Aside from the fact that they can be messy, difficult to apply, and a straight-up nightmare to remove, adhesive false eyelashes are great! (Is my sarcasm showing?) But what if I told you there’s a way to get the long, fluffy lashes of your dreams for less money than eyelash extensions and without all the sticky, tricky application? Enter: magnetic lashes. All you do is pop ’em on whenever you want a little extra lash—simple as that. But are they safe? And if so, which ones should you use? I reached out to Ilyse Haberman, MD, an ophthalmologist at NYU Langone Health, to answer all of your burning questions, along with the best kits to buy right now.
But first: Are magnetic lashes safe?
Once you discover how easy they are to apply (and how good they look on), you’ll probs want to wear magnetic eyelashes every single day—but please don’t. “I’d recommend limiting the use of the magnetic lashes that sandwich your own natural lashes to avoid the potential of lash damage and traction alopecia,” Dr. Haberman says. Oh, and don’t try them for the first time right before a big event, since there’s always the potential for contact dermatitis or allergy to the product itself, she adds, in which case you should stop using them ASAP.
Other than that, you’ll also want to be nice and gentle when it comes to application (more on that in a bit), since your lashes are pretty delicate. Got it? Cool. Keep scrolling for our top nine favorite magnetic eyelashes—along with tips and tricks for using ’em correctly.
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These Drugstore Magnetic Strip Lashes
Ardell Magnetic Lash #110
Before investing in a pricey pack, start with something a little more affordable, like these strips from Ardell. If you like long, fluttery, but still realistic-looking lashes, these babies are it. Just place the upper strip on top of your lashes, and line up the bottom strip underneath your lashes (like a sandwich) until the magnets click together. Easy. The biggest complaint about magnetic strip lashes is that the ends have a tendency to lift. The fix: Cut the strip in half so you can customize the shape to fit your eyes.
This Magnetic Eyeliner and Lash Kit
Kiss Magnetic Eyeliner & Lash Kit Lure
If “sandwich” magnetic lashes aren’t for you, try this genius magnetic eyeliner version. To apply this style, start with a good shake of the eyeliner bottle, and then thinly line your upper lash line. After the product has dried, align the base of the lash strip with your eyeliner. Thanks to the iron oxides in the liner formula, the magnetic strip will adhere to it. And because these false lashes are supported by your eyelid rather than your natural lashes, Dr. Haberman says this style is safer in terms of the potential to cause traction alopecia.
These Magnetic Lashes for Dramatic Volume
Arishine Magnetic Eyeliner and Lashes Kit
This magnetic eyelash kit has over 6,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, so you know it’s good. Reviewers love this one for how lightweight the eyeliner feels (no greasy or heavy texture) and how full, fluffy, and dramatic the lashes look. You also get five lash sizes with this bb, which, for $25, is kinda a score.
These Magnetic Lashes for Traveling
AsaVea Magnetic Eyelashes with Magnetic Eyeliner, Applicator, and Mirror
If you like to bring your falsies on the go, you’ll love the ease of this travel-friendly kit. It comes with a cute mirror compact that doubles as your lash storage, along with an eyeliner adhesive and a handy little application tool (which you can use to gently place your lashes on the liner). Oh, and it’s rose gold. Soooooo.
This Set of 10 Magnetic Eyelashes
Arishine 3D 5D Magnetic Eyelashes Kit
Perfect for folks who are looking to play around with magnetic eyelashes (perhaps you’re trying to nail some epic Halloween makeup?), this affordable kit comes with a whopping 10 pairs. And even though you get a ton of range here (seriously—it has everything from bold and thick to long and fluttery), you aren’t sacrificing quality. These lashes stay TF put—thanks to the magnetic eyeliner—and are easy to re-use.
This Set of Magnetic Liner and Lashes Plus Anchor Magnets
The Lash Liner System Magnetic Eyeliner and Lash Bundle
This smudge-proof and waterproof eyeliner adhesive is one of the best you can find, but in case you need even more hold and stability with your lashes, this kit also comes with backup anchor magnets. And the fact that you can reuse this pair up to 30 times makes it worth every penny IMO.
This Set of Magnetic Liner and Accent Lashes
Eylure ProMagnetic Magnetic Eyeliner & Lash System
I get it: No one wants to spend a ton on falsies, no matter how great they are. For a more affordable option, try Eylure, which uses patent-pending technology to lock the faux-mink accent lash strips in place. Just be sure to apply a few layers of the formula for optimal effectiveness and make your eyeliner strokes the same thickness as the lash band for the most secure application.
This Set of Two Magnetic Lashes
One Two Lash Magnetic Lashes
Once you’ve got the hang of magnetic eyelashes, step up your game with a multipack of precut accent strips like this one. And when you need just a little somethin’ extra on the outside corners of your lashes, these short strips are a subtle but effective way to get the look. This kit comes with two pairs of lashes, a magnetic applicator tool to make the process even simpler, and a compact carrying case, which makes the price tag a little easier to justify.
These Customizable Magnetic Lashes
MoxieLash Classy Lashes
What makes MoxieLash a top pick is how customizable it is. You can buy a premade set like this one or you can buy everything separately and choose between gel or liquid liner and a whole range of lash styles. Since magnetic liner is significantly more expensive than lash glue, you also don’t want to waste it, so here’s the trick: Instead of using magnetic liner on your elongated cat-eye shape, apply your regs eyeliner first to get the shape you want, then follow with the magnetic liner only along the base of your lashes.
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