How to Apply Magnetic Lashes Perfectly

Say "goodbye" to sticky glue and scary peeling. Magnetic lashes help take the mess and the error out of falsies–here's how to apply them.


The latest false lash craze has swept the drugstores and, more importantly, our Instagram feeds–and you're probably left wondering exactly how everyone is applying these magnetic lashes themselves. The newest eyelash innovation seems, err, unconventional, with Ardell magnetic lashes in particular sweeping the beauty world by storm. Most false lashes require glue, a pair of tweezers, and a whole lot of patience, which is far from the case with magnetic lashes.

I know what you are thinking: False lashes are challenging enough, why make the process more complicated? (Here's how to apply them, by the way.) True, applying false lashes is incredibly daunting. Adding glue to your eyelids? No thank you. Can adding magnets make the process that much better? The truth is that a lot depends on your preference.

Magnetic lashes are mess-free, easy to remove, and more likely to be worn again. You simply have to get over the fear of putting magnets near your eyes.

The question remains: How do you get these things on? Without giving too much away (I'll save the good stuff for below), magnetic lashes come with two rows for each eye. Each lash strip has two magnets–one on each side. One strip is meant for the top of the upper lashes, while the other is meant for the bottom of the same lashes (your bottom eyelashes are left bare unless you want to add mascara).

The key to a good application is connecting the magnets at the right spot on your lash line. Once you get them as close as you can to the base of your real lashes, the magnets will snap together, creating full, voluminous lashes.

See below for a step-by-step breakdown on how to apply magnetic lashes and conquer your false lash fears. Fuller top eyelashes are only four easy steps away.

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Apply Mascara

How to Apply Magnetic Lashes: Step One
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When applying regular false lashes, experts usually recommend saving mascara for last. When it comes to magnetic falsies, having some extra hold on the lashes is important. Coating the lashes in your favorite mascara beforehand, like Maybelline Great Lash ($5;, adds some much needed texture that will become necessary later on.

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Apply the Top Lash

Ardell Magnetic Lashes

As I mentioned earlier, all magnetic lashes come with a top and bottom lash line. One of the most popular magnetic lash brands at the moment is Ardell Magnetic Lashes ($8; The top and bottom pieces are designated in the box. First, grab the top lash and place it along your lash line (as close as possible). Balance the lash there while you grab the lower lash.

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Pop on Lower Lash

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With the top magnetic lash piece balanced in place on your upper lash line, align the lower lash underneath your top eyelashes, allowing the magnets to snap the two rows together. This will create a sandwich with your actual eyelashes in the middle of the two rows of magnetic lashes. Adjust a little with your fingers if the lashes feel out of place.

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Don't Be Afraid to Try Again

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Applying false lashes for the first time is always going to be challenging. Here's hoping someday that changes, but for now, persistence is key. Personally, it took me a few tries to get the hang fo the process for how to apply magnetic lashes. I used the Youtube video below to master my technique.

All in all, magnetic lashes offer an alternative to the messier glued-on lashes but do come with their own unique obstacles. Try out a pair of magnetic lashes and see which you like best.

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