False Eyelashes 101

Ever wonder how your favorite stars end up looking absolutely amazing while performing on that weekly Sunday variety show? Well, aside from their God-given good looks, these celebrities have a team of stylists, makeup artists and hair people who make sure their image is always on point. But what the public doesn’t realize is that it’s actually pandemonium in the dressing rooms before these “artistas” go on-camera. The star generally has to rehearse for a very long time and the styling team usually has only about 30 minutes to finish their job and make sure the celeb is ready before the show starts. As a makeup artist, that usually means having to work double-time and one sure-fire way to play up someone’s eyes quickly is to apply false eyelashes.

For women who want to define their eyes in an instant, false eyelashes can work wonders. The effect can range from a few subtle strands to a glamorous, full fan of lush lashes. I have to admit though that applying lashes on one’s self can be quite difficult compared to having a professional makeup artist do the job for you. It takes a lot of practice and technique to master the art of putting falsies on. Here’s a few tips and tricks to make lash application a breeze, as well as some tried and tested brands which you ladies should definitely check out.



Most false eyelashes are too long for Asian eyes and the corners of the base can actually irritate your eyes if the lashes are untrimmed. Measure the lashes by trying them on first without the glue and then cut them to your desired length.

JAPONESQUE Brow Groomer Scissors and Comb,
Use a heavy-duty eyelash adhesive to glue falsies on to your lash line. Apply glue on the base of the falsies with a cotton bud or a small spatula. Before putting them on, allow the glue to dry for about a minute so the adhesive is tacky enough for the lashes to stick easily onto the skin.

DUO Eyelash Adhesive, Watsons
Grab a pair of sturdy, slanted tweezers and clamp on the tips around the center of the false eyelash hairs. Position a small compact mirror on a low table and angle it towards your face. While looking down into the mirror, apply the lashes using your tweezers.

TWEEZERMAN Tweezers, Beauty Bar

Clean up any excess glue and press down on the base of the lashes with some cotton buds. You can also adjust the angle and position of the lashes using your fingers. Allow the falsies to dry completely then curl both natural lashes and false lashes at the same time with a couple of clamps of an eyelash curler. Blend together by combing through with a brow/lash comb.

SHU UEMURA Eyelash Curler, Powerplant Mall


For That Natural Effect

Individual falsies are the best bet for ladies who want their lashes to look like they were actually born with them.

ARDELL Individual Lashes in Flare Short Black, Watsons
For The Eyelash Addict

These lashes also look very natural but are less tedious to apply than individual falsies. Sold in multiple pairs so you don’t have to worry about running out.

BOHKTOH Y-005 Eyelashes (Pack of 10 Pairs),
SALON PERFECT Perfectly Natural Multi Pack in 110 Black, Beauty Bar
For First Time Users

Half lashes offer subtle density and accentuate the eyes. For women who are apprehensive about wearing a full fan of falsies.

BENEFIT Starlet Lash, Bonifacio High Street Central SquareCaption
MAKE UP STORE Framing Eyelash,
The Podium
For That Perfect Cat’s Eye

You’ve mastered that flawless winged eyeliner technique. Now add drama to your look with these styles that give extra volume and length to the outer corner of the eyes.


M.A.C. 36 Lash, Eastwood MallCaption
RED CHERRY Eyelashes #43,
For Instant Glamour

From the limited edition Courrèges Estée Lauder collection, the ‘60s-era, iconic spider lashes get a 21st century reboot with these long, full, natural-looking eye accessories that are perfectly shaped to provide a striking flutter and next-level definition.

ESTÉE LAUDER Courrèges Super Lashes, Rustan’s Makati

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