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Fake eyelashes are the bane of our make-up mastery. Most times, we can do everything but apply these things. They’re long, lush and immediately sexy, but pulling and plucking and poking your eyes out until they’re red kind of takes away from the sex appeal, right?

So here’s how to do ’em right – straight from Refinery29 and makeup expert Carley Martin (who swears they’ll only take a few minutes to do once practiced).

Step One: “Start by curling your eyelashes gently, but not too much as that will prevent you from accessing the base of your lash.”

Step Two: “Apply your desired eyeshadow, eyeliner, and two coats of mascara ensuring you coat every lash from the inner- and outer-corners.”

Step Three: “Once dry, apply a thin layer of eyelash glue to the underside of the strip of lashes and let dry for 30 seconds so that it becomes tacky. Hold a mirror in your lap and look down to find the exact placement to apply the lashes. Carefully lay the lashes down at the base of your natural lashes; you may use your fingers or tweezers to do so.”

Step Four: “To really press lashes in and ensure they are secured, take an angled eyeliner brush with a little black waterproof gel eyeliner and press into lashes. This also helps to conceal any glue that may be present, and eliminate any fleshy tones at the base of the lash-line.”

Step Five: “To remove, gently rub an oil-based eye-makeup remover over your lashes, and off they come.”

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