DIY Rhinestone Eyelashes: A Glam Last-Minute Look For New Year's Eve

An easy NYE life hack that's high on glamour when you’re low on time.
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An easy NYE life hack that's high on glamour when you’re low on time.

New Year’s Eve is upon us, and with it a proliferation of sparkly outfits and champagne toasts. I mean, some of us live our lives like that every day (excuse my beauty), but for the rest of the world, it’s a pretty fun excuse to party hard and ring in the new year with friends, fancy drinks and good times.

If you’re like me, you generally avoid NYE because it’s cold out and you’re lazy. But sometimes, you get an invitation that you can’t turn down, so you gotta get fancy and hit the town! And OK, you’ve got a cute outfit... but how can you make it REALLY glitzy?

With glamorous fake eyelashes, of course!

So fancy!

So fancy!

If you’re like me, you probably only have, like, an hour between agreeing to hit a NYE party and leaving the house, so who has time to go and buy special, expensive eyelashes? Nobody I know, that’s for sure.

So here’s how you can make an extremely beautiful pair of sparklelashes, perfect for New Year’s Eve, in under five minutes.

All that you need are a pair of fake eyelashes, clear-drying lash adhesive and some rhinestones. The smaller the stones are, the better.

Not pictured: eyelash glue, for some reason. Pick whatever thickness, length and relative craziness of eyelashes you want! Thicker lashes tend to hold rhinestones more easily than thin ones do, though.

Not pictured: eyelash glue, for some reason. Pick whatever thickness, length and relative craziness of eyelashes you want! Thicker lashes tend to hold rhinestones more easily than thin ones do, though.

Literally all you’re going to do here is put two dots of lash glue on the outer corner of the eyelashes and let them dry a little…

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And then gently place the rhinestones on top. Use tweezers to position them if it’s easier.

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What’s that you say? Applying full strips of fake lashes is annoying and too hard? Cut those suckers in half and use the INSIDE corner on the OUTSIDE of your eyes. It’s so easy to stick them down to your lash lines, you won’t believe it.

Apply a dot of glue and stick a little rhinestone on your mini-strips.

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What’s that you say? You can’t apply outer strips? That’s fine, too! Mascara your eyelashes and apply a blob of lash glue to the back of a little rhinestone. Let it dry a bit (until the glue is tacky), and then place it on your natural eyelashes. It’ll stay all night, and because the lash glue will come off when you wash your face, it won’t pull any of your eyelashes out.

I found these purple stones and they look really pretty.

I found these purple stones and they look really pretty.

But I’ve gotten a little ahead of myself.

Lashes like these mean your eyes are going to be the focus of your look, so keep everything else fairly soft. Note I said “fairly.” I’m still rocking neon pink blush on my cheeks and more shimmer powder on my face than your average pixie from Neverland. I do not need an excuse to sparkle and shine.

When I wear fake lashes, I like to combine them with cat-eye liner. The solid black line makes heavy black lashes “flow” a little nicer, plus it hides the band really well. 

Here I’ve done a straight black line that is echoed by a black cut crease above and an extended line under my lower lashes. It’s a look that I’ve done before here, and one that works really well with my Anglemonster features--check out this article for a very comprehensive tutorial.

You can get a softer look with grey eyeshadow instead of black, if you’d prefer.

You can get a softer look with grey eyeshadow instead of black, if you’d prefer.

The biggest departure we’re going to make with application of these sparkle-lashes is that you’re going to apply mascara BEFORE you put them on. A coat or two after will either mess up the stones or pop them off, and we don’t want that. So curl and mascara your lashes FIRST.

If you’re gluing them straight to your lashes, obviously mascara goes first.

If you’re gluing them straight to your lashes, obviously mascara goes first.

Now apply your sparkle lashes. If I’m wearing full-length fake eyelashes, I use a pair of tweezers to help position the band on the inner corner of my eyes. If I’m wearing the outer-corner lashes, I apply them gently with my fingers, using my nails to gently position the band. And obviously, if I’ve glued the stones onto my natural lashes, one doesn’t need to do any of this.

WHY does this stuff always look so scary when you photograph it?

WHY does this stuff always look so scary when you photograph it?

When the glue is dried, trace the band with the liquid liner. Even lash adhesive that dries clear leaves shiny patches behind, which shows up LIKE CRAZY under camera flashes. You want to cover that up. Don’t spend all this time making fabulous lashes only to have your makeup game undone by shiny glue!

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And now you are done! Expect about one million compliments on your eyelash game--I always get so many when I wear these--and have fun at whatever party you end up at!

I wake up, FLAWLESS.

I wake up, FLAWLESS.

I finished this up with Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure, a soft apricot-pink that is as close as I would be willing to get to nude with these eyes. I like this look so much--very innocent 1960s baby deer, very dramatic, but I don’t look like I’m in costume.

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Of course, you can get as creative as you want with the details--use shaped stones! Use colourful ones! Glue an entire line of them to your lashes! Whatever makes you happy. That’s the best thing about simple crafts like this, in my opinion...there’s unlimited room for personalisation.

What are your New Year’s plans, my loves? Gonna put on some 2014 glasses and go crazy? What are your wishes for the new year? I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.