Beauty
I Tried The 5 Best At Home DIY Lash Extensions – There Was 1 Clear Winner
Here are the best DIY lash extensions available in 2022, hands down.
Jenny Brown
07.26.22

Winner – NoonLash (see below for in depth review)



9.6/10
15 votes



A+
Overall Grade

Look
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10/10

Feel
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9/10

Durability
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10/10

Ease of application & Glue quality
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10/10

Price / Value
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9/10

PROS
Looks the most natural
Durable
Feels light as a feather
Glue is easy to apply and remove
By far the easiest wand to use
Great value for the price

CONS
X
Only available online

Full Review

There are few things that can highlight your look more than a beautifully full set of lashes. Sadly, technology isn’t to the point where I can take a pill that magically grows our lashes out overnight, giving me the luscious lashes I need. Until that point, I’m firmly in the camp of helping your natural lashes out with extensions, even if your genes have already blessed you with longer-than-average lashes.

For a long time, lash extensions were something you could only get at a specialty salon that required an appointment. Nowadays, you can get lash extensions nearly anywhere, and I mean literally anywhere. Just two days ago, I was getting boba tea and, to my surprise, the nail salon next door was offering extensions. I was shocked. Still, even with the potential to get lashes at a random nail salon with boba in hand, there is an even easier way to get the extensions you need; at-home extensions.

Today, the number of at-home extension options is exploding. With so many brands, it can be hard to push through the marketing and find a set of at-home lashes that is truly right for me and my lifestyle. After reading this, you should be set up for success and able to pick the perfect set of lashes for you.

Let’s get started.

What are lash extensions?

If you are new to the world of extensions, let me be the first to welcome you into the kingdom… you’ll never go back! At the core of it, lash extensions are designed to compliment your natural eye and lash shape to create a fuller, fluffier, and more luscious look. Not everyone is blessed with naturally long lashes, and a girl is gonna get some help when she needs it!

Generally, there are two methods of getting lash extensions: professional lashes and at-home lashes. Let’s take a quick look at both of them.

Professional

Professional lashes are any lash extensions that are installed by a trained and licensed individual. Usually, these professionals are going to be estheticians and cosmetologists, although certain states have various rules and regulations on how and who fills them. Professional lashes take about 1.5 hours, often requiring an appointment to be scheduled with a provider. Once installed, these lashes need to be refilled every 2-4 weeks.

At-home

The other option aside from professional extensions is at-home extensions. At-home extensions are shipped to your home and come with a detailed set of instructions on how to install them. For long-term use, at-home extensions can be replaced every few days, depending on their wear. There is a bit of flexibility as to when you can get them refilled since you would only use them as needed. Most people have a new box of lashes shipped to their house every 30 days, similar to a subscription box. These lashes are NOT the same type you get from a local pharmacy store. Pharmacy lashes are a one-time 12-24 hour use, while at-home extensions are higher quality and a longer-term solution.

What is the difference between professional and at-home lash extensions?

To all but the trained eye, at-home extensions provide a nearly identical look to professionally installed lashes. Still, there are some other differences, namely, in price and application. Here are some of the main differences between them.

Application

The application process for professional lashes is pretty hands-off. The most common way that professional lashes are installed is through a specialized glue that binds the fake lashes to your lid-line. After the glue dries, professional extensions can last as long as 4-weeks, although some people will notice they need to be refilled more often.

At-home lashes are a bit more involved, even if it is more convenient for most people. Additionally, there are two methods for lash applications, glue and magnets. The most common method is glue, although some brands have developed “snap-on” lashes that utilize magnets. Once applied, most extensions last for 5 days and have multiple refills within each box.

Price

One of the major differences between professional and at-home extensions is the pricing. Unfortunately, professional lashes are expensive enough to be considered a luxury. Professional lashes can vary in cost, mostly depending on the professional that is installing them. High-end salons can charge as much as $75-$100 for refills every three weeks, plus an initial charge of 2-3x that when you buy the first set. In addition to the installation cost, most estheticians and cosmetologists expect a tip, adding another 10-20%. If you are regularly getting your sets refilled on the recommended 3-week schedule, you could be paying hundreds of dollars a month.

