Fringes in a Minute
The newest mascaras take lashes above and beyond. For a clean comb-through, wipe the brush with a tissue weekly.
Diorshow Pump ’N’ Volume comes in a malleable bottle; squeeze it a few times to warm the formula for smooth coating. $30, dior.com.
The 200-plus bristles in the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise brush catch every last hair, elongating them before your very eyes. $10, lorealparisusa.com.
Contact-lens wearers, rejoice: La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Mascara is hypoallergenic and a cinch to remove. $25, laroche-posay.us.
Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Curvitude Mascara has a U-shaped wand to deliver a fanned, wide-eyed effect. $9, maybelline.com.
Enhance what you have in a few simple steps using individual clusters or half or full strips.
1. Apply Eye Makeup
That includes mascara. Then, if applying a full strip, lay it along your natural lash line, starting at the inner corner. Remove and trim away excess from the outer edge to get a custom fit.
2. Dip In Glue
Lash adhesives come in two colors: clear and black. The former creates an invisible bond, while the latter adds definition. Place a drop on the back of your hand. Using tweezers or fingers to hold the faux lashes, drag the band or base through it. Fan it for 45 seconds, until the glue becomes tacky.
3. Put It On
Anchor your elbow on a flat surface, and with your eyes open, set the lash strip flush against your lash line, working from the inner corner out. If using clusters or half-lengths, focus them along the outer two-thirds of your top lids.
How to Remove
Saturate a cotton pad with an oil-based eye-makeup remover (we like Albolene’s Eye Makeup Remover; $10, albolene.com). Press it against faux lashes to break down the glue bond, then hold skin taut at the outer corner and peel them off. Keep false eyelashes makeupfree, and you’ll get multiple wears out of a single set.
Also called “accents,” they amplify the outer corners. One Two Lash’s version has two layers that go above and below natural lashes and connect with two tiny, weightless magnets. $59, onetwocosmetics.com.
2. Full Strips
These are the boldest option with the most styles (from demure to bombshell). Battington Demi 3D Silk Lashes have a forgiving clear (not black) band, and can be reused 25 times. $28, battingtonlashes.com.
For newbies, pros recommend so-called individual lashes, such as Ardell Individual Medium Flare Lashes. They’re subtle and great for filling in gaps. $5, sallybeauty.com.
Our Top Tool
With its subtle arc, the Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler fits all eye shapes. To get a realistic lift, crimp lashes once at the base. $30, sephora.com.
For a more dramatic look that requires zero daily maintenance, invest in extensions, which last up to six weeks, or the duration of the lash growth cycle. A certified pro (this is important!) adheres 80 to 140 individual synthetic lashes to each lid using a safe, medical-grade glue. You may need a touch-up in between to refill spots that have shed. From $105.
Jamie Greenberg, celebrity makeup artist; Jade Munson, Ardell global brand ambassador; Clementina Richardson, founder of Envious Lashes