They’re Real!: The Best False Lashes and 4 Easy Ways To Make Them Last

Arielle Benasillo
Arielle Benasillo is a 23 year old New Yorker who's passion for makeup is real. Growing up with both parents as hair stylists, the skill ran in the family. She recently graduated from Make Up Forever Academy New York certifying her in beauty & fashion, theatrical, special effects makeup and body painting. Arielle is now a freelance makeup artist working on photo shoots, weddings and events, as well as being employed at Salon S for makeup artistry. On her free time she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, froyo night with her roommates, and taking advantage of bottomless brunch in Manhattan with friends.

Once you realize how life changing wearing false lashes are, you won’t ever want to go without. However, lash extensions are expensive and a whole lotta maintenance. Strip (or individual) lashes, give you the best of both worlds and save you those dollars.

Real animal hair lashes, such as mink, can be worn around 20-25 times. Synthetic hair lashes (usually cheaper) will last 3-5 wears. I prefer the thin bands, however the thicker the band the more wears you will get out of that pair.

Of course the quality of the lashes matter, but caring for them properly is just as important. They need that TLC so you can get the most bang for your buck. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep those lashes alive.

Before we get down to biz, wash your hands! You always want to start with a clean slate, literally. This step is many times forgotten, it’s important for making your lashes last as long as possible.


No Mascara:

Sometimes mascara is necessary for 1) tinting light lashes, and, 2) blending your lashes in with the falsies. However we all know mascara is a mess. If you must, apply before the lash application. And to make your natural lashes blend in with the falsies better, try using a lash curler prior to application. Mascara will create buildup that is extremely hard to remove without ruining the shape on your falsies, resulting in a shorter lash life.


GENTLY remove your lashes:

I know I know, ripping them off is exactly what you would rather do at the end of a long day. But, these lashes are a keeper! So, instead, take a cotton swab soaked in makeup remover and run it along the band to loosen the glue, making the removal process much easier and less likely to stretch out the band.


Remove the glue:

There will almost always be build up of dried glue on the strip. Use your fingers or tweezers to remove the excess glue from the band. You should do this every 2-3 wears to keep it clean and easier for future applications.


Store with care:

I like to spray a light mist of alcohol over the lashes before putting them away to keep them clean and sanitized. The best spot to keep your lashes safe is in the original packaging. This helps to maintain it’s shape and protect them from any dust, dirt or bacteria.

Now that you’re ready to properly care for your lashes, here are a few of my favorites:


Velour Lashes in “Carli Lash” and “Sophia Lash”- $29


Ardell Lashes “Demi Wispies Multipack”- $12


Ardell Individuals- $4

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Lily Lashes in “Mykonos”- $29.99


House of Lashes in “Iconic”- $12