The 3 Types of False Eyelashes

False eyelashes are a cosmetic method of enhancing the appearance of natural eyelashes adding volume and length.

There are 3 different types of False Eyelash Applications; Strip, Individual Flare, and Individual Single(extensions). Of those 3 types, false eyelashes can be made from several different materials.

  • Mink – Mink lashes, as the name suggests, are made from the fur of minks. This material is very light, fluffy and realistic looking on the lashes. The high-quality material is a more durable and reusable in lashes.

  • Synthetic – Synthetic lashes are made from a polyester fiber known as, Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT). This is the material many faux mink lashes are made of as well. The fiber is heated and shaped into the desired lash style.

  • Silk – Silk Eyelashes are made of the same material as synthetic lashes. The difference between the two lies between the shape and finish of the lash. Silk has a shinier finish and has a shorter taper at the end. This makes the lash thicker throughout.

  • Human/Horse Hair – Hair lashes are made from either horse tail hairs or human hair. The hair is blunt cut causing the lashes to not taper at the ends. The fine fibers of hair result in a soft and natural looking lash.

Types of Eyelashes

Strip Lashes (Most common)

Lash hairs or fibers attached to a thin strip. Lash strips are applied to the lash-line of the eyelid.

Great for beginners in false lashes. There are many different styles and lengths available for the type of false eyelash depending on your preference.

Strip lashes can be cut to a custom size to fit your eye. This type of false eyelash is applied either via glue application or magnetic strips.

Indiviual Flare Lashes

Commonly used by make up artists, Individual flare lashes are small bunches of 3 lashes applied to one natural lash at a time. The lashes are attached using a semi permanent glue to add volume to desired areas in the lashes.

The lash bunches typically come at 3 different lengths. This allows for more control for the end results by layering based on preference.

Individual Flare lashes typically last 1 – 2 weeks depending on the adhesive.

Individual Single Lashes (Extensions)

This type of false lash application is considered an eyelash extension.
This method requires professional application due to the detail orientation and duration required for a successful application.

The eyelash extensions are applied individually using a “permanent” glue. The lashes can last for several weeks dependent on upkeep and the growing rate of the natural eyelashes. Typically eyelash extensions need to be maintained every 3 – 6 weeks.

Of the 3 types of false lashes, Single individual lashes (extensions) have the longest lasting results. While both the individual flare lashes and the single individual lashes have result in a more natural looking lash, strip lashes are the most cost effective. The choice is yours based on your preference of permanence, maintenance and overall finished product.

What is your go-to method of false eyelashes? Leave a comment!

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