“Dear Ashley

I was wondering if you could give some advice/tips on how to apply false eyelashes. I have worn them a few times for special occasions but I have never applied them myself. Also, which brand/type do you recommend? Thanks so much!

– Vicki”

Thanks for asking, Vicki! So many of my clients come to me afraid of false eyelashes because they have had bad experiences with them in the past. This is usually attributed to them being applied incorrectly, but that is understandable because they can be so tricky! It’s such a bummer though because lashes are one cheap, fun, and quick way to create a wow factor in your look. I’m glad you’re interested to learn! Once you learn the secrets and get the hang of it, applying them can be a breeze! Or at least easier than it was before 😉

I’ve narrowed it down to 4 easy steps to purchase and apply the perfect false lash! I write a lot, mostly because I like to be detailed (and give all my secrets away!), but don’t let that fool you. It may look like I said way too much about false lashes but the core of the steps are simple!bellingham makeup artist

Step 1: Find the Right Eyelashes
Finding the right eyelashes can be easier than you think! They don’t need to be expensive, there are plenty of great eyelashes you can pick up for $3-$4. One of the biggest things you want to look for is an invisible band holding the lashes together. This is a very thin, round, clear plastic strip. Lashes with an invisible band are going to be more flexible than those with a thick black plastic band, which you will commonly see. The more flexible they are, the easier they will be to apply. An invisible band is also a lot lighter than it’s counterpart, making them more comfortable, not to mention more natural looking! The second thing you want to pay attention to when picking out lashes is how the actual hair looks. Does it look like real hair or does it look plastic-like? Many lashes (including the ones I stock my kit with) are made from human hair, which may sound weird but if you can get past it, they are truly the most natural ones you will find! I recommend checking out lashes from Ardell or Kiss. Both offer plenty of lashes under $5 that are natural-looking with invisible bands (and ones with more dramatic flair if that’s what you’re after) and can be found at your local drug store.

Step 2: Sizing Your Eyelashes
The next, and probably the biggest key in applying false eyelashes is making sure they fit you! Not all lashes are one-size fits all, in fact, almost all of them aren’t! When you apply false lashes, you want the strip of lashes to start 2-3 lashes in (from your natural lashes) in the inner corner and end 2-3 lashes inward from your lashes on the outer corner. So you want the lashes you are working with to span just shy of your natural lashes on each end. This is because of a few reasons. If you go too far into your inner corner, the falsies will feel like they are poking you (ouch!) and will be super uncomfortable the entire time. If you go too far on the outer corner, they will appear heavy and droopy, like they have taken over your entire eye. Ending just a couple lashes short will provide a nice lift at the end and make your eye appear more open. Sizing on yourself can be tricky, so give yourself a little extra time when you first start doing it (but if find a pair you like and use regularly, just write down or track how much you cut off and save yourself the hassle in the future!). When measuring, I start by placing them where I need in the inner corner and line them up on my lash line moving outward. Then, I take note of how far in to cut and use my mini-grooming scissors to cut them. Always cut from the outside of the lash, never the inside. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so I recommend cutting a little, re-measuring, and then cutting more if needed. Be sure when starting out to measure and cut each eye separately. Many times, you’ll cut off the exact same amount on each side, but many people’s eyes are slightly different shaped from one another, which means you might need to trim one side of the lashes a little more than the other. If this sounds a little too high-maintenance for you, try these end lashes from Ardell. Even just these little end guys can make a big impact!

Bellingham Makeup ArtistStep 3: Placing and Gluing the Lashes
Now that you’ve got them sized, you’re ready to adhere the lashes. I stock my kit with the black glue by Duo but would recommend their glue that dries clear for beginners. Before applying mascara, use a pointed q-tip or toothpick, pick up glue and drag it all the way across the very top of the lashes (be careful not to bring it down on front or the back of the band, keep it just on top). Make sure it is a very thin line of glue, too much glue will cause it squeeze out on the side. Even though it dries clear, excess glue will reflect light and can be noticeable (if this happens, just cover it up with eyeliner or mascara!). Once the glue is on the lash, shake it to start the drying process for about 15-20 seconds before applying. This will bring the glue to more of a tacky state, meaning it’s less likely to slide and move once you place it where you want to, and it will also dry faster once put in place. Although I like to start at the inner corner when measuring, I prefer to start at the outer corner and work inward with adhering the lashes, but feel free to play with it and see what works best for you! Be careful not to apply the lashes to the front of your eyelid, but try to apply them right on your lash line for the most natural effect.

