Have you ever thought about your eyelashes, those on your eyelids when you were born? We all have them, but we don't think much about them until they start thinning out or falling out.
Losing our lashes can be devastating to our self-esteem. We rely on them to keep the dust out of our eyes and help us feel attractive. When they are gone, we may feel lost and vulnerable.
The good news is, it's possible to replace or add to your lashes by choosing the right ones. First, let's look at the science behind your eyelashes. Human lashes are made of keratin, the same stuff our body uses to make fingernails and the hair on our head and body.
Keratin is a protein that is strong and flexible. It's also water-resistant, so your lashes don't fall out when you cry or get caught in the rain. False lashes are never made of natural eyelashes. Imagine how long it would take to collect all the lashes you need for one manufacturing run.
It's possible to buy fake eyelashes made from real hair, but these are expensive and not as common as synthetic ones, and for me, anyway, these human hair lashes have an ick 🤢 factor (maybe that's just me).
What are False Eyelashes for Beginners Made of?
Most false lashes on the market are made of manufactured fibres. These fibres make the lashes look like real hair and are super hard-wearing.
The most common type of synthetic fibre used in false lashes is polyester. Synthetic material is solid and can hold a curl well. It's also easy to work with, so it's a good choice for beginners.
What are Silk Fake Eyelashes Made Of?
Silk is another popular choice for false lashes. It's softer than polyester and gives a more natural look. However, it's more challenging to work with and doesn't hold a curl for long.
Those who love silk lashes will tell you they wouldn't want to wear anything else. Silkworms make silk; the same thread is used to make fake silk eyelashes.
Mink Fake Eyelashes - what are they made of?
Not surprisingly, minks (small mouse-like creatures) are bred primarily for their fur to make Mink fake lashes. They are the most expensive type of false lash on the market and are very light and soft.
They give a natural look but are challenging to apply, and you must handle them carefully.
Lashes made with real mink fur can also cause an allergic reaction in some people. Always do a patch test before using them, it sounds fussy, but it's just good advice.
What are Faux Mink Fake Eyelashes Made Of?
Faux mink lashes are usually made from synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester. Faux eyelash designers create them to look and feel like real mink fur, but they are more affordable and easier to apply.
They are also a good choice for people who want to avoid using products made from animals, as they are usually vegan and cruelty-free.
How are False Lashes Made?
The manufacturing process for false lashes varies depending on the materials used to make them.
For example, mink lashes are handcrafted from individual hairs (which is what makes them so expensive), while machines make synthetic lashes, which is why they are affordable.
The production process also differs depending on the style of lash you want. For example, strip lashes are made by bonding multiple hairs together with a thin strip of adhesive.
False eyelash manufacturers make individual lashes by attaching each lash to a small piece of plastic called a bulb. The manufacturing process for false eyelashes is complex, and it takes a lot of skill to make a good pair of lashes.
Our advice is to pay as much money as you can afford, experiment with styles and textures until you find your ideal lash, and sign up for our subscription service to ensure you never run out.
What's the Best Type of Fake Eyelash for You?
There are so many different types of fake eyelashes on the market, it can be hard to choose the right one. The best way to find the perfect lash is to experiment with different styles until you find the one that suits you best.
Synthetic lashes are an excellent place to start if you're a beginner. Buy a multipack because there may be several lash tragedies along the way until you get the hang of applying them.
A get place to start is the Eylure Fluttery Light Lashes Multipack 117, stunning lashes that are top quality, easy to apply and, what's more REUSABLE!
Here are our beginner's top picks
Kiss True Beginners Starter Kit
Ardell Lash Starter Kit - Glamour 105
Ardell Eyelash Starter Kit - Natural 116
Pre-Glued Lashes for Time Saving
If you want to save time, pre-glued lashes are a good choice. These are false eyelashes that come with the adhesive already applied. It's so easy, peel off the strip and press the lashes into place - simple.