The price for at-home extensions is probably one of the biggest selling points for the average person who wants to look good but doesn’t want to pay thousands of dollars a year on it. Depending on the brand, at-home extensions run between $20-$100 a month with no initial fee and no tip required. You could expect to save thousands of dollars over the course of a single year when switching from professional extensions to at-home ones.

Freedom

Making beauty appointments can be exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, it can be fun and relaxing getting manicures and touching up my roots, but it is really, really time-consuming. I get my hair done (2-4 hours) once every month and a half and get my nails done (1.5 hours) once a month. On top of that, I occasionally get facials at my local salon and will sometimes treat myself and get a massage (once a quarter). Adding another appointment to my list sounds terrible.

Unfortunately, professional lash extensions require a regular appointment on my calendar every three weeks. Each refill could take up to an hour, NOT including driving there and back. Even more, once I set my appointment, a reschedule could shatter my carefully constructed calendar into oblivion, and it does happen.

Conversely, at-home extensions are shipped to your house and only require a bit of time to place. Once you get the hang of it after a few times, it gets even faster. I incorporate my lash installation into my morning makeup routine (provided I wake up early enough). I do a new set every five or so days, or I wait longer if I feel like it. In terms of freedom, at-home extensions can’t be beat.

Look

The question of look is, arguably, the most important. Even if at-home lashes were 99% cheaper but looked like hot garbage, it would never be worth it to choose them over the professional ones. Thankfully, that isn’t the case.

Professional lashes do have some variability when it comes to their quality, but that mostly depends on the skill of the professional. If you have your lashes installed correctly and by a pro, they look great. Someone who installs hundreds of sets of lashes each month is bound to have some skill!

At-home lashes do have a learning curve when you first try them, but after that, they can look equally as good as a professional set. Additionally, you have to figure out which ones you prefer since each brand has its own line of “looks” to choose from. Once the bumps are smoothed out, however, I would say that an experienced at-home installer could create a look nearly identical to a professional one.

Winner – NoonLash



9.6/10
15 votes



A+
Overall Grade

Look
`
10/10

Feel
`
9/10

Durability
`
10/10

Ease of application & Glue quality
`
10/10

Price / Value
`
9/10

PROS
Looks the most natural
Durable
Feels light as a feather
Glue is easy to apply and remove
By far the easiest wand to use
Great value for the price

CONS
X
Only available online

The Bottom Line

Our overall choice between the five lash brands is Noon Lashes. While the runner-ups came close and even surpassed Noon in a few of our comparison elements, I found Noon to be an overall better option for me and likely for most people out there.

Look

When it comes to look, we found Noon Lashes to be the the best out there. They were more voluminous than any of the other lashes and really created the perfect “eye look” I was after. Truthfully, the Noons were good enough that most people wouldn’t even know that they were at home and not professionally done. One of my favorite things about them was how dense they were. While having a wispy look can be good, you still want to make sure there is enough material coverage to make it look cohesive. The Noon lashes didn’t skimp on material, and the results spoke for themselves.

Feel

One of the other advantages that Noon has over the competition is that they felt SO much lighter than the others. I don’t personally have sensitive eyes, but if you are someone who constantly finds themselves tearing up or having trouble with mascara application, the Noon lashes may be a better fit than the others.

Durability

When it comes to durability, Noon was on-par with the other lashes. They are a glue-based application and, depending on your daily activities, could get you 3-5 days. Obviously, swimming or rubbing your eyes will reduce that, but the light design of these lashes could help keep you from picking at them.

Ease of Application

Again, these were the best by far when it came to application. The glue applicator is miles ahead of other applicators because it comes in a tube with a little brush. I made less of a mess, was able to apply directly, and didn’t have nearly as many hiccups as I did with other applicators.

Glue Quality

The glue applicator was great, and the glue itself was about on par with everything else. Other people online claim that they love the glue! If I don’t have to think about it, that’s enough to call it a success in my book.

Price/Value

When it comes to price, Noon can be compared to some of the cheaper options, but only if you subscribe. A single set on their website runs $7 but ordering as a subscription drops it down to $4. If you got six for the month on a subscription, it would cost the same as Flutter Habit box.

