Strip lashes aren't one-size-suits-all. Here's how to find the ideal lash type for your eye shape, and handy hacks for applying them so they look natural and last.
First, what's your eye shape?
Here are some other common shapes and structures, which - of course - come in many variations. Deep-set eyes; when your eyes are set deeper into the head creating an illusion of a more prominent brow bone. Try lashes that are longer in length at the centre of the lashes. Downturned eyes; when the outer corners of the eyes appear to be drawing downwards. Try a shorter strip lash that is longer in the outer corners to lift your eyes.
Hooded eyes; when the crease on your eyelid isn't visible. Try a thin strip lash in a shorter length.
Prominent eyes; when your eyelids appear projected in the eye socket area. Try balancing your top lashes with strip lashes on the bottom, too, which will give the illusion of pushing back your eyes.
Now that we have a good idea about eye shapes and what to get, let apply them. 1) To remove always peel them from the outer edge, never from the inner corner. This is because if you bend one section of lashes on the outside it doesn't matter as it's more than likely you'll be trimming them off to fit your eyes anyway. If you bend or break the lash from the inner corner, it matters! Gently tease it out using your fingers or tweezers and rest the lashes back in the box.
2) measure your lashes. Rest the strip lash along your lash line to see whether you need to trim it to size. The strip should start where your natural bulk of eyelashes begin, if you start too close to the inner corner it will irritate your eyes. To mark where your strip lashes should end, go to the outer corner and count 2-4 lashes inwards. If you have them hanging over, it can pull the eyes down.
3) trim the lashes. If you have to trim your lashes to fit, remember to do it from the outside edge and don't cut through the lashes, always cut them at the vein. If you cut upwards you'll chop half of other lashes off you wanted to keep.
4) to prevent the lashes to pop-up. Sometime lashes can flatten when you take them out of the box and therefore pop up at the inner or outer corners once applied. To avoid this roll the lashes around your finger, a makeup brush, pen or cotton bud and leave for a minute – this will help them remain more curved in shape.
5) apply the right amount of glue. Dot a thin layer of glue (straight from the adhesive applicator) along the vein of the lash, from corner to corner. Wait a few seconds for it to go tacky before application. If you want super long-lasting application do the 'double adhesive' technique by applying some dots of glue along your lash line as well as on the lashes.
6) rest and apply the lashes. Remembering to place them where your natural bulk of eyelashes begin, look down and press the strip lash against your lash line in the centre, the outer edge and inner corner.
7) it’s time for some bonding. Having mascara to start with lets you pinch and push your natural lashes and the false lashes together so they set well. Squeeze the strip lash down onto the natural lashes so you don't end up with a strip of skin between your lashes and the false lashes. Carefully use eyelash tweezers or simply your fingertips. 7) lift lift lift. If you want to create more uplift with your lashes, finish by gently pushing against the lashes at the edge of the inner lash line.