How to Trim False Lashes That Are Too Long & Apply Them Like a Pro

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
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In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to trim false lashes that are too long. This is such as great hack for applying false eyelashes.

It’s very useful for those who struggle with eyelash application, so if you’ve found this difficult before, keep reading, and you’ll be a pro in no time!

Tools and materials:

  • False eyelashes
  • Nail scissors
  • Eyelash glue
  • Tweezers
  • Long tweezers
Should you cut false lashes into sections?

This hack works best with eyelashes that have got a light band where you have got individual sections that you can cut.

It can still be done with false eyelashes with a thicker band, but you might lose some eyelashes on either side of the cut.

Where do you cut false lashes?

1. Cut the lashes

Start by using some nail scissors to cut the lashes into three individual sections. You want to do this between the lashes and not through the lashes because again, otherwise, you would lose some.

Cutting and applying sections of false lashes

2. Apply the outer section

Take the outer edge section, which is the longest part of the lash, and put a tiny bit of glue on this.

Now look down into a mirror, and using some tweezers, place the false lashes onto the base of your natural lash, as close to the root as possible.

Use the tweezers for the placement, and then use your finger to push the lash downwards and backward towards the root. This will manipulate the lash to follow your natural lash shape. 

I didn’t wait for the glue to go tacky.

The reason for this is I want to get all three individual sections on before I pinch them with my natural lash, and we don’t want the glue to go off before we get a chance to do that.

How to cut false lashes and apply them

3. Apply the middle section

Now take the middle section and again, with the tweezers, come in from above your lashes and drop it into the base of your eyelash.

Then, use your finger to push the lashes downwards and back towards the root of the eyelash.

Make sure when you place your lash down, the outer edge meets with the inner edge of the lash sitting next door to it.

Cutting false lashes to fit the eye perfectly

Tip: You can use the backside of your tweezers to press the seam of the eyelash down into the root of your natural lash.

Results of cutting false lashes

You can see that just having just two sections of lashes on my eye is actually enough; I don’t need a section on the inside. You don’t always need an eyelash to go all the way along your top lashline.

So, by cutting the lash, you get the choice of how much you want to apply.

Applying the inner section of false lashes

4. Apply the inner section

For the purpose of this tutorial, I am applying the inner edge, and I’m doing exactly the same as I did before.

Doing this method instead of applying a whole lash in one go can make it so much easier to get that eyelash directly on the root of your natural lash.

Pinching the lashes together with tweezers

5. Pinch the lash

As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t allow the glue to go tacky before applying each section which means we can go in and pinch the lash with your natural lash using a pair of long tweezers.

This is going to secure that lash band to your natural lashes, pushing the glue in between, and it also means the seam is almost impossible to see.

If we had allowed the glue to go tacky, we wouldn’t be able to do this because the glue would have already dried, so it wouldn’t be doing anything.

How to trim false lashes that are too long

Here you can see a before and after picture without and with the false eyelashes. The false eyelashes add a lot of volume and definition to the natural lashes.

How to trim false lashes that are too long

That’s my quick and easy eyelash hack on how to trim false lashes and apply them. If you’ve struggled to apply false lashes before, I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful!

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