One of the MOST frequently asked questions I got when we all went into quarantine was WHAT I was doing about my lash extensions?! I was a lash extension addict for TEN years (YES! Ten years) and so when we all went on a lock-down and all the salons closed I knew I was gonna have to get creative with my lash extension habit. And ever since then? I HAVEN’T GONE BACK. Seriously!
I’ve tried four different kinds of DIY lash extension solutions – everything from magnetic lashes (liner and non-liner) to strip lashes to Gossamer lash extensions. And today I’m sharing THE BEST DIY lash extensions out of everything I tried (plus, if it’s your first time buying them, you’ll get a free gift with your purchase)! These are the cream of the crop, easiest to use, very best and most natural looking lashes you can apply from home.
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How to remove old lash extensions
The first question I know you might have (because I get lots of DMs about this!) is how to remove the stragglers, if you have any, of lash extensions. I used a gel remover like this one from Amazon, and they came off after two applications of Neil applying it and then gently using q-tips to slide them off (like you can see in the pic below).
My only regret is that I didn’t buy some gel pads to protect my under eye area, just like the kind they put on you when you’re getting lash extensions. My under eye area was so irritated after taking off the lashes that I was mad at myself for not thinking of this step! These are only $10 and I wish I would’ve gotten them. Otherwise, the old lash extensions were pretty easy to remove.
Best DIY lash extensions (my #1 choice!)
If you want to save some real money but don’t want to have to put fake lashes on daily (ME!) and you’re used to the convenience of lash extensions, OR if you just want to have a three minute weekly solution instead of a one hour appointment every few weeks, this is my FAVORITE solution by far of everything I tried!
For the cost of ONE lash fill, you can get the starter kit for these DIY lashes and they can be re-used if you just use rubbing alcohol to clean them in between uses! They stay on for 7-10 days and look JUST like my lash extensions did.
EASY to apply
These at-home lash extensions are SO EASY to put on. Truly. I struggled with getting the hang of ALL the magnetic lashes I tried to some degree, but these were crazy easy to apply. I got them on in about three minutes and like I said, they last 7-10 days!!
These lashes look so pretty, so natural, but you can also double up with some of their add-ons and make them look fuller like volume lashes too!
Steps to apply
I said these lashes are easy to apply, but HOW do you actually do it? Here are the steps!
Step 1: Cleanse
Prep your lashes by using Pre-Cleanse to clean off any leftover makeup or oils
Step 2: Bond
Add a light coat of Whisper Light Dual-Sided Bond and wait 30 seconds to a minute, then repeat one more time
Step 3: Mark
Add dots of the Whisper Light about 1mm-2mm above the waterline to mark where to apply your lashes
Step 4: Grab the lashes
Use the wand or your fingers to gently grab the lashes.
Step 5: Place lashes
Once bond has dried clear and becomes tacky, use the wand to place the lash on the waterline leaving at least 2mm of space between the lash and your waterline (you’ll want to be able to see your natural lashes still)
Step 6: Fuse
Use the curved end of the Fuse Control Wand to clamp down then release to fuse the lashes
Step 7: Seal
Once all lashes are applied, seal with Glass by applying to the underside lash at the root
My exact lash order!
In your control kit, they will require you to choose A, B, or C. C’s are my absolute favorite!
The combo I use regularly on my lashes is something I’ve figured out over months of using them! For me, I use C12’s on the inner corners only. Then I switch off every other throughout the rest of my eye between E14 and C16. This means I’m only using half a set of volume lashes (E’s) which are more expensive! This is the type of thickness and length I like, but I love just how customizable these lashes are for everybody. You can get exactly what you want!
Check out my IG live for a tutorial on how to apply!
Do I need anything else?
The only other thing that I would definitely invest in with these lashes is their product Melt Away. It gets these specific lash extensions to slip off clean as clean can be without doing any damage to your natural lash. You don’t need all their extra tools – just this!
Lashes for days
I hope this helps you save a bunch of money & time – OR if you’ve just wanted to try out some falsies for special occasions here and there! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help you out. If you watched my IG live on @mintarrow, make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Great post – I miss my extension! For Lashify, do they fall off after 7-10 days, or do you remove them after 7-10 days? If they fall off, does it look weird like there is a whole section missing? can you reapply the same lashes back on? what if you lose the section that fell off? Are they easy to remove? Are you applying the extensions directly to your lashes or the skin below your lash line? sorry for all of the questions!!
Hi Kat, no worries! Happy to help as much as I can. My first application of lashify I had a couple of them fall off but they were super easy to reapply, like 20 seconds to just reapply the one that fell off. Closer to the week mark, more of them started falling off so I just used their melt-away to take them all of and they slid right off super easily with zero damage to my natural lashes. WAY easier than removing traditional lash extensions! You glue them under your lash line to your actual lashes, not your skin! But the glue is very gentle, nothing like traditional lash extension glue either. Hope this helps!!
Do you think we have to buy the kit? If we just buy the lashes you said you like classic? If we buy the kit what length and style do you recommend?
Thanks for the great information! Do you know if I can have these sent to Australia?
Hey Kat! You can find more info on that here! 🙂 -Kourtney
Hello. I just watched your tutorial and read your article above. Is there somewhere we can see your exact Lashify order (a specific list of each item) so I know exactly what to buy to recreate your look? Thank you
Here’s what Corrine said: “My favorite core gossamers are the C14 and C16s! I also love the starburst gossamers in 14 and 16. I wear either Cs or starbursts depending on whether I want a more natural look or a little more standout, like for pictures. I strongly recommend the control kit (get 25% off here!) because it really does come with everything you need, and I also love the products pre-cleanse and release, and the gossamer storage case for travel”
Hope that helps! -Kourtney
Thank you so much for the details Kourtney! Excited to order the control kit using your link.
I love your review. The thing I was most curious about is the adhesion to multiple lashes. I know with regular salon lash extensions it’s a huge no-no to adhere one lash to multiple of the natural lashes, as if one natural lash falls out, the fake lash glued to the multiples will not fall out with it and potentially damage the lashes. What is this like for these lashes? I think they are getting bonded to multiple lashes correct? I’m just worried about any damage to my natural lashes.
Hey Karyna! The lash glue that you use for these at-home extensions is VERY gentle, not like the surgical glue they use with traditional lash extensions! It lasts 5-10 days and when you use the melt away, the extensions literally slide off your lashes with zero resistance and don’t take off your natural lashes at all. It’s hard to describe until you try it yourself, but it’s a very different process all-together! -Kourtney
Hey, did you by chance try flutter habit? Wondering how these compared. Thanks!