Step 4: Blend and Go!
By now, you’ve done it! You’ve applied your lashes! The last and final step is the easiest. Once they have completely dried, apply a coat (or two) of mascara to blend your natural lashes into the falsies and you’ll be set! They may feel weird and heavy at first, but once you have done the final step and blended them, give it about 10-15 minutes and you’ll hardly notice them at all! To save your lashes, once you remove them gently peel off any remaining glue and press them up on the markers in their box so they keep their shape. If you take good care of them, you should get at least 2-3 more uses out of them!

Applying false lashes at first can be time consuming – it will probably take you 5-10 minutes to get it down the first few times. But like with anything, practice makes perfect and the more you practice, the faster and easier it will be for you! Good luck!!



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“What is the best way to pick out a foundation that matches my skin tone?

– Jackie”

Great question! Finding the right foundation color can be tricky and it makes such a difference when you do! First, it’s important to note whether you have pink, neutral, or yellow undertones in your skin. Everyone has some slight undertones and all foundations are made cool or warm with those in mind. One important thing to note is that if you feel like you need to go up or down a shade, you can’t always just jump to the next lighter or darker color because numbering systems don’t work that way! If you have yellow undertones and jump down one shade/number, you could be jumping down to a pink-toned shade. So make sure you’re really taking time to look at, test, and evaluate the shades thoroughly!

When is comes to testing colors and actually matching skin tone, I recommend matching colors to your chest/collar bone. Although the jaw-line method is popular, I personally find it is hard to match becBellingham Makeup Artistause you can’t see it well and it is often in a shadowy place. Although there might be a slight color difference between your chest and your face, matching to your chest will create the most fluidity in your color as a whole. Don’t fully blend the colors your testing into your chest. Dab them to slightly blend to get the initial idea and narrow it down before fully blending in your top one or two contenders. If you’re feeling really stuck, close your eyes for 5-10 seconds and then immediately look right at the colors in the mirror when you open. One color will virtually disappear and that is the one you want. This is also a great trick if you are unsure if you have neutral, pink, or yellow undertones – do this and you will quickly figure it out! Always make sure you test colors in good (preferably natural) light and when applying the foundation blend down into your neck if needed as your neck is often lighter than both your face and chest.

If you’re not sure what color you are, ask for samples and try a few over the next week! Depending on lighting, etc. colors can look different on you one day to the next and so it’s good to make sure the color is still the right match a few days later. Plus, foundation can be expensive! Most places give out complimentary samples to their customers and so it is totally okay to ask for some and make sure you’ll be getting the right product for your investment!



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“How do I keep my eye makeup in place? My lids get so oily that it either ends up in my creases or sliding off my eye!

– Amanda”

One of the best pieces of insurance you can buy when it comes to eye makeup is eye shadow primer.bellingham makeup artist Eye shadow primer is fabulous for many reasons.

1) It will balance out the skin-tone and coloration in your eyelid.
2) It will keep your eye shadow from creasing.
3) It will keep your eye shadow in place and looking freshly applied all day long.

Use your finger to gently dab a little across your lid and then apply your eye shadow immediately following. The pigment and color of your eye shadow will really stick to the color, which is great, but I like to put down a layer of skin-colored matte eye shadow first to create a blending base on top of the primer. Otherwise, it may be difficult to blend bolder colors. But do this and I promise your eyes will look fresh all day long! The only time you wouldn’t want to use an eye shadow primer is if you’re using a cream eye shadow as they will not stick to each other and will melt off.

