Don’t You Dare: Obnoxious Fake Lashes

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I’m not sure how or why, but obnoxiously fake lashes have been increasing in popularity over the last 2 years. By obnoxious, I mean the ones you get done at the hair or nail salon that last a few days or up to a week or two. Ladies, please know that those type of lashes do NOT look good—especially when worn without a stitch of makeup. It makes me cringe to see otherwise cute chicas wearing these lashes that look like the ends of a broom over your eyes. And your eyes! Your poor eyes. That glue they use could easily irritate your pupils causing infections. Not only that but if you don’t remove those lashes properly, you can wind up snatching off your natural lashes. Ouch!

Please know that “crazy” lashes (and by crazy I mean extra long, feather, or colored lashes–not to be confused with um, “hood lashes”–for lack of a better term) are meant for fashion editorials, Halloween, and if you work at the MAC counter (where they wear them to showcase the different types they sell).

If you’re a bit lash-challenged, I strongly suggest trying more natural looking lashes like:


from left to right, starting at top: MAC 20 Lash; MAC 30 Lash; MAC 4 LashMAC 31 Lash; MAC 36 Lash; Make Up For Ever 156 Genevieve; Make Up For Ever 157 Lori; Make Up For Ever 105 Julia; Make Up For Ever 21 Floriane; Make Up For Ever 132 Julie; Ardell Fashion Lashes, Wispies Black; Ardell DuraLash Naturals Individual Lashes, Medium Black

How to apply lashes:

You can apply them before or after you do your eye makeup (including mascara), but I prefer to put them on after all eye makeup is done.

1. After removing the lashes from their packaging, wrap them around your index finger. This helps to make the lash conform to the curve of your eye lid.
2. Before applying any glue, measure the lash on your eyes to make sure they fit the length of your lash line. If the band is too long or the lashes are too long, you’ll need to trim them.
3. Apply a thin layer of lash glue (I love Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark). Wait about 20-30 seconds so the glue gets tacky (tacky, not dry).
4. Getting as close to your natural lash line as possible, place the lash in the area where your lashes meet your eyelid. If you have butterfingers, use a pair of tweezers to hold the lashes by the tips of the lashes. You can also use the flat end of the tweezers to gently press the lashes in place.
5. Wait about a minute for the lashes to set. Then use a lash curler to gently curl the lashes so that they blend with your natural ones.

To remove, just dip a Q-tip in some baby oil or eye makeup remover and gently rub on the band of the lashes until they easily come loose. DO NOT pull the lashes off or you can accidentally rip your real lashes off.

If you’re still looking for something to last longer, there are reputable salons out there where you can have lash extensions applied, but if the place you go to sells Indian Yaki, cigarettes, and a 2-piece dinner then that’s not it.

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A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

8 Responses to Don’t You Dare: Obnoxious Fake Lashes

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  2. SMDH My sister wears those kind of lashes but I cant tell her nothing especially since shes older. Ive wanted to try fake lashes but I dont know what to use to remove them or even where to go to get them done so for now I’ll stick wit my lash blast lolz.

    • Danielle says:

      You can remove lashes with baby oil and a Q-tip—well, at least the ones I have listed above. Try out the Ardell Fashion Wispies with some Duo Adhesive in Dark—you’ll spend less than $8 so you can practice until you get it right :)

  3. Danielle says:

    I’m gonna edit this post to add in how to apply lashes :)

  4. Jennifer says:

    Seeing false eyelashes worn as part of an everyday looks kills me. My sis was wearing them for a while and her own lashes thinned out significantly so she’s stopped ever since.

    LOL @ Indian Yaki, cigarettes, and a 2 piece dinner!

    • Danielle says:

      I so agree! I don’t like to see women walking around with those big ole lashes (with no makeup on whatsoever) and a Juicy Couture tracksuit at the grocery store or the post office. I did know this lady who would wear the natural looking ones everyday and they looked really pretty. I personally only pull out the lashes for special occasions. Besides, like FASHhiioniista above, I can get a pretty everyday lash look with my mascara :)

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