How to Apply Eyelash Extensions: A Helpful Guide

How to Apply Eyelash Extensions: A Helpful Guide

Applying eyelash extensions can be simple if you have the right products and know-how to apply them properly. The process takes a little practice but is not as daunting as it may seem.

Learning how to apply eyelash extensions can be intimidating even to those with advanced skills due to the many types of DIY eyelash extensions available.

It can also be difficult to determine which are the best eyelash extensions with so many products on the market. Not to mention, poor application can be a very noticeable mistake and will prevent you from achieving a believable look.

All of these factors are what keep many people from utilizing this great cosmetic option. However, if you know how to apply them correctly, you will achieve beautiful, natural-looking eyelashes.

This article provides a helpful guide on applying eyelash extensions. We will also discuss choosing the right product for you. Continue reading below to gain the confidence you need to achieve the look you want.

Choosing the Right Product

Eyelash extensions help you to achieve thicker, longer eyelashes by applying individual threads to your natural eyelashes using an adhesive. It’s important to use the right eyelash extension style to end up with your desired look, as there are several to choose from.

Types of Eyelash Extensions

The most popular options for eyelash extensions are: synthetic, silk, and mink. The best option for you depends on your budget, the desired level of comfort, and the look you want. Some even prefer to have some of each for different occasions.


Synthetic eyelashes are the most cost-friendly option. They also provide the most dramatic look due to their thickness. However, these can be more difficult to wear as they are also heavier and less flexible than the other options.


Silk expectedly lies somewhere between synthetic and mink lashes. They are lighter than synthetic lashes, but not as natural feeling as mink. Their cost often falls between the two as well.


Mink is the most costly option, but also arguably the most natural in appearance and feel. They are much lighter than synthetic lashes and have great flexibility.

How to Apply Eyelash Extensions: A Helpful Guide

How to Apply Eyelash Extensions

Now that you’ve reviewed the different types of extensions available, you can determine which is the best option for you. If you aren’t sure, we recommend trying a variety of options to see what works best for you.

Once you’ve made your decision, you can start the process of learning how to apply Flutter Habit eyelash extensions.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Be sure you have everything you need before starting. You have the option of buying a kit or purchasing individual products.

A kit will provide all the necessary supplies as well as the eyelash extensions. It will also include instructions for use. A kit can be invaluable to a beginner who isn’t sure what they prefer and it can keep things simple for those with experience.

If you decide on a kit, we recommend the eyelash extension kit from Lash Stuff.

If you are purchasing individual supplies, you will need the following:

  1. Adhesive

You will want to purchase a high-quality semi-permanent adhesive. This is what will keep your eyelash extensions in place. You will also want to make sure your adhesive can withstand a number of environments.

  1. Extensions

We’ve discussed the different types of extensions. Once you’ve decided which are the best eyelash extensions for you, you will next need to purchase them. Make sure you purchase a variety of lengths.

In general, extensions range from 8-14mm. You will want 3 different sizes. We will discuss how to use these different sizes below.

  1. Tweezers

The tweezers are what you will use to apply the extensions to your lashes. Any kind will do, though some prefer those with a point for precision. Through trial and error, you can find what works best for you.

  1. Adhesive eye pads

Adhesive eye pads will help keep your lower lashes out of the way. This will help avoid any accidental gluing of lower eyelashes to upper eyelashes.

  1. Eyelash brush (optional)

An eyelash brush will be used at the end of the application process. Make sure your eyelashes and the extensions are blending in, so this will help smooth everything out.

Step 2: Clean the Area

The adhesive will not work well if there is any moisture, residue, or makeup on your lashes. Use warm water and a gentle soap to clean your face and lashes. You may also use makeup remover.

Allow your natural lashes to dry completely before proceeding.

Step 3: Apply Eye Pads

Gently apply the eye pads over your lower lashes. This will keep the lower lashes out of the way. Additionally, the white of the pads will help you see any gaps while you work.

Step 4: Select Lashes

Start with the inner corner of the eye and move outward. Apply the shorter lashes to the inside edge and gradually increase the length as you move toward the outside edge. This will allow for a more natural look.

Some professionals recommend adding medium-length lashes in between the longer lashes, but you can see what looks best to you.

Step 5: Apply Adhesive

Using your tweezers, pick up your eyelash extensions by the tip and apply the adhesive to the base. Be sure to wipe off excess glue prior to applying.

With your eye closed, apply a smooth coating of the lash adhesive to your natural lash from base to tip. Avoid the glue coming into contact with your skin.

Next, place the eyelash extension on your adhesive-coated natural lash. This should be as close to your lash line as possible without touching your skin (about 1 mm).

Step 6: Drying Time

Once you have applied all your desired eyelash extensions, you will need to allow the adhesive to dry. For newly applied extensions, this process takes about 12-24 hours.

During the drying time, you want to avoid moisture as well as applying any mascara or other eye makeup. This can prevent the adhesive from drying properly.

How to Care for your Eyelash Extensions

Now that you have successfully applied your eyelash extensions, be sure to take proper care of them.

Once completely dried, you may use your eyelash brush to smooth them out. We recommend brushing daily to maintain a neat appearance.

Avoid applying too much mascara, though many find mascara unnecessary. If you decide to use mascara, only apply it to the very tips of your extensions and remove it carefully with makeup remover. Be sure to use as little pressure as possible and avoid scrubbing the area.

With proper care, your extensions will last anywhere from 2-4 weeks at a minimum.

Get Ready to Apply

Now that we’ve reviewed how to apply eyelash extensions, as well as the different types and required care, you should feel empowered to gather your supplies and get started.

The process takes a little practice, but anyone can do it with the steps laid out above.

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