Everything You Need to Know About Magnetic Lashes

If you don’t want to shell out regularly for lash extensions and can’t stand the sticky glue involved with putting on faux lashes, you may want to give magnetic lashes a try. From how they work to application tips, here is your beginner’s guide.

What Are Magnetic Lashes?

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How do they work?
Each strip of lashes is embedded with tiny, near-invisible magnets at the base. To apply them, you sandwich your natural lashes between two strips of magnetic ones. One strip goes under and the second one goes on top, so they snap together in place.

What type should I get?
They come in full and partial strips—and in real or synthetic hair (which is important to note if you have sensitive eyes or allergies). If you’re new to magnetic lashes, we’ve found that the partial strips are a bit easier to handle and customize to your eye shape.

How much do they cost?
A set of magnetic lashes can cost you anywhere between $14 to $69. Again, it depends on the type of hair that’s used and their quality. We’re happy to report that we’ve tried a range of lashes and there are solid options at every price. (Plus, they’re reusable.)

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How do you put them on?
Start by prepping your natural lashes with a light coat of mascara. (We’ve found that it gives the faux strips something to grip onto.) Next, carefully line up the top strip as close to your lids as possible before snapping the bottom one in.

How do you remove them?
The removal process is slightly different depending on the brand. Some instruct you to pull the two strips apart by lifting the top strip up and bottom lash down (which will release the magnets). Others recommend rolling the top and bottom lashes between your thumb and pointer finger to gently (and we do mean gently) slide them off.

So...what's the catch?
It does take some practice to get them lined up just right, but at least you don't have to mess with that sticky glue that comes with conventional faux lashes. The only other thing to consider is if you're allergic to iron or nickel—in which case, please proceed with caution.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...
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