13 Fake Lashes That Look so Natural, No One Will Ever Know They’re Not Yours

Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.

Natural False Eyelashes

Byrdie / Chloe Jeong

Nothing against mascara, but even the most beloved of our tubes can only do so much. When you really want to step up your lash game, it’s time to call in the big guns. At the end of the day, professional lash extensions—if applied correctly—are going to give you the most natural effect, says Constance Mack Latham, a lash and brow artist, and expert, and the owner of Maven Esthetics in Chicago. The only problem? They’re expensive, time-consuming, and can damage your natural lashes over time. Enter the beauty of false lashes, which, these days, come in a dizzying array of styles and lengths. Pop them on for special occasions or wear them every day, the choice is yours. The choice is also yours when it comes to the result. If you’re after a more subtle, natural, ‘your lashes but better’ vibe, consider individuals or bundles, which you can apply strategically. If you do want to go for a full strip, Latham says that the weft is the key feature to see out: “The thinner the weft, the lighter the lash will be, which ultimately gives you the most natural look, regardless of the length chosen,” she says.

Ready to rock fabulous fringe? These are the best natural-looking false lashes out there.

Our Top Picks
Great for any eye shape, these lashes are flared-out to provide natural-looking curl and definition.
Best Overall, Runner-Up:
LoveSeen Iris Lashes at Loveseen.com
Try these lashes for subtle fullness and length, which results in a soft and wispy look that looks completely natural.
With three pairs of lashes for under $10, this option is super budget-friendly.
For insane value, reach for this multipack of natural-looking lashes you don't have to spend a fortune on.
This wallet-friendly pick gives you four pairs of lashes for a great price.
A unique tapered shape makes these falsies look oh so natural.
These vegan lashes are totally free of parabens, phthalates, and latex, so you'll feel great wearing them.
These lashes are great for everyday use and offer light volume for a natural look.
Ditch the lash glue and opt for these magnetic lashes that add definition and density.
These lash trios allow you to pump up the volume without using a full strip of faux lashes.

Best Overall: Velour Lashes Effortless No Trim Natural Lash Collection Short & Sweet

Velour Lashes Effortless No Trim Natural Lash Collection Short & Sweet
What We Like
  • Fits a variety of eye shapes

  • Easy to apply

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Light and fluttery, these have the added benefit of working with pretty much any and every eye shape, so there’s never a need to cut or trim them. The subtly flared edges add a very natural-looking curl and definition, too. Latham is a fan, adding that they’re also very easy to apply, always a huge win in our book.

Material: Synthetic Silk | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Allergens

Best Overall, Runner-Up: LoveSeen Iris Lashes

loveseen iris lash
What We Like
  • Lightweight look and feel

  • Pre-trimmed

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Coming in a close second, we also love these wispy falsies. The brand says these were created for anyone who wants subtle fullness and length (insert hand-raising emoji here). They also both look and feel extremely featherweight.

Material: Nylon | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Plastic

Best Drugstore: Eyelure False Eyelashes Natural No20

Eylure Naturals False Eyelashes
What We Like
  • Fits a variety of eye shapes

  • Affordable

  • Reusable

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers say the glue doesn’t work great

Pick up these guys on your next trip to Target. Reviewers repeatedly rave about how easy they are to apply and how amazingly natural they look, as well as the fact that the effect can be amped up if you top them with mascara. They’re super affordable, can be reused up to five times, and are cruelty-free, too.

Material: Synthetic hair | Application Method: Lash glue  | Free of:  Latex

Best Value: Ardell Natural Multipack 110 Lashes

Ardell Natural Multipack 110 Lashes
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Easy to trim and apply 

What We Don't Like
  • Made of human hair

Ardell is arguably the king of the castle when it comes to affordable, high-quality false lashes, no matter what style you’re after. (Case in point: There are four Ardell options on this list.) This particular pack comes with a set of four, which are easy to trim and apply, wear extremely comfortably, and somehow nearly disappear into your natural lash line undetectably.

Material: Sterilized human hair | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Parabens, latex

Best Value, Runner-Up: Ardell Demi Wispies Natural Multi-Pack

Ardell Demi Wispies Natural Multi-Pack
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Easy to remove

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers say the glue doesn’t work great

Latham is just one of many pros who sing the praises of Ardell lashes: “I became familiar with Ardell when I was in beauty school over a decade ago. They’re a beauty cult favorite and very affordable,” she says. These in particular are a great, natural-looking option because each of the individual lashes varies in length—just like your natural lashes. It makes for a much more believable result than the effect you get when all of the lashes in the strip are one uniform length.

