Your foolproof guide to applying false lashes, without looking like a clown.

Fake eyelashes can be intimidating. They’re a spiky, foreign object that go in or near your eye…with GLUE. We get your fear and/or concern.

The good news is that applying them is not the impossible task it may seem.

Mamamia’s makeup guru Natalie has shared her step-by-step guide to applying those fluttery objects without looking like a gone-wrong pageant queen.

Step 1: Identify the short side.

All eyelashes will have a small side and a wider side. This allows them to give your eyelashes that really "fanned out" effect. The smaller side will always be the one that goes on the inner corner of your eyelid.

Step 2: Measure up.

Place the eyelashes (without any glue) just above your lash line. This will enable you to see if they need trimming if they stick out way beyond the end of your natural eye shape. If they do need cutting, trim from the outer side.

Step 3: Apply the glue.

Pop a blob of glue onto the eyelash container or even a piece of paper. Grab a thing angled brush (or any with a small head will do) and apply the glue across the eyelash band. Hot tip - apply a little bit more on the outer and inner ends for extra strength. (Post continues after gallery.)

Step 4: Bend.

Instead of going straight on, gently bend the eyelash to make it more flexible and give it shape. Leave for about five to 10 seconds until the glue is really tacky - this will be much easier to work with.

Step 5: Apply to your eyes.

Grab the edge of your eyelash and apply it as close as you can to your lash line. You've got more time than you think to adjust them, so don't be afraid to move them around slightly until they hit the right spot. The glue will dry too, so don't worry about the white marks.

Step 6: Finishing touches.

For a seamless finish, Nat recommends tightlining your eyes, which involves lining the upper waterline with a black eyeliner pencil to add definition.

What are your tips and tricks for applying false eyelashes?