10 Differences Between Eyelash Extensions and False Eyelashes

Published on Jul 20, 2017

We all love long, fluttery lashes but not all of us are blessed with them. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there to make our eyes look more glamorous with full and voluminous lashes. The two primary options are False Eyelashes and Lash Extensions. Although they both can achieve a similar result, they are two very different services. 

Here are 10 differences between false lashes and lash extensions to help you decide which one you are more suited for ...

1. Self Application vs Professional Application


Lash Extension Applied by Professionals

You can apply false lashes by yourself by applying the glue and placing it directly above your natural lash. It takes a little bit of practice but should be fine once you try it a few times. Lash extensions, on the other hand, must be applied by a professional at an eyelash extension salon. Unlike false lashes, lash extensions should be ideally applied one by one onto each existing eyelash. The entire application process should last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on how many lashes you require.

2. False lashes can be more pricey in the long run


False lashed are available almost everywhere, you can them at Watson's, SASA, Guardian and even online. They cost between $5 to $30 depending on the brand and quantity and must be changed daily because you can't sleep with fake lashes as it can cause eye infections.

C Curl Eyelash Extensions

C Curl Lash Extension at Allongee Beauty Salon

Lash cost about $100 for a one-to-one lash extension for the first time and as low as $40 for your monthly retouch (at Allongee Japanese Beauty Salon )

Even though cluster eyelash extensions can be cheaper, we would highly encourage you to avoid them because they are simply a lot more unsafe for your eyes. Cluster lashes are not applied individually to your eyes and the lashes glued together will grow at different speed. The lashes that grow faster will tug on the lashes that grow slower, resulting in eye infections, twisted flipped lash extensions, thinned lashes and eventually, bald spots since your lashes will stop growing.

However, if you are thinking of getting long lashes for the long term, lash extensions can be a more value-for-money option than false lashes as you won't need to buy a new pair of falsies for everyday wear.

3. Lash extensions tend to be lighter than false lashes


It all depends on the type of lash extensions and false lashes you use but on average, we find that lash extensions are lighter than false lashes. False lashes are more often made from low quality artificial fibers that are heavier. Lash extensions, on the other hand, are closer to human lashes in appearance and weight. Hence, you may not even feel like you are wearing them.

4. Lash extensions require MORE maintenance than false lashes


False lashes are easily removable and as long as you do not rub your eyes while wearing it, you should be fine. But lash extensions require you to stay away from oil cleansers or cotton pads. These can damage the lash extensions and well, it's money down the drain if that were to happen. You would also need to purchase lash-friendly mascara if you still prefer to have on mascara.

Do also take note that you can't get your extensions wet for the first two days, so you are going to have to be super careful while washing your face for the first two days after getting your lash extensions done.

Special Mascara For Eyelash Extension

Special Mascara for Eyelash Extension

5. Lash extensions can last for 6 weeks while false lashes only once


When treated with caution, lash extensions are slightly more durable and long lasting than false lashes. Each lash extension can last for up to 6 weeks whereas most false lashes can only be used at most a couple of times before they lose their shape and no longer stick well. Unlike falsies, you also don't have to worry about your lash extension unsticking during an event or lifting up at the inner corners when you are out. 

6. Lash Extensions look more natural


As its name suggests, falsies look fake. Though there are natural looking ones, eyelash extensions almost always look more natural. That's because lash extensions are made from mink hair and other high quality materials that give a light and feathery appearance. False lashes tend to be made from lower quality materials so it looks more unnatural. 

then don't worry about seeming unnatural. If you go for the right amount and length, it'll look like you were born blessed with naturally long, luscious lashes.

C Curl Lash Extension by Allongee Beauty

C Curl Lash Extension at Allongee Beauty Salon

Eyelash extensions look neater than falsies, if you go to the right salon. If you like dramatic lashes, but only at times, fake lashes are the way to go. You can take them on and off. For lash extensions, if you opt for a long and fluttery pair, you're stuck with them until they fall off. You can't really dress up lash extensions too much unless you use lash-extension-friendly mascara. 

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7. Lash extensions are more convenient as it is done once a month


Application of Eyelash Extension at Allongee Beauty Salon

Eyelash Extension at Allongee Japanese Beauty Design @ Keong Saik Road

For day to day life, eyelash extensions are more convenient as you go to the salon to do it once or every few months, and you are set till your next touch-up. With false lashes, you have to painstakingly do it every day before your set out for work. Although you do have to sit for a few hours in the salon while getting lash extensions, in the long run, it cuts down your getting ready time by quite a bit, especially if you are one who wears falsies everyday.

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