Ever thought false lashes looked perfect in the package only to apply them (shoddily) and end up looking like a “Real Housewife” wannabe? Unfortunately, strip lashes aren’t one-size-fits-all. Here’s how to find the ideal lash type for your eye shape, and how to apply them so they look natural – and last.
First, what’s your eye shape?
Nouveau Lashes has tried to answer the “will these suit me?” question with illustrations to help you identify your eye shape. ‘Almond eyes’ are considered the fits-all strip lash eye shape (this is when your irises disappear into your upper and lower eyelids when you look straight ahead). Not happening for you? 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 center 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.
Also, consider if your eyes are close or wide-set.
The close-set / wide-set test:
Using a pencil, pen or makeup brush, look into a mirror and place your tool from the inner corner of the eye to the outside edge, which will let you measure your eye. Technically you should be able to fit the width of one of your eyes perfectly in between the two eyes. When you get overlap (i.e. there’s less than one eyeball width space apart) you tend to have close-set eyes, so you want to create the illusion of drawing them apart with lashes that are longer at the outer corners. If the space is bigger than one eyeball width, you have wide-set eyes and want the emphasis to be towards the center and inner corner of the lashes to draw the eyes together.
Removing the lashes from the box:
Hold them in the packet under your nose with the lashes facing outwards; this will identify the left and right lashes, as they’re not always marked. To remove always peel them from the outer edge, never from the inner corner. 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.
Measuring-up the 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 to 4 lashes inwards. If you have them hanging over, it can pull the eyes down.