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False eyelashes are essential for real glam. A pair of falsies instantly elevates every beauty look, taking your makeup from simply beautiful to unreal (but in the best way). Admittedly, false eyelashes come in all shapes and sizes, and there are also natural options around. However, we usually think that if you’re going to give them a try, you might as well go all out.
Disagree? That’s fine, too. We’ve selected the very best false eyelashes, from the most dramatic to the soft and natural, so you can give them a try no matter your tastes. After that, we’ll cover all of the basic info you need to know to choose the best false eyelashes for you.
We are entirely obsessed with the way the Velour Lashes in Final Touch look so fluttery and natural while retaining quite a bit of drama thanks to their density and length. They’re made of ultra-soft synthetic silk, so they’re vegan and cruelty-free, and yet they have a hair-like appearance thanks to the slightly varied clusters of slim-tipped lashes. They’re reusable, and we find they look great for up to 10 wears (a little less than the 25 wears that the brand guarantees, but still impressive). There are also a few more subtle options, all of which are available at Sephora.
It was a tough decision for the top spot, and the Samantha lashes from Huda Beauty nearly made it. These lashes are even more dramatic than Final Touch, and while they don’t look as natural, they’re still fluffy enough to fool those who are unfamiliar with falsies. They have a shape that’s slightly clustered for a slightly more doll-like look, but they do flare out a little at the end, which makes the eyes look both bigger and slightly elongated (although not to the extent of a cat-eye). They’re very durable, often lasting up to the advertised 20 wears. They’re available at Sephora.
We appreciate Ardell for their affordable eyelash sets. Whether you wear false lashes on a daily basis or you’re a makeup artist who uses lashes on their clients regularly, these are a great, budget-friendly choice. They have a clustered, fluffy design that looks lovely and natural but with a hint of a flare that’s quite glamorous. Admittedly, they’re not as fluffy as the non-uniform lash clusters of the more high-end options on our list, but they still look great at a more affordable price. You can get them at Ulta or Amazon.
ColourPop is one of our favorite budget-friendly brands, so it’s absolutely thrilling that they’ve joined the false eyelash game. Their lashes continue the brand’s tradition of producing luxury-quality products at affordable prices. While these aren’t the cheapest lashes on our list, they offer incredible value. They have the kind of fluffy texture we’ve almost only seen in high-end lashes but for less than half the price. The lashes are reusable, and they’re made of vegan fibers, so everyone can enjoy them. Find them at Ulta!
Lash clusters are a whole other game by offering endless customization options. The set includes clusters of lashes in three different lengths, with 16 clusters of each length. This is more than enough to create any kind of lash shape, from massive doll eyes to subtle flare at the outer corner. They usually look a lot more natural than a typical strip lash, although applying them takes a little bit longer, as well. While the clusters are technically reusable, all of the little pieces are admittedly a little hard to keep track of. Pick them up at Nordstrom!
Lilly Lashes is one of the few brands that still use mink hair for their false lashes. This is why their lashes look so fluffy and genuinely hair-like! In real life, they look a lot like lash extensions instead of false eyelashes. However, they likely won’t be mistaken for natural lashes since all of the different lash options are quite long and thick. These lashes have a flexible yet durable band that makes them easy to apply, so beginners often love them despite their dramatic appearance. Shop for them at Sephora!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina False Lashes in Fashion
So, some of the ABH Norvina falsies are quite dramatic, but we also wanted to give you a soft, subtle option. If you want natural-looking false lashes that’ll give your look subtle enhancement, Fashion is our favorite set. They’re made of synthetic fibers, and they’re ultra-comfortable and lightweight. They give the lashes sophisticated length, as though you have naturally full and long lashes. They’re a little clustered and longest at the center, which helps make the eyes look bigger. Pick them up from Sephora!
This is another fantastic set of false lashes for real addicts. The Marquise lashes are a vegan option with a thick, durable band and a very thick, doll-like style. They’re great for rounded-eye-style looks, and while they’re not super long, they’re incredibly lush. They come with surprisingly high-quality lash glue. While we normally recommend buying your glue separately, this is one instance where it’s not necessary. You can purchase them at Ulta.
5 sets of lashes for the cost of one? Count us in! These super affordable lashes are hard to resist, especially for someone who wears lashes every day. They’re admittedly not the most natural or soft-looking by any standard. They have a criss-cross pattern that attempts to add some “fluffiness,” but the synthetic material they’re made of is a little shiny and firm, so don’t expect to fool anyone. With that said, who said false lashes have to look natural? This lovely pack of lashes adds real drama with a flared-end design that’s perfect to complement a cat-eye. Order them on Amazon or Ulta!
Tarte has made veganism one of their core principles, which means you can always trust their products to be cruelty-free. Their recently launched false lashes also fit that ethos, with a vegan synthetic fiber that anyone can enjoy. The lashes are incredibly diverse, with subtle options like GTL and Sweetheart, as well as super-dramatic ones like Baddie and Glamazon. At $12 a pop, they’re not too expensive, either. You can buy them at Sephora.
House of Lashes has a wide range of stunning lashes, but we really love this vegan set for just how thin and light their band is. They’re not the most durable (although they’ll last you a few wears if you’re careful), but they weigh next to nothing, so they’re great if you find that most lashes weigh your eyes down and make you feel tired. Despite being light, their design is eye-catching, with a voluminous criss-cross pattern and a subtle flare. Get them at Ulta or Amazon!