Material: Sterilized human hair | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Parabens, latex

Best Design: Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes

kiss looks so natural lashes
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Unique, natural-looking shape and design

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers say they snap easily

These falsies look extremely natural because of the unique design; each of the individual synthetic fibers tapers off at the end, mimicking your natural lashes. (Other ones are often cut bluntly across, which can appear heavy and unnatural.) They caught the attention of Latham when she was teaching in esthetics school. “Heavy makeup isn’t allowed, but I noticed that even without makeup my students’ lashes looked amazing. I couldn’t help but stare and had to ask them what lashes they were wearing… they were all wearing these every day!”

Material: Synthetic hair | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Latex

Best Vegan: Tarte Tarteist Pro Cruelty-Free Lashes

Tarte Tarteist Pro Cruelty-Free Lashes
What We Like
  • Vegan & cruelty-free

  • Comes in a variety of styles

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers say they feel heavy

Vegan and cruelty-free, these are a great pick for the more conscious consumer, though there’s also a wide array of styles available, making them great for the beauty enthusiast, too. Whether you want super-natural or super statement-making, there’s a lash for that; for the former, the GTL style is our top choice, full and fluttery without being too over-the-top.  (Just FYI, you have to buy the lash adhesive separately.)

Material: Synthetic hair | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Latex, parabens, gluten

Best for Everyday Wear: Huda Beauty Giselle Classic False Lashes #1

huda beauty giselle classic false lashes #1
What We Like
  • Can be reused up to 15 times

  • Easy to apply

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers say the band is too thick

These days this brand is a makeup juggernaut, but it was false lashes that really put Huda Beauty on the map, and these are one of the most popular of all their offerings. They offer super-light volume, yet also create the appearance of more thickness along the lash line. Plus, while the price is mid-tier, the fact that they can be reused up to 15 times ups the value.

Material: Synthetic hair | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of Latex

Best Magnetic: Ardell Professional Magnetic Lash Accents 001

Ardell Professional Magnetic Lash Accents 001
What We Like
  • Great for those with sensitive eyes

  • Reusable

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Made of human hair

For those who have sensitive eyes and perhaps can’t tolerate lash glue (the adhesives used can be irritating for many), magnetic lashes offer an awesome alternative. How they work: Your natural lashes get sandwiched in between two layers of lashes that are attached via a tiny magnetic strip. How cool is that? These from Ardell are a fave because they’re cut slightly shorter to add more definition in the mid to outer eye area.

Material: Sterilized human hair | Application Method: Magnets attach to themselves | Free of: Parabens, latex

Best Individuals: Ardell Individual Lash Trios

Ardell Individual Trios
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Very customizable

What We Don't Like
  • Made of human hair

No matter whether it’s your first foray into falsies or you’re just after the most natural look possible, opting for individuals rather than a full strip is the way to go. They’re also the easiest to apply—no measuring or trimming required. Just pop as many of these featherweight clusters (yes, another option from Ardell) wherever you want along the lash line; they’re great on the outer corner for a fluttery effect or can be easily placed wherever your lashes may look a little sparse. Either way, you get a nearly undetectable boost of length, volume, and beautiful 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.

Material: Sterilized human hair | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Parabens, latex

Best Kit: Lashify Control Kit

Lashify Control Kit
What We Like
  • Very natural result

  • Only need to purchase refills, hereafter

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • Application can be challenging

This kit is amazing and basically lets you be your own lash tech right in your own home,” says Latham of another one of her top picks. “The bonding agent used is also a plus for me because it nourishes and protects your natural lash,” she adds. It’s definitely a bit pricey, and there is a learning curve when it comes to application, but once you’ve mastered it, the result is possibly the most natural we’ve ever seen.

Material: Synthetic silk | Application Method: Bonding agent (included) | Free of: Fumes, cyanoacrylate, formaldehyde

Best for Volume: Lilly Lashes Lite Faux Mink Lashes Diamond

Lilly Lashes Lite Faux Mink Lashes Diamond
What We Like
  • Fits a variety of eye shapes

  • Reusable

  • Comes with a storage case

What We Don't Like
  • Will likely have to be trimmed

If it’s not only extra lash length that you’re after, try these falsies, which impart tons of volume (though still look natural, of course). They earn our vote because they complement a variety of eye shapes, including hooded and almond eye shapes—an attribute confirmed by happy reviewers. They also add the best amount of both length and volume.

