Even if you’ve never considered sporting false lashes in your day-to-day life, you may want to consider 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 choose and how you apply them, you can create everything from a completely clean and minimalistic look to, yes, something bolder.
They’re a simple way to ever-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.
Meet the Expert
Branden Melear is a Chicago-based makeup artist with more than a decade of experience. His work has appeared on TV, in magazines, and in tons of wedding ceremonies.
The secret to false lash success? First, select a style that fits your eye shape—keep in mind that most falsies can be cut or trimmed to fit perfectly, according to Melear. He points out that using a little bit of mascara is also important. Dabbing on a tiny bit of waterproof mascara at the root of the hairs, where the lashes attach, will help them blend in better.
To help you find a pair of false lashes that work for your ideal bridal makeup look, we've researched the best options available with these features in mind. A few of our top picks include the Lashify Control Kit, the Ardell Lash Wispies, and the Eylure ProMagnetic Eyeliner & Faux Mink Lash System.
Ready for fabulous, full, fluttery lashes? Read on for the best false eyelashes.
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.
Price at time of publish: $125
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 who want to try them out without spending a ton of money.
Price at time of publish: $5
Eylure ProMagnetic Eyeliner and Faux Mink Accent Lash System
For seamless application, opt for these falsies that attach via a magnetic eyeliner. 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.
Price at time of publish: $17
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.
Price at time of publish: $20
Velour Vegan 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 vegan mink fiber that’s featherweight and fluffy. (Read: it 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.
Price at time of publish: $27
Eliace False Eyelashes Set
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.
Price at time of publish: $23
Ardell Duralash Naturals Individual Lashes
Feel like a full strip of falsies might be too much? Opt for individuals. 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 subtle.
You get 56 knot-free singles in this pack, 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.
Price at time of publish: $15
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.
Price at time of publish: Starting at $5
Lashes In A Box No 26
One of Melear’s, “favorite lashes for brides,” the short to medium crisscrossed hairs add volume, length, and a bit of curl. Nice and lightweight, the handmade sets are also vegan and cruelty-free.
Price at time of publish: $8
What To Look for When Choosing False Eyelashes
Thickness and Length
When searching for false lashes to wear on your wedding day, you first need to determine the overall makeup look you want to achieve for your walk down the aisle. If you're a bold bride who wants to make a statement, look for fuller, longer lash options to really make your eyes pop. Going for a more natural look? Then you might opt for individual false lash pieces that apply just the right amount of oomph without going over the top—we love the Ardell Duralash Naturals Individual Lashes.
Material and Quality
Next, consider the material used to make the false eyelashes. This is especially important for brides-to-be with sensitive eyes or skin, as the last thing you want to deal with on your special day is itchiness and irritation. Search for high-quality brands, such as the ones listed above, that have trusted customer reviews. Some of the different types of false eyelash materials are silk lashes, human hair lashes, mink lashes, and synthetic lashes.
How do I apply false eyelashes?
On your wedding day, it's best to leave your lash application to a professional makeup artist. But if you're sporting lashes for the many events leading up to your big day, it only takes a few simple steps to put them on.
First, measure the width of the lashes against your eyes and trim the lashes to fit your eyelid size. Next, apply the lash glue to the edge of the lashes and wait about 30 seconds to let the glue dry slightly and get tacky—this helps avoid smearing and makes application easier. Lastly, add the strip of falsies to your lash line and press it into place. Voila!
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s also a recent newlywed—who spent quite a bit of time researching and creating her wedding day makeup look.