Fake Lashes vs Mascara vs Eyelash Extension


Probably one of the key factors that make or break the makeup look are eyelashes. It is a subtle thing, but it really makes a lot of difference! There are various ways to glam up your eyelashes: are you a mascara, fake lashes or an eyelash extensions kind of girl? If you want to know which is perfect for you, read on!


Mascara is a makeup product that is used to either add length, thickness or volume to the eyelashes.

Several makeup brands are perfecting their own formulations of mascara to suit every girl’s needs and lifestyle. There are water-soluble mascara which are easily flaked and smudged. This will not last long and it can be easily removed by any makeup remover.

Because of this, brands are more focused on releasing waterproof mascara especially because of the humidity here in the Philippines. Waterproof mascara is a liquid mascara that lasts long and does not smudge. In order to remove this, an oil-based makeup remover is needed. No more of that “panda eyes” because of smudged mascara!

Once you have chosen the perfect mascara formula for you, the next step is to check what mascara wand it uses. Depending on the type, it can either help enhance your lashes by making them longer, more voluminous, or thicker.

Types of Mascara Wands

Did you know that different types of mascara wands have different effects on your eyelashes? Here are some of the most common ones and what they do on your lashes:

Mascara WandTypeUses and BenefitsExample
CombPerfect for those who have short and sparse lashes. A comb type mascara wand can help coat every single lash. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara
TriangleGood for elongating your eyes and giving it a cat eye effect.L'Oréal False Lash Sculpt Mascara
CurvedPerfect for those who have straight lashes because this type of mascara wand can curl your lashes as it coats them.Barry M That's How I Roll Waterproof Mascara
BallBest used for hard to reach lashes that normal sized brushes can’t get to. Givenchy Phenomen Eyes Renewal Mascara
ConeEnsures all your lashes get an even coating, even the inner and outer corners.bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara
RectanglePerfect for giving volume and length to your lashesIT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
BubbleBest for those who already have thick lashes but want more curlFairy Drops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara
SkinnyAdds definition and length to lashes by coating it to the very root NYX The Skinny Mascara
JumboPerfect for giving volume and thickness Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara
HourglassGives of volume while helping lift your lashesToo Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Here is a video by Allure that explains more about mascara wands and its different effects on the eyes!

Advantages of Mascara

1. Mascaras are Affordable and Convenient to Use

Mascaras are one of the staple in any makeup bag and can be used daily until the product runs out. You only need to swipe and try to coat all your eyelashes then you’re done!

2. Easy to Remove

If you want to remove your mascara, you can simply use a makeup remover or an oil-based makeup remover for waterproof mascaras.

Disadvantages of Mascara

1. Mascaras are more likely to cause eye infection

Mascara expires after three months of use, however Women’s Health have researched that 86% of women actually use their mascara for more than three months which can lead to pink eye, staph infections, and inflammatory conditions. It is important to throw your mascara once it has been opened for three months already.

2. Mascara can cause brittle lashes

Brittle lashes can happen if you use an eyelash curler very often. At the same time, the texture of the mascara can cause this if it is being used every day. It would be healthier for the lashes to take a rest and be able to breathe so that it will not lead to falling and breakage.

3. Mascara can cause wrinkles

When removing the mascara, the eye area gets tugged and rubbed which can actually cause wrinkles and sagging of the skin. The skin of the eye area is very thin and that is why it is very sensitive so it is important to gently remove the mascara in order to avoid this issue.

Important tip:
When purchasing a mascara, you may want to check the ingredients list because there are some ingredients that may cause blindness. Avoid mascaras with ingredients such as Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Acetate, Parabens, and Aluminum Powder.


Fake Lashes or commonly called “false lashes” or “falsies” are temporary lashes that are glued on your lash line.

Here is a helpful article on how to apply your fake lashes

Different Types of Fake Lashes

There are different types of fake lashes available in the market such as strip lashes, individual flare lashes and individual single lashes. These can either create a natural look or a full volume dramatic lashes, depending on the design.

1. Strip Lashes

Strip lashes are the most common types of falsies that beginners use because they have a variety of designs to choose from. This has a variety of styles from natural to dramatic look to the eyes which is why makeup artists and professionals choose to use this type of fake lashes on their clients.

Strip Lashes from Paulash Philippines

2. Individual Single Lashes

Individual single lashes are strands of fake lashes. As opposed to strip lashes, you can customize the design because you have more freedom on where to glue them on your lash line. It can be time consuming, but this can look way more natural than strip lashes because it won’t have the thick band along the lashes.

Individual Regular Short Lashes by Ardell

3. Individual Flare Lashes

The individual flare lashes come in sets of about three to five strands of fake lashes that are fanned out. This is attached piece by piece to your lash line to give a more voluminous look.

