Big night out? Learn how to fake it: False lashes can take your eyes from pretty to pretty amazing. Makeup maven Sonia Kashuk tells us how to make application a cinch.

By Ellen Miller
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Falsies are a fast way to create the appearance of long, full lashes. Not only will applying them at home save you a trip to the salon, it's also easier on your wallet. Sonia Kashuk breaks down the application process in a few simple steps.

1. Apply Makeup First

First things first: Put on false lashes after finishing your shadow and liner. It's tricky to get a smoky eye just right with extra lashes in the way.

2. Trim to Fit

Using tweezers, hold the strip where your own lashes start at the inner corner of your eye. if there's any excess at outer corner, trim with a pair of scissors.

3. Add Glue

Holding the strip with your tweezers, apply a very thin (as in nearly nonexistent) coat of glue along the edge of the strip, straight from the tube. Swipe your finger over the strip to smooth and remove any excess – globs of glue are a dead giveaway that you're wearing fakes.

4. Place at Roots

Wait 10 seconds, then place the strip at the roots of your own lashes with the tweezers. Don't stress if you make a mistake. Simply use your fingers to remove any glue and go back to Step 2. Repeat Steps 1–3 on your other eye.

5. Curl Lashes

After two minutes, clamp with an eyelash curler – it will help your natural lashes blend with the false ones. Seal with mascara.

6. Carefully Remove

Before removing, wet a cotton swab with hot water and run it along the lash band to soften the glue (you'll save your natural lashes), then gently peel the false lashes away from your lids.

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