If you follow me on Social Media, you’ll know that I suffer with something that is quite embarrassing! It’s a problem that’s been ongoing for a few years now and one that fluctuates in symptoms. It’s something I’ve learnt to live with but an issue that can have me in tears in seconds. It’s silly to say out loud but it’s the one thing that makes my brave face slip.
My lashes on both eyes are basically bald.
It’s a stress side effect; I am quite a stressy person, anything and everything can make me worry, panic and stress and it presents itself in my body in really weird ways! One side effect of my levels of panic and worry is my lashes falling out.
I’ve avoided talking about it for years, it’s something that embarrasses me a lot but with the help of some amazing lash companies and a few amazingly inspiring posts from Gwen (which you can find here) I have decided to do some helpful posts for anyone else in my shoes!
I LOVE fake eye lashes! Not only do I feel like I HAVE to wear them, but I love to! For me, a look without lashes just isn’t finished properly! I have a really hands on job so wearing them at work is a no-no. When it comes to getting glammed up, lashes are a MUST!
My pick of lashes come from Kiss! Kiss lashes are the only lashes I seem to be able to get on with. For someone with such short, sparse lashes I find it quite difficult to get my hands on lashes that look subtle and are easy to apply to an almost bald lash line!
I love the huge, glam lashes that Kiss have to offer but it’s their beautifully natural ones like Lily, Jasmine and Dreamy!
I am super lucky to work on a regular basis with Kiss and the amazing Alex Silver PR and cannot recommend their lashes enough! On every single person I have applied them to, I’ve had rave responses!
So, here are my home made and not professional-at-all tips on how to apply fake lashes!
1. First off, I always curl my lashes with my trusty eye lash curler. I heat it gently before hand to make sure the curl sets. You can do this by briefly blasting them with your hair dryer on a warm setting or by warming them up on the radiator. Obviously, try to avoid burning your eye lids! I also roll my mascara around in my warm hands before applying to let it flow easier. My top choice of mascara at the minute has GOT to be Smashbox Full Exposure!
Applying mascara before putting on your lashes acts as a sort of shelf for them to rest on. I have set lashes on with and without mascara but they always last better and have a much better finish with the mascara base!
2. Cut those lashes to fit your eyes. It’s so obvious when somebody’s lashes haven’t been trimmed properly or even at all; they end up looking messy and don’t sit right so this is critical! I use tiny nail scissors to help trim the lashes – not big bulky house hold scissors – just for extra accuracy!
3. Coat the lash in glue. Again, the glue supplied with all the Kiss lashes is my go-to! Tacks very easily, lots of staying power and doesn’t get too messy!
I asked a Kiss Professional how long they wait for the glue to go tacky and she recommended at least 25 seconds. I agree with this. 30 seconds max and the glue is good to go!
4. Apply to your lash line! This bit can be tricky. I try to use my fingers and make the most unattractive faces – ones my boyfriend will never be allowed to see! Some people use tweezers or specially made lash tweezers, I freak myself out as soon as they get anywhere near my eyes.. obviously something I need to work on!
I REALLY hope my tips help! Whether you’re a stress head like me with sparse lashes or someone blessed with beautiful natural lashes, I hope this is helpful!