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Get those Lashes A-fluttering! All you Need to Know about False Lashes



Eyelashes - BellaNaija - June2013006Have you ever wondered how some of your favourite celebrities get that stellar look? Well, apart from the usual pankacing, a great way to take your make up look from ‘just okay’ to glam is to use false lashes. Now, I understand that a lot of women are against the use of false lashes, but that is a debate for another day. Falsies have a unique way of making your eyes appear slimmer and intensifying your eye make up.

So what do you need to know before you get this debatable essential make up item in your make up bag? First of all, you should know that there are different types of lashes and ways of applying them. Keep reading to find out more on types of lashes, how you can apply them and everything in between.

Strip LashesEyelashes - BellaNaija - June2013001
These are the most popular lashes. They usually come on thin strips which could be transparent or on a black stripe and could either be flared or narrow. They are also the most adjustable. If the length of the lash doesn’t suit your eye width, then you can cut them to size.

Strip lashes are the best to try out if you are nervous or unsure about using false lashes due to their easy access and removal. They also come in a variation of colours, shapes and textures so all you have to do is pick which one you like and try it out.

This eyelash tutorial is by MakeUpDoll and is great if this is your first time applying false lashes. Keep watching.

You will need:
False Eyelashes
Eyelash Adhesive


  • Take the false eyelash strip out of the packand use the tweezers to hold the eyelash close to the band from the direction of the eyelashes.
  • Apply a generous amount of eyelash adhesive on the band of the eyelash
  • Wait about 15-20 seconds for the adhesive to get tacky(sticky)
  • Apply the false lashes as close to the eyelash line as possible. Then use the tweezers to press the centre of the lashes to the eyelash then do the same to the outer corners of the eyelash
  • Wait for the adhesive to dry. You can then use an eyelash curler to place them closer together.
  • Apply your mascara to the eyelashes

Individual LashesEyelashes - BellaNaija - June2013004
These lashes have fast become a favourite of girls in Nigeria because of its full look. They’re applied individually using eyelash glue, placed above the eyelash line and come in different lengths – short, medium & long. They usually take a while to apply, come in synthetic material and need a skilled professional to be applied.

They allow you the flexibility to determine how full you want your lash to look and last for a longer period of time; usually about 2 weeks or more.

Three Quarter LashesEyelashes - BellaNaija - June2013003

The three quarter eyelashes are just like the strip eyelashes, but come in a shorter length, hence the name. The lash covers only a 3/4 length of the eyelash line giving it a gradient, from scanty to full lash look.

Bottom/Lower LashesEyelashes - BellaNaija - June2013002
Just like the name implies these lashes are for the lower lash line. They can be paired with full top lashes to give the illusion of having full lashes at the top and bottom of your eye.

Applying bottom/lower lashes is quite easy, instead of applying at the top lash line, just apply it to the bottom. Click play for beauty blogger ColorMeCaramel to show you how its done.

You will need:
False Bottom/Lower Eyelashes
Eyelash Adhesive


  • Take the eyelash out of the pack and use the tweezers to hold the eyelash close to the band from the direction of the eyelashes.
  • Apply a generous amount of eyelash adhesive on the band of the eyelash
  • Wait about 15-20 seconds for the adhesive to get tacky(sticky)
  • Place the eyelash as close to your bottom lashes as possible. Then use the tweezers to press closer
  • For a more natural look apply an eye-liner and you can also use a mascara for extra effects.

Human Hair LashesEyelashes - BellaNaija - June2013005

This isn’t a particular type of lash, but it differs based on what it is made from. These lashes are made from human hair to add to the realness of the lash. They usually come with a strip and look like the strip lashes.

You need to understand that owning a pair of false lashes means you have to take care of them properly. This is because how well you take care of them will determine how long your lashes will last. It is not advisable for you to sleep with your false lashes on, because you could become restless during the night, rub your eyes and damage them or even worse your eyes. If you have individual lashes on, be sure to remove them with oil or eyelash adhesive dissolver, so you do not take off your natural lashes in the removal process.

After you take them off, remember to place them back in their container or somewhere clean and dry you have allocated for them. It is advisable that after you have worn them for about 2 times, soak them in a bowl of warm water and mild  shampoo to get dust and any other residue off them. After you have taken them out of the bowl, place on a lint-free towel or cloth and let them dry naturally.

Lastly always remember to keep your eyelashes in a clean and dry box so it will last longer.

Always make sure to pre-test your lashes by placing them on your eye lid without the adhesive to check if it suits you. Do you have any advice on fixing eyelashes? Don’t forget to share them with us.

Photo Credit: Sera-g . Shoppingshadow . . Biographyhome . I.ebayimg . Beauryhows . Neks2u . News.naij . Refinery29

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  1. Annie

    June 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm


  2. Jumzy

    June 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Nice! You see some eyelashes, u want to slap the wearer…

  3. olu

    June 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm


  4. Blinx lover

    June 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Right here in Lagos you can purchase natural looking lashes at many outlets including Yinka bodyline, MisKay boutique and many others, its all about Blinxlashes! Ladies in the UK you can also order online fast p+p

  5. KanyeYesus

    June 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Make una pity us men…lol, Fake hair ( peruvian, brazillian etc) , false lashes, push up bras, butt pads, body magic…abeg now.. Ladies will soon be required by law to paste “Caveat emptor” on their forefeads,

    • Anti-Plastic

      June 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      The thing tire me o.

      Later they would be asking for a “real man.” Fellas, make sure you “inspect” a girl very well before you commit to marriage o

    • MEE

      June 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

      hahahahahahahahahaha. Na una cause am now, if the girls come out natural, una no go gree toast those ones. Na Packaging go put una for trouble. Lol

    • pynk

      June 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Jesus! lol Funny but true

    • Oaken

      June 23, 2013 at 2:39 am


  6. Ezie Lydia

    June 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    @kanye hahahaahahahahahahhah….vry funi

  7. TheTruth13

    June 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I prefer Mink lashes myself, all of this application is just long and they can sometimes look too fake.


    June 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Nice make up tips . . .

    check out hot entertainment gist HERE

  9. Mama Diva

    June 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I love eyelashes and the sexy look it gives I can try fixing them on, on my own.

  10. lol

    June 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    like my husband will tell me: the only time i wouldn’t mind you fixing fake eyelashes is in summer time so you can fan me with them when it’s really hot. IMO,i have never seen well fixed fake eyelashes .they still look false on people.

  11. Lin

    June 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Na wa o! fake this fake that! Anyways thanks BN! This reminds of me of a friend of mine who was applying fake lashes and glued her eyes together. She had to call 911 and went to the emergency room. She learnt her lesson since then.

  12. Hehe

    June 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Primark lashes are the best #simples

  13. Sandra

    June 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Check out great human hair lashes and theyre now avaliable in Naija too

  14. magh

    June 20, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I really admire pretty lashes on my fellow ladies but I am too scared to alter my eyes abeg and that includes contact lenses and lashes. I NOR FIT.. putting eye shadows and eye liners are already okay for me..

  15. pynk

    June 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    so where are those lashes that look like they can sweep the floor with?

  16. koko

    June 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    As in, this is meant to be done every morning? Odi kwa egwu.

  17. Christopher nwagwu

    August 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    plz if I went to get a semi permanent lashes kit how Much is itnand how do I get then

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