DIY Fake Lashes

Need some gigantic eyelashes sometime soon, say, for Halloween, and don’t want to pay almost $10 for them?  Well I got the tutorial for you!  I found a tutorial on youtube on how to make your own false lashes with just a few materials that most people have around and got to makin’.


  • Another fake eyelash (this is just to give you a guide at how long you need to make the lash.  You could also just take a small piece of paper and measure your eye that way)
  • Eyelash glue (Not everyone will have this item; I didn’t, but it’s fairly inexpensive for a bottle of some, especially considering just how many eyelashes you can make with one tube)
  • An old makeup brush (Mine had really stiff bristles so I would never use it because it poked my face all the time.  Be sure to wash it before using it!(Thanks MissVass on reddit.  I assumed this would be common knowledge but better to be safe than sorry!))
  • a plastic work surface (I used a tupperware lid)
  • Something to help you manage the bristles when you inevitably get glue on your fingers (I used a disposable eyeshadow swab thing.  In the video she uses a spatula.)
  • Black eyeshadow(not pictured)
  • Hair spray(not pictured)
  • A curling iron
  • Scissors
  • Any little things you want to add to it for  decoration (feathers, glitter, sequins, etc.)

Using the other eyelash as a guide, draw a line of eyelash glue.

Take a little bit of the makeup brush and snip it off at the base.

Spread it out carefully with your fingers and place the cut edge into the glue.  Use your “bristle managing” tool (in my case the eyeshadow swab thingie) to hold the bristles down so you can let go of them without taking too many back out.  I found that the bristles kept sticking to my fingers, so that tool was very important.  Repeat this a few times until you made them as thick as you want.

Use your tool to really press the bristles into the glue.  You’ll want to wipe down the tool every once in a while because as it gets more glue stuck to it, the bristles may want to follow it.

Once it’s dried for a few minutes, put a dab of glue on the end of your tool and carefully coat the top of the edge of glue.  Let dry.

Once dried, CAREFULLY lift the eyelash up, holding on to the edge of the glue strip.

Powder the front and back of the strip of glue with black eyeshadow.

Cut off excess glue strip.  Be careful not to cut of too much, you’ll lose too many bristles!

Trim the lashes into the shape you want.  In my case it’s shorter towards the inside of my eye, and thicker towards the outside.

Use a hot curling iron to shape the lashes.  BE CAREFUL!  I was using tweezers to do this at first to keep my fingers safely out of the heat, but I misplaced them as I was taking these pictures, so I’m using my fingers to show what to do.  Luckily my fingernails are long enough.  After they’re curled as much as you want them, generously spray some hairspray all over them.  Of course by the time I was taking pictures I had run out of hairspray, so I have no pictures of this process, sorry.

And here are your lashes!  In this picture you can see the difference between the hairsprayed lash(left) and the un-hairsprayed lash(right).  They keep their shape much better when they have a good coat of hairspray on them.

This is also the point where you would add decorative features if you want.  Maybe some glitter along the glue line, feathers glued onto the bristles, the possibilities are endless!

Here are some action shots:

All in all, I really liked making these, and I plan on experimenting with more materials.  Definitely going to make some that fit the theme of my Poison Ivy Halloween costume!  The best thing is that you can trim them down a lot to make false eyelashes that you could potentially wear on less costumey occasions.

If any of you guys decide on trying these out, I’d love to see!


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  1. October 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm — Reply

    This is such an amazing idea, I’m definitely going to try it sometime

    • chezlin
      October 27, 2011 at 1:30 am — Reply

      Thanks! You should send me photos of the ones you make!

  2. October 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    You rock!  I love your thriftyess!

    • chezlin
      October 27, 2011 at 1:34 am — Reply

      Why thank you!

  3. October 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    This is awesome. I’m posting about it on Dollar Store Crafts tomorrow! http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/10/diy-false-eyelashes/

    • chezlin
      October 27, 2011 at 1:42 am — Reply

      Awesome! 😀

  4. October 26, 2011 at 7:04 am — Reply

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  6. Vivienne @ The V Spot
    October 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    So smart! Pinned and tweeted. 🙂

  7. […] your Halloween costume but don’t want to shell out the big bucks?  Check out Chezlin‘s tutorial – where she uses the bristles from a makeup brush and some eyelash glue to make her own […]

  8. December 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm — Reply

    I found that video too! I can’t believe it doesn’t have a million views. Anyway, keeping this video in mind I bought some color extensions that were too long so I had to trim them. I decided to rubberband them first, so now I have a few little ponytails of blue and purple human hair. I’ll be able to curl them since they’re not synthetic. Now I just need some hairspray!

  9. Yu4
    March 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm — Reply

    Wow, love this tutorial! 😀 This would help so much for my art projects. Thanks!!

  10. April 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    I’m gonna try this! lashes are way expensive where i live (think $15-$35 a pair!) so this is a great way to use up some human hair wefts and old makeup brushes that i have! Thanks so much (^_^)

  11. samantha
    August 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm — Reply

    I’m only 14 and I don’t know how to attach them the my eye lid can someone tell me?Please and thank you:)

    • samantha
      August 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm — Reply

      attach them TO my eye lid not attach them the my eye lid. 😛

    • ...
      September 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm — Reply

      Wow… sorry… but Im only twelve and its simple to see you use the eyelash glue…

    • kxbloom
      August 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm — Reply

      i think you’d better try to make yours better as i did with vaseline. and to learn how to stick them just look for that on youtube. xo

  12. Megan Pielli
    June 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    Hi, I’m looking to change the color of some falsies that I already have, have you ever done this? If so what kind of paint should you use? I want to paint a black pair blue and sparkley

  13. Derpy
    August 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Why didn’t I think of this? Very Helpful! Thanks!!!

  14. November 21, 2013 at 9:37 am — Reply

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  19. December 19, 2015 at 6:57 am — Reply

    This is so cool! Also, I was poison ivy last year, and this year, my best friend is dressing up as Harley Quinn, my other friend as the joker, me as poison ivy, and
    ‘Harley’s’ dog as Batman so he will chase us.

  20. Anastaisa
    October 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm — Reply

    Can i use hot glue for the lash band?

    • Mya
      October 23, 2016 at 10:02 am — Reply

      You could try but I’m not sure if it will dry too fast.

  21. Mya
    October 23, 2016 at 10:01 am — Reply

    Brilliant! These are perfect! As I lost my eyelashes, I wanted false eyelashes. Unfortunately they don’t come cheap here, and I so happened yo have eyelash glue and a broken blush brush! Perfect! Thank you so much, made my life (and Instagram page) easier!!! <3

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