In high school, I loved wearing bold and bright eye looks, whether that meant a swipe of emerald green eyeliner or a dusting of copper shadow diffused across my eyelids. However, I didn't wear these types of looks often, mostly because I could rarely get them to look the way I wanted them to without reaching for an exorbitant amount of eyeliner and multiple coats of volumizing mascara.
It wasn't until I tried on my first set of false lashes in college that I realized what the problem was. I craved dark, bold, and fluttery lashes to pair with a standout eye look, and my fine and thin ones weren't cutting it. (That's why I resorted to so much eyeliner and mascara—combining both products gave me the illusion of thicker and more dramatic lashes.) That's when my appreciation of falsies were born.
Nowadays I don't wear them every day. In fact, I only wear them occasionally. This is thanks to two things, the first being that I'm more comfortable in my own skin and I've come to accept my fine and feathery lashes for what they are. The second is thanks to some seriously amazing mascara formulas. But even so, there are a few occasions when some extra drama is needed. That's why I reached out to Byrdie editors to hear about their favorite false lashes brands and products. Let's just say my current collection has grown by seven pairs.
Huda Beauty's false lashes have a cult following, thanks to their lightweight and feathery feel. Our favorite set is called "Samantha," and it's dramatic without being over the top. We like pairing these with a smoky eye.
Senior Editor Hallie Gould and Managing Editor Lindsey Metrus love Ardell's individual lashes. They're easy to fit to your eye shape since you can apply them in wherever you need to bolster volume and length. Plus, they're easy to apply, which, let's be honest, is a benefit in and of itself.
Tarte's lashes are completely vegan and cruelty-free. This set, called Goddess, is fuller at the base, which results in a realistic and super-flattering boost of volume.
If you don't wear falsies often and you don't want to spring for a luxurious pair, these Ardell lashes will do the job. They're similar to the Huda Beauty pair since they're voluminous and fluttery.
These Velour Lashes have an ultra-thin cotton band, which helps to keep the strip in place and comfortable for however long you choose to wear them for. I'm a big fan of these. In my experience, there's nothing worse when applying falsies than having a thick plastic band to glue down.
As for natural lashes, try this Eylure multipack. I like to cut them in half and apply one of the segmented strips to the outer corner of my lash line. It offers a little more length and definition, without looking unnatural.
These faux lashes are made without any parabens, harsh chemicals, or latex. Plus, they can be worn up to 30 (yes, that's a three and a zero) times when handled with proper care. If that's the case, then they're well worth the $26 tag.