Material: Real and synthetic hair mix | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Latex

Best for Versatility: MAC Cosmetics 81 Charmer Lash

MAC Cosmetics 81 Charmer Lash
What We Like
  • Very customizable

  • Reusable

What We Don't Like
  • Not vegan

  • Expensive

These lash bundles offer the greatest in-between option—they’re slightly more dramatic than individuals, yet not quite as intense as a full strip. Use as many or as few of the clusters as needed to achieve your desired result; either way, they always look (and feel) super natural and comfortable. 

Material: Real and synthetic hair mix | Application Method: Lash glue | Free of: Latex

Final Verdict 

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 (view at Sephora). 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. Try Ardell’s Natural Multipack Lashes (view at Amazon) for a more budget-friendly option for their super comfortable and lightweight feel. If you're a beginner, opt for Ardell’s Individual Lash Trios (view at Amazon), and if you have sensitive eyes, you may want to consider trying a magnetic option, like the Ardell Professional Magnetic Lash Accent 001 (view at Ulta).

What to Look for in Natural False Lashes

Weight

If you’re a first-timer 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.

Shape

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.

Details

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.”

FAQ
  • How do you apply false eyelashes?

    The correct way to apply false eyelashes depends on which type you’re using. For cluster lashes (small gatherings of a few lash hairs), makeup artist Matin recommends wiggling lash glue right alongside the root of your lashes, then setting the cluster lash on top and gently pressing to fuse it. For individual lashes, makeup artist Lauren Andersen says knot-free versions create a more natural look, and you only need one or two on the outer corners to provide more extension. Strip lashes are one of the easiest methods, as it gives you a full set of volume in just one step—you can use the back of your hand as a surface for applying the glue, and be sure to check beforehand whether you need to cut the lash to better fit your eye. With all of these, don’t be afraid to adjust your lashes as the glue is drying, and finish the process with a final coat of mascara to blend your natural lashes with the false ones you’ve applied.

  • How do you remove false eyelashes?

    MG Hair and Makeup founder Megan Garmers explains that the process of removing false lashes applied with an adhesive glue is pretty straightforward: “Just gently tug on the inner corner of the lash (being careful not to tug your own real lashes!) while holding down your eyelid with another finger/hand,” she explains. “You can also get the adhesive started by applying an oil-based makeup remover to the lash line with a cotton swab and gently rubbing it against the lash line where the adhesive is.”

  • Can you reuse false eyelashes?

    Yes! It’s fine to reuse false eyelashes, as long as you clean them properly. However, Garmers says you should never reuse someone else’s lashes, and makeup artists should always use a new strip on each client. That being said, if you gently remove glue from your lashes using tweezers before cleansing with oil-free makeup remover, rinsing it off with a tiny bit of water, and sanitizing with alcohol before letting them air dry, your false lashes should be good to go for your next night out.

  • How long do false eyelashes last?

    “Generally, false lashes last one to two days, depending on if you touch your eyes a lot and/or apply the proper amount of adhesive,” Garmers explains. “Just make sure you are still removing your makeup even if you want to keep your lashes on for more than one day.”

Why Trust Byrdie?

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She has super short, very blonde lashes and loves the look of natural-looking falsies (though, full disclosure, prefers that someone else apply them on her).

Meet the Expert

Melissa Hernandez is a celebrity makeup artist who specializes in creating timeless looks that accentuate every person’s unique features. Some of her clients include Dove Cameron, Hallie Steinfeld, Camilla Ludington, and more. 

Megan Garmers is the founder and director of MG Hair and Makeup, a wedding hair and makeup service, and The Bridal Beauty Masterclass. She has over two decades of experience in both the beauty and wedding industries.

Constance Mack Latham is a lash and brow artist and expert and the owner of Maven Esthetics in Chicago. She has over 15+ years of experience working in the industry as a makeup artist and esthetician and is known to many in Chicago as The Brow Maven, largely for her incredible microblading techniques.

Matin is an NYC-raised celebrity makeup artist, who advocated for human rights and the use of non-toxic beauty.

Lauren Andersen is a celebrity makeup artist who has created gorgeous looks for Billie Lourd, Nina Dobrev, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Related Stories