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If you love false lashes but hate wrangling with lash glue, magnetic lashes are the way to go. As the name suggests, magnetic lashes skip the adhesive entirely by using tiny magnets to attach to the lashline. Nailing the application takes some practice but the benefits are worth it—less mess and long-lasting hold, just to name a few.
Here, we rounded up the best magnetic lashes, from high-end picks to drugstore favorites.
Best Overall: Ardell Magnetic Lash Accent #001
These tiny clusters serve as accents for your natural lashes rather than a full strip, but they make a big impact nonetheless. Several tiny magnets along the strip ensure the ends won’t lift up (a common problem with lesser falsies) and the even distribution makes them easy to trim. Reviewers recommend applying light mascara beforehand to lend the lashes some traction. There is an initial learning curve, but once they’re on, they blend well with natural eyelashes.
Best Budget: Arvesa Magnetic Eyelashes
Like the Ardell lash accents, these lightweight lashes only cover part of the lash line. Available in generous eight-packs, one set comes with a magnetic storage tray (so you don't immediately lose them) and a pink applicator to help apply the lashes. These lash accents only have two magnets, but reviewers found this made them easier to trim down to fit their eyes. What's more, the longer fringe at the ends tapers your eyes into a subtle winged look.
Best Accent: Sephora Collection One Two Lash Magnetic Lashes in Accent
These lash clusters are so fine and wispy, you'll probably forget you're wearing them. They nestle into the outer corners of your eyes and create a beautiful tapered look straight out of the box. They’re also easy to customize: You can trim down the lashes to a more natural length, or shape them into a dramatic taper for a bold cat eye. Because of their subtlety, the Accent Lashes work especially well on short lashes. The invisible band and lightweight design eschew the sometimes-uncomfortable weight of traditional false lashes.
They’re a bit of a splurge (especially if you’ve been raised on drugstore alternatives) but they distinguish themselves with extra-soft fibers that imitate real lashes. Once you master the application, these are some of the easiest magnetic lashes to wear.
Best Dramatic Look: Ardell Magnetic Lash #110
If simple lash accents don’t suffice, these full lash strips should fit the bill. All of the aforementioned tips apply: Add a light coating of mascara to your lashes first (as close to the roots as possible), and have a little patience the first time you try to apply them. Once these are on, they fulfill all sorts of promises in mascara ad copy—they look natural but defined, with the drama and fullness you look for from full lash strips.
Best Lengthening: Sephora Collection One Two Lash Magnetic Lashes in Full Volume
If you're frustrated with short lashes—or simply want a more dramatic look—then a pair of lengthening lashes can really make your eyes pop. Each of these sets comes with two pairs of lashes housed in a glossy magnetic case. The applicator, which is also magnetic, holds on to the lashes and makes an otherwise-tricky application a lot easier. (This is especially handy when you’re first getting used to the magnets.) And once they're on, they don’t go anywhere. These dramatic lashes can give you a perfect fringe through your whole day and come right off at the end without taking several lashes with them.
Best for Beginners: Eylure Luxe Magnetic Opulent Accent Lashes
There's a learning curve to nail a magnetic lash application, but this pair is particularly good for beginners because it's easy to apply and gentle to remove. One pack includes a reusable pair of magnetic lashes (up to 15 wears!), a storage case and an applicator.
Runner-Up, Best for Beginners: LaFabs Premium Magnetic Eyelash Set
Feather-light and ultra-comfortable, these magnetic lashes are a great option for anyone looking to boost their own fringe without the use of lash glue. The kit comes with two sets of eyelashes and a handy applicator (that doubles as a lash curler) that's a cinch to use, even magnetic lash beginners will find it to be a breeze.