There’s nothing that makes you look bright-eyed and awake like dark, full eyelashes. But what if you weren’t born with a set of long, thick eyelashes? (Like me!) There are a few different options that I’ve tried, but the best way I get a glam eye is with false eyelashes and great eyelash products. Today’s post is a request from a few different people – and one that I’ve been meaning to sit down and write (and video)!
False lashes make getting ready and unready much faster. In today’s post, I am covering the most common ways to get full eyelashes along with my tips for application, removal and maintenance along with my holy grail Mary Kay lash product suggestions!
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Fastest / Least Commitment: Strip Lashes
If you’re looking for an inexpensive and quick approach to livening up your lashes, strip lashes require the least commitment. They’ve been around for years now and offer a lot of versatility. You can add a small amount of volume or go crazy with a dramatic pair. Applying false eyelashes can be tricky at first, but after you get the hang of it, application definitely gets easier.
Personal Experience: Strip lashes are my favorite way to quickly add some glam to my makeup for an event, for special photos, etc. Now that I’ve let my eyelash extensions grow out, strip lashes are my go-to! I can literally apply and remove a set of strip lashes in less than 5 minutes. Be sure to follow my application and removal tips below.
• Consider your eye shape. Almond eyes can get away with most lash styles while round eyes look better with curly ones. If your eyes are close set, go for lashes that have more volume and curl at the outer corners. Hooded eye shapes look better with fluttery, long lashes that curve above the pupil.
• Size strip lashes to your eye and trim them down with scissors (cut them the outside edge and along the bottom of the strip).
• Apply glue to the band and wait 30 seconds for it to get tacky before placing on your lash line. You can use a traditional glue that dries clear or black glue if you have darker lashes.
• Close your eyes half-way and pull back your outer eyelid with your index finger, which helps you get a better feel for where to place them. Tweezers can also make this process easier.
• I start by adhering the middle of the lash and then pat down the edges.
• Once you have your lashes in place, you can go over the band or any visible glue with eyeliner.
• I then use a mascara like the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara to darken and blend my natural lashes up into the strip lash. I like this formula because it’s clump-resistant, meaning you won’t risk getting globs of mascara into your strip lashes. I’ll use the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara on my bottom lashes to finish.
After years of using strip lashes there is only ONEproduct that I use to remove and loosen eyelash glue. I use a cotton swab and soak it in Mary Kay Oil-Free Makeup Remover. With gentle sweeps across the lash, it will start to loosen up the glue and the strip will detach from your natural lashes without tugging or pulling.
The Mary Kay Oil-Free Makeup Remover is a holy grail product for anyone who wears eye makeup and specifically long-wear eyeliner and/or brow products or waterproof mascara. I keep a full-size bottle in my bathroom and a travel-size in my travel bag. I never go anywhere without it!
Most Natural Looking: Lash Serums
If you’re looking for a natural way to give your lashes a little boost, a lash serum could be your best bet. Lash serums help lashes appear more voluminous and look renewed. However, it can take anywhere from one to four months with everyday use to see results. The Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum is one of the more cost effective options that can be used on both lashes AND brows!
Personal Experience: I see the most results from a lash serum when I use it consistently. The difficult part is remembering to use it every single day. Once you start using a lash serum, it’s super important to be consistent with it every day. Once you stop using the serum, your lashes might go back to their previous fullness and length.
Biggest Investment: Lash Extensions
Lash extensions give you full, long lashes daily without mascara or gluing application. A specialist glues semi-permanent extensions on top of your natural lashes, which can last for up to eight weeks. (Though from experience, the longest I’ve ever gone is 4 weeks before needing a refill.) You can choose your lash style based on your preference for length, volume, and fullness. Although they’re beautiful and natural-looking, lash extensions can be quite expensive for upkeep and can set you back a few hundred dollars, especially if you go back for refills. To get them removed, you must let them fall out naturally or pay to have them removed professionally.
Personal Experience: It’s very important to find the right person to apply lash extensions!! I’ve been to three different places, and there is only ONE person that I’ve been extremely happy with and trust. With lash extensions, you need to be very careful with eye makeup removal because any rubbing will cause the extensions to pull out your natural lashes. AGAIN, the Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover with a cotton swab is your best friend for removing any eyeliner or mascara residue without damaging the lashes.
Low Maintenance: Lash Tints and Lifts
A lash lift is like a perm for your natural eyelashes. As the name suggests, it lifts them from the base, creating the illusion of longer, curled lashes. When combined with a tint, they instantly look thicker and fuller. Lash tints and lifts are perfect if you want to keep your natural lashes damage-free, but also benefit from a semi-permanent lift and curl. The entire process takes about an hour and can last up to eight weeks.
Personal Experience: I have not personally tried a lash tint or lift, but I’d be very interested in trying it. My eyelashes are quite light and blonde, so I think a tint would already be a dramatic difference. My hesitation here is that you’re putting perm solution and/or dye very close to your eyes. Again, find someone highly reviewed and trusted for this!
Highest Difficulty: Magnetic Lashes
Magnetic eyelashes are basically falsies secured with magnets instead of glue. A pack comes with upper and under lashes that attach to each other with invisible magnets when placed along the lash line. You apply it by lining up the upper lash with the outer edge of your natural lashes, then adding the under lashes. Once the strips are close enough, the magnets click into place and boom, you’re done. There’s definitely a learning curve to applying them, but this could be a great alternative if you don’t want to deal with the hassle and inconvenience of lash glue.
Personal Experience: I cannot for the life of me figure out magnetic eyelashes. It took me about 30 minutes to get one set properly lined up and it still was crooked and not on correctly. I’d consider myself somewhat of a pro at strip lashes, and I still can’t do these!
Most Cost-Effective: Lash Primer + Thickening/Lengthening Mascara
On the days that I go sans false lashes, I always, always use a lash primer. Lash primers create a base coat to add extra length and thickness to your normal mascara. It can also help hold a lashes curl and prevent your mascara from flaking. I like how the Mary Kay Lash Primer wand and brush are shorter, which gives you more control when applying.
The Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara also has a shorter wand and brush length, which allows you to plump while combing through to lengthen the look of lashes. The formula and brush combo tout 200% more volume and 84% longer looking lashes with two coats.
What type of lashes do you prefer?
Thank you to Mary Kay for partnering on today’s post. As always, all thoughts and styling are my own.
Photos by Lainey Reed