How to Pick the Right False Eyelashes for Your Eye Shape, and Apply Them Like a Pro

How to Pick the Right False Eyelashes for Your Eye Shape, and Apply Them Like a Pro

False eyelashes shouldn’t be intimidating or reserved for New Year’s Eve bashes. Finding the right falsies based on your eye shape can enhance and open up eyes for a natural look that’s wearable daily or for special events.

What to Look For

Not every eyelash is equal. Individual eyelashes are great for a more natural look since you can add a few to the corner of your eye, but they are harder to apply. If you’re a novice, stick with full strips until you feel comfortable trying individual lashes.

Synthetic materials are durable and an ideal choice for people who don’t want lashes made from animal hair. Look for synthetic styles with fine, natural-looking lashes (thicker strands often look unnatural). Mink, which is more expensive, is a popular option with celebrities because it tends to look much more natural. Silk strands are another popular option; they can be created just as fine as real hair and their inconsistency can make them look more authentic.

Shop for styles based on your eye shape. Lashes that are thicker in the outer corner appear to lift and lengthen smaller eyes, while lashes that are thicker in the center open eyes that have little or no crease. Find your eye shape below for the perfect pair of falsies.

Almond eyes

Almond eyes are wider in the center with pointed corners. Most lash styles look great with this shape, but full styles with evenly distributed lashes work best.

Round eyes

Look for curled lashes to lift the upper lid and create more shape. Voluminous styles can be too heavy and cause round eyes to appear smaller.

Mono-lidded eyes

If your upper eyelid is hidden, full lashes with fluttery layers are most flattering.

Close-set eyes

Concentrate lashes on the outer corner only to make eyes appear further apart.

Deep-set eyes

Dramatic long lashes are best for deep-set eyes with a prominent brow bone; shorter styles can get lost.

Prominent eyes

If your eyes appear to protrude out of their sockets, choose more subtle lashes to reduce the definition of your eyes.

Upturned eyes

Styles with volume and length on the outer corners enhance the beauty of eyes that have outer corners that point higher than inner corners.

Downturned eyes

Create a lifting effect by choosing winged styles with length in the outer corners.

Tips Before Applying

When opening a new package of lashes, remove the lash strip and wiggle it slightly to create a bend. If it feels too stiff, wrap it around your finger or brush to create a curved shape. This will help it conform to your eye shape. Apply eyeliner and mascara prior to adding the lashes; the mascara will help them adhere to your natural lashes better. Full lash sets can be cut into individual lashes for subtle enhancements.

How to Pick the Right False Eyelashes for Your Eye Shape, and Apply Them Like a Pro

How to Remove False Eyelashes

Dip a cotton swab in oil-free makeup remover and gently rub it along the lash line until the lashes loosen and fall off. Avoid using products with oil; it will make it harder for the glue to adhere if you try to reuse them. Use tweezers to remove any residual glue and eye makeup remover to clean the lashes. Store in a clean, plastic container or the lash case they came in.

Reusing Eyelashes

Even if you don’t wear eyelashes often, saving and reusing them trims your beauty budget and doesn’t require lots of extra maintenance. The amount of wears depends on the material and how you take care of them. Lashes made with natural animal hairs tend to last 20 to 30 wears; synthetic lashes can last three to eight wears. Thicker bands can also last longer than thinner bands.

To make lashes last longer, remove with makeup remover instead of tugging them off. Apply mascara before you apply falsies; mascara buildup will reduce the lifespan of your lashes.

Whether you use eyelashes daily or save them for special occasions, these tips can help make eyelashes look natural and enhance your features.

By Danielle Emig

Danielle Emig is a freelance writer and lipstick lover living in New York City. Originally from Portland, she moved to the big city with only a suitcase full of shoes and a mind bursting with dreams. It was her desire for adventure that led her to NYC, and even working unpaid internships and odd jobs to make ends meet — like cocktail waitressing at a pirate-themed bar — wouldn’t deter her from making it as a writer and editor. Two years later, she landed at InStyle Magazine and hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not sipping out of a lipstick-stained wineglass, Danielle loves to cook, make jewelry, and hang out on her fire escape.