Skirt: ASOS US | Bodysuit: Nordstrom (similar) | Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff | Heels: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Lip: Kat Von D | Foundation: L’Oreal | Eyelashes: Sephora | Powder: Physicians Formula | Eyeshadow: Physicians Formula | Eyeliner: Jane Iredale | Highlighter: NYX
I’ve never been much of a makeup artist. I’ve kind of just taught myself little things as I got older and like everyone else watched tutorials on YouTube and such. However, for special occasions like NYE, I try to up my makeup game a bit, and I am a huge fan of fake eyelashes. As you might have seen, or if you know me at all, I wear winged eyeliner every single day. Like, literally. If I’m wearing any makeup at all, you can bet I’m all winged up. It’s the vintage look that I love, and wearing thick false eyelashes goes along with that.
I wasn’t always great at applying them. It’s something that requires patience and that has never been my strong suit. I used to just slap ’em on and hope for the best and usually would end up with them way too high or peeling off. Not to mention, I would buy ones that were way too long or too thick. So, I thought I would pass on some small, humble wisdom about false eyelashes that I have learned and share some of my favorite makeup essentials!
First, make sure you’re not buying crazy long Halloween lashes. I always look at the shorter ones and think for a second that if I’m going to do lashes I might as well get really long ones and do it right, but really the shorter ones are the way to go. Basic fake eyelashes are already longer than most people’s real lashes, so buying the shorter ones will be enough of a statement. Then, you decide what look you’re going for. Like I said before, I like the vintage look, so I like the all-over thick ones, but if you’re just looking for length, then the thinner ones are what you should reach for. Also, make sure you buy ones that have eyelash glue included! Not all of them include the glue, and you don’t want to get home and have nothing to apply them with (some have an adhesive strip but DO NOT trust this. They will not hold your lashes, you need the glue).
Now it’s time to get started! One great tip I learned from Buzzfeed is that if you wrap the lash around your makeup brush for a few minutes, it will help curve them and make them apply to your eye more naturally! Then, what I like to do is apply my basic eyeshadow first and a regular line of eyeliner, then apply the lashes. I’ve found that if I do all my eyeshadow after, I get the lashes all dusted with the shadow, so once I apply the lashes I go back and touch up the eyeshadow if needed and wing my eyeliner. But back to applying. When I apply my lashes, I grab them at the tip of the lashes with tweezers and apply a thin layer of glue, with an extra dot on either end. The extra dot will make sure they don’t peel up by the edges by the end of the night. Then, carefully, apply them as close to your eyelash line as possible. This is so important, and it’s also why I add a line of eyeliner before I apply the lashes, because if they’re not like directly on your eyelash line, you’ll be able to see the space between your real lashes and the fake ones and it’ll look super weird. Now, release the tweezers and use the tip of them to gently press down on the lashes on either end and in the middle to make sure the glue is taking to your lid. If it all looks good then let it be for a few seconds and let the glue dry really well. One of my biggest mistakes is moving on and adding more eyeliner and stuff before the glue is dry and it keeps the glue from staying as best as it could. Once it’s dry you can apply the lashes on the second eye and then fix up the rest of your eye makeup. I’ll add eyeliner over the edge of the fake lashes to make it look even and then add my wings! I also will us a little mascara to kind of fuse my real lashes with the fake ones, but just a little bit! If you do too much you’ll clump up the nice fake ones.
As for a few other makeup tips, here are a few of my favorites. I have tried the contouring thing and it hasn’t really been my friend, but I did find a way to get a more natural contour look that is much easier and you can do it with the makeup you already have in your bag. Once I apply my concealer and foundation, I take a small blush brush and apply a light line of bronzer right under my cheek bones. Then I apply my powder on my whole face, and use a blender ball to blend the line a little. Then I add my regular bronzer and blush to my cheeks, still a little lower than my cheek bones, and apply highlighter on the top part of my cheek bones. Then I use my blender ball to dab and lightly blend it all. You can buy these blender balls for like $7 and I think they work just as well as the expensive ones as long as you clean it regularly!
Like I said, these are very simple tips, but they are just little things I have learned after much trial and error! I hope you makeup artists out there aren’t thinking to yourself I’m getting it all wrong haha.
Happy Holidays, everyone! Thanks for reading.