Easy False Eyelashes in 5 Minutes

One of the most intimidating and life-changing beauty tools has to be false lashes. They seem scary, hard to apply, and cause a plethora of worries yet they can really make the difference for a special occasion or fun night out.

With Halloween approaching, I decided this would be a great time to share my easy 5 minute method for applying false eyelashes. I actually prefer “strip” lashes to individuals for the quickest application so I used them in this tutorial. I used my friend Vicky and her gorgeous green eyes to demonstrate my method.

Here are the tools needed:


  • Pair of false lashes – anything works. Ardell is a brand that can be found in most drug stores, they’re usually $4 and they work great. I like to stick with natural-colored lashes that alternate in shape like these #110.
  • Lash Glue – most will do, I used Ardell Eyelash Adhesive in clear.
  • Scissors.
  • Tweezers.
  • Any other makeup products for a full eye – shadow, liner, mascara.

1. Start with a clean face. Use concealer or shadow base as needed. Follow with your usual eye shadow routine. I used Stila’s Original Smokey Eye Palette on Vicky.

2. Take your lashes and cut them in half. You heard me right. I have found that using the whole set is uncomfortable and harder to maneuver. Simply count the clusters, and cut in half, then replicate on the other side. You can also use 2/3 of the strip, the point is to shorten it evenly.

3. Apply the lash glue to your hand or a container. Drag the lash strip through and hold in your fingers for about a minute. The wetter the glue, the longer the lashes will take to adhere to eyelid. If the glue is slightly tacky, I’ve found that application tends to be easier.

4. Using hands or tweezers, apply to the outermost part of lids, right on top of natural lashes. Use the end of the tweezers to press falsies to natural lashes. Glue will be white, as you see in this pic but it dries clear. Wait 5 minutes or so for glue to set, do not touch lashes or apply more makeup. This is very important!

5. Line lids with powder or pencil liner. You can then follow with liquid but I’ve found that it always blends better with pencil first. Apply mascara to both false and natural lashes to blend them. Voila, you’re done!

At the end of the night, apply an eye makeup remover and carefully, slowly peel them off. They should lift easily and not pull any lashes if you’ve applied them properly.

3 thoughts on “Easy False Eyelashes in 5 Minutes”

  1. Great tutorial! I like the idea of cutting the lashes in half – that makes a lot of sense, and I’m sure the lashes are much easier to handle that way. Thanks so much! I’ll be sure to try mine out now. 🙂

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