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“Mention fake eyelashes and people tend to think of dramatic, spider-y, long lashes that look totally…well, fake. But the natural makeup look has reached all aspects of beauty—even falsies,” says editorial and celebrity makeup artist and PRIV pro Jared Lipscomb, who can be spotted behind the scenes everywhere from fashion week to the red carpet. Just check out his total transformation of Orange Is the New Black’s Julie Lake and Emily Althaus for recent Hollywood events.
Unless you’re a pro, all falsies probably look pretty much the same in the box. With this in mind, Jared directed us to grab a tube of Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Clear ($5.99 at Ulta) (just remember to let the glue get tacky on the falsies before adhering!) and have fun experimenting with the eight tried-and-true lashes he swears by.
Best for Cat Eyes
Jared’s pick: Ardell Lash, Accents 301
Why he loves them: “These lashes are so natural looking, but I really love them because they’re easy and quick to apply! These are my go-to for clients who would never normally try a fake lash and anyone with heavy eyelids.”
Pro lash tip: “Be sure to apply mascara before and after lash application, to blend the falsies with your real lashes.”
Best for Fluttery Lashes
Jared’s pick: Red Cherry, Demi Wispy DW
Why he loves them: “These lashes are the perfect way to try out the popular ‘fluttery lash' trend while still maintaining a soft, natural look. These are my most common red carpet lashes, because they add a nice lift to the outer corners of the eye.”
Pro lash tip: “Fit these lashes to your eye by trimming them from the inner corner (BEFORE YOU APPLY, OF COURSE!)”
Best for Subtle Fullness
Jared’s pick: J.Cat Beauty, Individual Flare Eyelashes Short
Why he loves them: “As a fan of the ‘no makeup’ look, I love filling in lashes with individuals to create volume where I can perfectly control the density. These add fullness to your lashes in a very subtle way, without seeing any strip.”
Pro lash tip: “Try out different lengths of individual lashes and play around with placement. Be sure to space them apart evenly and don’t go to heavy on the inner corner of the eye!”
Best for Natural Length and Volume
Jared’s pick: Monda Studios, MSL-012
Why he loves them: “These are perfect for a daytime look. They’re light, natural looking, quicker to apply then individuals and very affordable.”
Pro lash tip: “Accentuate your own lashes by curling them before applying mascara & falsies.”
Best for Dramatic Volume
Jared’s pick: Lilly Lashes, Doha
Why he loves them: “These lashes are perfect for red carpets, brides and any client who just wants to amp up the sex appeal for a night out. I love this style, because even though they are a bit more dramatic, they do not close off the eye or make the lid look heavy.”
Pro lash tip: “For this bolder lash, apply your favorite eyeliner to the top lash line so the strip isn’t visible. I usually pair this lash with a nice smoky eye.”
Best for Faking Huge Eyes
Jared’s pick: Make Up For Ever, Lash Show N303
Why he loves them: “These are the perfect lashes to make eyes appear larger. I love to use these whenever I want my clients eyes to feel totally bright and opened. Think Zooey Deschanel.”
Pro lash tip: “Bend the lash strip into a 'C' shape for a few seconds before adding glue. This will loosen them up and follow the curve of your lid.”
Best for Day-to-Night
Jared’s pick: House of Lashes, Demure Lite
Why he loves them: “These are just natural enough to wear in the daytime, and sexy enough to perfectly transition for a night out.”
Pro lash tip: “Try a bold eye look to enhance these lashes, maybe a well blended eye contour or a sharp, winged liquid liner.”
Best for Natural Glamour
Jared’s pick: Aether Lashes, Killer Queen
Why he loves them: “These lashes draw all the attention to your eyes. The strands are layered and different lengths, so even though they’re dramatic, they still follow the pattern of real lashes—just with extra length, extra volume and extra glamour.”
Pro lash tip: “Apply mascara and liner (and/or shadow) to the bottom lash line to balance the intensity these lashes bring to the upper lash line.”
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