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To Lash or Not to Lash! Wedding Day False Lashes Explained

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No matter if she dreams of a huge princess ball gown, or an edgy silk jumpsuit, every bride wants to look her most beautiful on her big day. Apart from the dress, every look is made complete with the perfect hair and makeup. Nothing elevates a make-up look so dramatically as a pair of falsies. However, some women are still intimidated by the application process or worry that they might be too obvious. Actually, there are several kinds of false lashes, and each are different in terms of cost, longevity, application and effect. If you are on the fence about wearing falsies, take a look at our handy guide.

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are the most long-lasting out of all lash solutions. They can give you a dramatic look that will really make you shine in your wedding photos. They will also spare you from the stress of trying to apply falsies on your big day. The lashes are attached with a specially formulated glue that, with regular touch-ups (normally once a month), allows them to stay on permanently. If extensions are your choice, make sure you get them done at a professional salon to avoid damage to your natural lashes or even an allergic reaction or infection. When done by a pro, the application process is safe and painless. Depending on the volume, length and type of hair (mink, silk or synthetic), the initial procedure normally costs anywhere from $100 to $400, while touch-ups are around $50-$70.  (Beautiful Brides Philly is now offering lash extensions.  Starting in January, we are taking appointments, so email us at for more information.)

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Individual Lashes

Individual lashes are actually little clusters of 3 to 4 lashes each. Each pack comes with plenty of these little clusters in varying length. They are glued on using lash glue. Individual lashes provide a lighter, less dramatic look. It takes a bit of practice to perfect the art of even application, but once you master it, you can achieve a very natural, fluttery look. They are also a great option if you only need to fill in some patches of sparse lashes. The usual price range for natural individual lashes is from $3 to $15, and each pack contains enough lashes for several uses. Theoretically, they can be reused if cleaned properly, but with the low price tag, it might not be worth the hassle.

Strip Lashes

Strip eyelashes are not permanent, and are a good solution if you normally like your natural look, but want to go dramatic for your special occasion. There is a huge range of false strips available, and you can achieve any look you imagine, regardless of the quality of your natural lashes. The application can be finicky and stressful. If you have never done it before, but really want them for your wedding day, let a professional make-up artist apply them for you. Depending on the brand, style and quality, they can cost anywhere from a few bucks, to $50 a pair. With proper care, they can be re-used.

Naturally, to ensure that your glamorous eye look and your fabulous lashes put on the very best show, you will need to capture them in the right light. As important as your makeup is, only the right photographer will know how to capture the highlight and the shadow perfectly.


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Ultimately, it’s important you look and feel gorgeous on your wedding day, but what matters most is your comfort. It’s best to try out falsies beforehand. Experiment with different types, and then make an educated decision based on your experience to ensure you look radiant and feel at ease.

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Dana Persia

Owner of Beautiful Brides Philly

Dana invites industry pros to contribute to her blog along with writing many of the posts herself.  She is a licensed esthetician and has been a professional makeup artist for over 20 years.  Bridal beauty is her specialty and her blog includes every aspect of wedding planning.

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