False eyelashes, also known as fake eyelashes, are small clusters of synthetic or human hairs that are glued together to make an eyelash. The false eyelash can be applied in small sections to subtly increase the fullness of your natural eyelashes or as an entire piece for a dramatic effect. Although false eyelashes can improve the look of your eyes and make your lashes seem longer and thicker, they can also cause eye infections and allergic reactions if they are not used properly.
Pro: Accentuating Natural Eyelashes
False eyelashes can be used by individuals who have thin or short eyelashes. Incorporating small, individual lash sections with tweezers and glue to your eyelash line creates a natural look. Trim your false eyelashes to a length that matches your natural eyelashes and then dot a small amount of glue on the lash line to create a full look for your lashes that will last all day. The finished product is a completely undetectable way to make your eyelashes look thick and long.
Pro: Creating a Bold Look
If you are going to a Halloween party or want a bold, dramatic look, use false eyelashes that stretch across the entire length of the lash line. A full false lash doesn't provide the natural, undetectable look that false eyelash sections provide, but it creates a bold lash line that gives the appearance of drastically longer lashes, whether you are standing on a stage or at a dark party. Rather than applying the glue to your eyelid, the eyelash glue can be applied directly to the false eyelash, which is then pressed onto the lash line.
False eyelashes are a temporary way to increase the length and thickness of eyelashes, but they are not a permanent or everyday solution to thin and short eyelashes. Wearing false eyelashes to bed or for more than one day can cause bacteria to collect under the eyelash glue and on the false eyelash, causing eye infections. If the eyelash is not removed carefully and the eyelid is not cleaned with eye-makeup remover after use, infection is possible, even if the eyelash is not worn overnight. False eyelashes should be worn as sparingly as possible to prevent infections and eye injuries. Additionally, false eyelashes and eyelash glue should not be shared, as many eye infections, like conjunctivitis and eye sties, are contagious and can be passed by sharing eye products.
Con: Allergic Reactions
False eyelashes and eyelash glue contain chemicals that may cause an adverse reaction in some individuals. Like any makeup, eyelash glue should be tested on your wrist or the back of your hand 24 hours before using it on your eyes. If there is a red mark, rash or the skin swells around the test area, the product should not be used.
Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.