Eyelash Extensions Vs. Fake Eyelashes: Learn The Differences

Eyelash Extensions Vs. Fake Eyelashes: Learn The Differences

One of the biggest beauty trends to hit the scene in recent years is lash extensions. However, there are other options out there. You might have heard of fake eyelashes but have yet to understand the difference between them and lash extensions. In this article, we'll break down eyelash extensions vs. fake eyelashes and their pros and cons so you can choose which works best for your needs!


Fake lashes are significantly cheaper than eyelash extensions. A box of fake lashes at the drugstore will run around $10, and you can get an entire set of false strips that last for a couple of months for about $50. Prices will vary depending on your location and how many lashes you want to buy at once, but it's generally pretty affordable not to have to pay for new strips every time you want a fresh look.

However, it's important to note that fake lashes last longer than real ones; they start losing their curl after just one use and won't stay on after a few uses. 

Natural Look

Lash extensions will be your best option if you're looking for a more natural look. They can also enhance the appearance of your eyes if you already have long lashes but want them to appear fuller and more dramatic.

Lash extensions are applied individually by applying a thin layer of adhesive to each eyelash, one at a time. After this process is complete and the glue has dried (about 15 minutes), each extension is secured with an additional coat of adhesive and then carefully brushed out or combed with small scissors until it appears natural. In general, lash extensions can last up to three months before they need replacing—and even longer if you take care of them properly!

Fake eyelashes are another option that gives women with shorter eyelashes an easy way to add length without resorting to false eyelashes every day, as some people do.


Lash extensions are the way to go if you're looking for the most natural-looking lashes. Unlike fake eyelashes, which can last anywhere from a few hours to a week or two, depending on the brand, lash extensions will last up to four to six weeks without any touch-ups needed. That's right: no more wearing sunglasses indoors because you forgot your eyeliner!

The durability of real vs fake lashes comes down to one main factor: adhesive. Some experts argue that false eyelashes rely on sticky glue, while others swear by the use of "waterproof" adhesives (which typically contain latex). Lash extensions are made with synthetic or natural adhesives that bond with your own hair follicles for a secure fit—and since they don't use glue at all, there's no risk of irritation or allergic reactions like there is when using false lashes for long periods of time.

Pain Factor 

As you might imagine, lash extensions are applied one lash at a time and require more time to do. The process itself can be quite painful because the glue used to attach the lashes can be very strong and irritate your eyes if not applied correctly. Fake eyelashes are usually applied in strips that are glued onto your natural lashes with an adhesive remover when you're ready to take them off. This is much less painful than the application of lash extension, but it won't last as long (about two weeks).

Damage Factor

One of the main concerns people have about lash extensions is that they will damage their natural lashes. This is a valid concern, as extensions are applied by adding individual synthetic hairs to each natural lash one by one. If you go in for regular treatments, it's possible that you could end up damaging your own lashes over time if your technician isn't careful or if you don't take proper care of them afterward.

Fake eyelashes are less damaging than real ones because they're attached using glue and not applied with tiny clips or needles like some extensions can be. You'll still want to avoid sticking them on dry skin (which could cause irritation) and store them properly after use, so they last longer without becoming damaged or falling off prematurely—but this is much easier said than done!