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The Different Lash Bands

Different Lash Band Types: Invisible, Cotton, Pre-Glued & Magnetic.

Finding the perfect pair of false lashes is about more than just aesthetics. Of course you want them to look fabulous, but it’s also important that they’re comfortable (ideally, so much so that you can forget they’re there!), that they stay securely in place, and if you’re buying reusable lashes, that they’re durable enough to last through lots of wears without deteriorating.

 A good band will have just the right amount of flexibility – enough to comfortably follow the curve of your eyelids, but not so much that they’re ‘floppy’ and don’t hold their shape. However, the best lash band type for you might change depending on the occasion, such as between regular day wear and special-occasion makeup.

Here’s our guide to four of the most common lash band types:


Clear lash bands

Also known as invisible lash bands, these are synthetic bands that are see-through, making them virtually undetectable from a short distance. That makes them perfect for creating a natural look, because they’ll allow a seamless blend between your real and false lashes. They also don’t make you look like you’re wearing eyeliner.

Clear lash bands are also particularly ideal for beginners. Because hey, if you don’t quite manage to line the band up with your natural lash line, no one’s going to notice!


Cotton Lash Bands

Cotton is a naturally-hypoallergenic fiber, making cotton lash bands suitable even for those with sensitive skin or allergies. It’s also exceptionally soft and lightweight, and therefore very comfortable. For example, cotton bands won’t dig in at the corners of your eye, which some firmer bands may do if they’re a little too long for your eyelid.

Even better, glue adheres well to the natural texture of cotton, meaning that these lashes are more likely to stay firmly put. The cotton itself will be dyed black and hence will be fairly visible – it will look like you’re wearing eyeliner. Perfect if you want to replace mascara and eyeliner with a single step!

Pre-Glued lash bands

Pre-glued lashes are also known as self-adhesive lashes, because they come with glue already applied. You simply peel off the backing and stick them on, some people find these types of lash bands convenient. However, it’s important to note that they are intended for a single wear only. 


Magnetic lash bands

Unlike other lash band styles, magnetic ones are entirely glue-free. They’re also different in that there are two strips of lashes for each eye, with tiny magnets spaced out along their length, which you sandwich around your real lashes.

Because they use a double strip, they’re practically guaranteed to create a voluminous look.  Unlike glue-on lashes which sit directly on your eyelid, magnetic eyelashes hang their weight directly onto the magnetic eyeliner that is used to secure them.