5 Rules for Wearing Eyelashes on Your Wedding Day

I can't begin to tell you how important and beautiful false eyelashes are for your wedding day or photos in general. For special occasions or bridal trials, many brides tell me they do not like false eyelashes. They do not like them because they feel like they will stand out and look unnatural. If you find an excellent makeup artist that will know your eye shape, she/he will choose the appropriate strip or individual eyelashes to go with your eye shape. It will look as natural as you want them to be. False eyelashes enhance and complete the makeup look while opening and lifting the eyes.

You know even a single coat of mascara can make a huge difference in bringing your wedding day makeup look from everyday to totally sexy. With false lashes, you'll get the same effect, but tenfold. In the past, false lashes meant glued-on strips that may or may not slowly peel off as the night went on. But today's versions are subtle, natural, and totally dance-proof. 

Preparation is key. 
The number one way false lashes fall off? Oily eyelids!. Keep falsies in place by prepping your lashes with a cotton ball and toner, then applying an eyelid primer like e.l.f. Eyelid Primer ($1, available at eyeslipsface.com).

If you're buying individual lashes, go for a three-length pack. 
The easiest way to make false eyelashes look natural is to apply lashes of different lengths. Buy a pack with three lengths, like Ardell Multipack Individual Lashes ($6.14; available at Amazon), then apply the shortest lashes in your inner corners, the medium lashes in the middle of your eye, and the longest lashes in your outer corners.

Don't get too close to your lash line. 
Apply false lashes about an eighth of an inch from your lash line to keep them from getting wet and falling off. For individual lashes, apply a pinprick-sized dot of eyelash glue, like Duo, in between your lashes, and press on each lash. You'll need five to six individual lashes (I like Y-lashes, which branch out to form a Y-shape and look extra full) to fill out each eye. For strip lashes, make sure you cover the entire strip with glue and then stretch your eyelid out like you're applying eyeliner and carefully lay the strip an eighth of an inch from your lash line.

Secure lashes in place with tweezers.
Lash glue takes two to three minutes to dry. After applying each lash or strip, take tweezers (your hands are too oily) and gently press down on each lash or section, starting with the inner corners of your eye and moving outwards. Cover strip lashes with liquid eyeliner — it dries more than pencil — to keep them in place.

Apply mascara — with caution.
Yes, you can wear mascara over falsies! The trick is to swipe it on from the middle of each lash out to the ends, avoiding where the lash meets the glue (or your real lashes meet your lash line). That way, you'll keep them from shaking loose. Try an oil-free mascara (it won't break down glue), like Maybelline Great Lash ($5.59, available at Soap.com).