Get your false eyelashes right every time: the best buys and top tips

Published Friday, Jan 16 2015, 18:40 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
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Kim Kardashian-West, Sam Faiers, The Saturdays - every celeb swears by false lashes. Want in?

From a no-mess glue trick to the style that will have everyone fooled, I uncover the insiders' 'fabulous flutter' secrets. You'll never suffer a falsie faux pas again!

Sam and Billie Faiers at Reveal Online Fashion Awards held at DSTRKT, London, 20 May 2014

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Sam and Billie Faiers love their false lashes!

5 steps to getting them right every time

1. Customise your lashes
'I never apply falsies without cutting them first. Trim the outer end a little at a time, holding it up to your eye to check it's just right for your shape,' explains Sam Faiers.

Then flex the lash a little (or wrap it around something curved) to make it mould with your eye more easily.

2. Pick your perfect glue
Most sets come with glue but for staying power, you can't beat Duo Adhesive, £10 - a make-up artist fave. Sensitive? Choose a latex-free formula.

Sam's included one in each set of her debut lash line - Lashes by Samantha, from £5, ( Always do a patch test first.

3. Stick with the mess-free trick
Squeezing glue directly from the tube is tricky so instead pop some on the back of your hand then dip the end of a Kirby grip in and glide it along the band of the lashes.

'Leave for thirty seconds until the glue goes tacky,' says Sam.

4. Choose your tool
I find tweezers really useful for fixing them in place or make like Sam and help push them with a cotton bud. 'Secure the centre first then press into the corners,' explains make-up artist and Eylure lash consultant Ruth Atkins.

To finish? 'You can pop a little mascara on the ends to help blend with your natural lashes but avoid piling on too much or it will spoil the look completely,' says Sam.

5. Keep 'em fresh
False lashes can be re-used several times. 'Use a gentle make-up remover to take off the previous layer of glue. Avoid anything oily though as it will prevent the fresh glue from sticking,' explains Avon's celeb make-up artist Liz Pugh. Try Soap & Glory Drama Clean, £6.

The best false eyelashes: tried and tested

Eylure Starter Kit Lengthening 118, £6.25

Eylure Starter Kit Lengthening 118, £6.25
My go-to brand as there's so much choice! These starter kits are genius - you get a 'practice' lash and a handy applicator tool. Try the super-easy pre-glued lashes too.

Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter, £5.49, Superdrug

Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter, £5.49, Superdrug
Ideal for small peepers, these can be popped on your outer corners for a real eye-opening effect. They're easy to apply and subtle enough to wear to daytime 'dos.

Shu Uemura Shupette Eye-need-shu False Eyelashes, £25

Shu Uemura Shupette Eye-need-shu False Eyelashes, £25
Make-up artists love this brand, it does classic styles (from £12) but also quirky wow-everyone limited editions like these. Pricey but they last longer than most.

Girls With Attitude Glamour Lashes in Swept Away, £5,

Girls With Attitude Glamour Lashes in Swept Away, £5
Loved by the TOWIE girls, choose this mega-glam style when you want a flutter as killer as your heels.

Which are your all-time favourite lashes? Let me know below as the best comment from across the site each week wins £50!