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How to Cut Fake Eyelashes

Updated April 17, 2017

Women apply false eyelashes to give their eyes a more dramatic and flirtatious look. False lashes can be purchased at most beauty and make-up stores. However, since they are sold commercially, they will typically not fit perfectly. Through careful trimming, you can give your eyes a natural, but dramaticly polished look.

Grip the lashes at the outside edge -- the side closest to your temples when applied -- and peel off the packaging with the tweezers. Remove any glue that transferred from the packaging onto the lashes.

Hold the lashes up to the appropriate eye, to view the width and length of the lash strip. The lashes should only be slightly wider than your natural lashes.

Cut a small section of lashes off the outside edge, using a pair of cuticle scissors. Hold the scissors perpendicular to the line of the lashes for a clean even cut.

Hold the newly cut lashes up to the eye again -- to view the new width -- and trim away more, as necessary. Repeat the process with the lashes for the other eye.

Hold the trimmed lashes up to the appropriate eye, to view the length. While the false lashes will be longer than your natural eyelashes, trimming them down slightly, can make them look more natural. View the lashes next to your real lashes to observe the length difference. Trim down the length of the lashes, a fraction of the difference.

Repeat the process with the lashes for the opposite eye.

Things You'll Need

  • Cuticle scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Mirror
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About the Author

Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.