A Foolproof Guide to False Eyelashes

Love them or hate them, false lashes have the power to transform any eye look. Gone are the days when false lashes simply looked too fake and a bit OTT. With amazing brands bringing out such large collections, there are more options than ever. Here’s my foolproof guide to false eyelashes so you can love wearing them too.

Do your research
Chances are if you’re reading this post, you are doing your research. The range of brands offering amazing lashes now means you need to know what you’re walking into – do you want individuals, strip lashes, magnetic, half lashes? The options are endless. Brand wise, I always recommend Ardell, Eylure and Fleur de Force for Eylure – between those, all of your lash needs will be met.

Shop around
I like looking at lots of lashes before buying and simply put, many high street stores just don’t stock enough options. I’m a big fan of FalseEyelashes.co.uk, an online retailer that specialises in, yes you guessed it, false eyelashes! This isn’t an ad, they’re just genuinely the most comprehensive place to buy your lashes. They stock all of my favourite brands too!

Get your scissors out
If you’re opting for a strip lash, you’ll probably need to give them a trim. It’s super rare for the lashes to fit your eye shape, which makes them really fiddly to apply. Hold the strip against your natural lash line and you’ll be able to see where they’re too long. Only take the length from the outside of the lash! Don’t trim the inner corners. I just use nail scissors as they’re nice and precise.

Get good glue
Whilst knowing how to apply lashes is important, so is the quality of the glue. My personal favourites are Duo Glue and Eylure Lash Fix*. They both dry clear so you don’t have to stress if you’re a little messy. Whichever you choose, leave the glue do it’s thing for 10-15 seconds so it’s tacky when you apply them to your lash line. If the glue is too wet it’ll slide all over the place and not adhere to your skin.

Tweezers are your friend
Applying strip lashes and individuals with your fingers is tricky but tweezers really do make things ten times easier. They allow you to place the lashes super close to the lash line and save the glue from going everywhere. I always reach for slanted tweezers and swear by my Tweezerman ones. They’re a little pricier than most but they’re definitely worth the splurge.

Do the 3 step
Before you start, I’m not talking about dancing! When I’m applying strip lashes and the glue is on and they’re ready to go, I always do 3 steps. I place the middle of the lash on first and once I’m happy, I secure the inner corners and then the outer corners. Nothing complicated or convoluted, just 3 simple steps and they’re done. If you get the middle in place the rest follows perfectly.

Don’t forget mascara
You may think you don’t need mascara because, well, you’re literally glueing on lashes. Think again. A light coat of mascara after applying false eyelashes will help bind the falsies to your natural lashes. This gives you a more natural finish but stops you having a big gap between the strip and your natural lash line. You don’t need to go overboard but this is a step I never skip.

Individuals are powerful
If you’re not convinced strip lashes are for you, never rule out the power of individuals. I swear by them! The Eylure Pro-Lash Individual Lash Combo pack* are one of my holy grail products. If you’re looking for a little boost, are strapped for time or are simply easing yourself into wearing false eyelashes, these are a revelation! You can dabble with just a few to fill in gaps or really go for it and create a dramatic, uber glam look. The versatility of individual lashes makes them a makeup artist fave and trust me, once you’ve tried them you won’t be without them either.

My top picks
It didn’t seem right to put together a collection of false eyelashes tips and not give you some recommendations for which lashes to actually wear, so here goes:

  • Natural: I wouldn’t be without the Fleur Loves by Fleur de Force for Eylure. They’re 3/4 length strips and give beautiful fluttery volume to the outer edge of your eyes. They’re a classically pretty lash and the 3/4 length means they’re a dream to pop on too.
  • All rounders: The Ardell Demi Wispies* are undoubtedly the best all-rounder lash I’ve used. They instantly pull your eye makeup together and give you beautiful voluminous, fluttery eyelashes. They have an invisible band and are really comfortable to wear. It’s not a surprise that these are one of Ardell’s best sellers!
  • Full glam: I recently tried the new Eylure Exaggerate 141 Lashesand I’m totally hooked. These have taken over all of my other faves for a dramatic, full glam look. Volume, length, density… these tick all the boxes.
  • Individuals: It’s no surprise that my go-to individuals are the Eylure Pro-Lash combo pack*. The set includes short, medium and longer lashes so you can get creative and come up with whatever lash look takes your fancy.

This may be the longest post I’ve ever written so it’s time to wrap it up. I hope you’ve found my foolproof guide to false eyelashes helpful, and whether you’re a beginner or a pro I hope you’ve learnt something new.

If you’d like to get into lashes and try out my favourite Ardell Demi Wispies, head over to my Instagram, where I’m running an awesome giveaway with FalseEyelashes.co.uk!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

  • Bernadette

    This was such a detailed post. I’m quite lucky in that I have quite long and full lashes so mascara is more then enough for me but when I have my makeup done by a makeup artist, I do have fake lashes applied on. I’ve always been curious about applying fake lashes every now and then, so this post was super helpful. x


    • Thank you Bernadette! So pleased you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you do try some natural ones or individuals xx

  • Lisa Autumn

    Demi Wispies are the best ever!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Tweezers!! Oh my goodness, that is so helpful. I love the look of false eyelashes, but I’m hopeless at applying them myself! Thank you for such great tips.

    • You’re so welcome, Paula! Let me know how you get on with the tweezers – I genuinely don’t apply falsies without them now xx

  • Claire Johnston

    I can never seem to work out false eyelashes this guide is brilliant thanks.


    • Thanks Claire! So glad you like the guide. Let me know if you give them another go xx