The best false eyelashes have come a long way from the huge chunky gluey things of the past.
Gone are the days of it being highly likely you’ll come away from applying them with your eyelids stuck together, or having the corners ping off as soon as you step away from your mirror.
The thick PVA-style glue that would feel heavy and gloopy has been replaced with a more adhesive, quick drying, clear formula. And you can say goodbye to having spider eyelashes.
Modern lashes are beautifully silky and full, designed to complement and help enhance what you already have rather than coming in and stomping all over them.
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There are numerous stories about where the novelty of false eyelashes first came from. Some reports suggest they originated in the late 1800s when women implanted eyelashes onto their eyelids with needles. Other reports are a less unpleasant. In 1911, Anna Taylor first patented false eyelashes, and hairdresser Karl Nessler began promoting and selling lash treatments alongside haircuts in his salon.
Today, there’s standard eyelashes you use with adhesive; pre-glued false eyelashes, individual lashes, strip lashes and now there’s even magnetic eyelashes.
Magnetic eyelashes come in two varieties – the first consists of two strips of lashes with magnets attached. The second involves similar lashes with magnets attached but they are placed with the help of magnetic eyeliner. You can read more about they work in our guide to the best cheat products.
This means the problem isn’t worrying about the quality or longevity of your lashes, it’s knowing which ones, from the huge number on the market, you should be buying.
Fear not, we’re here to help and have compiled a list of some of the best false eyelashes in the UK, including the best cheap false eyelashes and the best false eyelashes for beginners.
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£9.85 | Buy now from PrettyLittleThing
Why we love them: If you’re looking for lashes that’ll get you that Kardashian finish, or alternatively you have no idea who the Kardashians are but you’re new to lashes and want a pair that will give your eyes a natural, yet bold and fluttery finish, Tatti Lashes is the brand for you.
We love how many options the TL range has, from dramatic and voluminous to more subtle, you’ve got them all to choose from.
They’re reusable for between 15–20 times which makes them well worth their price, and they come with the easiest to use adhesive glue. Handy and gorgeous.
Why we love them: This product may be slightly more expensive than the others on our list but that is reflected in the quality and wow factor. Velour is fully behind the knowledge that every person and every eye is different, this is why they’ve put a lot of thought and care into ensuring their eyelashes can be suitable for everyone.
They even have a handy Lash Guide to help you choose the perfect ones for you. We’ve put the ‘Feelin’ Myself’ lashes on our list because we think they are great all-rounders and look flawless, whatever the occasion.
£5+ | Buy now from Superdrug
Why we love them: Possibly the most well-known brand in the UK for selling false eyelashes, for good reason. Not only are its products so affordable and accessible, they’re also of the highest quality and come with an adhesive glue that will last you up to 18 hours.
These are, hands-down, the best cheap false eyelashes around. The only downside is that they can only be reused a maximum of five times. However, because of their lower price this isn’t the end of the world.Buy now from Superdrug
£18 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love them: Of all the magnetic false eyelashes we’ve tried – and believe us, there’s been a few! – Ardell’s range provides the best value for money. Not only do they come in various designs – including natural-looking false eyelashes all the way up to dramatic – once you’ve bought the kit you can go ahead and buy individual sets of lashes going forward. Plus, the beauty of magnetic lashes is that the magnetic eyeliner works with any brand, so you’re not restricted to just using Ardell’s lashes. We’re also big fans of Moxielash, but they’re pricey – $32 for a pair – and you need to have them shipped.
Why we love them: MAC’s individual lashes come in three different lengths, ideal for you to mix and match as you wish. This product has the wonderful effect of helping you not look as though you have anything cosmetic on your eyes as well as keeping them feeling light and natural. They’re also super easy to apply.
£14 | Buy now from Cult Beauty
Why we love them: These are the best false eyelashes we found when looking for ones with serious drama. They’ve got a feathery effect that makes the eyes pop and look bolder than they would with just a lick of mascara.
They’re the perfect balance of length and thickness helping them to look like extensions of your natural lashes.
This product is also ideal if your own eyelashes are a little sparse or you have gaps. Unfortunately, they don’t include glue, but that can be purchased here.
£13 | Buy now from NARS
Why we love them: NARS’ lashes are designed to suit any eye shape, any time. They’re made with natural hair, rather than anything synthetic, which is a huge plus in helping them look just like your own lashes. The big downside to this, of course, is that NARS eyelashes aren’t vegan-friendly or cruelty-free. They’re both daring and practical, and are suitable for everyday use, literally everyday as they’re also suitable for reusing over and over. At only £13 these are certainly a true steal.
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Libby graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Multimedia Journalism. She’s worked as a researcher and writer for Heart Radio as well as a features writer for a Somerset newspaper. She’s since taken time out to travel, manage a hotel restaurant, do a lot of dog walking, and now works in London’s West End