For those who struggle to use lash glue, magnetic lashes can be real game-changers! We’re particularly excited about these lashes because they come with a magnetic eyeliner that makes application a breeze. You just apply the liner, and the magnets at the lash band adhere to it immediately. This set comes with a few different lash styles, and while they’re not the most luxe or natural-looking, you’re sure to find at least one pair to love. Since you can use them without lash glue, we find that they tend to last a lot longer than other false lashes. They’re available on Amazon.
KVD has undergone a lot of changes in recent times, but what’s remained is this brand’s ethos for high-quality vegan products. Their false lashes are an exciting 2020 release, with a range that goes from incredibly natural to quite dramatic. These durable synthetic lashes are hearty, so you can use them again and again, but their band is actually quite flexible and lightweight! All in all, we’re big fans. Pick them up from Sephora!
For some, a full strip of false lashes is uncomfortable, especially in the inner corner of the eyes. Others just don’t like that full volume all along the lash line. If either of these applies to you, you’ll love using demi-lashes instead. Demi-lashes are basically half a regular strip lash, and they’re meant to go on the outer end of the lash line to add that cat-eye-esque flare without weighing down the eyes or poking the inner corners. This set is made of soft, fluffy synthetic fibers that weigh nothing but add a fluttery touch. Purchase them at Nordstrom!
We always appreciate the high-quality yet affordable products in the Sephora Collection and the false eyelashes are no different. They’re much more affordable than most luxury lashes, but they offer a similar level of quality in a wide selection of shapes. If you’re still experimenting with your style, you can even pick up a few to try them all out! The Sephora lashes come in all of the most popular styles, from the criss-crossed Swanky to the multi-dimension, clustered Feisty. They’re sold at Sephora, of course.
What to Look for in the Perfect False Lashes for You?
Clearly, there are a ton of great false eyelashes out there to choose from! If you’re not sure which pair will be right for you, we explain all of the factors you’ll want to consider before you start shopping.
Shape and Size
The most important thing to consider when choosing false lashes is the kind of style you’d like. It’s mostly a question of taste, so just consider what kind of look you prefer!
Voluminous lashes with a uniform thickness along the lash line are a unique choice that draws attention and looks dramatic without necessarily changing or emphasizing the shape of your eyes.
Rounded lashes are ones where the lashes above the center of the eye are the longest, while the lashes in the inner and outer corner are a little shorter. These kinds of lashes make the eyes look huge, round, and doll-like, so they’re a great choice for a more innocent look.
Cat-eye lashes become progressively thicker towards the outer corner of the eye. They help to elongate the eyes, so they’re especially popular these days when many beauty lovers want a more angular eye look.
Criss-cross lashes are a specific pattern that can be applied to any lash shape. The lashes are glued to the bad in a criss-cross pattern, which contributes to a fluffy and voluminous look that is quite natural. It’s usually found with more premium lash options.
Cluster lashes (not to be confused with individual cluster lashes) are falsies where the lashes along the band are combined in thicker clusters. This gives the eyes a very wispy, doll-like look, especially when the style is combined with a rounded lash shape.
These days, most false eyelashes are made of synthetic, silk-like fibers, but you can occasionally still find other materials as well. If you’re not sure which will be best for you, we’ll help you decide.
Synthetic lashes used to look shiny, plastic-y, and unnatural back in the day, and this is still true today for certain (usually cheaper) brands. However, for the most part, synthetic materials have really improved in recent years, as brands focused on offering better vegan lashes.
High-quality synthetic lashes are usually made of polyester, which is treated in such a way so that it behaves more like soft satin. Don’t be afraid of choosing lashes made of synthetic fibers because they can look surprisingly natural.
The next runner-up for the most common false eyelash material is mink. And yes, we do mean the cute, fuzzy animal from which your great grandmother’s fur stole was made. Mink fur is incredibly soft and fluffy, so it’s no surprise that mink lashes look similarly fluffy and natural.
While most brands making mink lashes claim that the animals are not harmed during the process, it’s most likely that the hair used is a byproduct of the fur industry, so the cruelty-free claims are not 100% accurate. Because of this, most brands have introduced vegan alternatives in recent years.
Once upon a time, many brands used to carry false eyelashes made of human hair. Much like with mink lashes, ethical concerns also led to human hair lashes getting phased out of the market. Much like hair extensions, human hair false lashes are also made out of real human hair, so they behave very much like natural hair fiber. They can be curled (but they can lose their curl if they get wet), and they look very natural.
However, there are some ethical concerns when it comes to the sourcing of human hair for cosmetic purposes, which is why synthetic alternatives have become the new standard.
Strips, Demis, and Clusters
Most of the lashes on our list are strips, but we also gave you the option of clusters and half-lashes. If you’re not sure which is right for you, we’ll quickly clarify.
Strips are the classic false lashes that span the entire length of the upper lash line. They’re the most common and popular because they’re quick and easy to apply, and yet they have the most dramatic effects.
Demis or half-lashes are sort of like half a strip. They’re false lashes on a shorter band, and they’re usually designed for the outer corner of the eye. Some makeup lovers like to apply them on the lower lash line for a unique doll-eyed look.
Individual cluster lashes are the most labor-intensive. They usually come in sets of many little clusters of 3-4 lashes, and they’re meant to be applied cluster by cluster along the lash line. You can apply as many of them as you like on one eye, and because they usually come in different lengths, you can basically customize the shape of your lashes.
The final thing to consider is how thick of a band you would like. Normally, the thicker the band, the more durable the false lashes will be, so the longer they’ll last you. However, thick bands are also heavier and less flexible, so beginners find them less comfortable to apply and wear throughout the day.
If you’re going to wear false lashes as a one-off, opt for a pair with a thinner band like the Iconic Lite False Lashes from House of Lashes. If you wear them on a regular basis, opt for a thicker pair instead.
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