Eyelash extensions, or false eyelashes, are a popular cosmetic make up accessory used to accentuate the volume, curl, length, and thickness of naturally thinning eyelashes. The extensions can be made of many different materials such as synthetic, mink, human, or horsehair. Popular colors include platinum, burgundy, and white. The lashes can be added during normal daily wear or for special occasions.

To apply, remove your eyeshadow from your brush and gently blot eyelashes with an eyeliner brush or makeup sponge. Trim any excess lashes at the base of each lash. Next, take a clean eyelash brush and dip it in a small amount of eyelash glue, allowing sufficient extension time for proper setting and placement. Using a clean fingers, gently run the eyelash extension yarn through each lash, starting at the base of each lash.

Some products may have to be diluted before use. The consistency should be very thin, as eyelash extensions aren’t meant to be applied with thick or waxy make up. Thinner products may create a more even application and provide greater control. Depending on how you prefer to wear makeup, you may want to apply the glue with your fingertips or an applicator brush. Make up brushes can also provide controlled application.

To start, wait a few minutes before applying your mascara and use a good quality eyelash brush to apply a very thin line of mascara on each of your eyelashes, starting from the inside corner of each lash. Apply mascara very slowly across each of your lashes. For best results, do not forget to blink beforehand, especially if you use the water-based mascara. Continue to blink in the event of any tears. Be sure to use enough mascara to create a bold look, but not so much that you appear to be straining your eyes.

If you are using water-based mascara, you will only need to wet your eyelashes and gently rub mascara on each of your lashes. You will want to follow up with a very light rinse and pat your eyelashes with a soft towel to get rid of any excess mascara. You may choose to leave the mascara on all night for a daytime look, or you may choose to apply it after your natural sleep, just be sure to remove it by morning. Mascara does not last long, so purchasing a little extra is always recommended.

Eyelash cleansers are often used as a follow-up to mascara, especially when false eyelashes are desired. Many quality eyelash cleansers are specially formulated to enhance eyelashes and to eliminate any buildup that occurs during the day. An easy to apply eyelash cleanser is a combination of olive oil and either apple cider vinegar or witch hazel. This is applied to each lash and allowed to sit for a few minutes before being cleaned off. You can repeat this process once or twice a week to maintain maximum results.