National Lash Day 2022: My Favorite Natural + Glam Lashes

Professional makeup artist's guide to drugstore strip lashes


When I’m doing bridal makeup, I consistently hear lash horror stories. Usually, it involves lashes that are too big, too heavy, didn’t stay on, poked or felt weird and uncomfortable.


For this reason, I choose lashes that are light and fluffy, with a thin flexible band, that can be worn daily, and reused. The best news? Most can be purchased at your local drug store or online on via Amazon or Ardell.


Here's a breakdown of my tried-and-true false lash favs, starting with natural and working our way to full glam.


NATURAL LOOK LASHES

Natural false lashes are perfect if you have smaller eyes, a hooded eye, want something super simple for a professional look or don’t want anyone to notice you’re wearing lashes at all.


  • Ardell Natural 110s - Most simple. Found at any drugstore. I use these for grandmothers and mothers-of-the bride, people nervous about lashes, and headshots.


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  • Ardell 172s - Short but fluffy. These are my favorite for a natural look. They're perfect for everyday wear, especially if you lack natural lashes, or your lashes are short. They're easier to find online.

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FLUFFY BUT LIGHT LOOK LASHES

These lashes bring the fire… fluffy, light, extension mimicking. These are my favorites for bridal.


  • Ardell 421 Nakeds. The all-around perfect lash. My most popular bridal lash and personal-use lash.


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  • Ardell 423 Nakeds. A bit more natural than 421. Perfect for daily wear. Band is very light.

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  • Ardell 429 Nakeds. The largest from the Naked varieties. I use this lash for date nights, when I want my lashes to really pop. I also use this lash for brides with long lashes naturally, who want a full “glam” makeup look on the big day.


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GLAM LOOK LASHES

Fuller, longer, sexier! I use these lashes when a bride wants full glam, and for boudoir, galas, and date nights.


  • Ardell double up demi wispies. The Ardell demi wispies are a drug store go-to. I don’t use them often because I prefer a fluffier look. The double up wispies however? Perfection!

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  • Ardell double up 207. A little larger and fuller than the double up demis. Perfect for full glam and boudoir.


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Here's a glimpse at all the products on Amazon (following the same sequence of the article).



Looking for a drug store glue? I prefer KISS Latex free glue, as it’s less irritating to the eye. If latex isn’t an issue for you and you want a strong hold, try the classic DUO glue in white (dries clear).


Still struggling to get your lashes on? I’ve done several videos over the years and recently posted a short tutorial on my Instagram, @imagebylisa.


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