How to Apply Lashes to a Barbie Doll

Updated April 17, 2017

Adding eyelashes to your Barbie doll is an art that can be perfected with practice. Various ways exist to lash your doll, including applying doll lashes with glue, painting and rooting. Rooting is the most time-consuming method, as it requires you to individually thread each lash. Painting requires patience and precision, while applying previously-designed lashes requires a steady hand. With the addition of lashes, your Barbie will be that much more beautiful.

Buy doll eyelashes. Trim them down with scissors to the length you want. You may also need to trim each side to match the size of your Barbie's eyelids.

Use a paintbrush dipped in clear-drying craft glue to brush the edge of the eyelash. To ensure the eyelashes stick, buy a quick-drying glue or apply a small amount to your doll's eyelids in addition to the eyelashes.

Use a tweezers to grab the lashes and carefully apply them to the eyelids. Press with your tweezers lightly on the lashes to secure them.

Wipe away any glue residue with a cotton tip.

Use a thread and a size 39 felting needle to root saran hair or mohair through the eyelid. Tie off the end of the lash and put a tiny drop of glue to seal your knot; this is called plugging.

Thread one lash at a time through the eyelid, immediately above the crease. You will need to have each hair already cut to size. Root each lash, one at a time until you have a full eyelid.

Trim the lashes to your desired length.

Use quick-drying paint to apply the appearance of eyelashes to your Barbie. Paint one eyelash at a time with a thin brush. Gently curve each lash from one corner of the eyelid to the other.

Adjust the length so your longest eyelashes are at the centre of the eyelid.

Adjust the eyelash thickness to your preference.

Things You'll Need

  • Quick-drying paint
  • Clear-drying craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton tip
  • Toothpick
  • Thin paintbrush
  • Doll eyelashes
  • Mohair or saran hair
  • Needle
  • Thread
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About the Author

Phillip Woolgar has been a reporter since 2008 in communities throughout western Canada. His work has appeared in Canadian national publications such as the "Globe and Mail" and the "Vancouver Sun." In 2009, he received second-place recognition in the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association's Excellence in Arts and Culture writing category. Woolgar graduated from the Langara College Journalism Diploma program in 2008.