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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 Natural Lash Collection in Short and 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 Design: Kiss Looks So Natural Eyelashes
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. Dramatic 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 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
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 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.