photos: paperself + opening ceremony/design: eunice chun
OBSESSION ALERT!! We’ve got it bad for these lovely false lashes from Paper Self. Why you ask? They’re super delicate, inspired by Chinese paper cutting and light as a feather to wear. And each one brings you a different good fortune, perfectly fitting for the Chinese New Year!
TBD Tip: Apply a thin layer of lash glue along the strip and wait two full minutes for the glue to get tacky. This way you can literally “pop” the strip along your lash line and not have to hold it in place waiting for the glue to dry.
Fuller lashes can be really playful, especially when batting your lashes demurely at someone cute! Yet individual faux lashes still seem to intimidate people somehow. Of course with learning anything new, you just need a little patience and practice, and you too can master it. I know I know… easy to say coming from someone who does it for a living! But Lauren is the perfect example because she is so good at it now, she does her own and a lot of her friends’! And if you study our video tutorial, I bet you’ll surprise yourself.
Individual Flare Lashes in Short, Medium or Long, or all three, depending on your own lash size; Lauren is using all Short lengths. You can also buy the Combo Pack that contains all three sizes to determine your length. Lashes can be found at your local drug store, beauty supply or specialty store.
Lash Glue (also can be found at any store listed above and comes in Clear, White or Black; I prefer clear but the white one will become clear when it dries)
Lash Comb or Disposable Mascara Wand
Apply a coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
Comb through any clumps. You can use a lash comb, a spoolie or a disposable mascara wand.
Dab a small amount of lash glue on the back of your hand.
Wait two full minutes for it to get tacky. This is the most important step NOT TO SKIP! If you don’t wait a couple minutes, the glue will be slippery and the lashes will turn on their sides, facing unnatural directions. Not pretty! I usually apply the dab of glue before applying mascara, so I have something to do while I’m waiting.
With tweezers or your fingers, apply one lash at a time on top of your own lashes. Because the glue is now tacky, you can literally plop each lash into place by merely laying it directly on top of your own lashes. You can play around with spacing, but I like them all side by side in a row, one millimeter apart from each other for fullness.
Secure the lashes by tapping them with your finger. This step ensures that each lash is pressed against your skin and will last for hours.
Wait five minutes for the lashes to dry, then add another coat of mascara. Don’t be worried that the mascara wand will pull/turn the faux lashes… they are glued in at this point and won’t move.