I have a love affair with accent lashes. They’re a good size (their base length is just nice), they’re not heavy to wear and they add just enough oompf to my overall look without making me look too made up.
I first discovered them many years back and only recently rekindled my love for them. Funnily though, they aren’t as common as full-length lashes, and can also be more expensive. If and when I finally have my own beauty brand – think 10 years from now – I’m definitely selling these as one of my top items.
If you haven’t ever given accent lashes a try, oh you definitely should. And even if you have, but for some reason didn’t feel like it suited you, you need to try them again. Accent lashes are so easy to wear and would be no big deal for someone used to normal falsies. If you can’t manoeuvre full-length falsies, accent lashes would be a breeze to apply and yet still give you a natural wide-eyed look.
If you don’t wear eyeliner, it’s going to be very obvious where your lashes begin and end along your eyelids. For that reason, I always recommend those that either have a transparent base or one that isn’t too thick.
Here are the steps I take when applying false lashes at the end of my eye makeup routine:
- Curl your lashes.
- Apply two coats of mascara, making sure there isn’t any clumping or deposit of mascara at the tips of yoru lashes. Use a lash comb, if necessary, to separate lashes.
- Pick up an accent lash with a tweezer (clamp this on the lashes with the base facing you).
- Apply lash glue to the base of the accent lashes.
- Wait for the glue to be semi-dry.
- Still using the tweezer, place the lash onto the outer part of your eyelid, as close to your natural lash line as possible. Avoid placing it at the outermost end of your eye, because doing so will just give you droopy eyes. Instead position the middle of the lashes at around 1/4 of your eye length from the outermost edge.
- Use your thumb and forefinger to press the accent lash and your own lashes together so they blend seamlessly with each other and you can’t really tell them apart.
I found this YouTube video by Denitslava Makeup, which shows you how you should apply false lashes in general. Although she uses full-length lashes, the technique is the same with accent lashes and she gives very good tips as well. Enjoy!
The lashes I always use are the ARDELL LASH ACCENTS, which can be re-used a few times if you keep them dry when removing them. You can see them in action on my video tutorial on how to apply makeup for puffy eyes below. If you’re in New York, you can find them at a steal at Ricky’s, like how I did.
I hope this post gives you some confidence to give accent lashes a try. I highly recommend them, especially if you have small eyes or single eyelids (don’t overdose on the eyeliner and make your lashes work instead).