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Even if you’ve never considered sporting false lashes in your day-to-day life, you may want to think about incorporating them into your bridal beauty plan. Contrary to popular belief, false fringe isn’t just for over-the-top, dramatic eye makeup. Depending on the type of faux lashes you chose and how you apply them, you can create everything from a completely clean and minimalistic look to yes, something bolder.
They’re a super-easy way to every-so-slightly tweak your makeup routine and make it more special for the big day, not to mention that—unlike many mascaras—they’ll stay put even when you shed happy tears. They also photograph beautifully: “False lashes can make your eyes look lifted, open, and enhance your natural eye shape,” explains Chicago-based makeup artist Branden Melear.
The secret to false lash success? First, select a style that fits your eye shape, and keep in mind that most can be cut or trimmed so that they fit perfectly, advises Melear. Also important: Using a little bit of mascara. Dabbing on a tiny bit of waterproof mascara at the root of the hairs, where the lashes attach, will help them blend in better, he points out.
Ready for fabulous, full, fluttery lashes? Here, our favorite standout falsies.
Tori Belle Magnetude Magnetic Lashes
“You can get 30 wears from one pair of these lashes,” says Melear, so pick these up if you’re looking for falsies you can also bring on your honeymoon. He also points out how fast and easy to apply they are, thanks to the fact that they attach via tiny magnets. (This means they’re glue-free too, a boon for anyone who may be sensitive to adhesives around their eyes.)
Choose from either a more dramatic or more natural set; both are made from cruelty-free nylon and silk hairs.
Red Cherry Eyelashes
Melear likes these because there’s a wide variety of styles available—136 different options, to be exact. If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry, the website makes it easy to sort through them based on the style, length, look you’re going for, and also has options helpfully categorized by occasion.
They’re all made from human hair, and are easy to apply, he adds. FYI, you do need to purchase the adhesive separately.
Lashify Control Kit
If you’re concerned about DIY-ing falsies, opt for this complete kit. It gives you everything you need to precisely and perfectly apply the lashes, namely a tweezer-like tool that lets you attach the hairs with ease. There are three different types of lashes to pick from—a natural everyday option, a more dramatic fringe, and a super bold curl—and each set comes with two different lengths of lashes.
Also nice: The included adhesive is hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested, and even contains biotin to improve the strength of your natural lashes.
Ardell Lash Wispies
This brand is well-known and beloved by pros and consumers alike for the wide array of false lashes they offer. These are Melear’s favorites; they’re lightweight, have an invisible band that makes them blend in well, and are super easy to get, he says.
We’d be remiss to not mention the ultra-affordable price, too, which makes them a great pick for false lash newbies want to try them out without spending a ton of money.
Eylure ProMagnetic Liner Faux Mink Kit
Another choice magnetic pick, these attach via a magnetic eyeliner (which also has the added benefit of adding nice definition to your eye shape). To apply, layer on three coats of the liner, then apply lashes directly to the line and press gently—it couldn’t be easier.
The faux mink lashes last up to 15 wears, and the eyeliner is long-lasting and smudge-proof, essential criteria for any type of wedding day makeup.
Timeless Beauty Mink Lashes
Another one of Melear’s top choices, these are made with 100 percent mink hair and look totally natural and very fluffy, he says. One set can be re-worn anywhere from 25 to 30 times, giving you a good bang for your buck. Conveniently, they come housed in a reusable storage case.
Velour Mink Lashes
Take your pick from 45 different sizes and styles of lashes, including usually hard-to-find options for lower lashes, and a wide array of more subtle choices. All are made from an innovative mink fiber that’s featherweight and nice and fluffy. (Read: looks completely natural and feels undetectable.)
If you get hooked on these, there’s also convenient subscription ordering to ensure you always have a set on hand.
If you’re looking for a serious bargain, these top-selling lashes can’t be beaten. You get 50 (yes, 50) pairs of lashes, across five different types of styles. Made of soft, synthetic fiber, they also have a subtle sheen to them.
No matter whether you’re new to false lashes and want to make sure you have enough sets to experiment with and master your technique—or you’re just obsessed with falsies and want to have a surplus on-hand at all times—this kit is the way to go.
Ardell Duralash Naturals Individual Lashes
Feel like a full strip of falsies might be too much? Opt for individuals, like these guys. Just a few, strategically placed at the outer corners of each eye, can go a long way in amping up your eye look, while still being super subtle.
You get 56 singles in this pack, which are knot-free, ensuring they seamlessly blend in at the lash line. And while they’re definitely long-lasting, they’re also very easy to remove with just a little bit of eye makeup remover.