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False lashes are nothing new, and neither are the numerous, unwieldy “treatments” offered to achieve that dramatic effect. (The 19th century debuted some especially cringe-inducing procedures involving needles and human hair.) Thankfully, modern falsies rely on lash adhesive rather than surgical intervention to stay on your eyelids. Still, wrangling with lash glue brings its own issues: Watery eyes, keeping the lashes hygienic, knowing that with every satisfying peel-off that you’re shortening the life of your beloved lash extensions. The alternative? Magnetic lashes that skip the glue entirely by using tiny magnets to form a gentle sandwich around your eyelashes. They take some practice to apply but ultimately last longer. Here, we’ve gathered the seven best magnetic lashes, from high-end to drugstore favorites and feathery, lightweight lash accents.
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. The good thing about the magnets? These lashes don’t budge once they’re on, but they still come off at the end of the day without peeling off half your real eyelashes.
Best Budget: Arvesa Magnetic Eyelashes
Like the Ardell lash accents, these Arvesa eyelashes only cover part of the lash line. Available in generous eight-packs, these lightweight lashes come 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. And since there are so many pairs in each pack, you can be less precious with the lashes and experiment with their shape. Like other magnetic lashes, these take some practice to apply. But once you get them on, the longer fringe at the ends tapers your eyes into a subtle winged look.
Best Full Lashes: 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. If you have trouble fitting the strips to your eye, some reviewers had success trimming them in half, though be careful not to accidentally cut off a magnet.
Best Natural Look: One Two Cosmetics Founder’s Lashes
Created by the original magnetic lashes brand, One Two Cosmetics, the Founder’s Lashes are deceptively plain but clearly very high quality once you touch them. For one, they don’t announce themselves as false lashes. Instead, they cover your natural lashes with delicate, feathery pieces that mix in with your natural lashes for a beautiful fringe—no plasticky strips here. 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: Love Lash Magnetic Faux Lash Extensions
The Love Lash falsies look fairly unassuming in the box, but the magic happens once you pop them on. They blend in with your real lashes to create a dramatic fringe that won’t overwhelm your eyes, and they work well with all kinds of eyelid shapes. The Magnetic Faux Lash Extensions come in what looks like a small white shadow box with an open compartment for each strip. Each extension features a single magnet, so you will have to take extra care to bend each strip before applying to ensure they conform to your eye shape.
Best Accent Lashes: One Two Cosmetics Accent Lashes
These lash clusters are so fine and wispy, you'll probably forget you're wearing them. These small clusters of lashes 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.
Best Lengthening Lashes: Sephora Collection One Two Lash
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 from One Two 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.
Our writers spent 20 hours researching the most popular magnetic eyelashes on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 10 different eyelashes overall, screened options from 6 different brands and manufacturers, read over 30 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.