As someone who regularly wears bright eye shadows and vivid matte red lipsticks to work, it's hard for me to feel extra glamorous at a wedding or fancy party. That's why fake eyelashes are essential. Unfortunately, they're also a pain to apply. Over the years, I've tried many types of strip lashes, and once even tried to get fancy with tiny lash clusters (I only managed to get about four on per eye by the time the bride was ready to walk down the aisle).
That's why I was very intrigued by magnetic eyelashes. I finally got the chance to try them out at work along with two of my coworkers and fellow beauty buffs. And I have to say, I was way more into the magnetic false eyelashes than I thought I would be.
Traditional strip lashes can be tricky to apply. Magnetic lash strips are surprisingly easy, even for beginners.
It makes sense when you think about it: you need one magnetized strip that fits on top of your lashes and one that fits underneath (the two strips sandwich your natural lashes in between them).
It obviously has to be this way, but when you're used to dealing with normal lash extensions, you might briefly think you have two sets when you see all four lash strips in the case.
We got our hands on two types of magnetic lashes for work. The first type was a shorter half strip with one magnet in the center. The other was a full strip with two magnets located on the ends. I got the shorter strip with the center magnet, and it proved to be the better one by far.
That's because even though the extensions with the two end magnets would stay together at the ends, they would gape open in the magnet-less middle. They also proved to be too long for Michelle's eyes (the redhead in the above video). Normally, you can trim off the ends if a lash strip is too long, but trimming these particular extensions would mean cutting off the magnet.
At first, I completely bungled the application and looked like a hot mess with droopy lashes. My mistake was putting the extensions in the center of my natural lashes. As soon as I moved them to the outer corners, I got them to snap in place after only a few minutes.
I mean, they probably weren't as undetectable as thinner strip lashes, especially because they were only applied to the outer corners of my eyes. Yet they actually blended with my real lashes more than I expected. Plus, although you could see the magnet when I closed my eyes, you did have to be standing fairly close.
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The best magnetic lashes we tried featured center magnets like these.
Vegas proved to be the perfect testing ground for my magnetic falsies. I popped them on at 8:30 p.m. and didn't take them off until I crawled into bed as the sun started to rise on The Strip. They stayed on the entire night and didn't move.
I was able to put these on both eyes immediately and only had to make one slight adjustment, which meant sliding the magnets on one eye until they were perfectly aligned.
I was nervous that they wouldn't work in the real world, but my friend told me she really couldn't notice them.
Magnetic Eyelash Tips
1. Don't pull them off. Slide the magnets apart.
I actually didn't realize this until after I pulled the magnetic strips off in Vegas and took some of my real lashes along with them.
2. Put on the top lashes first.
Balancing the top half of the magnetic extensions on top of my natural lashes made applying them MUCH easier than sliding the bottoms underneath my natural lashes and then trying to apply the tops without dropping the bottoms.
3. Wear a thick black liner to help the magnetic eyelashes blend into your lash line.
This is just a good idea if you're wearing any type of lash extensions. To make the shiny black magnets blend in even more, swipe some black matte liner on top. Permanent marker might help too.
4. Put your mascara on before your lashes.
That way, you can avoid getting mascara on the extensions, thus extending their life. Unlike traditional strips, magnetic eyelashes can be reused over and over again, but only if you keep them makeup-free.
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