DIY Strip Lashes vs. Individual Lashes

by Sam P. | July 16th, 2015 | Beauty, DIY

sam lashes (400x400)For those of you who have ever worked with fake lashes before, you know that sometimes it is worth just going natural.  But for those of you that are more like me, you know that sometimes it is also worth the hassle.   Even with the tips I gave four weeks ago on how to create your own false lashes without actually using false lashes, my lashes still barely show up.  So when I want big show stopping lashes, I grab the glue and buckle down.  Of course, I have always used lash strips.  Recently I discovered “individual” lashes.  They are not actually single, individual lashes, more clusters of five to ten lashes of varying lengths.

Now individual lashes are far more natural looking.  Strip lashes tend to be so long they are in your eyebrows and are a bit too heavy for everyday wear, they really only look good on camera.  Individual lashes look 10x better in person. This being said, they make you work for that result.  Strip lashes take up to ten or fifteen minutes to put on typically, however, it takes a good half hour to an hour to put on individual lashes if you are still a newbie with them.  If you’re a pro at them, you can probably whip them out pretty fast.  I, however, still take nearly half an hour to get one eye looking perfect.

As you can see in the photo, I have individual lashes on my right eye, the left one in the photo.  They look super natural and fabulous.  However, they photograph lightly, in person they look far better.  The opposite can be said for the strip lashes.  They photograph incredibly well, but look like they’re taking over your face in person.  If you are looking for a more natural, in person look, and are willing to take the time, go with individual lashes.  If you don’t have the time, or are mainly using the lashes for their photography purposes, go with strips.


  • Strip or individual lashes
  • Tweezers
  • Lash glue


  1. Do almost your whole makeup routine except for mascara.
  2. Place a dot of glue on the back of your hand.  If you are using individual lashes skip to step 5.
  3. Take your strip of lashes and drag it through the glue.  Allow the glue a few seconds to dry a bit and become tacky.
  4. Place the lashes as close to your natural lash line as possible.  Use the tweezers if you need, or your fingers if you are more comfortable with that.  Use the tweezers to wiggle the lashes as close to your own lashes as possible.  Skip to step 8.
  5. Take an individual lash cluster and dip the end in the glue.  Allow the glue to become tacky.
  6. Using the tweezers, apply the cluster to your lash line.  Start with the shorter lengths and then go up in length as needed.
  7. Apply the lash clusters all the way down your lash line.  If some areas look sparse, double up on lash clusters.
  8. Let the glue dry and use a lash curler if needed to make sure the lashes are all curling the right way and that your natural lashes are mixed in with the fake ones so there isn’t an awkward gap in between.  If you need to, add a light coat of mascara.
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