue residue.
Step 12 – *Optional – Apply a single coat of ‘Enhance’ mascara to bind and blend natural lashes to the strip lashes
Use eye makeup remover eg Dermalogicas Precleanse to remove eye makeup and dissolve the adhesive follow with pressing a dampened cotton disc, over the eyes and then slide away the lash strip from the eyelid
*If you prefer to wear strip lashes for a day or two remove eye makeup with an oil-free makeup cleanser
Strip Lash Cleansing & Maintenance
Use a cotton bud dipped in a little micellar water and gently cleanse over the lashes to remove traces of glue and make-up. Follow by gently brushing through the lashes with a spoolie brush and leave to dry before putting them back into the box.