Tuesday, March 6, 2018

All About Magnetic Lashes + A DIY

Everyone is talking about magnetic eyelashes as an alternative to the glue on falsies we've been using for years. They appealed me right out of the gate- they're cleaner, involve no glue and seemed like they'd be more comfortable to wear.
A few months ago, I decided to order a couple of cheap pairs off of eBay to see what the hype was about. My hope was to wear these without mascara- but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be passable.

The first pair cost around $4 including shipping and is a half lash set with a single magnet in the middle. These are pretty common- both the size and the single magnet. After about 2 or 3 tries, I successfully got them to click in (mostly) the right place. I recommend curling your lashes and applying mascara, and then put the top set in place. After that, slowly snap the bottom lashes into place.
These are the better of the bunch, but unfortunately the length makes a stark difference when the lashes end and they're too noticeable without makeup. With makeup, you can get away with wearing these lashes for photography. I wouldn't recommend them for regular life.
They are slightly more comfortable than glue on lashes, and much easier to remove.
After a few wears, they really lose their shape and it gets harder and harder to wear them without it being extremely obvious.
After buying the half lashes, I set out for full length with a magnet on each end thinking that would better suit my needs. I ordered another pair off eBay and the quality was terrible. They were again only able to reach halfway across my eye (despite being labeled as full length lashes), and they were extremely short in length too- shorter than my natural lashes!

I decided to take the magnets from these lashes and try to make my own full length. I don't know that the results are good for anything other than photography (again), but here are the instructions if you've got the supplies and want to try for yourself. You'll need a non-toxic glue (be sure to find one you feel comfortable with, you may not think the one I used is safe enough to be near the sensitive skin of your eyelids), toothpicks, tweezers, the magnets and 2 sets of false eyelashes trimmed to fit your eye length.
Start by removing the magnets from the old lashes. Mine came off easily with the tug of a pair of tweezers. Guys, I googled... but I have no idea where to find these tiny magnets. So, the best thing to do is probably buy a cheap pair and use those if your heart is set on making your own full length lashes using falsies.

Now you need to apply the magnets to the lash line of the falsies. There are two ways to do this, and you can choose whichever is more comfortable for you. Either use the toothpick to apply glue directly to the magnet or use the toothpick to apply glue directly to the lash line. From there, it was easiest to use tweezers (no matter the method!) to position the magnet in the right place.
Personally, I thought it was easier to put the glue on the lash line first.
1. Make sure you measure where the magnets are, they need to line up with the ones you put on the underside as well.
2. REMEMBER! One set of lashes is for the top of your own lash line and the other is for the bottom. So you need to apply one set of magnets to the top of the falsies lash line and one set to the bottom of the falsies lash line.
3. Make sure you're applying magnets that stick to each other rather than repel each other in the proper places.
4. Pay attention to the short end and the long end. Most falsies are made to have longer lashes on the outside corners of the eyes and shorter ones on the inside. You want a pair of left eyelashes for ONE left eye set, and a pair of right eye eyelashes for ONE right eye.

Here are the old and new falsies next to each other so you can see just how tiny the originals were. The falsies in this picture have a magnet glued to each side of the top lash line.
Once you have all 4 lashes done (One set with magnets glued to the top of the lash line, one set with magnets glued to the bottom), set aside to dry for 24 hours.
Apply using the same method as the half-sized lashes at the top of this post.
Here's how they look on, contrasted against my natural eyelashes. You can see that they don't really sit very close to my natural lash line, which is the same issue I had with the half lashes. I think these are passable for photography, but not wearing in real life.

So, the moral of the story is: I wouldn't do it again. For situations where I need (or want) false eyelashes, I'll glue them on. The only exception would be for a quick picture from far away. There I think the magnetic ones could be helpful- darkening and accentuating your natural lashes, but from afar so the edges aren't as noticeable.

Do you have magnetic lashes that you love? Have you noticed a difference in brands? I'd love to hear about it!

*Please remember that any DIY you attempt from this blog is at your own risk.

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