How to create an eyelash extension look at home

Whether it’s with mascara or false eyelashes, use these insider tricks to bring life and length to your lashes.

Long lashes shape the eyes and can even make them appear brighter – no wonder, then, that they have become more and more coveted in recent years.

Lashes can be elongated with mascara, or with false lashes for an even more dramatic effect.

These insider tips and tricks will save you a trip to the salon next time you want to give your lashes a lift.

How to build lashes with mascara

  • Keep lashes from clumping by removing excess mascara from the wand. Wipe the wand on a tissue to eliminate blobs before you start.
  • Wiggle the wand left to right at the base of your lashes. The mascara placed near the roots – rather than at the tips – gives the illusion of length.
  • Pull the wand up and through lashes, wiggling as you go. The wiggling part is key, as it separates lashes.
  • Close your eye and place the mascara wand on top of lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps.
  • Mix mascaras. A trick used by make-up artists is to apply one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of thickening mascara.
  • Give a few coats to the edges by blinking. Blink on to the brush to give ends an extra coat.

How to DIY (and master) false eyelashes

Individual lashes

Individual lash clusters are small bulbs of three to five lashes each and give eyes a natural long-lash look.

Here’s how to apply:

  • Start with clean lashes. Apply your eye makeup (except for mascara) and curl your lashes.
  • Put a tiny drop of the glue that comes with the lashes on to the back of your hand.
  • Pick up a lash cluster using slant-edge tweezers. Grip the cluster close to the base – not by the tip, which could tear the lashes – and dip the base into the glue.
  • Wait about 15 seconds to give the glue time to get sticky.
  • Tilt your head back so you can see your lash line in the mirror. Starting at the outer corner of your eye, stick the cluster in the first open spot you see between your lashes, wiggling it in so it sits right on the lash line, not above it.
  • Working inward, add a few more clusters on any open spots, but don’t use more than five on each eye.
  • When you’ve finished both eyes, leave your lashes alone for five minutes to let the glue dry, then sweep on black mascara. (But don’t use a thickening formula – it can clump on fakes.)

Strip lashes

Strip lashes give eyes a more glamorous look.

  • First measure the false lash against your natural lash line. If it’s too long, cut some off the inner part of the false lashes where the lashes are the shortest.
  • Next, apply a small amount of black eyelash glue along the base and wait a few seconds for the glue to become tacky.
  • Lift your eye at the eyebrow area with one hand and then place the false eyelash at the roots of your own lashes with the other hand. Make sure it’s perfectly lined up before the glue dries.

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Written by by Nikki Yazxhi.