CONDUCTING THE CLOSE-SET/WIDE-SET TEST
Besides knowing your eye shape, you should also determine whether your eyes are close-set or wide-set. A simple way of doing this is to conduct the following test on yourself using a cotton swab:
- Place the cotton swab horizontally under one eye, lining up the tip with its inner corner. Bend or mark the swab at the point where it meets the outer corner of your eye.
- After doing this, place the swab between your eyes. If it’s the same width, your eyes are balanced. If the space between your eyes is narrower than the swab, then your eyes are close-set. If the area is wider, then you have wide-set eyes.
Once you know whether you have close, average or wide-set eyes, you can apply certain tricks in applying your false eyelashes.
For close-set eyes, always select flared or angled lash styles with the shorter hairs at the inner corners and the longer hairs at the outer. This gives the illusion of elongating your eyes and camouflaging the closeness of your eyes.
If you have wide-set eyes, you would want the emphasis to be on the centre to create balance. Choose rounded lash styles with hairs in the inner corners equally as long as the hairs on the outer corners. The focus on the inner corners gives the impression of a closer set eyes.
REMOVING EYELASHES FROM THE BOX
Just follow these simple steps, and you won’t go wrong:
- Remove the tray from the packaging carefully, without damaging the box.
- Hold the tray with your less dominant hand, with the lashes facing outwards.
- Identify the left and right lashes.
- Always remove the lash from the tray from its outer edge, never the inner edge.
- This is because if the more delicate lashes break, it is easier to trim off the outer edge. Inner edges are more difficult to trim without losing the natural look.
- For the same reason, don’t panic if you accidentally bend or break the outside edge of the lash. Lashes are usually longer than what is needed, and you likely will have to trim them anyway.
- If you accidentally bend or break the lash on the inner corner, try to gently tease the lashes out using your fingers or Miss Mimz EZ Lash Applicator.
- Once you have removed them from the tray and gotten rid of the adhesive that was affixing it to the tray, lay the lashes back in their original position.
- Exercise care, as the lashes are now loose and may get lost if moved around too much.
HOW TO PUT ON FALSE EYELASHES
This is the section that is probably the most important part of all, how to actually put on and wear your false eyelashes. It is a fairly straight-forward process, as long as you follow the steps described below:
- Firstly, you need to measure the false lashes. Rest the eyelash strip along your natural lash line to determine whether trimming is required.
- The strip should start where the natural bulk of your eyelashes begin at the inner corners and end where your eyelashes naturally terminate at the outer corners.
- It is important to avoid starting too close to the inner corner, as it will irritate your eyes or even pull the eyes down.
- Mark on the eyelash strip where it sits well on your eyelid, and have scissors on hand ready to cut the eyelash strip.
- Always start at the outside edges, avoid cutting through the lashes.
- Cut at the vein between the two lashes to prevent any damage to the rest of the eyelash strip.
- Always cut upwards, not downwards.
- If your lashes flatten when you remove them from the tray, roll the lashes around your finger or makeup brush and leave them for a minute. This will help reform the lashes and help them remain more curved in shape.
- Dot a thin layer of adhesive straight from the applicator along the vein of the lash, from one corner to the other.
- Wait for the adhesive to dry for 30 seconds, allowing it to go tacky.
- For a more long-lasting application, apply some dots of Miss Mimz Brush-on Eyelash Adhesive on your natural lash line as well as on the lashes. This will give extra hold, but avoid if you have sensitive eyes.
- You can choose to apply the false eyelashes either with your fingertips or with Miss Mimz EZ Lash Applicator.
- Be sure to place them where the natural bulk of your eyelashes begin.
- With the help of a mirror placed below you, look down and press the strip lash against your eyelid.
- Focus on adhering the strip to the centre of your lash line, then the outer edge and the inner corner.
- Gently pinch and push your natural and false lashes together so they set well and develop a strong bond with the adhesive.
- Squeeze the strip lash down onto the natural lashes, so that you don’t end up with a strip of skin between your natural lashes and the false lashes.
Applying eyelashes does not need to be an intimidating or complicated process. Be sure to keep practising and after a few more tries, it should become second nature for most individuals. As they say, practice makes perfect!
Once you are able to effortlessly apply your own false eyelashes, you would have expanded your world of makeup possibilities. You can then experiment and create looks for all occasions!