I’ve always aspired to be a makeup pro, able to expertly dab on a flawless layer of foundation, apply the perfect highlight and contour, and draw a fleeking eyeliner wing with a flick of the wrist ; unfortunately, I’ve also never had the patience to actually follow through with making this happen. But among everything else, the standout type of more “advanced” makeup that always interested me was false eyelashes. As someone who grew up frequently dancing competitively, I was exposed to false eyelashes at a pretty young age, often ending with an overstressed mother and lots of tears. After only ever using false eyelashes for recitals and competitions, I was really excited to see how they could fit into a more everyday setting. I compared 2 different types of false eyelashes, then stepped way out of my comfort zone and tried my patience with individuals that had to be applied only a few small pieces at a time.
Ardell Lash Strips
These strips are the most common lashes at drug stores, probably because they’re easy to use and offer bold lashes, natural lashes, and everything in between. Each set normally costs $4.99 and includes one pair of lashes, with glue being purchased separately for an additional $4.99. Ardell lash strips take some practice to master application, but after the first or second use, they are quick and easy to apply and stay on well throughout the day. Be sure to apply eyeshadow or liner before lash strips to make sure nothing gets stuck to the glue. The instructions recommend using tweezers to apply this type of lashes, but after some difficulties with this method, I found it much easier to just use my fingers for better control of the entire strip – but maybe that’s just me. Let me know if you have a method you prefer!
I personally think you can never go wrong with this easy-to-apply, durable type of lashes. I’ve been using them for years, and there are options for any type of look you’re going for. These were definitely my favorite pick of all the false lashes I tried.
You can get your own to test out here:
e.l.f. Everyday Lash Collection
e.l.f. offers basically the same product as the Ardell lash strips, but at a much lower price. They include 2 different sets of lashes, glue, and tweezers for just $3.39. Unfortunately there are not as many different styles available in this brand and they offer mostly thinner options, which is fine if you’re going for more of an everyday look or still getting used to false lashes.
Unfortunately, the e.l.f. lashes were pretty difficult to use and didn’t hold up very well. They are very lightweight, which sounds great in theory, but in practice they simply aren’t durable enough to survive application. The worst part of this application is definitely the glue, which I found to be too sticky, making the lashes cling to my hands, the tweezers, and pretty much anything that got too close to it. Maybe the thin, lightweight lashes would be more manageable with a tackier, better quality glue. I was hoping this more affordable brand would end up working at least a little better, but in the end, it’s definitely worth the extra money to choose the Ardell strips instead.
To get your own ELF everyday lash:
These were a bit of a mess to apply. The pieces were so small, and I ended up getting more lashes stuck to everything in the surrounding vicinity than my actual lash line. When I finally did get a few on my face, they were often difficult to get lined up correctly, and seemed to stick to each other. If one was a little crooked and had to be removed, it pulled off the piece next to it as well. No instructions specified how many are supposed to be applied to each eye, so I just stopped when my lashes seemed pretty full (or when I ran out of patience). In the end I was pleasantly surprised with how natural they looked compared to the full strips I was used to – there was no obvious line where the piece were connected and they helped make my eyelashes look much fuller and longer. However, with my skills, they weren’t by any means perfect or even, despite how much time it took to put them on.
These lashes were advertised to last “a few weeks,” which seemed crazy to me, but after doing some research I learned that the ad was right and I could safely leave them on long-term. I got really excited about the possibility of having this look without having to re-do it every morning. Unfortunately, many of them ended up crooked or stuck to my pillow after sleeping in them one night, so I had to take them off the next morning. Not only did a lot of the individual pieces fall off, it was also extremely difficult to remove the few strips that stayed in place. I’m pretty sure I lost a few of my real eyelashes in the process, and the only method that worked was using an excessive amount of makeup remover to break down the glue. While personally I don’t think individual lashes are worth the time and effort, they may be fine for someone more patient and willing to put in practice. Let me know if you find a method that works or you have another opinion!
If you dare to test it out for yourself:
Overall I find false lashes to be a lot of fun and a great way to change up your look. I only take about 15 minutes to get ready most mornings, so I’d normally save them for a night out or a special occasion. After testing these products and finding how easy they can be, I’m working on stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to incorporate false eyelashes into my makeup choices more often.
Let me know what you think of them, and feel free share any tips or tricks you have!
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