Individual Knot-Free Flare Lashes by Ardell

4. Magnetic False Eyelashes

The latest innovation on false eyelashes is magnetic lashes. These are like strip lashes, but instead of using glue, they are attached by placing the upper strip on top of your lashes and the bottom strip underneath your lashes until the magnets click. In a way, the natural eyelash is being sandwiched by the magnetic lashes in order to stay put.

Magnetic lashes requires no glue

Best Brands To Purchase For Fake Lashes (2020)

Business Insider writer Rebecca listed down the best false eyelashes you can buy online:

The Best Overall: Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes

The Best that Celebrities Swear By: Huda Beauty Classic False Lashes

The Best Individual Lashes: Sephora Collection Luxe False Lash

The Best Magnetic False Eyelashes: Vassoul Dual Magnetic Eyelashes

Here in the Philippines, you can try out local brand Paulash for affordable fake lashes!

Advantages of Fake Lashes

1. Fake lashes have a variety of style options.

There are various styles and types of fake lashes to choose from in the market. At the same time, you can cut and style it to your own desire. If you have an important party or an occasion, you may simply apply two to three fake lashes to your lash line and look very glamorous with it!

2. You can use fake lashes more than once.

Good quality fake lashes can last for more than one use if taken care of and cleaned properly. Fake lashes can be used once or twice depending on how you will clean and store your fake lashes properly. At the same time, this will also depend on the quality of your fake lashes since there are low quality lashes that can only be used once.

3. Getting fake lashes is convenient

Fake lashes can be easily bought at any beauty stores and you can even order it online. Removal is very easy too!

Disadvantages of Fake Lashes

1. Applying fake lashes can be time-consuming

Even if you have been putting on fake eyelashes for a long time, it can still be quite a hassle to apply fake lashes. You’ll have to wait for the glue to become tacky, and then align it properly where it rests just above the lash line.

2. Wrong application of fake lashes might make your eyes droopy

Since it can be tricky to apply fake lashes especially for a beginner, it might look messy or make your eyes look smaller or droopy.

Do’s and don’ts when applying fake lashes (Source:

Here is a tip on how to apply fake lashes

3. Fake lashes are heavy on the eyes

Since fake lashes usually have a thick band which is glued to your lash line, it can feel quite uncomfortable and might even cause irritation of the eyes.

4. Fake lashes have risks of bacteria and eye infection

In order to avoid having bacteria on your eyes, do not share your fake lashes to anyone as their bacteria can be transferred to you. Do not also sleep with your fake lashes on because this can cause eye infection due to the bacteria that accumulates between the glue and your eyelid.

Vlogger Tina Yong shares some tips on how to properly apply fake lashes!

Eyelash Extension

Eyelash extensions, unlike fake lashes, are glued to the natural lashes using a special glue which makes it stay on for much longer.

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent that can last up to three to four weeks. These eyelash extensions are applied one by one by an eyelash technician on top of your natural eyelash using glue. They can also be customized depending on the likes of the client. The client can choose her choice of design, length, thickness, style, curl, and number of lashes.

We have a previous blog post where we explain in detail all things you need to know about the eyelash extensions trend!

Advantages of Eyelash Extension

1. Eyelash extensions last longer than mascara and fake lashes.

Since eyelash extension is semi-permanent, it would last up to three to four weeks on the lashes before a touch up would be needed. This will not be removed due to water and sweat so there will be no problems in crying, taking a bath, and going to the gym with eyelash extension.

2.Eyelash extensions reduce your time to prepare in the morning.

No need for eye makeup because eyelash extension will give the illusion of eyeliner and mascara at the same time, which means more time to sleep in! At the same time, you will look more awake even without any makeup on. It is really perfect for ladies that are always on-the-go!

3. Eyelash extensions are light and comfortable on the eyes.

Unlike fake lashes and mascara, you would not feel any weight on your natural lashes at all because it is very lightweight and it feels like your own natural lashes. This rings true especially if the extensions used by the salon are not synthetic.

KIYOSA uses air sable which is the lightest and softest type of eyelash extensions.
eyelash extensions by kiyosa japanese total beauty salon

Perfect alignment of eyelash extensions by KIYOSA eyelash designers

Disadvantages of Eyelash Extension

1. Allergic Reactions may occur because of the special glue used to attach eyelash extensions

Unfortunately, not all women can wear eyelash extension because there are some women with sensitive eyes that may get eye allergy due to the glue used to apply the eyelash extension.

2. Those with eyelash extensions cannot use oil-based products on their face

Any kind of product that contains oil should be avoided around the eye area because this will cause the glue to loosen and let the eyelash extension fall.

3. Eyelash extensions can be costly.

Eyelash extension is more costly compared to fake lashes and mascara since this is semi-permanent. At the same time, a retouch every month would be needed. However, it is still a good investment since it will not cause damage to natural lashes.

So, which one are you most leaning towards? Here is a quick summary to help you decide:

Want to experience #KiyosaLashes? Our eyelash extensions service starts at P960 depending on the number of pieces and whether it would be with a junior, senior, or Japanese staff.

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