Runner Ups – Flutter Habit & Lashify


9.6/10
15 votes


B
Overall Grade

Look
`
9/10

Feel
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6/10

Durability
`
9/10

Ease of application & Glue quality
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7/10

Price / Value
`
9/10

PROS
Full and dense
Good value
Durable

CONS
X
Feels heavy and clunky
X
Blobs of glue occasionally fly out

The Bottom Line

Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the Flutter Habit lashes. They didn’t fall behind in any category as much as Noon pulled ahead in some. So goes the world of beauty care. Here is my comparison.

Look

Personally, I think that the Flutter Habit looks just as good as the Noon lashes do. That is to say, they are full, dense, and seem to hide well in my existing lashes. In many situations, the Flutter Habits are good enough that they closely comparable to a professional set of extensions. At their cost, that is easily enough reason to buy them.

Feel

When it comes to feel, the Flutter Habits do struggle a bit. Right off the bat, they can feel pretty heavy and clunky compared to some of the lighter options, but that could just be situational in my case. Within a few minutes of resuming my routine, I forget about them, but that first few minutes can be annoying. They do have a new line of “Weightless” lashes that they just launched, and I have yet to try this. If you are reading this and they are out, it might be worth a try!

Durability

When I wear my Flutter Habits, I generally get 3-5 consistently. Once you know what you are doing with them, you can even extend that if you desire. Just don’t lose too many lashes and be walking around looking like your lashes had a bad hair day.

Ease of Application

My Flutter Habits weren’t the easiest to install, but like most things, it just takes some practice. There isn’t a brush like the Noon lashes, and blobs of glue would occasionally fly out. It actually ended up ruining a shirt I had nearby when the glue exploded out of the tube!

Glue Quality

The glue quality is great. It does its job and can hold as long as I need it to.

Price/Value

One of the best selling points for Flutter Habit is their price. They aren’t the cheapest on our list (generally not a good award to win), but they are some of the best valued.


9.6/10
15 votes


B
Overall Grade

Look
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8/10

Feel
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8/10

Durability
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9/10

Ease of application & Glue quality
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8/10

Price / Value
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5/10

PROS
Looks and feels good
Relatively easy to apply
A lot of options

CONS
X
Expensive without any real reason

The Bottom Line

Lashify is also on our runner-up list. The main issue I have with Lashify is their price. I mean, Lashify is easily 4-6x more expensive than Flutter Habit, and I just don’t know if they are 4-6x better. At that range, we are talking about professional set prices.

Look

When it comes to look, Lashify can be good, but it really depends on the type of lash you pick. Some of the options are really thin in their appearance and don’t seem to fill as well as others. There are some looks that could be great, but their website is so hard to navigate that I almost missed them.

Feel

For all the price, Lashify is pretty comfortable. They aren’t too bulky feeling, and you probably won’t feel them too much after your application.

Durability

The durability of the Lashify was great. It was on par with my other favorites like Flutter Habit and Noon. You can easily get 3-5 and potentially more if you want to go for it.

Ease of Application

One of the interesting things about Lashify is its application. They do include a brush that allows you to better place the glue, but only on the natural lash. Most other companies have you apply on the actual lid of your eye.

Glue Quality

Again, the glue isn’t anything different from the others. It works, and your lashes should be secure, provided you applied them correctly.

Price/Value

The real downer for Lashify is their price. I mean WHAT is making these so expensive? I’m not joking when I say that a single set (enough lashes for two eyes) is 4-5x the price of Flutter Habit or Noon, and they are not nearly that much better. Even more, their starter kit is $150, a ridiculous price that isn’t worth the value at all.

Potentially worth trying – Glamnetic, Falscara


9.6/10
15 votes


C
Overall Grade

Look
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7/10

Feel
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6/10

Durability
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7/10

Ease of application & Glue quality
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9/10

Price / Value
`
7/10

PROS
Easy to apply
Looks full

CONS
X
May have gap between lashes and false ones
X
Heavy

The Bottom Line

Glamnetic can be great, but they aren’t really in the same category as the other lashes on the list. Their marketing appears to be geared towards children, their lashes don’t last more than 24 hours, and they aren’t true DIY lash extensions. You would only wear them for a night out or an event. They are reusable, but they aren’t a true professional lash extension replacement.

