- Lashes made from real hair often look more natural than synthetic or plastic lashes. However, these fall into a vegan "gray area," as many are from human hair.
- Lashes come in strips or individuals (clumps of a few lashes). I typically recommend strip lashes, as they provide more control and are easier for beginners to use.
- If you want just a hint of drama with strip lashes, cut off a portion to use on the outer corners of your eyes (usually using about 1/3 to 1/2 of the strip).
- Mascara can be applied before or after eyelashes. I usually apply mascara after false lashes have been glued unless using costume lashes (such as glitter or feather lashes). Click here for tips on curling with false lashes and here for tips on applying mascara.
- Strip lashes: The pro standard is Ardell lashes in styles such as 101, 109, 110. Consider cruelty-free alternatives from brands such as Eco Tools and Urban Decay.
- Individual lashes: Ardell short or medium length can be found in drugstores, but E.L.F. has individual lashes as well (though lower in quality). Urban Decay often offers small strips for a comparable look and a higher-quality cruelty-free option.
- Strip lash glue: Duo Waterproof Eyelash Adhesive, Dark Tone can be purchased separately. Urban Decay lashes and Eco Tools lashes come packaged with a latex-free glue.
- Individual lash glue: Lashtite (clear or dark) is the industry standard. For a cruelty-free option, try using a tiny amount of a glue such from a set of Urban Decay or Eco Tools lashes.
- Lash glue remover: Lashfree for Lashtite, waterproof makeup remover, or oils such as olive oil.
- Consider using glitter, feather, or colored lashes for a very dramatic look. NYX and E.L.F. offer some options for the budget-conscious, and Shu Uemura makes fantastic lashes when price is not an option.
- Lash extensions have recently increased in popularity. They are usually synthetic strands applied to your eyelashes individually to provide a natural look. Initial application fees are often over $150, with touch-ups required every 2-4 weeks. Be sure to ask about cruelty-free options (read more here).
Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on false eyelashes. For application instructions, see "How to Apply False Eyelashes." For removal instructions, see "How to Remove False Eyelashes."
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