How to Apply Lashes to a Barbie Doll

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How to Apply Lashes to a Barbie Doll
Trim the doll eyelashes with scissors. (scissors image by Nedda from

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.

Skill level:

Things you 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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    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.

    How to Apply Lashes to a Barbie Doll
    Trim the doll eyelashes with scissors. (scissors image by Nedda from
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    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.

    How to Apply Lashes to a Barbie Doll
    Use glue to attach the eyelashes to the doll. (bottle of glue on black marble image by phizics from
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    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.

    How to Apply Lashes to a Barbie Doll
    Use a tweezers to grab the lashes. (tweezers image by Tomasz Plawski from
  4. 4

    Wipe away any glue residue with a cotton tip.

    How to Apply Lashes to a Barbie Doll
    Use a cotton tip to wipe away excess glue. (Q-tips image by Alx from
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    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.

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    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.

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    Trim the lashes to your desired length.

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    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.

  2. 2

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

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    Adjust the eyelash thickness to your preference.

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