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Types of False Eyelashes: An Overview

Types of False Eyelashes: An Overview

False eyelashes are a great option for individuals who may think their own lashes are too short or not full enough, even with the aid of mascara. For those in the theater and entertainment world, false eyelashes are a must. Today, false eyelashes are available in a wide variety of styles, sizes and types. The big news is that nearly every haute couture makeup artist places heavy accent on the eyes. Dark, smoky eyes with a thick fringe of lashes add just the right style of nuance and are increasingly becoming a popular look. 

 

There are 3 main types of false eyelashes: Strip lashes, individual flare lashes, and individual single lashes. Before purchasing and using false eyelashes it's important to know the differences in the options available. 

Strip Lashes

The most common type beginners seek out is strip lashes. Strip lashes from brands such as Velour and Ardell come in many styles to create different looks and are made from a variety of materials. Velour false eyelashes are one of the highest quality lashes on the market and are made from 100% mink. Other brands may use synthetics like plastic and silk, or use human hair. The style and color you choose will depend on your personal preference, budget and the expected look you want. Strip lashes are versatile and can be trimmed to custom fit your eyes or to achieve a specific length. Most beginners will need a few practice trials before perfecting the skill so it’s always best to not trim off too much too soon. 

Individual Flare Lashes

Individual flare lashes are more commonly used by makeup artists, and are applied individually instead of all at once like strip lashes. They are a big help in increasing lash fullness and to fill in sparse areas. Flare lashes typically come in 3 different lengths and are great because the person applying them has a lot more control on how the end result will look. Layer them for a more voluminous look or to make a statement, or add just a few around the outer area of the eye to create flared lashes.

Individual Single Lashes 

The biggest difference between individual single lashes and the first 2 types mentioned is that single lashes are mostly used for eyelash extensions and are more permanent. Strip lashes and flare lashes are made for temporary wear. Single lashes are also usually applied by a professional in a salon, due to the amount of time and expertise needed to apply them correctly. Like flare lashes, they may be used to fill in sparse areas or make lashes more full.

The type of false eyelashes an individual chooses should take into consideration the application process and whether or not you are looking for a temporary or more permanent look. Choosing the right type of false eyelashes greatly depends on the look you are trying to create and the reason you are seeking out false lashes in the first place.

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