When you have naturally short eyelashes, using just an eyelash curler and mascara doesn’t always cut it. Enter false eyelashes, the perfect way to bring out your eyes and achieve a more dramatic look. Here are the top falsies we recommend at an affordable price.
The daytime set
During the day, you usually want to look more natural and conservative for school and/or work. Stick to straight and even lashes (avoid alternating lengths or crisscrossed styles), so you can still apply mascara to blend them with your natural lashes. You can also try individual lashes, which are easier to control and can be spaced out or condensed to create more of a natural or dramatic look, according to your preference. Individual flares can also be placed in the outer corner on top of any other falsies to make it look a little more flirty.
Ardell Fashion Lashes #109, $3.49 each, at drugstores or available online here
Ardell Duralash Individual Flares, $3.99 each, available online here
e.l.f Individual Lash Kit, $1.00 each, available online here
The nighttime set
To create a bolder, dramatic look for going out at night, I personally prefer crisscrossed lashes—but alternating lengths or extremely dense straight lashes can also look good. Be careful though—if you are applying a dark eye shadow or lip color, pick a set of false eyelashes that will complement, rather than steal attention away from the rest of your makeup.
e.l.f Flirty Eyelashes Paletts Purple, $3.00 each, available online here
Ardell Fashion Lashes #106, $3.49 each, available online here
If you’re going for an adventurous look, try Make Up For Ever’s strip lashes, which comes in many different lengths, colors and styles. At $15 each, they’re on the expensive side, but the bright colors and crazy designs will steal any show. My favorite is 137—there’s something about winking with a set of feathers attached to my eyelids that is particularly appealing. You can find them online at Sephora here.
Last modified: March 30, 2010