1. The Pro Favorite
At last season’s Golden Globes, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, and Thandie Newton trusted the Lashify Control Kit for their red carpet looks. A unique, ergonomically designed system, the first step is attaching short clusters of Korean silk “Gossamers” underneath your natural lashes, which helps to conceal the telltale glue strip. In lieu of my aforementioned cerulean mascara, I couldn’t resist trying the electric shade of Prismatic Gossamer Royal Kim Blue. Since it’s an entirely new approach for me (glue is applied to your actual lashes), I watched a video and tapped an old friend, makeup artist Daniel Martin, for his tips: “What’s worked for me [when] using the Lashify lashes is letting the lash bond set for about a minute before you apply the lashes. This helps magnetize the lash underneath to your own lashes. The Gossamers are my favorite to use because their clusters are easier to apply and you can really customize to your eye shape with them.”
2. The Corner Store Classic
With a price tag hovering below $5, it’s hard to beat these supernatural waterproof lashes. Plus, it’s just as hard to tell where your real lashes end and these begin—the true testament to a good pair of fakes. For bespoke fringes, individual Soft Touch Trios create a customized shape with a shorter length for easy blending. Founded in the ’70s, the Ardell brand has become one of the best-selling lines on the market for its “everyday lashes,” which are so fine they feel as light as a coat of mascara once applied. And in the scope of party prep, their availability (CVS, Target, Walgreens, and beyond) is a huge perk when you don’t feel like trekking all the way to a beauty superstore. After all, sometimes the urge for an upgraded gaze strikes at the last minute.
3. The All-Encompassing Range
It’s less than shocking that Sephora would pull through with an impressive array of faux options for every shape, style, and mood. Its Sidekick #5 minis are just tiny enough to attach to the outer corner of the lids without the added fuss of trimming. For a sculpted cat eye, the Demure #24 starts soft at the inner corners and builds volume and length on the outer edges. And for a “tousled” finish, the Hipster #20 is a curly set designed with believable floofiness. And if you find all of these a bit too straightlaced, collaborations like the crystal-inspired collection with House of Lashes and a pair of sherbet-inspired Museum of Ice Cream stunners (that look a bit like rainbow marabou, but are, in fact, cruelty-free) create their own limited edition temptation. Ultimately, the prices are fair, the quality is competitive, and the range is plentiful enough to suit occasions from dialed-up photo ops to chill maybe-I’m-born-with-it date nights.