Have you seen the ads while scrolling Facebook? You know, the ones that show all these women effortlessly applying fake eyelashes? They’re all happy and smiling with their glamorous looking eyelashes. The ad is for magnetic eyelashes. If you’re anything like me you’ve wondered “Are magnetic eyelashes easy to put on? Like actually easy?”. Well I took the bait and ordered a pair. You know I love me some simple things that make life better. I couldn’t wait to get them and be as effortlessly glamorous as the Facebook ad ladies. Keep reading to find out how that worked out for me.
What are Magnetic Eyelashes?
Magnetic eyelashes are a type of faux strip lashes. Like faux strip eyelashes, they add length and volume to your existing lashes. What makes them different is that you don’t use glue to adhere the fake eyelashes to your lash line. Instead, magnetic eyelashes use magnets (go figure ha!) to stick to your peepers.
How do Magnetic Eyelashes Work?
A set of magnetic eyelashes comes with four pieces (instead of the two included in a set of glue on lashes). You use two pieces for each eye. Each strip has tiny magnets along its length. One piece goes below your upper lashes, and the other rests on top of your upper lashes. The two magnetic eyelash pieces sandwich your real lashes between them.
Okay Cool, but are Magnetic Eyelashes Easy to Put On?
In theory, yes, magnetic eyelashes are easy to put on. In reality, well, it takes a bit of practice. And you have to make sure you’re starting out with a good quality product. The pair I ordered from the Facebook ad was not a good quality product. Womp womp. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my story about it. I don’t recommend ordering Silly George magnetic lashes.
The pair I ordered and paid $20 for (that was with a coupon code) was not good. The lash strip had no curve to it and wouldn’t lay on my lash line correctly. I tried for like 20 minutes every day for a week and couldn’t get them on. Everyone says “it takes practice, keep trying”. Who has time for that? “Sorry Fam, I can’t make dinner, I have magnetic eyelash practice” – said no mom ever.
One day it finally became obvious to me. The upper and lower lash strips were not the same size. the magnets did not line up. There was no possible way these lashes were going to work no matter how much practice I put in. Because science. Hold on, let me get my lab coat and safetly goggles. The magnets attract to each other and so the longer one bends to fit into place with the shorter one. Therefore the lash strip would never lay neatly on the lash line and will most likely just pop off every time you try to apply it.
Step One to wearing magnetic eyelashes: Buy a quality product.
Which Brand of Magnetic Eyelashes Should I Try?
I decided to give a very well known faux eyelashes brand a try. I went with Ardell Double Wispies because I’ve noticed some of my favorite Instagrammers use these particular magnetic lashes. These magnetic eyelashes were the same size, so right out of the box, they had that going for them!
It took me two tries before I realized they were too long for my eyes. This is normal for me with adhesive strip falsies. I decided to cut the lash strips to fit. To do so, I cut off the outer eye portion up to the second magnet.
I got the newly shortened magnetic eyelashes applied on the first try. It was way easier than I thought it would be considering my previous experience with that other brand.
Step Two of applying magnetic eyelashes: Make sure they fit your eyes.
Got it, but how exactly do I put on magnetic eyelashes?
There different techniques to applying magnetic eyelashes.
The magnetic eyelashes you purchase should have instructions included. After trying to get my lashes on following these basic instructions, I realized I needed to take a different approach. Try both and see what works best for you.
- TECHNIQUE 1 (included instructions): Lay the upper magnetic lash strip on top of your eyelashes. Hold the lower lash strip in your fingers or with tweezers and come up from below to meet the top strip.
- TECHNIQUE 2 (my technique): Tilt your head back slightly and gently place the lower magnetic strip lash on your water line (the lower lash line of your eye). Close your eye gently to hold the lower magnetic eyelash in place. Line up the top magnetic eyelash with the bottom one and quickly place it on the top lash line.
Does technique 2 freak you out a little bit? I am willing to bet that if you can put in contacts or use eye drops, you can handle it. Because I can’t do either of those things and I could do this with ease. It’s not any worse than lining your waterline. If you can’t get your magnetic eyelashes to work with technique 1, try my technique.
Step Three to magnetic eyelashes bliss: Try different techniques to find out which works best for you.
I’m happy with my new magnetic eyelashes. I am going to make an effort to wear them a couple of times a week at least. I do plan on getting eyelash extensions again once we move to Florida and I find someone to do them the way I like. So for now, these magnetic eyelashes are going to stay in my daily makeup bag (peek at what else is in my makeup bag below).
I would love to hear from you
Now that I’ve written a thesis on magnetic eyelashes, I have some questions for you! Feel free to answer any or all of them in the comments. I’m honestly super curious!
- How often would you say you do your makeup?
- How much time do you think you spend taking care of yourself each week?
- Are you interested in simple beauty and self care ideas that make sense for mom life?
The reason I ask is because I’m trying to make more of an effort to take better care of myself this year. I noticed that when I get really into a minimal lifestyle, I don’t put that much of an effort into my style and beauty game. I want to change that! There’s got to be an area between not doing anything for myself because it takes too much effort and being so high maintenance that it’s overwhelming. I want to find that simple balance and thought maybe I could share my experiences here if you’re interested. Please let me know!
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