Want longer, fuller lashes? You could commit to eyelash serum, though you’ll wait weeks to see results. You could try more instantaneous eyelash extensions, though you’ll have to shell out some big bucks. Or, you can opt for a rather quick and easy at-home option simple enough for beginners: magnetic eyelashes.
These affordable lash extensions secure to your lids with tiny magnets, not glue—so if traditional falsies often leave you in a sticky situation (literally), magnetic lashes are totally worth it. Some sandwich together and some require you to apply a magnetic eyeliner first, but they all have the same lengthening and plumping effect, and can often be reused many times.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: Magnets? On your eyes? But as long as you follow the application and removal directions carefully—and don’t overuse them—magnetic eyelashes are safe, says Ron Robinson, a veteran cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat Cosmetics. In fact, because they don’t require messy glue, they may even be safer than regular falsies.
Ahead, we’ve gathered top-rated magnetic eyelashes that’ll save you all those tubes of drugstore mascara.
Luxe Magnetic Opulent Accent Lashes
There’s a definite learning curve when it comes to applying magnetic eyelashes, says Fred Connors, owner of FRED. salon. This sandwich-style set is great for beginners just getting used to the product, because it comes with a non-magnetic applicator that helps make putting them on a breeze.
Magnetic Eyeliner and Lashes Kit
“This kit is by far the easiest to use,” says Kelly Thompson, a makeup artist in NYC. “The magnets attach to the eyeliner, so they just press on with no fuss.” Plus, the liquid liner the set comes with is very opaque and wears well.
Magnetic Eyeliner and Lashes Kit
Worried magnetic lashes will be too fussy? As one reviewer notes, “as long as you can draw a line with liquid eyeliner, you will have no problem wearing these.” And because the liner is smudge-proof and waterproof, your lashes will look great all day long.
Kiss Magnetic Eyeliner & Lure Lash Kit
When you want a look that’s more subtle than shocking, these are the lashes you choose. Not only are they more spaced out, but each strip has five small magnets, ensuring that they blend seamlessly into your natural lash line.
Magnetic Eyeliner and Lashes
For the most streamlined beauty routine, try this set—the magnetic liner dries quickly, so you won’t waste any time. It’s also waterproof, so your lashes will be more likely to stay put, no matter what’s on your agenda.
Vassoul Dual Magnetic Eyelashes
This sandwich-style set of magnetic lashes comes with a curved wand for easy application, but Connors recommends brushing your natural lashes with mascara first to make the process easier. Then, once the lashes are in place, apply another coat of mascara to the top and bottom strips to reinforce the hold.
Ardell Magnetic Lash Accent #001
This is by far the most widely available set of magnetic lashes—you’ll find the product everywhere from Walgreens, to Ulta, and Amazon. And because the sandwich-style falsies can be cut to length to perfectly fit your lashes, they look very natural once in place, says Connors.
Magnetic Eyelashes Kit
These lashes are made with vegan silk and can me trimmed to suit the natural length and shape to the eye, which makes them much more realistic looking—especially if you have small eyes, says Connors. For the strongest hold, apply two coats of magnetic eyeliner.
Sassy Lashes Kit
They come with a liner that’s easy to work with for a more seamless and natural-looking application. Plus, the compact size of both the lash case and the liner make these a great option for frequent travelers.