Some say your face isn't fully dressed without a set of false lashes. Debatable, but there's also no denying the fact that dramatic lashes do indeed elevate any makeup look.
Whether it's a good mascara, professional eyelash extensions or false lashes, a good set of blinkers can really be a conversation starter. Add an immaculate set of brows, and you've pretty much achieved your doctorate in the art of accentuating facial features.
Coincidentally, these two aspects of makeup application are the most searched on the internet. In 2019, 'how to draw brows' made the list of top searches by Google users in South Africa.
And given the number of YouTube tutorials on how to apply false eyelashes, it's clear there are keen eyes for this skill. This is why we're happy to share pro tips from experts at Pinky Goat - a brand loved by celebrities around the world.
This is quite appropriate for this advice article because personally, when I think of a good set of lashes, I think of Janelle Monae and Tracee Ellis Ross. And I'm sure there's a celebrity or influencer you immediately reference when it comes to falsies too.
Janelle Monae attends the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon 2018 in Beverly Hill. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)
Pinky Goat, the multi award-winning professional eye brand recently became available in SA (exclusive to Clicks). Their lashes are vegan, and each set of lashes is handmade - trust us to always recommend cruelty-free beauty treats.
Hailing from the United Arab Emirates, this renowned brand is a favourite among beauty enthusiasts around the world, including the likes of Rita Ora and Sarah Hyland.
In case you needed a visual reference....
Sarah Hyland. Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage on Getty Images
We figured since we now all have a little more time to master a new skill or two (hello, banana bread), it would be a good time to get the Pinky Goat brand to answer the most common burning questions about false lashes.
It’s normal to have questions about wearing false lashes, especially when it’s your first time applying them. Practice makes perfect, and the more you wear them, the easier the application process becomes.
The lash is too long for my eyelid – what now?
You’ll seldom find a pair of lashes that are the perfect length for your eyelid. If the lash is too long, use a pair of nail scissors to carefully trim the length of the lash. We recommend cutting off very little at a time from the outer edge only and positioning the lash on your lash line in between trims to gauge how much more trimming needs to be done. Remember to be conservative – you can cut more off, but you can’t mend it if you’ve removed too much.
How can I make sure I position the lash perfectly?
The most accurate way to position the lash is to use a good pair of tweezers or a lash applicator instead of your fingers. These will allow you to position the lash right above your natural lash line.
What comes first, lashes or eyeshadow?
There may be some personal preference involved here, but we recommend making false lashes the final step in your eye makeup routine. Not only is it easier to apply eyeshadow without false lashes, but is also means you won’t mess any shadow on them.
Do I need to wear mascara on my falsies?
The great thing about false lashes is that they have the ability to completely transform your eyes without the need for mascara. Some women like to apply some mascara to their lower lashes, but no mascara is needed on your top lashes when you’re wearing falsies.
Can I use the same pair of lashes more than once?
Yes! (Dependent on the brand you've purchased your lashes from)
I wear contact lenses, can I still wear false lashes?
Absolutely. False lashes are applied just above your top lash line and won’t interfere with your contact lenses. It’s best to insert your contact lenses before applying the lashes to avoid unnecessary pulling or tugging on the eyelash.
Can I go to bed with my lashes on?
We wouldn’t recommend it. Not only will you likely damage your false lashes (decreasing the number of wears you get from them), but you could end up hurting your eyes as well. Remove them before bed like you would your makeup.
Will false lashes damage my natural lashes?
Provided you apply and remove your false lashes correctly and with care, they should cause absolutely no damage to your natural lashes. It is also essential to use a good quality lash glue, as a badly-formulated one may very well cause damage not only to your lashes but also to the skin on your eyelid.
Additional image and information provided by Pinky Goat.