Which lashes are best for you?
If you have been considering getting some fake strip lashes to alter your looks and give your face a lift, then keep reading to find out the pros and cons of false lashes. Are false lashes really worth the pain? Do the benefits outweigh the side effects? Find out below!
STRIP LASHES, THE HISTORY
Strip lashes have been around for a long time, and do not seem in a hurry to leave the beauty scene anytime soon. In case you did not know, false lashes have been in existence since the 1920s and have undergone multiple improvements to become what we have today.
It is believed that false lashes were invented in 1911 by a Canadian woman, Anna Taylor. She patented fake lashes, a crescent of fabric that she infused with tiny hairs. However, false strip lashes did not become popular until 1916 when a movie director, D.W Griffith had actress Seena Owens wear lash strips in the movie “Intolerance”. This was so the actress could look alluring and when she looked down, the long strip lashes would graze her cheeks. The lashes ended up a disaster because as the movie costar, Lilian Gish wrote in her memoir, “One morning she (Seena Owens) arrived at the studio with her eyes swollen nearly shut. Fortunately, Mr. Griffith had already shot the important scenes.”
This shows that strip lashes have not always been excellent. They had to undergo improvements to become the falsies of today. However, despite these numerous improvements and the many materials strip lashes are made from, to suit a variety of customers and choices, they still may not be the best choice for you.
PROS OF STRIP LASHES
Strip lashes, which are also known as false lashes, or fake lashes, are temporary, artificial hairs attached to a flexible band which you can attach to your lashes with glue to give more volume to your natural lashes.
They are made from a wide variety of materials such as polyester, silk, and even mink hairs, hence the availability of synthetic lashes, silk lashes, and mink lashes, amongst others. Strip lashes have the following advantages.
Depending on the material used, the quality, and the level of care given, false strip lashes can last long and can be used as many as 10 to 30 times.
To care for your strip lashes, all you have to do is clean them regularly; remove glue after every use. To do this, simply soak the lashes in water mixed with a mild, water based makeup remover. You can also clean strip lashes by brushing through them with an alcohol dipped spoolie, then store in a cool, dry place.
Never use oil-based makeup remover on your strip lashes as it weakens the band of the false lash and contributes to quicker ruin.
Depending on your preference, strip lashes can give your eyelashes a natural look, a full glam look, or even a dramatic look. False lashes can transform your look from zero to one hundred in little time!
Strip lashes come in different types, as mentioned earlier. This means that you have a wide variety of options to choose from. Synthetic lashes are the most affordable types of false lashes, but this has a downside, they are not very comfortable to wear. This is why they are recommended for single use.
Silk lashes on the other hand are soft, fine, and fluffy. They have a more flexible band than synthetic lashes and are therefore more comfortable to wear. Mink lashes, the holy grail of false strip lashes, are the most expensive strip lashes out there. Made from the soft tail fur of the Siberian or Chinese mink, mink lashes have the most natural look you can aim to get from strip lashes.
To read more about the different types of false lash strips, check out LASH EXTENSIONS: TYPES, CURLS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
CONS OF LASH STRIPS
As beautiful as they can make you look, strip lashes also have their disadvantages. Here are a few of them.
Damage to natural lashes
If applied wrongly (or removed wrongly), strip lashes can cause damage to your natural lashes by pulling them out, causing you to stop growing eyelashes, and ultimately affect your eye health in general. This is why we advise that you only get your eyelashes done by professional lash technicians and be very careful when applying them yourself at home. Check out our guide on How to Apply False Lashes.
Strip lashes can be expensive, especially if you are going for highbrow brands. In addition to this, you have to buy the lash glue separately. This can punch a huge hole in your expenses. What’s more, some lash strip glues have been reported to cause irritation and even worse, blindness!
False lashes require care – lots of it – if you want them to last long. Lash strips need to be cleaned after every use or else, they will begin to look tacky and bulky from buildup of eye makeup.
Also depending on the brand, material and quality, lash strips can also turn out looking very fake. This can subtract from your entire look, instead of adding to it as intended.
Many people find applying lash strips to be very time-consuming. This is especially so if you are a first timer at applying false lashes. The amount of care to be taken while applying the lashes can also be exasperating; one wrong move and your makeup could be ruined. Hence, the reason why some people prefer to go for lash extensions.
Lash extensions are a different type of false lashes which are applied using a different technique. They are single strands of synthetic hairs which are very light and fine in appearance. There are different types of lash extensions, and you can check them out HERE
To apply lash extensions, a single strand of the extension is glued unto a strand of natural lash. It is an extremely meticulous process that requires painstaking gentleness. The single lash extension is glued to the single natural lash at approximately 0.5 of a millimetre away from the skin of the eyelid.
Note of caution: Lash extensions should only be applied by professional lash technicians!
PROS OF LASH EXTENSIONS
Lash extensions typically last as long as your natural lashes, that is 4-6 weeks. However, this also depends on how well you maintain and take care of them. We also recommend that if your lashes begin to fall out before 4 to 6 weeks, you should get infills done every 2 weeks.
Because the lashes have already been affixed to your eyes, you no longer have to worry about struggling to apply false lashes yourself! Lash strips are the ultimate time savers when it comes to makeup.
You do not have to worry about whether to remove your lashes because of the weather or the occasion. Lash extensions are very versatile and can be worn everywhere. What’s more, you can even get them wet without having to worry about the curls, as you would do with mink lashes or other fake lashes.
Just like strip lashes, lash extensions also come in a wide variety. This means you have a lot of options to choose from. From mink to faux mink, silk and synthetic, the options and styles are endless!
CONS OF LASH EXTENSIONS
Lash extensions also have their own disadvantages and here are a few of them.
Requires professional know-how
Unlike strip lashes that you can learn how to apply yourself, lash extensions require professional know-how in order to be applied. Wrong application can lead to complications, and cause irreparable damage to the eyes. In addition, if unsanitary tool are used, your eyes could get inflamed, irritated or infected. This could then result in infection of your eyelid or cornea, temporary or permanent loss of lashes, or injury.
Some lash extension glues can cause allergic reactions in some people. We advise that you inquire about the components of whatever lash glue your technician wants to use, and also let them know if you are allergic to any.
Let’s be honest, lash extensions are not cheap to install, or maintain. They can cost quite a lot.
As much as lash extensions are praised for saving makeup time, they can still be time-consuming, especially when getting them installed. Installation of lash extensions can take as much as three hours, while refills can take as much as 2 hours.
Which should I choose?
Strip lashes and lash extensions both have their pros and cons, and making a choice would depend on any factors such as your preferred style, material and of course, your budget.