How to Keep False Eyelashes From Lifting

by Elle Hanson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Proper application is key to keeping false eyelashes in place.

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Fake eyelashes draw attention to your eyes and add glamour to your overall appearance. However, they are anything but attractive if they start to peel off -- leaving you looking like there's a spider on your eyelid. To prevent fake lashes from lifting, always use proper application technique and keep a bit of glue handy for touch-ups throughout the day.

Wash your face with warm water and soap. Removing excess oil and dirt from your eyelids ensures that the glue adheres to your skin properly.

Trim the false eyelashes to the appropriate width. If they are too long, the edges will extend past your natural eyelid -- gradually peeling away from the skin as you blink. Always trim false eyelashes before application, to protect your real lashes and eyes from an accidental encounter with the scissors.

Wait to apply your makeup until after you have glued down the fake lashes. Foundation, eyeliner and eye shadow can all undermine the adhesion of the glue to your skin.

Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of one of the fake eyelashes, being sure to coat the edges. Before applying to your eyelid, gently bend the fake lashes in a "U" shape, and hold this shape for 30 seconds.

Gently press the false lashes to your eyelid, following the natural curve of your eye as closely as possible. Press the lashes down -- starting from the inner corner of the eye and moving outward.

Close your eye for 10 to 15 seconds, to allow the glue to fully dry without the disruption of blinking.

Repeat Steps 4 to 6 for the other eye.

Wear eye makeup that is powder rather than cream-based. The oil in cream-based makeup can cause the glue to lose its adhesive power throughout the day.

Carry eyelash glue with you, in case you need any touch-ups throughout the day. If the eyelashes start to lift, apply a small amount of glue -- only to the area that is falling off. Gently press the edge of the eyelashes down, and close your eyes for a few seconds so it can dry completely.

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