Apr 16, 2013

Bridal Beauty: Tips for Wearing False Eyelashes

False Eyelashes are a great way to enhance your bridal makeup.  Remember that there is a scale for how much DRAMA you want your makeup to have on your big day, and lashes are a big part of that. Here are three ladies that show the scale from natural to diva: 

Here are some key beauty tips to remember when applying false lashes- whether you are a pro or a newbie:

  • Always measure the strip of lashes to your eye and trim accordingly. DO NOT attempt to trim your false lashes after you have applied them.
  • Curl your lashes before application so they do not stick straight out and turn downwards.
  • If you are new to wearing false lashes, the easiest way to apply them is to cut your strip in half, or a third, and apply to the outer corners of your lash line. Wear them out for a big night or an event and see how comfortable you feel in them.
  • Wait for the glue to become tacky before application, about 20 seconds.
  • Remember that a little goes a long way, over-the-top lashes (think Katy Perry) will look cartoonish and not blend in with the rest of your makeup; distracting the eye of your guests and look a bit obtuse in photographs.
  • Individual lashes are a great alternative to wearing a strip. They are not too expensive and you can experiment with them pretty easily. Just remember to apply them as close to the lash line as possible.
  • Always blend your false lashes into your own lashes with mascara.
For many brides, the natural but glamorous look of false lashes will have enough wow factor.  Here are some different looks one can achieve with false lashes

The Natural/Wide-eyed Look:MAC Cosmetics False Lashes no. 33

These lashes are great for the girl that is intimidated by false lashes.
These lashes are very versatile-  you can wear them as a strip, or cut them and wear the individual bunches on the outer corners of the eyes.
You can also cut them in half and wear them on the outer half of the eye. For the pro, you can apply additional individual lashes to these strips for extra oomph.

Individual LashesThe Individual:

Speaking of individual lashes, they can be tricky, but worth the time and patience. Typically, individual lashes come in short and medium.
For many brides, I find the medium size way too long and they do not blend into the lash line in a natural way. I usually stick with the short, and save the mediums for the outer corners.
What’s great about these is you can build the look you want to achieve, or add them onto an existing set of false lashes.
 Adding individual lashes to the outer corners will give a fifties/pin-up look.

Individual Lashes on the Outer Corners

Always remember that the most natural looking lashes are tapered, with the longer lashes at the outre corners. Once you get the hang of applying (and wearing!) them, you will feel like a pro by your wedding day!

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Daniela is a freelance makeup artist based in Toronto, Canada.