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Although it's nearly impossible for beauty editors to play favorites, we must admit that mascara is one of the most hallowed of all the makeup products that reside on our crowded vanities. But alas, even mascara has its limitations. When we really want that "your lashes but better" look, we reach for false lashes. They provide much-needed definition without the telltale clumps and flakes. The result is wholly believable, providing your natural set of lashes with a subtle boost that awakens and emboldens the eyes. That's only if you're using the right set of falsies, of course… But don't worry, we've got you covered.
Read on for the best natural-looking false eyelashes on the market.
Best Overall: Velour Lashes Effortless No Trim Natural Lash Collection Short & Sweet
These fluttery beauties are designed to work for every eye shape, so they don't have to be trimmed—ever. The flared edges provide natural-looking curl and definition (plus they make you look awake, no matter how tired you feel).
Best Overall, Runner-Up: LoveSeen Iris Lashes
The brand says they created their 'Iris' lash for the person who wants subtle fullness and length, and we have to say they nailed it. The result is a soft and wispy look that looks completely natural.
Best Value: Ardell Natural Multipack 110 Lashes
With this Ardell multipack, which includes four sets of lashes, you get your money's worth. They're easy to trim to size if need be, and they meld into our natural lashes perfectly. We also love how lightweight and comfortable they feel.
Best Design: Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes
This five-set multipack from Kiss is unique in the actual design of the false lashes. Each individual synthetic fiber is tapered off at the end for a realistic finish akin to the look of natural eyelashes. Other brands simply cut the fiber straight across, which can look chunky and unnatural when applied.
Best Budget: e.l.f. Cosmetics Dramatic False Lash Kit
Drugstore staple E.l.f. is known for making high-quality beauty products at an ultra-affordable price—and these false lashes are no exception. Plus, they come with lash applicator glue and a contour tray for extra value.
Best Kit: Lashify Control Kit
If you're looking to get serious about false lashes, this kit is an investment, but we think it's a worthwhile one. According to Byrdie editorial director Faith Xue, it includes every tool and product you'd ever need to craft a natural, full look: a control wand, two lash sets, a bonding agent, and a waterproof lash extender. The results speak for themselves: "Yes, you could go to the drugstore and get false strip lashes or even individual lashes," Faith says, "but the final effect won't look half as mind-blowingly natural as how Lashify looks."
Best Vegan: Tarte Tarteist Pro Cruelty-Free Lashes
We love this entire line from Tarte because it's vegan and cruelty-free; it's also totally free of parabens, phthalates, and latex. Plus, there are a variety of styles available, so no matter what look you're going for—from natural to statement-making—there's a pair for you. The brand also offers a lash adhesive, which is sold separately.
Best for Everyday Wear: Huda Beauty Giselle Classic False Lashes #1
Huda Beauty is known (and loved) for its wide variety of strip lashes, but this pair, which offers light volume, is one of the brand's most popular—not to mention editor-approved. When former Byrdie UK editorial director Amy Lawrenson tested them out, her results were instantaneous: "I wore them to work and a couple of meetings," she says, "and I was met with a flurry of compliments at each."
Best Magnetic: Ardell Professional Magnetic Lash Accents 001
You can also go the magnetic false lashes route. Many people prefer this kind because they don't require any adhesive. That's right—instead, your natural lashes are sandwiched between two layers of false lashes attached to two tiny magnetic strips. There are a lot of options out there, but we think this one's worth trying since they're cut short to add subtle definition to the mid-to-outer eye area. Just have patience—it can take a little time and practice to align the lashes so the magnets clasp. Practice makes perfect, right?
Best Individuals: Ardell Individual Lash Trios
For really natural-looking results, try individual lashes. In our experience, they're much easier to apply compared to full lash strips because there's zero measuring or trimming involved. You can literally place them anywhere along your lash line where you have sparse or short hairs. They give an almost undetectable boost of length, volume, and definition.
To make your lashes last longer, celebrity MUA Melissa Hernandez suggests removing them from the trap by pressing your thumb in the center of the lash and gently dragging it downwards: "This technique helps maintain the shape of the lash and prevents it from tearing," she says.
Best for Volume: Sephora Collection Luxe False Lash in Plush
When your goal is all-around volume and length, opt for these false lashes from Sephora's own collection. Each is hand-made from soft natural hair fibers, so they look effortless and are comfortable to wear.
Best for Versatility: MAC Cosmetics 33 Lash False Lashes
Looking to fine-tune your false lashes? These handmade MAC falsies come in separate lash bundles, so you can create a fuller look or a fringe if that's your vibe. The choice is all yours.
Best Lightweight: Coloured Rain CR15 Lashes
Cruelty-free and vegan, these poly silk lashes are an upgrade to your beauty cabinet. They add just enough drama to enhance your look, but they're lightweight and natural enough for every day use. You also get plenty of bang for your buck, with each set lasting for an average of 20 wears with proper care.
With so many lash choices available, finding the most natural-looking falsies is no easy feat. At the top of our list is Velour Lashes Effortless No Trim Natural Lash Collection Short & Sweet. It isn’t the most affordable option on the market, but the natural-looking curl, subtle definition, and effortless application (no trimming) make them well worth the price. For a more budget-friendly option, try Ardell’s Natural Multipack Lashes for their super comfortable and lightweight feel. If you're a beginner, opt for Velour Lashes Effortless No Trim Natural Lash Collection Short and Sweet or Ardell’s Individual Lash Trios.
What to Look for in Natural False Lashes
If you’re a first time or newbie lash user, don’t go for a super heavy full strip of lashes. Opt for lighter, small lashes (or sections of them) that won’t weigh down your lashes or feel uncomfortable. To make application even easier, Hernandez advises bending the lash in half while the glue is drying to soften it and tilting your head to look down into a mirror for the best visibility.
The shape of your eyes is also an important detail to remember when purchasing lashes. For example, if your eyes are hooded, go for lash strips that are longer in the middle to help open up the eyes. If your eyes are round, opt for curly lashes to accentuate the outer corners.
Little details like band color are crucial for having your lashes look the most natural. A nude or transparent band color will look more natural whereas a black band color will add some more definition to your eyes. Regardless of which color you choose, if you want your lashes to look even more natural, Hernandez advises to “camouflage the lash band by applying black gel or liquid liner.”
Meet the Expert
Melissa Hernandez is a celebrity makeup artist who specializes in creating timeless looks that accentuate every individual person’s unique features. Some of her clients include Dove Cameron, Hallie Steinfeld, Camilla Ludington, and more.