Look

The Glamnetic lashes can look great. They appear full, and because they are a complete set they always feel really cohesive. The only problem is that if you aren’t great at applying eyeliner, you could potentially have a gap between your real lashes and your false ones.

Feel

Since these lashes have actual magnets built into them, they can be a bit heavier than the others. The good thing is that you can remove them after a few hours, but those few hours can be bothersome. Like most things, though, you can get used to it.

Durability

Glamnetic lashes are actually quite durable, but they only last for a single outing. Since they are applied with a magnetic eyeliner, they can only last as long as you don’t wash your face. Once that liner comes off, so do the lashes. You can reapply them each time you do your eyes, but it’s not a true 3-5 day extension replacement.

Ease of Application

The Glamnetic is, without a doubt, the easiest lashes to apply. All it takes to apply them is a line of magnetic eyeliner (which can be bought as a bundle) and an easy placement. Once you have the liner, it literally takes seconds. If you are new to lashes or afraid of gluing something on your eyes, this is a really great alternative.

Glue Quality

These lashes don’t use glue! Instead, they use magnetic eyeliner.

Price/Value

Each set of lashes is pretty expensive, but a set of Glamnetic can be used up to 60 times before you need a new one. For your money, you are getting a LOT of wear out of them. These lashes compete with the Falscara for value, although they are quite different.


9.6/10
15 votes


C
Overall Grade

Look
`
5/10

Feel
`
8/10

Durability
`
8/10

Ease of application & Glue quality
`
7/10

Price / Value
`
9/10

PROS
Inexpensive
Great introduction to DIY lash extensions

CONS
X
Look a bit cheap and thin
X
Lack of style options

The Bottom Line

I placed Falscara in the third tier, mostly because of their lack of style options and an apparent lack of quality. They are ok for some, but they aren’t the best. Still, they are the cheapest, so anyone on a budget may find them to be the perfect fit.

Look

Simply put, I found the Falscara lashes to look cheap and thin. This could potentially result in a lash that looks more natural than the others, but it isn’t going to be very glam. Still, they do have a use-case for someone ballin on a budget.

Feel

As their design would suggest, the Falscara lashes are pretty lightweight. This does come at the cost of their lash density and fullness, but they can definitely be comfortable. If being a bit extra isn’t something you are familiar with and being uncomfortable (even for beauty’s sake) is appalling to you, Falsacara may be a good toe in the water.

Durability

Falscara falls around the same place as the others when it comes to durability. Provided you don’t mess them up, they should be good for at least 3-5 days. What’s interesting is that Falscara claims up to 10 days, but I don’t know if at-home lashes were really made to go that long.

Ease of Application

The application process was pretty straightforward, like the others. There is a mascara applicator brush that can be used when applying.

Glue Quality

Since these lashes are so cheap, I just don’t think that the quality of everything is what it needs to be. It’s glue, it’s sticky, it works.

Price/Value

Now this is the category that really helps out Falscara. These are, without a doubt, the cheapest lashes on our list. Truthfully, they aren’t horrible lashes, either. At their price point, they may be the best value on the list, even if I don’t prefer them.

Conclusion

In my opinion, at-home lashes are set to overtake professional lashes in most settings, especially for people who don’t have a lot of disposable income. Knowing that, it’s worth being educated on the topic! Here’s a recap.

Professional extensions are:

  • Usually more expensive
  • Last 3-5 weeks
  • Require a professional
  • Take a few hours out of your day
  • Look great

At-home extensions are:

  • Much cheaper
  • Last 3-5 days per set
  • Can be installed at home
  • Takes 15 minutes (with practice)
  • Look great

Even still, there are a lot of options within the at-home lash category. I recommend setting a budget and picking a style from a company that you think looks best. If you are new and a bit nervous, maybe try one of the cheaper options (or maybe even a magnetic set)! If you are a bit more experienced in the lash game, you get to experiment a little and see which one makes you look your most voluptuous self. Your wink game will never be the same!

Enjoy!

By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at [email protected]
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