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The Beauty Editor’s Guide to Applying Strip Lashes

If I can do it, literally anyone can.

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Strip Lashes

As a magazine beauty editor with over 20 years of experience in the game, I’ve seen it all when it comes to enhancing those fluttery lashes. There’s just something about strip lashes that can instantly elevate your look from everyday chic to full-on glamour. Whether you’re a lash newbie or a seasoned pro, I’ve got the scoop on all things strip lashes, complete with expert tips, tricks, and even some insider knowledge about lash glue I have learned along the way.

For such a long time I was so intimated to give strip lashes a go on my own. Trust me, I made all the mistakes in the book and even though many consider this part of your beauty routine to be the most elusive, I’m here to say that if I can (finally) do it, then so can you!  

The Basics: Finding the Perfect Pair

First things first, let’s talk about choosing the right strip lashes for your eye shape. Not all lashes are created equal, and picking the right style can make all the difference. If you have almond-shaped eyes, go for lashes that are longer at the center to create a captivating effect. For round eyes, opt for lashes that are longer towards the outer corners to elongate your gaze. And if you’ve got hooded eyes, look for lashes with a mix of lengths to add dimension.

Now, onto my personal faves – KISS lashes! They offer a diverse range of styles that cater to different eye shapes and preferences, and they are so affordable and easy to find.  From natural-looking lashes for daytime glam to dramatic styles that command attention, KISS has got you covered. My favorite style right now are KISS MY LASH BUT BETTER in ‘Blessed ($4.99). The reason I love them: The everyday wearable volume looks as natural as your own lash, but better. Understated meets luxe, and they’re perfect for every occasion!

Prep Work: Setting the Stage

Before you jump into applying your KISS lashes, it’s crucial to prep your natural lashes and eyelids.  Like to start by curling my lashes and applying a coat of mascara to give them a slight lift. This provides a solid foundation for your strip lashes to sit comfortably.

Mastering Lash Glue: The Secret Sauce

Ah, lash glue – the unsung hero of your lash game. When it comes to lash glue, always opt for a reliable, long-lasting formula. KISS offers a range of lash glues that ensure a secure hold without any unsightly mishaps. Apply a thin layer of glue along the lash band, and wait about 30 seconds for it to become tacky. This step is essential – it prevents the lashes from slipping and sliding during application. I suggest KISS LASH GLUELINER in ‘Black’ ($9.99)  because it makes false eyelash application absolutely foolproof! Applies like eyeliner, dries like glue…it seriously does not get easier than that!


Pro Tips for Application

Here comes the fun part – applying those gorgeous strip lashes!

  1. Placement Perfection: Using a pair of tweezers or a lash applicator, gently place the lashes as close to your natural lash line as possible. Start by securing the middle of the strip, then gently press down the inner and outer corners.
  2. The Press and Hold: To ensure a seamless blend between your natural lashes and the strip lashes, press down on the lash band with your fingers for a few seconds. This helps the strip lashes adhere evenly.
  3. Camouflage with Liner: To hide the lash band and create a polished finish, apply a thin line of eyeliner along your upper lash line. This step also helps to mask any imperfections in your application. (If you use the KISS Glueliner in ‘Black’, you can totally skip this step.)
  4. Final Fluff: Once the lash glue is fully dry, give your lashes a gentle curl with an eyelash curler. This step merges your natural lashes with the strip lashes for a harmonious effect.
Wrap-Up: Flaunt Those Lashes!

There you have it. Applying strip lashes doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right pair of KISS lashes, reliable lash glue, and a sprinkle of know-how, you’ll be turning heads with your captivating gaze. So go ahead, experiment with different looks, and unleash your inner diva – those lashes are waiting to take center stage!

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Janene Mascarella