False EyeLashes for Unruly Lashes… the EASY WAY!

As I have mentioned in previous entries, I have extremely annoying, unruly lashes. Therefore, applying lashes used to be a great issue for me and others who have tried to put lashes on me.

I had to find a way that made sense and worked at the same time, because I love the way false lashes look and I didn’t want to drive myself insane. I thought I should share this with you guys, in case anyone else had the same issues. Below are the things that have work  for me:  

Some pointers before you begin:

*For my curly lashes; I do not put on mascara on my real eyelashes before I apply the false lashes (this works for me, but people with normal lashes can put on mascara first). What would happen when I put the mascara on first  was that; (while my lashes would be more defined) the mascara would make my lashes curl even more, making it more difficult to apply the lashes.

*Measure the lashes against your lash line and cut off any excess hair. Make sure to cut the lashes from the outside (closest to your ears) not the inside (closest to your nose).

*I personally prefer strips lashes because I find it easier to apply than individual lashes. The band makes the lashes blend in better with my unruly lashes, than individual lashes do. Also, the band helps to hide any unevenness.

*I use a magnifying glass, because it simplifies the whole process. This way, I am able to see the “nooks and crannies” of my eye. 

*Last by not least, take a deep breath and start the process. The more jittery or apprehensive you are, the more likely you are to mess up. You can do it, if you put your mind to it!!!

What you will need:

*Sephora Platinum Lash & Eyebrow Comb #21

*Duo Adhesive (I prefer to use the clear Duo)

*Lashes of your choice


*Scissors (optional, it the false lashes are too long)

*Something with a pointed end (I use the wooden nail sticks)

*Eyelash Curler (optional) 




Listed Clockwise: Shu uemura eyelash curler, Laura Mercier Tweezers, Nail Scissors, Duo Adhesive and Lashes of your choice


The Process:

1) After your eye shadow has been applied, comb through your natural lashes with the lash comb

2) Next, take out the false eyelashes from its container, then put some glue on the tip of the pointed wooden stick. Distribute the glue evenly on the band of the lashes. Try to be as neat as possible and make sure you have more glue on the extreme edges of the band. Then wait until the glue is tacky (about 30 seconds or so)


Holding the lashes with Tweezers


3) Next, place the tweezers in the middle of the false lashes close to the band but not over the band. Place the false lashes where your natural lashes grow out of your lids


Placing the lashes, using Tweezers



4) Then use the tweezers to slightly push the band of the false lashes into area the hair begins in the middle of your lashes

5) Using the tweezers, place the lashes in the inner and outer corner of your eyes

6) Last but not least, use the pointed wooden stick (again), to press down on the lashes starting from the inner to the outer lash line. If you need to merge your real lashes to the false lashes, use the eyelash curler. Also, reapply eyeliner to conceal any errors or noticeable glue  (only if you need to).


Lashes Placed...Mission Accomplished!





Nigerian Independence Day Inspired Makeup

My Nigeria…I love you soo much. I want the best for you. Sometimes, I get frustrated… Sometimes, I want to scream for you and shout for you, because I know you have soo much potential. Ohh well…another story for another day.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence (which is today, October 1st, 2010) I did a wearable Naija look inspired by the Nigerian Flag. My friend Dele, was a great sport and lent me her beautiful face. Thanks Girl!

Happy Birthday, Nigeria!!!

Dele Before...Cute as a button!!!

Dele After...a Nigerian Queen!!!

Another Look!

This is what I used to create this look. All products are by MAC unless otherwise stated:


Studio Moisture Fix Lotion

Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW50

Studio Tech Foundation in NW40 (as concealer under the eye)

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Deep Dark

CoverGirl Queen Natural Hues Minerals Bronzer in Ebony Bronze (as a contour powder)

Nars Taj Mahal Blush

Iridescent Powder in Golden Bronze

Prep +Prime Transparent Finishing Powder


Spiked Eye Brow Pencil


Urban Decay Primer Potion

Make Up For Ever Flash Color in White (as base on inner lids)

Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Leaf Green (as base on outer lids)

Tete-A-Tint Eyeshadow (to highlight the brow bone)

Ben Nye Eyeshadow in Ice (Inner lids)

Lime Eyeshadow from the Dare to Wear collection (middle of lids)

Sassy Grass Eyeshadow from the Dare to Wear collection (Outer lids and Crease and lower lids)

Plumage Eyeshadow (to darken Crease)

Float on By Dark Eye Kohl from the To the Beach collection (in waterline and as a base around lower lash line)

Urban Decay Heavy Mental Glitter Eyeliner in Stagedive


Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Mascara

Red Cherry Lashes #505


Prep + Prime Lip

Nightmoth Lipliner

Lollipop Loving Lipstick

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Smokey Look

Happy Birthday, Nigeria!!!!



FINE: The Basics of Beauty

I just finished watching Sam Fine’s new DVD, FINE: The Basics of Beauty.  Awww…I’m in love all over again. Now, I remember why I admire and look up to him. He is an amazing makeup artist. He has a way of bring out the best features on a woman’s face. 


FINE: The Basics of Beauty DVD

I read his book, Fine Beauty, years ago. It had a lot of helpful tips to get me started with basic makeup application. This DVD is a great follow up to his book. The set up of the DVD is straight forward and easy to follow. No matter the level of one’s expertise, the step by step style he used, makes for a great learning experience. 

I just had to share! Check out the DVD, if you are a visual learner like I am!!