True story: When Marc Jacobs was younger, he'd watch his mother as she carefully shaved away at a strip of black velvet ribbon, collecting the fibers that pilled so that she could apply them to her lashes and create her own bespoke lash extensions. Cut to 2016 when beauty guru Huda Kattan shook the vlogosphere with her own lash-lengthening hack in which she glued pieces of cotton to the tips of her lashes before applying mascara. Both fascinating but not exactly practical. The good news is beauty brands have also recognized the benefits of applying fiber to lashes and created mascara formulas with tiny fiber particles built in that adhere to lashes and add major length—no cutting or gluing necessary.
Ahead, our favorite offerings for doe-like flutters in just a few swipes.
Byrdie's editorial director, Faith Xue, credits this fiber mascara as being "the best one I've ever tried." The trick to this dual-sided tube is to first apply a layer of black mascara, switch to the other side and sweep on the fibers, and then revert back to the mascara. Check out the customer reviews to read more raving words of approval.
We all know the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is a volume lover's dream, but if you'd also like to add mega length, look no further. "Flexistretch" nylon fibers effortlessly glide onto your lashes and hold on tight. Pair that with the inky black mascara, and you've got a winning combo.
Not only does this formula deliver 24-hour lash extensions in just two minutes, but in the long term, it helps your natural lashes become thicker, fuller, and longer in three weeks' time. How's that for a lash-boosting formula?
You might want to move quickly on this mascara—it's sold out at Nordstrom and only a few are left on Amazon. The reason being the formula is filled with lightweight paper (yes, paper) fibers that grab on tightly to lashes and bring them to dramatic heights that women are, evidently, impressed with.
This formula promises seven times more volume while enhancing the length of your lashes. It's also smudge-resistant so eye rubbers and those with watery eyes need not worry.
This formula utilizes "tubing technology" to create tiny tubular extensions at the tips of lashes for a one-step fiber effect. The curved wand also enhances and lifts lashes as you apply, like a built-in lash curler.
Dior's cult-loved mascara got a boost when they introduced fibers to the formula, which fit the curvature of your natural lashes and sit in between lashes rather than on top. Women who are normally annoyed by fibers flaking off say that this technology helped reduce irritation significantly.
Even the shortest of lashes can appreciate the 400% volume increase this one-step fiber formula offers. The reverse cone-shaped wand also helps lift the outer lashes for a flirty, cat-eye effect.
Next up, read about the time one editor tried DIY lash extensions.