False eyelashes are great when you want to widen and add a little extra definition to your eyes. Natural ones give an effortless fluttery lash look – you can very well do without mascara here – while full, long lashes can instantly add drama to your eye makeup.

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Whatever your needs may be, we asked makeup artist Dollei Seah for a fool-proof guide on how to pair false eyelashes to your everyday eyeliner look.

Here’s what she says:

#1 TIGHT-LINED EYES
False eyelashes that are packed closer together will give you a naturally voluminous, feathery look.

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Miche Bloomin’ No. 2 Pure Nude, $19.90 for a set of 4 pairs, available at all Sasa outlets, M.A.C Cosmetics 31 Lash, $23, available at all M.A.C Cosmetics stores and counters; Dolly Wink Eyelash No. 9 Natural Dolly, $24.90, available at all selected Watsons stores

#2 SLIGHTLY WINGED OUT EYELINER
Cut individual sections from a false eyelash – you want long eyelashes at the ends – and glue them on for a more natural look.

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RMK Eyelash N 05, $19, is available at all RMK counters; Shu Uemura Partial Flare, $29, available at all Shu uemura stores and counters; Dolly Wink Eyelash No. 4 Feminine Style, $25.40

#3 EYELINER DRAWN DOWNWARDS
Glue your eyelashes further away from the start of your lash line. If it’s too big, there’s always room to cut them so your lashes fit properly.

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RMK Eyelash N 04, $19, is available at all RMK counters; Miche Bloomin’ No. 14 Lady Point, Dolly Wink Eyelash No. 15 Pure Girl, $24.90

#4 CAT-EYES
Tapered eyelashes with longer ends work best for cat eyes.

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Heroine Make Impact Eyelashes 23, $10.40 and Dolly Wink Eyelash No. 10 Sweet Cat, $24.90; M.A.C Cosmetics 36 Lash, $23; Miche Bloomin’ No.5 Girly Wink,

#5 DRAMATIC EYES
You have the freedom to pile on the lashes here. Try a natural long lash at the bottom, then cut up a more dramatic false eyelash into sections, and selectively place them on top.

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You can add a light coat of waterproof mascara to complete your look, but Dollei usually skips mascara altogether because many tend to complain about smudging. It’s enough to just layer your lashes, she says.

Heroine Make Impact Eyelashes 03, $10.10; M.A.C Cosmetics 32 Lash, $23; Shu Uemura Partial Soft Cross, $29; M.A.C Cosmetics 43 Lash, $23

EXTRA TIPS
For casual users, all you need are three pairs of natural, dramatic and long-end eyelashes to complete your set. If you’re a frequent false eyelash user, Dollei suggests going for multiple lashes in a box of six to 12 that you can easily purchase from little beauty stores at places like Bugis Junction and Far East Plaza. Her favourites however, are from Shu Uemura, Dolly Wink, RMK and M.A.C Cosmetics.

Have fun experimenting!

Want more tips on how to wear false lashes? Here’s an easy 5-minute guide. If you still prefer a good mascara, then check out these 6 types of mascara wands that really work on short, straight lashes.

Makeup: Zhou Ai Yi from Makeup Entourage, using Urban Decay. Hair: Alvin Ong from Arx Salon, using Shiseido Stageworks. Art direction: Michelle Tham. Styling: Niki Bruce, assisted by Hong Xinying and Ainslyn Lim. Accessories: Model: Grace L.