The Ultimate Guide To False Eyelashes

Whether you're blessed with naturally voluminous lashes or not, a set of lengthy or dramatic falsies can add a ton of glamour to any makeup look in a matter of seconds. But despite the growing number of people adding false lashes to their beauty routines, the common misconception surrounding them is that they're difficult to apply or look too obvious.
There are, however, lots of different types of false lashes that can be tailored to exactly what you're looking for, whether it's something super-natural or the total opposite. It's all about picking the right pair and knowing how to apply them. Wondering where to start? We've rounded up the best false lashes and a few tips on how to wear them, ahead.
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For Long Wear

If you're a fan of extensions, but don't always have time to go to the salon, this DIY customized kit was made for you. Somewhere between lash extensions and faux individuals, these last for a whole week. If that's not enticing enough, celebrity makeup artists have raved about how natural they look, since they actually go underneath your natural lashes.
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For Natural-Looking Volume

NARS has a great option for those looking to add some heft to their lashes without weighing them down. Trace some lash glue (we like Duo's Dark Lash Adhesive) along the band of the lash, and wait for 20 to 30 seconds until the glue becomes tacky. Then place the lash on your eyelid as close to your lashline as possible, and voilà, instant volume.
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If you're after a fluttery, flattering look, these falsies will do the trick. With a lighter layer of lashes on the inner corner, the subtle fanning effect offers up a natural look that's full and sexy.
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For Intense Fullness

"Although [these] lashes are dramatic, the band is thin, so they are comfortable," says professional makeup artist Ricky Wilson. "I trim them from the outside and they look beautiful for a stronger lash."

Pro tip: If your lashes start lifting throughout the day, grab a tube of mascara and dot on a tiny glob of the product, which acts as a temporary bond, to your false lashes, then press your false lashes and natural lashes together. This will keep your falsies from falling off before you get home.
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For days when you're feeling extra, IG-famous brand House of Lashes has you covered. These dramatic strips have been featured in the tutorials of vloggers like Desi Perkins, Carli Bybel, and Karen Sarahi Gonzalez (a.k.a iluvsarahii).
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For Sparse Lashes

Makeup artist Elisa Flowers recommends Alcone's 386 lashes for those looking for a minimal yet feathery effect. "The delicate strip has thin clusters of lashes spaced evenly apart," she says. "[It's] perfect for applying to the finest of eyelashes."
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So lightweight and natural-looking, by the time someone comments on how full your lashes look, you'll forget you even had them on. Bonus: You can score three pairs for under $10.
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For Subtle Definition

For those looking for a hassle-free approach to falsies, individuals are definitely the way to go; if you lose a cluster or two, it won't ruin your look. Wilson likes using a mixture of short and medium lengths directly on his clients' natural hairs because they blend seamlessly while providing wispy volume.
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For The Opposite Of Subtle Definition

There's nothing about "faux mink" that sounds remotely subtle, and we love it. And although the falsies look unnatural, the texture of the lashes are nearly undetectable from your real ones — they're that soft.
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If you want to play somewhere between subtle and mega drama, these medium volume lashes are the perfect middle ground. And there's even an added bonus of an eyeliner effect, in the event that you haven't mastered the cat-eye just yet.
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For Major Drama

Velour's cruelty-free mink lashes are also staples in Wilson's kit. "I normally use these for clients who don't mind a heavy lash for a very special occasion," he says.
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Think of this as a push-up bra for your eyes. This collection brings you the design of three lashes all in one so that you get volume, length, and curl — and it probably costs less than your go-to Seamless order.
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For Adding Length

Flowers loves MAC's 33 lashes because the tapered clusters bring attention to the center of the eye. And because of the clear band, they're nearly undetectable on the lid.
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For Making The Eyes Look Larger

"Half lashes are a nice alternative to a full strip of eyelashes," says Flowers. Simply place them toward the outer corners for an eye-opening effect.
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For Control Freaks

Whether you want to apply one or two on the outer corners of your eyes for an opening effect, stack them up to create your own lash dimension, or add to a full strip for more volume, the possibilities are endless with these clusters.
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For A Bigger Cause

Thrive Causemetics founder Karissa Bodnar, developed a line of false lashes after losing her beloved friend to cancer. With Thrive's Beauty with a Purpose initiative, when you buy a product from the brand — like these high-quality lashes — a product of the same style is given to women in need, from homeless women to cancer survivors.
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For The Indecisive

Not sure if you want a wispy, fluttery, or glam lash? Invest in a set like this one from Ardell, so you can pick according to your mood.
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For Those Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Kim Kardashian recently broke up with waterproof mascara and is now committed to false lashes to give her the long, dramatic lash look. Her go-to? Lilly Lashes, which are worn by Kylie, Khloé, and many other big names in Hollywood.
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For The Money Savers

Who says being glamorous comes at a cost? You can get gorgeous falsies, a lash applicator, and a contour tray for just $2.
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For The Daring

Like it or not, glitter has taken over world of beauty. Join in on the trend and turn heads with these uniquely-shaped sparkle lashes.
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For Cardi B

One of Cardi B's standout beauty trademarks is her eyelashes. Her makeup artist Erika La Pearl relies on this showy set to give the rapper that little something-something that makes her the center of attention — whether she's taking a selfie, performing on stage, or walking the red carpet.
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For The Trendsetters

If there's one thing you're going to want to practice in 2019, it's learning how to apply magnetic lashes — which was the top trending search on Google in 2018. According to the pros, it's actually safer for the eyes and results in less lash loss than when you use glue application. This set from KISS comes with a reusable pair and rotating lash applicator, all under $12.
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