Let's rewind. Imagine you're a little kid again. You're drawing a picture — let's say it's a picture of dog. A girl dog. What do you draw to show everyone the dog is a girl?
Eyelashes, of course! It is undeniable that eyelashes are, in our society, a symbol of beauty and femininity.
[caption id="attachment_71923" align="alignnone" width="701"] A girl fox.[/caption]
While the actual purpose of eyelashes is to protect the eye from dust and dirt, eyelashes have had many different symbolic and cosmetic purposes throughout history. Mostly, eyelashes have had ~weird~ sexual connotations. In the middle ages, for example, visible hair was considered just TOO sexy, so some women plucked out their eyelashes to appear more proper.
[caption id="attachment_71922" align="alignnone" width="701"] This Medieval painting by Jan van Eych shows a woman without eyelashes. Who needs eyelashes when you have such a fabulous lace veil?[/caption]
On the flip side of the coin, in ancient Rome, eyelashes represented purity, so if your eyelashes were not long, you may have been seen as lascivious. In any case, throughout most of history, long lashes have been fashionable. In fact, they were so fashionable that some people took drastic measures, such as having surgeons literally sew hair from their heads onto their eyelids to give the look of thicker lashes.
Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's a piece of hair sewn to her lash line.
Of course, for WHATEVER reason, most people don't want to sew hair to their eyelids, so people started using falsies in the 1800s. They became extra popular in 1916, after some director said to this actress named Seena Owens, "your eyelashes need to be LONG, girl, so we're gonna use spirit gum to glue these fake eyelashes to your eyelid." Paraphrasing, of course.
[caption id="attachment_71921" align="alignnone" width="701"] Seena Owens in the film "Intolerance."[/caption]
Now, I'm not sure what those early false lashes looked like, but I'm going to assume that our eyelash technology has advanced. We have evolved. We have created and perfected. We have designed thousands and thousands of false lashes. And now we don't know which ones to choose. Oops?
For the most part, today women want eyelashes that are long, voluminous, and natural. It's that last one that's the kicker. Whether they are for a wedding or event, everyday wear, or to replace eyelashes that have fallen out from chemo, alopecia, trichotillomania, or any other reason, we don't really want our falsies to look false.
To ensure you are choosing falsies that look natural and realistic, there are four main things you must consider:
Always look for lashes that have tapered ends and polished tips, as opposed to blunt ends. This means that each individual lash will become gradually thinner towards the end of the lash, just like a real eyelash.
2. Length Variation
Natural eyelashes are not all the same length, so, to get a realistic look, there should be several lengths varied throughout the lash. However, there also shouldn't be too much variation; false eyelashes where the difference between each length is drastically different will not look realistic. The variation should be noticeable, yet subtle, giving a soft layered effect.
3. Length and thickness
This one is kind of obvious, but if you are going for a natural look you shouldn't choose lashes that are extremely thick and long. Choose lashes that have a believable length and thickness that are not too dramatic.
4. Band Size
The lash band should be as thin and subtle as possible. It needs to be hidden with eyeliner, so the thicker the band, the more eyeliner you must use, and the less natural your lashes and overall look will appear. A thick band may also add unwanted texture and feel heavier and less comfortable on the eye.
Now you know what to look for. Of course, there are still thousands of lashes to weed through to find the right pair. Don't worry though, because we've already done that for you! Here you go — our top five recommendations for the most natural looking false eyelashes.
This is basically your perfect false lash. Gradual tapering, perfect length variation, a clear lash band, and just the slightest amount of drama, these lashes are a safe bet.
"I have hooded eyes, so false lashes generally do not look great on me. I also dislike the fake streetwalker look that so many strip lashes have. Recently I've been on a mission to find strip lashes that look like they actually belong on my eyes, and after trying armloads of them, these were the very best option available anywhere. The inner thickness of the lashes creates that nice, sexy shadow over the eye to give it a subtle drama, and the thinner outer part makes them seem convincingly natural. I also really like the clear band, because that hides the lashes very nicely along my lash line. I finally found some strip lashes that I actually like better than my lash extensions, and I'm so excited to have found these. Thank you for making such a perfect product!" - Elizabeth S.
This lash is an incredibly natural style that is perfect for those who have experienced hair loss and want to subtly replace their eyelashes. They also work well to fill in sparse lashes with a soft and realistic effect.
"I have trichotillomania, since I was 5 years old, and have been plagued with minimal eyelashes. I used to cover it up with eyeliner and mascara on the little ones I had. When I was getting married, all I could think about was the close up pictures and wishing I had lashes. I found this site, and these lashes, and they are absolutely perfect. So natural and people are surprised when I tell them they are fake. They made me much more confident at my wedding and now everyday, since I can't go without them. They are very comfortable and easy to put on. On days I want to spruce them up for a night out, I put mascara on them, and it gives them a little more volume when I need it. They are a really good price too. I have looked in the stores for some similar and they all look cheap, way over the top, and much more expensive. These are top quality." - Jenn
These gorgeously tapered lashes have polished ends and two layers of lashes for a superbly realistic, deep look.
"I wear these everyday because I have trichotillomania and no longer have natural eyelashes. They are delicate and feminine without being over the top like the falsies you would find at a beauty store. After buying these, it was the first time in a long time that I felt comfortable with people looking at my eyes." - Jenna
These beauties are the most dramatic of our recommendations while still being gorgeously natural. With beautiful tapering, polished tips, and invisible band, these are great everyday lashes for ladies who like a little more length and volume.
"THE BEST. I've tried almost every eyelash out there. These are so natural looking, beautiful. They accentuate my eyes and look so realistic. OBSESSED with these."
These lashes are unique because they have lash bundles that perfectly imitate natural lash growth.
"My eyelashes are a little thin as I am in my 40's and they have started to thin out a bit. I've tried dozens of different shapes, styles, lengths and brands of eyelashes. I almost didn't buy these because of the shape and the way the hairs look in the picture doesn't seem like how an eyelash should look. But for some reason I bought these and when I tried them, I knew these were the eyelashes I had been looking for. They fill in my eyelashes beautifully and look very realistic." - Emma
We hope that this post has helped you find the perfect falsies for you! To get the best falsies experience, wear your lashes with Cardani Secure Hold Eyelash Glue and remove them Cardani Adhesive Glue Remover. See all Cardani Eyelashes and lash products here. Now, bat those lashes, ladies!