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We’re all for lash extensions or a good set of falsies. But when you can’t get in to see a pro for a set of extensions, and/or don’t want the hassle of dealing with the often-annoying false lash and glue combo, magnetic lashes offer the perfect alternative. Like DIY falsies, they instantly make for a more dramatic eye-opening effect—there’s just no adhesive required. Instead, they stick to lashes via, you guessed it, tiny magnets. (Typically, you either sandwich your natural lashes in between two strips which “snap” together, or first apply a magnetic liner which the false lashes stick to.) Sounds a little sci-fi, and the application does take a little bit of getting used to, but the end result is way worth it.
Here, the best magnetic lashes available.
If you can master applying a liquid liner, you can apply these lashes. Happily, the thin brush on this one (which contains iron oxides, so that the magnets in the lashes stick to it) makes it easy to swipe on. For best results, build up your line to be as thick as the lash strip and use several coats, letting it dry completely. Then simply pop on the lashes, which are full and fluttery. The process can be done in five minutes, the lashes can be reused up to 15 times, and the price point is great.
These wallet-friendly lashes boast five double-strength magnets and last up to 16 hours when applied correctly. (FYI, you do need to use them with the magnetic eyeliner, sold separately, for best results.) Happy Ulta reviewers love ‘em, repeatedly commenting on how comparable these are to much pricier options.
Not sure you have the hand-eye coordination to master magnetic lashes? Try this kit, which has everything you need to ensure success. The eyeliner-based system comes with a super ergonomic and smartly-shaped applicator tool (it kind of looks like a crazy tweezer). It grips and positions the strip of lashes perfectly, and the lashes are housed in a compact that comes with an included mirror that makes it easy to see exactly what you’re doing.
Makeup artists, beauty editors, and consumers alike love Ardell’s line-up of false lashes for being affordable, natural-looking, and easy-to-apply; this magnetic option from the brand checks all of those same boxes. There are eight mini magnets, strategically placed so that the lashes lay seamlessly flat along your lash line and blend in perfectly, but still offer a dramatic pop.
Fun fact: This was the first brand to introduce magnetic eyelashes. They have a whole host of options, ranging from natural to dramatic, but we’re especially partial to this natural accent lash. Just like adding a few traditional falsies to the outer corners of your eyes can make a big impact (in a subtle way), these do exactly the same, adding a beautiful lift and the slightest touch of curl, perfect when you want to amp up your eye look ever so slightly. They’re also incredibly lightweight.
Those who love magnetic lashes and enjoy wearing them on the reg should consider this Amazon favorite, which comes with a whopping array of 10 different styles that run the gamut from subtle to statement-making. Each strip has five magnets spread out to evenly and smoothly attach to the waterproof magnetic liner, of which you get two tubes.
As mentioned, magnetic lashes either work by sandwiching together or via a magnetic liner. The former offers the added benefit of eliminating a step in your routine, and may also help ensure the entire strip of lashes stays completely secure. This particular option denotes the magnets on the lashes with helpful dots, so you can tell not only which lash goes on top and bottom, but also which set goes on which eye. There’s also a helpful applicator tool included as well, and a convenient carrying case.
On the flip side, while opting for a liner-based system may take a little bit longer, many proponents will ultimately say that it feels more lightweight since there are fewer magnets on your lashes. This rich black liner goes on smoothly, and is not only waterproof but also latex- and paraben-free, a nice option if you have sensitive eyes. It works perfectly as a base for these soft lashes, which have the added benefit of being easily trimmable from both sides.
Technically speaking most, if not all, magnetic lashes should be reusable at least a few times, so long as you’re removing and storing them properly. However, these guys take the cake, lasting for up to 30 wears. There’s also no shortage of options to pick from, but this particular one is one of the best-sellers, flattering on all eye shapes and offering the perfect amount of drama.
Not quite sure which magnetic MO you prefer? This kit offers the best of both worlds. It comes with a liquid magnetic eyeliner, plus 24 individual anchor magnets. Use either option individually, or pair the two when you really need to ensure lashes stay put. It’s a bit pricier, but you do get two different types of lashes, each of which is reusable up to 40 times.