How to Apply Lashes to Your Lower Lid

If mascara allergies hold back your makeup fantasies, try false lashes.
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Whether you want to amp up your eyes for a special occasion, or just need a pick-me-up for your everyday ensemble, a pair of fluttery false eyelashes can define, dramatize and draw attention -- to both eyelids. Upper lid lashes are glue and go, but getting lower lid lashes to look like they're yours can be tricky.

  • False eyelash strips or individual lashes
  • Cuticle scissors
  • False eyelash adhesive
  • Tweezers
  • Orange stick
  • Mascara
  • Liquid eyeliner (optional)

1 Sophisticated Strip Lashes

2 Hold the lash strip against the eye

Hold the lash strip against the eye, with the lashes curving downward, to measure the size. If the lashes are too long, trim the thicker side of the strip with a pair of cuticle scissors.

3 Apply adhesive

Apply adhesive to the base of the lash strip and let it dry until tacky. Pick up the strip with a pair of tweezers.

4 Look upward

Look upward, if possible. Line up the thickest part of the strip with the outer corner of the eye.

5 Place the lash strip as close as possible to the natural lash line

Place the lash strip as close as possible to the natural lash line, against the skin. Press the base of the strip to the skin with an orange stick, using gentle pressure.

6 Apply mascara

Apply mascara to the lashes to make them blend with the natural lash line, then add the rest of your makeup. If the base of the strip is too obvious, draw a thick line of liquid eyeliner to hide it.

7 Individual Lashes

8 Grasp the shortest false

Grasp the shortest false lash near the tip with a pair of tweezers. Add a tiny amount of adhesive to the upper side of the lash.

9 Avert the eyes upward

Avert the eyes upward as much as possible for the best access to the lower lashes.

10 Lash with a natural

Line up the false lash with a natural lower lash on the inner corner of the eye. Slide the false lash up the side of the natural lash, spreading the adhesive.

11 Align the base

Align the base of the false lash with the base of the natural lash. Carefully release the lash from the tweezers.

12 Continue attaching false lashes

Continue attaching false lashes to the natural lashes until you reach the outside corner of the eye, using increasingly longer lashes.

13 Apply makeup

Apply makeup as desired once all lash adhesive has dried. Do not apply mascara, as it will make the lashes clump and the adhesive deteriorate.

  • Lower lid strip lashes are slimmer and finer than upper lid strip lashes.
  • Alternate between the eyes when applying individual lashes to prevent watering and increasing the chances of an evenly-matched result.
  • Individual lashes applied at the outer corners of the eyes make eyes appear larger and wider.
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A writer with a Bachelor of Science in English and secondary education, but also an interest in all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk -- and for the last six years, write for online publications like Daily Glow and SheBudgets.