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When it comes to makeup, applying false eyelashes ranks
pretty high in terms of difficulty (or at the least,
intimidation), right up there with winged liner and impeccable
contouring. That's why we’re here to demystify all of your
questions surrounding the various (and plentiful) types of faux
lashes on the market — which, by the way, has flooded
everywhere, including drugstore aisles, Instagram, and the most
luxurious beauty boutiques.
Once primarily associated with theatrical performers,
glamazons, and the red carpet set, thanks to Instagram-fueled
trends and a reclaimed power in the individuality of makeup (I’
ll rock a false lash on a Tuesday afternoon trip to the grocery
store, thanks very much), the false
Eyelashes has become totally democratized. In fact, the
rapid ascent of false lash-effect mascaras like Glossier’s Lash
Slick, Maybelline New York’s The Falsies, and (my all-time
favorite) D.J.V. Miaray Fiberwig, are proof that the look of
endless, fluttery lashes aren't going out of style any time
We've enlisted the pros to break down everything you
need to know about finding the perfect false lash for your eye
shape and desired effect. So grab your falsies and your lash
glue (remember: give it a few seconds to dry until tacky before
sticking them on your eyelids) and get ready to become a lash
Individual Natural Mink Eyelashes
are a great option if you want to give a subtle, all-over boost
to the fullness and length of your natural lashes, or simply
want to add definition in certain areas of the lash line.
Individuals are usually available in sets of 30-60 strands of
varying lengths, which makes them one of the best options for a
customizable look. "With individuals, you have more control
and you can become your own lash artist,” makeup artist and
Tweezerman brow & lash ambassador Gita Bass tells Allure.
Who it's for: Anyone who’s looking for a natural-
looking way to add length and volume in specific areas or
looking to fill in any gaps in the natural lash. “They are the
most versatile [false lash type] and can create any gorgeous
look from a natural, ‘day’ lash to a maximum intensity look,”
says Bass. "When applied correctly, individuals can
disappear into your own lashes and really keep people guessing.
Also known as "flares" or "accents,"
clusters work well if you're short on time or need a little
more practice applying full strip
Eyelashes, according to Bass. “The little band on a
cluster makes them easier to pop on the lash line, and they don
’t lift on the corners like strips can.” Another great thing
about clusters is that they can be strategically applied to
create a variety of looks. “I’ll often add a few clusters on
the corners to create a cat-eyed effect,” says Bass.
Who it's for: If you’re looking for similar results
from a strip, but with the customizability of smaller, more
workable pieces, then clusters are definitely for you. Apply
them in a row for a full strip-like finish, or pop them just
onto the outer corner of your eyes to create a wider, cat-eye
How to use it: Similarly to lash strips, clusters are
applied by dispensing a thin amount of lash adhesive and placing
each one onto the upper lash line and layering as desired.
“Once your lash is on, wiggle mascara at your root to ‘marry’
the false Faux Mink Eyelashes and
your natural lashes together to give a seamless look,”
recommends makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan.
When people talk about false lashes, odds are they’re most
likely referring to strips, which — as their name suggests —
are a horizontal band of faux wisps that are worn across the
entirety of your upper lash line.“Strip lashes work well as
long as you find a style that suits your eye shape,” Bass
recommends. “Rounder eyes look great with a winged or demi lash
on the outer corners, while deep-set eyes need a slightly longer
lash to be visible. Hooded eyes benefit from a lash that is
longer in the middle.”
Who it's for: Full
Synthetic Eyelashes strips are a one-step way
to instantly add drama and volume to your eyes and are widely
available in a variety of price points. Some feature a black
band for added definition, while others may feature an
“invisible” band for a more subtle effect. “I prefer to use
them for a more dramatic look, or if a client has very sparse
lashes and needs the help of the lash base,” says Bass.
In terms of materials, synthetic fibers are commonly used in
both drugstore and prestige offerings, but the upper echelon of
luxury lashes may sometimes be made with natural fibers like
mink or silk.
Relatively new to the scene,
Eyelashes are the makeup world’s answer to anyone who’s
dealt with the struggle of applying lashes at the precise moment
when glue is tacky but not completely set. (And of course, there
’s the removal ordeal, which if done improperly, can mean
sacrificing a few of your natural lashes in the process.)
Formerly a niche category in the world of false lashes, magnetic
options are now going fully mainstream with popular mass brands
like Kiss and Ardell making versions at price points that won’t
break the bank. Magnetic lashes are also becoming available in a
wide variety of shapes (i.e. clusters and strips), so they can
be a great option no matter what lash look you’re going for.
Who it's for: If you’re looking for a reusable and
gentler alternative to traditional falsies, very over using lash
glue, or want to add even more volume to existing lash
extensions but can't get glue on them.
How to use it: For starters, forget everything you know
about applying a traditional false lash.
Magnetic Lashes Kit work by
“sandwiching” your natural lashes in between two interlocking
strips of false lashes, that stick together with the help of
micromagnets. Begin by gently placing the upper strip on top of
your lashes and then “locking” them into place by bringing the
bottom strip underneath your lashes and letting the magnets snap
them together. To remove them, gently rub the lashes with your
fingers in a side-by-side motion (don’t pull or tug) to let the
magnets naturally come apart.