Why You Should Wear Fake Eyelashes on Your Bottom Lash Line
The claim: Using fake eyelashes on your bottom lash line can open up your eyes and seriously enhance your eye makeup game. Most of us are focused on perfecting our upper eyelashes and forget about the impact those little guys on the bottom can have. While mascara is great, sometimes it can smudge and smear. But short of dyeing and perming your lashes, what’s a girl to do? That’s where this Beauty Mythbuster comes in.
You won’t want to stick a full set of falsies to your lower lash line, though — it’s best to trim them to your desired length. And keep in mind that the length will be pretty short! Because false lashes are so much denser than our natural lashes, even a short strip will make a big difference. If they’re too long, you’ll look insane. Trust.
STEP 1: TRIM YOUR FALSIES
I’m a fan of Ardell #154 lashes because they’re wispy and easy to apply. The key to trimming lashes so they still look natural — and aren’t cut to have a stick-straight line — is to trim them with the scissor blades pointing parallel to the lashes. Make sure you also trim the length of the lash strip if it’s longer than your bottom lash line (which it probably will be).
STEP 2: APPLY TO YOUR LOWER LASH LINE
If the lash strips already have adhesive on them (like the Ardell ones I used for this tutorial), carefully place them on top of your bottom lashes and as close to your waterline as possible. There shouldn’t be any noticeable space between your fake and real lashes, so make sure you inch the strip up as close to your eyeball as possible. You can add a tiny bit of lash glue to the strip if you want extra holding power — just make sure it’s tacky and not totally wet before you put it on. If you want to add even more depth, you can add a bit of eyeliner too!
WOULD WE DO THIS IRL?
Yes — well, kinda. I loved how the falsies added an instant glam vibe to my eyes without any makeup, as you can see in the photo on the bottom. The top image just shows my bottom eyelashes with mascara on. I didn’t use any eyeliner at all. While I definitely dug the addition of fake lashes to my bottom lash line for a night out or a special occasion, the look was a little too dramatic for me on an average day. That said, whenever I’m after next-level lashes, I’ll turn to this beauty hack for sure.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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