False eyelashes can be a girl’s best friend if she can wear them confidently. I love how whenever I put on false eyelashes I feel like a whole new person, ready to take on the competition! Maybe it’s because I don't wear them everyday that makes them feel like a treat, but they really help to transform a makeup look into a masterpiece. If you currently have a love/hate relationship with false eyelashes or want to amp up your falsies game, check out these tips for winning lashes!
How old should you be to wear them?
This is a tricky question because everyone has their own opinion of when to start wearing false eyelashes. For younger divisions (Pre-teen and below), stick to natural eyelashes. False eyelashes will look very obvious on younger girls and ruin the age-appropriate look. Older girls in the Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. age divisions are who we are focusing on here, as they are the groups who will benefit from wearing false eyelashes.
When to wear them
This is more of a personal preference. Some girls choose to wear lighter false eyelashes for interview, while others choose to take the most natural approach and stick to their regular mascara. If you do choose to wear eyelashes for interview, make sure that they are thin and labeled as "natural" so that they don't overpower your naturally beautiful features.
False eyelashes are always a “yes” for onstage wear (as long as you are in the right age group)! The lights on stage make your face look more dull, which is why we wear heavier makeup under the bright stage lights. False eyelashes help to bring out your eyes and make them pop under these lights.
Glue? On my eyes?!
I have very sensitive eyes so here is where the love/hate relationship comes in. Sometimes when I wear false eyelashes my eyes will start to water or feel irritated throughout the day. Especially during your competition week this is not something that you want to worry about! If you have sensitive eyes, make sure to check out the labels on your eyelash glue. Many brands contain a chemical called formaldehyde. Not only are many people allergic to this, but it is also a known carcinogen and should be avoided. Pretty scary for some eyelash glue, right?! At my last pageant I found a new eyelash glue at a local Walgreens by the brand Kiss. It is not only formaldehyde-free, but also has aloe to soothe your eyes and applies as a black liquid. It takes a little longer than other glues to dry, so be patient! The benefit of using a black glue instead of a clear glue is that it helps the lash line to blend seamlessly into your eyeliner and natural lash line. I had never tried a black glue before this one and it has definitely been a game changer!
Does the brand matter?
Some girls have their favorite brand of eyelashes that they have used for years and love to death. If this is you, then great, keep using those lashes babe! I, however, am not one of those girls. I only wear false eyelashes for pageants, so I usually just pick some out at Walgreens or Ulta before the pageant and use them once or twice. With this being said, you don't have to go out and spend a ton of money on false eyelashes. The judges are so far away from you that they won’t be able to tell if you spent $5 or $50 on your eyelashes, nor will they really care anyways. They are looking at the quality of you, not the quality of your false eyelashes.
What you need: - Eyelashes - Glue - Mini scissors - A still hand
How-to: Note: Apply your lashes after all of your eye makeup is complete and your eyeliner is in place how you like it. This gives you a line to follow for the application of your lashes.
1. Before using any glue, hold up one of the eyelashes to the eye you will be applying it to and check the length. If you haven’t worn this pair before you may need to trim a little off of the end so that they aren’t too big for your eye. Do this for the other strip as well, making sure that you trim them to be the same length.
2. Applying the glue to your lashes can sometimes be more tricky than it sounds. If the glue comes out quickly, you need to make sure that it will not drip onto the lashes themselves. With this being said, take this step very slowly and carefully (trust me!). Apply a thin, even line of glue along the lash line, and hold it for about 30 seconds up to 1 minute until it becomes tacky. This helps the glue to adhere to your eyelid without sliding right off. Tip: If you are new to false eyelashes and don’t feel comfortable applying the glue straight from the tube, you can squeeze a small amount onto a piece of paper and use a cotton swab to transfer the glue onto the lashes.
3. Line the false lashes to as close to your natural lash line as possible. This is when it becomes really helpful to have your eyeliner done so that you have a clear line to follow for application.
4. Hold the eyelashes in place for a few seconds, adjusting them as you need to before they dry. If you are using black glue, be extra careful with this step.
5. Keep your eyes closed for up to a minute so that the lashes can dry without your eyes blinking and possibly messing them up. You do not want to have to redo it all!
6. Once the first eye is done, repeat these steps on your other eye! False eyelashes may seem tricky at first but once you get the hang of them it will become second nature to apply them.
Best of luck!
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