The idea of teens wearing fake eyelashes is controversial, with many schools prohibiting it as part of their dress codes. This has faced a growing backlash as many schools permit makeup, hair dying, and piercings, leaving teens and their parents asking why fake eyelashes should be banned. Several schools have started allowing students to have fake eyelashes, provided they provide a "natural" look and do not interfere with the child’s ability to see and learn.
Here is what teens and their parents need to know about choosing natural-looking fake eyelashes:
Not all fake eyelashes are the same
From the outrageously fake to more natural-looking, the range of false eyelashes on the market is mind-boggling. First, buyers should understand that lashes come in different forms. For example, lash extensions from authentic sellers like Lilac St. do not come in a conventional strip like other products. They are arranged in shorter bands that are invisible once attached to a user’s natural lashes and much easier to apply. Users like these lashes as they can combine different styles, using a mixture of this brand’s original, volume, or feathery lashes.
Conventional fake eyelashes, such as Huda Beauty, Kiss, and Ardell, come in a strip that attaches from one end of the eyelid to the other. These lashes may be tricky to apply as one wrong move leaves an uneven look.
Fake eyelashes are made from different materials, including mink, fur, velour, and other synthetic fibers. Each creates a distinctive look, and teens should opt for one that looks as close to a human’s eyelashes as possible.
One of the most challenging parts of having false eyelashes is fitting them alone. Professionals can get the job done within seconds, but the DIY process might take a little longer to learn. A great degree of skill is required for attaching lashes flawlessly, and a few practice rounds might be necessary.
For detailed information read our article: How to Apply Fake Eyelashes.
Most false lashes are attached with special glue, although some brands, such as Nylea, offer magnetic lashes. These do not require glue and are ideal for people with sensitive skin or eyes. While eyelash glue is designed not to harm your skin, it might be an irritant to some.
The gluing of false eyelashes requires a steady hand and patience. Insufficient adhesive causes fake lashes to detach, while too much glue leaves a visible line that needs to be covered with eye makeup. During the experimentation phase, teens can learn how much glue to use.
Makeup or no makeup
It should not be necessary to wear mascara with fake eyelashes as they already highlight the eyes. However, some users prefer to use a combination of false lashes and mascara. This diminishes the lashes’ natural look.
Removing eye makeup can lead to the adhesive deteriorating far sooner than it should. Therefore, most people avoid mascara while having false lashes. Any oil-based eye makeup will affect lash glue’s longevity.
Different brands offer instructions and advice for using eye makeup while wearing their products. These may vary according to the manufacturer and materials used to make the lashes. Having false lashes is likely to be successful when directions are followed.
Protecting natural eyelashes
The process of attaching and then removing false eyelashes can damage the user’s natural lashes when not managed carefully. Cheaper glues often cause this issue as they contain harsh adhesive substances. Users should buy reputable brands that contain minimal chemicals and avoid using too much glue.
Detaching false eyelashes is a delicate process that should be undertaken slowly to avoid ripping natural lashes by the roots. Should a teen’s natural eyelashes suffer harm, they should avoid wearing false eyelashes until their existing ones can recover.
False eyelashes can boost a teen’s confidence, something many need as society becomes more obsessed with appearances. While youngsters should embrace themselves for who they are, building a positive self-image through using cosmetics, such as false eyelashes, should not be viewed with disparagement.
When applied correctly, fake lashes enhance the eye’s beauty, especially when they are natural-looking. The best advice for teens wanting to try fake lashes is that less is often more, and more natural-looking false eyelashes will augment their natural beauty. After all, their eyes are the window to their souls and should not be obscured by cumbersome, obviously fake lashes.