Fake Eyelashes – Types, Risks and Side Effects

Fake Eyelashes
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False eyelashes are basically artificial lashes made out of human or synthetic hair that are glued to the eyelash area. Women use fake lashes to have fuller and thicker eyelashes. Eyelashes are used to have the look of thicker eyelashes instantly without the hassle of applying serums every day. There are a lot of different kinds of false eyelashes. The most basic and the most common kinds are Individual Eyelashes or Flared Eyelashes and Strip Fake Eyelashes. There are also three quarter falsies that are not as known as the others but are just as effective in giving you that sultry and mysterious look.

Types of Fake Eyelashes

  • Individual Fake Eyelashes / Single / Natural/ Flared Eyelashes
    Individual lashes are essentially small bulks of falsies clumped together as compared to that of a strip falsie that creates a complete set, individual false eyelashes are created to give a more natural look. These lashes could easily blend in with your real eye lashes. Like strip lashes they are applied with a special glue however, individual false eyelashes can be time consuming and a chore to put one considering the fact that you have to put them on one by one. But if you are looking for a more natural look with a bit of a dashing flair, then these could do the trick!
  • Strip Fake Eyelashes
    Stripe false eyelashes are probably the most common and most popular of the different kinds of false eyelashes. You can find these at any makeup counter or department store. The beauty in strip false eyelashes is the fact that they are extremely easy to put on. A negative to this would have to be the fact that they may look a bit more unnatural compared to other falsies but it definitely gets points for convenience. To help with attaining the natural look, maybe slightly trimming the sides of a strip of false eyelashes could be of help.
  • Three Quarter Fake Eyelashes
    These are probably the hardest to find out of the three kinds of false eyelashes. However, don’t strike out three quarter fake eyelashes just yet. These are known to give a natural and dramatic effect because of the fact that only three quarter or a half of a strip of eyelashes are used. Three quarter false eyelashes manage to give you a dramatic look while enhancing* the natural beauty of your lashes.

How to Apply Fake Eyelashes?

Below are a few useful tips and steps in applying false eyelashes.

  • If you are using strip false eyelashes, the first trick would be to slightly trim it at the sides to create a more natural effect and to have the false eyelashes blend in to your natural ones.
  • Applying eyeliner to your lash line is also a great idea to create a more dramatic but natural looks and to ensure that there is no awkward gaps of space in between the lash line and your falsies.
  • You then apply the glue. You can do this by applying a thin layer of glue unto the lash line; remember to apply a bit more to the sides to ensure that your lashes will stay on.
  • Wait for at least 30 minutes so that the glue can be sticky enough.
  • Stick the falsies on using a tweezer. A good trick is to apply the outer corner first.
  • Let it dry. Make sure to wait a few minutes before applying eyeliner or mascara.

How to Remove* Fake Eyelashes?

You should never tug at your lashes in the first place. The number one rule is to never ever tug the false eyelashes. Tugging can damage your natural lashes and they can fall off. Just gently pat on a non-oil based eye makeup remover to remove* the glue and to avoid causing damage to your lashes. If the glue is persistent, just take another cotton ball and hold it to you eye for a few seconds, before you know it, all the left over glue from your falsies are already gone.

Side Effects of Having Fake Lashes

There are so many ways to achieve full, voluminous and healthy looking eye lashes; there is really no need for fake eye lashes. Although admittedly, they do automatically give you thick eye lashes without the need of makeup, this usually comes with a price, the glue that is used to stick on fake eye lashes can be strong and full of chemicals. Applying this often to the base of eye lashes weakens its roots. Also, taking the glue off can cause you to accidentally take some of your REAL eye lashes off.

Another side effect of false eyelashes is an allergic reaction to the glue. The glue used to stick false eyelashes contains certain chemicals that could disagree with you. Always do a patch test before applying glues to your sensitive eye area. You can easily do this by applying a small amount to your hands and observing it for any adverse effects, if it doesn’t react then you’re good to go.

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Verdict

A big thumbs up to false eyelashes! These give you the option of a more dressed up, jazzed up and dramatic look in a matt r of minutes. In other treatments and enhancers, there is a long wait, not to mention those treatments could cost you. False eyelashes give you the lashes you want at a cost you want and without any hassles.

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