Style By Team Lifestyle, 20 Sept. 2021

Magnetic Vs. Glue Eyelashes: Pros & Cons

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Wearing a pair of falsies can be tricky to apply, especially for the first time. Over time, they become an integral part of your makeup, and you feel naked without them. By the end of 2018, the global false eyelash market was estimated to be worth more than $1 billion.

That’s a lot of lashes. However, this growth also sparked the magnetic vs. glue lashes debate. This is an unbiased analysis of both lashes and the pros and cons of each.

1. Magnetic Eyelashes

Magnetic lashes extensions made their debut in 2014. However, it wasn’t until 2019 that the trend caught on. Today, they have been adopted by most fashion brands, such as Ardell and One Two.

These lash extensions are secured in place by a set of magnets invincibly placed along the lash line. One magnetic strip goes under the lashes while the second strip is fitted on top. The magnets at the base of the pieces help snap into place when the two strips are aligned.

How to Apply

Applying magnetic eyelashes are relatively simple once you get the hang of it. You should first read the instructions since the method of application varies slightly depending on the product. Here are some general guidelines.

First, you might need a little trimming to make sure the lashes will fit nicely with the extensions. You are free to chop them in half if you are worried about the corners sticking out. However, this might not be necessary.

Next, most brands recommend applying a layer of mascara to provide some grip for the lashes. Identify the upper and lower strips. They are marked as upper and lower, so be mindful of this.

Before applying the lashes, it is a good idea to bend new lashes using a pencil to reduce the stiffness.

Starting with the upper line, gently lay the upper magnetic lash across the lash line. While holding the top piece in place, open your eyes wide, and proceed to put in the lower magnetic lash. Make sure they both align since they will not snap in place otherwise.

Certain brands come with a specialized tweezer for applying the lashes. If not, don’t panic, you can get by fine with just your fingertips.

Eventually, you will need to remove them. You can achieve this in two ways. The first method is by simultaneously lifting the upper lash and pulling down the lower piece. Alternatively, you can use the index finger and thumb to slide the two pieces in opposite directions.


  • They are not messy since no glue is used.
  • Quick and easy to apply as you don’t need to wait for the glue to dry.
  • Safe and hygienic
  • They are re-usable hence cost-effective.


  • Requires precision, this can be frustrating in the beginning.
  • Some lashes may require trimming to make them look more natural
  • They are stiff when new and may look awkward if you bend them beforehand.

2. Glue Eyelashes

Glue eyelashes have been around a lot longer than their magnetic sisters. Their humble origins can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Falsies were once a presence for Hollywood actresses before they finally made their way to the masses in the 2000s. Glue eyelashes are secured in places using a unique adhesive.

How to Apply

Just like the magnetic eyelashes, a lot of precision and care is needed when applying glue eyelashes. Take special care to avoid getting some of the glue into the eye. The following are the steps you should follow.

As always, the first step is to prepare the eyelashes. This may involve the application of eyeliner, eyeshadow, or mascara.

The next step is the application of the glue. You use a tweezer to hold the lashes as you apply a thin band of glue across the lash. Use a cotton swab for this step. Some prefer using black glue since it blends with the color of the lashes. The convection white glue is still okay because it becomes apparent when it dries.

After applying the glue, you have to wait for it to dry for about 30 seconds. Air makes the adhesive stickier reduces the risk of your lashes falling off. With the glue dried, it’s time to attach the lashes. With the help of a tweezer, apply the strip to the lash line and press gently. Additional eyeliner and a fresh coat of mascara are perfectly okay.


  • Glue eyelashes give a more natural look
  • They are relatively affordable
  • Properly applied lashes can last for up to 6 weeks


  • It can cause discomfort is the glue gets into the eye.
  • The glue can host bacteria and lead to an infection.
  • The chemical components of the glue can cause allergic reactions.

Final Verdict

Ultimately, the choice is down to an individual’s preference. The trick is to find high-quality lashes. Cheap products will look fake, whether they are magnetic or glue on. The glue on lashes requires a little more maintenance, while magnetic eyelashes are natural to remove and re-use. Fashion is all about confidence, so find what works for you and stick to it.