Your Guide to Applying Magnetic Lashes

December 20, 2023
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
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If you’re looking to really take your eye makeup look to the next level, false eyelashes will do the trick. But one well-known downside to individual or strip lashes is that they can be a little difficult to apply if you haven’t fine-tuned the skill. Since wiping off sticky lash glue isn’t super fun (and a strip of lashes hanging off your eyelid isn’t an ideal scenario either), you may be on the hunt for alternative ways to get that fluttery, doe-eyed look. Enter: magnetic lashes. 

They’re reusable, mess-free (no eyelash glue required) and look just as glam. Magnetic lashes can be a little tricky to apply for newbies, but with the right tips and tricks, they will become a mainstay in your makeup lineup. Keep scrolling for advice on how to apply them, info on how long they last and mascara recs if you’re not quite ready to give them a try. 

What Are Magnetic Lashes? 

Magnetic lashes are a type of false lash that adhere to your lashes with tiny magnets. “They’re easy to remove, and you can reuse them many times without having to clean any adhesive residue off,” says Jadene Munson, a makeup artist and an Ardell global brand ambassador. 

According to celebrity makeup artist Leila VonSleichter, magnetic lashes may also help preserve your natural lashes. “Since there is no glue involved in the installation process, the risk of pulling your own lashes out is minimized. I find that people get more wear out of magnetic lashes, too, since there is no glue to damage them — so they can be a more cost effective option.” 

How Do Magnetic Lashes Work?

It depends on the type of magnetic lashes you use. Many magnetic lashes, like the Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes, attach via magnetic eyeliner. “For magnetic lashes to work, they must be paired with a Magnetic Liner,” says Ann McFerran, the founder of Glametic. “Magnetic liners contain FDA-approved iron oxides that have magnetic properties. The magnets on the lash band immediately attract the iron oxides and allow the band to attach itself onto the liner on the lash line.” 

However, there are also magnetic lashes that don’t require an eyeliner adhesive. As VonSleichter explains, in this case, “two strips of lashes attach to each other using magnets — sandwiching your own in between them.” 

How Long Do Magnetic Lashes Last?

“Depending on the frequency of wear, quality and care given to them, they can last several months if taken care of,” notes VonSleichter. “I recommend cleaning them after each use and storing [them] correctly in their original packaging.”

In terms of how long hey last while on your actual lashes, it depends on the product you’re using, the environment and weather (rain and humidity can make a difference) and how well they were applied. McFerran notes that the Glametic PowerGrip Magnets can be worn for up to 10 hours and last for up to 60 wears. 

How to Apply Magnetic Lashes (With Magnetic Liner) 

Follow the steps from McFerran below to learn how to apply the Glamnetic Magnetic Lashes. 

Step 1: Apply Magnetic Liner 

“Apply two thin even coats of magnetic eyeliner along the lash line for maximum hold,” she says. 

Step 2: Secure Lashes

“Wait 20 seconds for the liner to dry, then secure lashes by making sure magnets make full contact with the liner.”

How to Apply Magnetic Lashes (Without Magnetic Liner)

Step 1: Prep Your Station and Your Skin

“It is essential to have a good-quality magnifying mirror so you see what you’re doing when installing your lashes,” says VonSleichter.” She recommends mirrors from Ilios Lighting, “as they combine magnification with a ring light.” In addition to preparing your beauty station, you’ll want to make sure your eyelids are clean and free of oil. We recommend gently swiping your eyelids and lashes with the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover


Step 2: Test the Lashes’ Length and Attach the Magnetic Lashes

Next, VonSleichter recommends testing your falsies’ length — if you need to remove some length, trim from the false lashes’ inner corners. Then, place your lashes. “I find it easier to place the lower lash strip under your lashes first, and then add the top lashes once you are happy with the position of the lower lashes. Looking up during installation allows you to install them as close to your eyelid as possible.”


Magnetic Lashes to Try

Glamnetic OFC Medium Cat-Eye Magnetic Lashes

Pair these six magnet-hold magnetic falsies with the brand’s magnetic liquid liner to create the ultimate cat-eye lash look. They’re trimmable and can be worn up to 60 times.

Glamnetic OFC Medium Cat-Eye Magnetic Lashes

Eyelure ProMagnetic Magnetic Eyeliner & Faux Mink Accent Lash System

If you’re into a more natural faux-lash look, reach for these magnetic lashes from Eyelure. They apply via a magnetic liner that comes in the kit. At $17, they can be used up to 15 times.

Eyelure ProMagnetic Magnetic Eyeliner & Faux Mink Accent Lash System

Ardell Professional Magnetic Double Strip Lashes, Demi Wispies

Not a big fan of liquid liner? These magnetic lashes don’t require the use of magnetic liner in the application process. They consist of two magnetic stripes that sandwich your natural lashes.

Ardell Professional Magnetic Double Strip Lashes, Demi Wispies

Mascaras for a Falsies-Like Lash Look

Still not sold on magnetic eyelashes or falsies in general? Reach for these lengthening, lifting and volumizing mascaras for a falsies-like look. 

L’Oréal Voluminous Panorama Washable Mascara

For a fanned-out, falsies-like look, reach for this mascara by L’Oréal Paris. It creates a voluminous look in just a few swipes — without any clumps or flakes to clean up after application.

L’Oréal Voluminous Panorama Washable Mascara

Maybelline New York Falsies Surreal Extensions Washable Mascara

Want lashes that wow? This mascara creates volume that rivals a set of falsies thanks to a helix brush and a formula that’s infused with fibers of different sizes. The result is voluminous, extra long lashes that create an entire look all on their own.

Maybelline New York Falsies Surreal Extensions Washable Mascara

Valentino Beauty Magnificent Mascara

This luxurious mascara provides mega volume while feeling lightweight and comfy on your lashes. It glides effortlessly through your lashes and offers up to 24 hours of wear.

Valentino Beauty Magnificent Mascara

YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara

Offered in black, brown and blue, the YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara helps define each individual lash with intense pigment, creating a voluminous, fluttery look.

YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara
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