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Strip Lashes

Strip lashes are an everyday staple in my everyday makeup routine. And just like perfecting a winged liner, putting on lashes take time and practice  Strip lashes come in a variety of lengths colors and densities. a few of the more popular brands are Ardelle, MAC, LaCharmme (sp),Red Cherry and my personal favorite KISS.

If you're brand new to the lash game I recommend starting off with cheap (LaCharmme - found in beauty supply stores) and short/natural/wispy lashes. And then from there play around with longer lengths until you find the ones that are perfect for you. And because you WILL mess up on the first try, the cheaper the better.

Now when it comes to adhesives I use hair bonding glue. If you were to go to your local nail shop bonding glue is what they'll use. You can also use regular lash glue. Two more popular ones are Duo Lash Glue & Duralash by Ardelle. The reason I prefer using bonding glue is because it dries quicker than lash glue. Lash glue has to be tacky before you apply it to your lid.

When applying your lashes you do not want to use too much adhesive. You can either use your fingers or a good pair of slanted/straight tip tweezers, which I find easier. Make sure to identify which lash goes on the left and which goes on the right. If you're using lash glue wait about a minute for the glue to become tacky. Using your tweezers/fingers, apply the lash as close to your natural lash line as possible. NOT ON YOUR EYE LASHES. If you're using bonding glue its the same concept except you  do NOT need to wait to put them on as bonding glue dries quickly. With boding glue if you mess up and it touches your lid it peels right off. If you get CLEAR lash glue (goes on white dries clear) you wont have to worry about messes. DARK lash glue however leaves little room for error and usually requires you to use liner afterwards.

Lashes should be the very last thing you do as to not mess them up with foundation and/or shadow. If you do use foundation and/or shadow make sure to clean up your natural lashes with mascara so that it blends well with your strip lashes. If needed, use your mascara wand to blend your lashes in some more after you've applied your strips.

Once you've gotten the hang of it you'll never want to go out without them again!

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