The mere mention of false eyelashes can strike fear into the hearts of otherwise makeup-savvy women. Applying false lashes is an art that many of us have yet to master. A bad application can literally leave you in tears, ruining your makeup in the process.

But once you learn how to apply false lashes, they can make your eyes look wider and add a dramatic flair to your eye makeup that mascara alone can’t provide. And let’s not forget that the Kardashians have evenhandedly made fake lashes an everyday accessory. Now, we’re not saying you have to break out your falsies for work, but for special occasions? They can really make your eyes pop. (But if you do want to wear them during the day a la Kim, we aren’t going to stop you.)

STEP 1: APPLY MASCARA

“Curl natural lashes and comb on a coat of mascara, creating a shelf to support the weight of your falsies.” And maybe try to look a little less dead in the eyes than I do?

STEP 2: CUT TO FIT

“Cut the lash band right down the center to create a large individual lash. It’s easier to place than a full lash strip, which can become wonky and weird and asymmetrical.”

STEP 3: ADD ADHESIVE

Trace each lash band, one by one, with a laser-thin line of Duo and wait a few moments for the adhesive to dry a bit.

STEP 4: PUT ‘EM ON

Using your fingers, not tweezers, “place your extension on the outer corner first, hugging that lash line tight.” For an eye-lifting effect, Mikkelsen places the outer extension slightly above the natural lashline.

“When you’re placing the inner lash extension, avoid going close to the tear duct to give a little bit more width to the eye. If it’s too close, it makes your eyes feel like they’re narrower and even cross-eyed.”

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