It seems like everywhere you shop for beauty products these days, you’ll find a wide array of false eyelashes on display. While worn religiously by actresses and models for over a hundred years, they were typically used for special occasions by the general population, with the exception of a fad period in the 1960s. Now, 60 years later, applying false lashes has made its way into the common daily beauty routine of the everyday woman.
Types of Lashes
There are different ways to achieve that long luxurious lash look with the products that are on the market today. Here is a guide to some popular types of falsies.
- Individual Lashes - Individual lashes usually come in a set of numerous strands, at varying lengths. These lashes are best suited for someone who wants to create a look of fullness among their natural lashes. They are great for filling in any natural gaps in the lash line.
- Clusters - Lash clusters are sold in various quantities. They are essentially a smaller strip of lashes. If you are wanting to fill in certain areas or create custom looks like a cat-eye achieved by plopping a few at the corners of the eyes, this type of lash product is for you.
- Lash Strips - Synthetic lash strips (made from plastic instead of animal hairs, are the most widely used by the everyday consumer. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.
While strips that require glue are a little trickier to apply than the smaller clusters or individual strands, you can opt for a self-adhesive synthetic lash that is reusable. These lashes give you value by saving you the added cost of glue and the reusable factor means you won’t be headed back to the store for more as soon as you would be with single-use options.
When choosing lash strips, you’ll want to take your eye shape and distance into consideration while shopping.
- Almond shaped eyes - You're in luck! Most shapes and sizes of lashes should work for you.
- Hooded eyes - A shorter length lash with a thin strip is best.
- Deep-set eyes - You usually have a stronger brow bone. Look for lashes that have a longer length in the middle to offset this.
- Close-set eyes (less than one eyeball’s width apart) - Look for lashes that are longer on the outside corner.
- Wide-set eyes (more than one eyeball’s width apart) - Look for lashes that are accented in the middle to inner corner.