Pre-glued lashes are available in all different styles to find the perfect one for your look. Think of it like a stepping stone, from beginner's lashes to pre-glued to eventually applying your own individual lashes like a skilled pro.
Our pre-glued lash picks
Eylure Pre-Glued Texture Lashes - 117
Ardell Press-On Lashes - Wispies
Once you've mastered your lash hand and eye coordination, you can move on to more tricky styles like bottom and cat eyelashes.
New Technology Makes False Lashes Last Longer
There have been some significant advances in false lash technology in recent years. The biggest change is the development of new adhesives that are stronger and longer lasting.
Advanced technology means you can wear your lashes for days or weeks without worrying about them falling off.
However, it's important to note that these new adhesives are unsuitable for everyone. Some people may find that they cause an allergic reaction, so it's always best to do a patch test before using them.
If you want to try a long-lasting lash adhesive, we recommend the following
Kiss Brush-on Strip Eyelash Adhesive
Ardell Lash Tite Clear Individual Lash Adhesive
Faux Mink Lashes - The Best of the Best
Once you are up and running, you might like to try the sleek and sexy faux mink lashes. As we have said before, fake mink lashes are made of super fine synthetic material that imitates the look of real mink fur.
They are softer and lighter than other fake eyelashes, making them much more comfortable to wear. They also have a natural-looking sheen that makes them look just like your own lashes. Read more about Faux Mink Lashes.
Why not try a pair of faux mink lashes? We recommend the following
Ardell Demi Wispies Faux Mink Lashes
Kiss Looks So Natural Lash Collection - Flirty
What's the Easiest Way to Apply False Strip lashes?
The best way to apply false eyelashes is with a good quality lash adhesive. We recommend using a bond designed explicitly for false eyelashes, as this will give you the best results.
When applying the adhesive, apply a small amount evenly to the strip. Wait a few seconds before the adhesive becomes sticky before attaching the lashes to your eyelid.
Once the lashes are safely in place, gently press them down and hold them there for a few seconds to ensure they are firmly attached.
If you want to remove your lashes at the end of the day, gently peel them off, starting at the outer corner. Do not pull hard, as this could damage your own lashes.
Once the lashes are off, remove any residual adhesive with a cotton pad soaked in makeup remover.
Magnetic Lashes Suit Everyone
You might ask, "what are fake lashes made of" especially magnetic lashes, as they are a new lash innovation.
Two strips of fake strands make up magnetic lashes. You can place the lash above and below your natural lash line. The top strip has small magnets that attach to the bottom, holding the lashes in place.
Magnetic lashes are much easier to apply than traditional false eyelashes, and you can use adhesive to apply the magnetic strip or, even better, a magnetic eyeliner. This makes them suitable for everyone, even those with sensitive eyes or skin.
If you want to try magnetic lashes, we recommend the following
Eylure Magnetic Lashes - Idolize
Kiss Magnetic Lashes - Accent 004
Mix and Match to Suit your Style
Now you know what false lashes are made of. You might like to consider the different available styles. Russian eyelashes, for example, are generally made from faux mink fur, but you can also find them made from real and fake silk.
The Russian-style lashes we recommend are
Dose of Lashes 3D Faux Mink - Rebel
Dose of Lashes 3D Faux Mink Lashes - Baddie
Choosing a fake eyelash made from sustainable materials makes it possible to be glamorous and responsible. Some great eco-friendly options are made from recycled plastic, bamboo and even silkworm 🐛 cocoons.
Personally, I don't like the idea of silkworm cocoons on my face, so I choose recycled materials that are biodegradable or can be reused and preferably synthetic.
If you want to try eco-friendly lashes, we recommend
Eyecha Eco False Lashes - River
Ardell Eco Lash - 541
Eyecha Eco Flase Lash - Blossom
Above is everything you need to know about the different types of false eyelashes available and what they are made of. Now you can decide which type is right for you.
Whether you want a natural look or something more dramatic, there's a lash on the market to suit your style and budget. So go ahead and get your lashes on!