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Best false eyelashes 2021: Fake a flutter with the best false eyelashes from £10

Victoria Woollaston Jade Vincent
29 Jan 2021

Add volume, length and texture with the best false eyelashes

There’s only so much a few coats of mascara can achieve. On days that you need added length and volume, a fluttery pair of the best false eyelashes are the perfect solution – no lash technician necessary. 

Whether you want full and fluffy falsies that glam up your makeup look, or wispy, light lashes that give your eyes a natural boost, we've got you covered with our pick of the best false eyelashes. And unlike the sticky strip lashes from our teens, these false eyelashes take only minutes to apply and won't come unstuck after a few hours of wear. 

Read below for the best choices in red-carpet glam, barely-there natural and everything in between. 

Note: Many of these false eyelashes ship with a small tube of glue, but we tend to find these are either too fiddly or not quite strong enough. We highly recommend the £5.99 Duo Adhesive (available from Boots).

Our top tips for applying false eyelashes

There are a few key things to keep in mind before you apply your false eyelashes. For example, we'd recommend applying your falsies before any other makeup with the exception of eyeliner. Applying a neat feline flick to your lids will help to hide the lash band and give an even more natural finish, and you can always re-apply if things get a little messy. In fact, eyeliner applied to any gaps along the lash line will neaten the overall look and a touch of mascara will mesh your real lashes with your false ones.

What is the best way to apply false eyelashes?

There's not necessarily a 'right way' to apply false eyelashes, but there are mistakes to avoid. Ask any makeup artist for top application tips and they'll tell you it all comes down to practice - and patience. We find it easiest to stand in front of a mirror with our heads tilted back, for example, but that may not be comfortable for you.

When starting out, carefully take the lashes from the packaging and lightly place them along your lash line to see if they fit correctly. If you find they're too long, then carefully use a pair of small scissors to trim them down. Once you're happy with them, apply a thin layer of glue along the band and wait for 30 seconds until it becomes tacky. This makes it much easier to stick it to your eyelid. Then, hold it at the centre of the lash band and place it there as close to your natural lashes as you can get.

To finish, gently but firmly pull the false eyelashes down until they sit fully. We advise that you pay particular attention to the inner corner of your eye as this is the area where they can often come unstuck.

Do I need to buy false eyelash glue separately?

Most false eyelash sets will come with a small tube of glue, but be sure to check the packaging to be sure. If you are going to invest in some false eyelash glue, then our favourite is the Duo Eyelash Adhesive. Fully waterproof, non-irritating and super-strong, your false eyelashes are sure to stay in place all day with this adhesive.

A little tip – to avoid getting too much glue onto the lash and weighing them down, squeeze a small blob of glue onto the back of your hand and use your other hand to hold the lashes and coat the base. Leave for 20 seconds so the glue becomes tacky and this will make them easier to apply. 

The best false eyelashes to buy

1. Ardell Demi Wispies: Best false eyelashes

Price: £12 (for 4 pairs) | Buy now from Amazon

Ardell’s cult-classic Demi Wispies are our go-to lash for subtle glam. They're not overbearing but they do create a striking look that elevates your natural lashes. Earning a coveted place in many makeup artist’s beauty arsenals, the Demi Wispies are hand-knotted and feathered for a pretty, fluttery finish. Ideal for round or hooded eyes, the volume-boosting lashes have a mixed length with flared outer corners that instantly define and lift. For added va-va-voom, we’d pair these lashes with winged eyeliner for a feline effect. Plus, at Amazon, you can snap up a four-pack of Demi Wispies for under £8.

2. Lux Lashes London Roar Lashes: Best false eyelashes for value for money

Price: £10 | Buy now from Lux Lashes London

If you want premium, standout lashes without paying the premium prices, look no further than Lux Lashes London. We're obsessed with this brand and its range of 3D and 4D lashes and while they're likely more on the glam than natural side, they look and feel great.

Although we've big fans of the Ava and Beyonce versions, our daily go-to are the Roar lashes. They combine a great price with a luxury feel and a dramatic look that doesn't overpower your eyes or your eyeshadow. 

The Luxury Lashes cost around £10 each, but you can often get them in various sales and offers that Lux Lashes London run. We got three pairs for £15 recently. They're reusable and cruelty-free, too. 

Alternatively, Lux Lashes London has a fantastic range of everyday, faux mink lashes that start at just £1! Yeah, that's not a typo. You only need pay £1 for a pair of great-looking lashes! 

Buy now from Lux Lashes London

3. Eylure Luxe Trinket Lashes: Best false eyelashes for a natural look 

Price: £10 | Buy now from Boots

Fluffy, soft and oh-so-natural, with these mink-effect lashes you can cheat your way to a long, wispy style. The Trinket lashes have a tapered, criss-crossed design that seamlessly blends with your own eyelashes for a bright, doe-eyed look and unlike many false eyelash brands, the Luxe Collection ditches natural hair for a synthetic alternative that's cruelty-free and vegan.

Eyelure's Trinket false eyelashes are perfect for adding a little oomph to what nature supplied, no matter your eye shape. The ultra-fine, silk-effect lashes feel incredibly lightweight and they give an ultra glossy finish. Plus, we found that the mini lash glue that's included in the kit did a great job of keeping the eyelashes in place.

Buy now from Boots

4. Lilly Lashes Miami 3D Mink: Best false eyelashes for drama

Price: £30 | Buy now from Beauty Bay

There’s no beating Huda Beauty’s triple-stacked Miami 3D Mink lashes for a full-impact and flirty look. But be warned: these volume-boosting, super-lengthening lashes aren’t for the faint-hearted; they’re the go-to lash of the Kardashian clan for good reason. For an insta-worthy finish, we’d wear these show-stopping falsies with a strong smokey eye and glossy nude lip. They’re lightweight and comfortable, with a subtle lash band that sits seamlessly along the lash line. Yes – the Miami 32 Mink lashes are expensive, but considering you can reuse them up to 30 times, they offer good value for money. They’re also available in a faux-mink style.

Buy now from Beauty Bay

5. Velour Lashes Whispie Me Away: Best luxury false eyelashes

Price: £23 | Buy now from Lookfantastic

The Velour Whispie Me Away false eyelashes were reportedly the finishing touch to Meghan Markle’s radiant wedding makeup. Adding subtle volume and length, the false eyelashes have a crisscross design with a flared outer corner to give an elongating effect.

Velour use 100% cruelty-free mink hair for beautifully soft and fluffy lashes that look like you’re naturally blessed. The hairs are sourced from free-range zoos during shedding season, sterilised and applied by hand onto a flexible cotton band. The Whispie Me Away false eyelashes are expensive, but they’re built to last – you can wear them over 25 times.

Buy now from Beauty Bay

5. House of Lashes Le Petit Trip: Best individual false eyelashes

Price: £11 | Buy now from House of Beauty

With individual eyelashes, you can create a custom look that’s perfect for all occasions. Amp up the volume for a night out, or channel a pretty, barely-there look during the day – with the House of Lashes Le Petit Trip, both looks are achievable. Easily our favourite individual eyelash set, the set comes with knot-free, tapered clusters in a short, medium and long length.

If you find strip lashes too fiddly to apply, then these are perfect: simply apply a small blob of glue at the tip and use some tweezers to place the clusters along your lash line. For natural-looking fullness, use the short length in the inner corner, the mid-length at the centre, and the longer clusters at the outer edge for a flared finish. The set comes with adhesive and remover.

Buy now from House of Beauty

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