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Why haven’t we been doing this all along?

False lashes: They’re the unsung heroes of Southern women’s beauty routines.

Sure, they can be a little tricky to glue on, and no, they’re not exactly a two-second beauty fix that you can tackle while you’re running out the door to work, but when you do take the time to apply them just so, there’s no denying that a set of false lashes gives you serious bang for your buck.

They’re high drama and low cost. And like a swipe of classic red lipstick or a little shimmer in your eye shadow, false eyelashes instantly amp up your look.

Whether you use falsies regularly to dial up the glam factor of your daily makeup routine, or you save fake lashes for special occasions like weddings and debutante balls, you know that there’s a science to getting them just right. After all, veteran and beginner falsie users alike know there’s nothing worse than a wonky set of lashes.

Want to apply your false lashes perfectly the first time, every time? Listen up, y’all.

The folks at PureWow just introduced us to a trick that promises to solve your falsie application dilemmas so you can have pretty, natural-looking lashes every time you use them. And the best part? Their go-to technique only takes a second, and it won’t cost you a cent!

Before you apply your lashes, bend them gently a few times, either with your fingers or your eyelash curler. Bending them before you glue them on gives the lashes a nice curve that better follows the natural shape of your lash line. See? Easy as pie.

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Put this tip to the test next time you whip out your trusty falsies, and let us know how it goes. What are your no-fail pointers for applying false lashes?