I love Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Primer. Make sure to only use the minimal amount needed to cover your eyelid. A little goes a long way so one tube will last you quite a while!



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“Dear Ashley,

How do I adjust my skin care for the changing seasons? My skin goes through a lot when the weather gets colder and dryer.

– Quincey”

I struggle with the same problem, Quincey! I have dry skin and just when I think it can’t get any drier in the winter, it does. The first step in adjusting your skin care is identifying and isolating the problem(s).

In the winter, the common complaints are dry skin and red, itchy patches. For dry skin, changing or upping your moisturizer game is the first step. If you use a regular moisturizer, try a night cream in the evening which is more concentrated and powerful. Make sure you are regularly washing your face to give your skin oxygen and time to heal. Also, use warm water to cleanse and then apply the moisturizer when your skin is still lightly damp, as your pores will be open and ready to receive the moisturizer.

Using calming products such as aloe vera, and avoiding harsh ingredients such as alcohol/fragrance will also help even out and provide balance to your skin tone. If red skin is a problem, try adding SPF into your skin care. Even though it’s not summer, your skin still needs protection against the elements and this can help it, potentially preventing redness from dry weather altogether. If you are doing outdoor activities such as skiing or running, using a product like vaseline will also bring extra protection and moisturization to skin. Additionally, I recently gave some tips on red skin care and correction through makeup, which you can read here.

Opposite to this is the suBellingham Makeup Artistmmer. Common skin complaints in the summer are oily skin and/or more frequent breakouts. Going back to your regular moisturizer, or switching to an oil free moisturizer will help give your oily skin the change/balance it needs. If you have dry or combination skin, don’t be afraid to treat the different areas of your face differently based on your needs. In fact, that may be the best thing you can do! If your entire face is oily, except for your nose and chin, then treat your entire face as normal and add a more intense moisturizer or vitamin E on the areas that need extra love. Another great item to pick up is a toner/astringent that will help absorb oil, remove excess dirt, unclog pores, and balance skin tone. Using less makeup product can also help achieve better balance in the summer. I also love to use a BB/CC cream or tinted moisturizer in the summer as a lighter alternative to foundation that is more skin care focused.

I hope these tips help you in adjusting your seasonal skin care! As a rule of thumb, always be sure to identify, isolate, and treat each problem individually to give your face the holistic love it needs and you’ll be set!



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“Dear Ashley,

How do you get thicker, fuller lashes – or even just the look of them?

~ Liz”

Thanks for asking, Liz!

I’m going to quickly break this up into two parts. First is getting fuller lashes. To work on growing healthy lashes, start by making sure you thoroughly wash them every night. This might sound silly, or like common sense, but it’s true! Leaving makeup and mascara residue can cause lashes to become brittle and break off. Washing them is the first step in letting them get some healing oxygen and grow! Taking vitamins and supplements, especially vitamin B and Biotin can help grow and plump your lashes from the inside out. Lastly, incorporating lean proteins and Omega 3’s into your diet is another way to give your lash growth a boost! These are also many serums out there that can help spur lash growth. I can’t personally recommend any of them, but you’re welcome to pick one up! Just be sure to check the ingredients and any potential side effects listed.

If you’re looking for a way to give the look of fuller lashes, my favorite quick-trick is somethiBellingham Makeup Artistng called tight-lining! Tight-lining is applying eyeliner on the inside waterline of your upper lid. As it seems weird to be that close to your eyeball, it can take a couple attempts to get used to it, but I promise it’s worth the payoff! Avoid liquid eyeliner when going into the water line. Instead, choose a waterproof gel or kohl pencil such as this one by Shu Uemura if you want to splurge, or this one by Rimmel London if you’re looking for a drug store pick up. For best results, take a q-tip and quickly dry your waterline just before applying.

Another tip for thicker-looking lashes? When applying mascara, wiggle the wand back and forth, left to right for 1 or 2 coats, starting at the root moving upward. Then finish with one quick stroke straight from the root to the tip to define. This will help create volume with the mascara.

A couple quick and simple steps, and your lashes will be full and looking luscious in no time! Good luck!



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