There are many options for false eyelashes out there on the market, and we understand that understanding the different types of eyelashes can be difficult. All eyelashes are different in terms of the materials used, the style, and quality. Let’s break down the different types of lashes available.
Synthetic False Eyelashes
Synthetic false eyelashes are made with synthetic materials, typically plastic. Although synthetic false eyelashes tend to be a lot cheaper to purchase, the eyelashes themselves are usually uncomfortable to wear. The plastic material makes the actually eyelash strands ve ry hard and thick. The band of synthetic false eyelashes is usually very thick and much harder to apply because of it. For cheaper synthetic eyelashes, you usually can only get about 2-3 wears of them before they start getting grimy or start falling apart. There are some lashes that are made with synthetic fibers that can be more comfortable to wear, but will cost a little bit more.
Silk False Eyelashes
Silk false eyelashes are considered a premium type of eyelash and are made with silk fibers. The silk fibers make the eyelashes extremely soft and comfortable on the eyes. The silk fibers are thin and smooth, allowing for the band of the eyelash to be thin. The way silk lashes are designed is typically in a 3D style, making the lashes super wispy and fluttery. Dramatic lashes can be created with silk fibers because of how lightweight the materials are. The silk lashes adhere to glue very well and have little to no shedding. They are more expensive, but last 20-25 wears on average with proper care and won’t irritate your eyes or become uncomfortable.
Mink False Eyelashes
Mink false eyelashes are made with sterilized mink fur. The materials are acquired through farms that brush the shedding hairs off of minks and are then sterilized before use. The fibers of mink false eyelashes are typically soft and comfortable to wear. The biggest downfall of mink materials is that they do not adhere to glue well, causing a lot of shedding during wear and over time. Keep in mind that in some foreign countries, there is no regulations on animal cruelty and safety.
Horse Fur False Eyelashes
Horse fur false eyelashes are a newer style of false eyelashes that have recently become popular due to their extreme wispy effect. The eyelashes styles are very pretty because of the materials. Horse fur is easy to manipulate and will hold certain shapes, make it much easier to create a wispy effect with the lash styles. Horse fur is purchased by lash manufacturers and is sterilized before use. Again, keep in mind that in some foreign countries, there is no regulations on animal cruelty and safety. Horse fur false eyelashes also tend to have some shedding over time but can be worn multiples times with proper care.
Human Hair Eyelashes
Human hair false eyelashes are the most popular kind of eyelash right next to synthetic eyelashes. If you’ve ever purchased a pair of Ardel lashes, you’ve tried human hair lashes. Think of these lashes like hair extensions – the materials are required in the same fashion. When you use actual human hair, whether it’s hair extensions or false eyelashes, it creates a super natural effect. These lashes are typically extremely soft and comfortable to wear. Human hair is very thin, allowing for the lash band to be super thin and easy to apply.
We always suggest purchasing silk, synthetic, or human hair lashes as opposed to false eyelashes made with animal fur. There are many lash companies that use factories in foreign countries that do not have regulations on animal cruelty in cosmetics. Although claims may be made that certain mink or horse fur lashes are cruelty-free, it is still very uncertain whether or not the materials are acquired from animal farms that treat animals poorly. Our lashes do not include any animal fur whatsoever and are completely cruelty-free. We love animals and do not want to contribute in any way to animal cruelty practices.
We hope this guide helps you better understand what false eyelashes are available and the differences among them.