DIY – Cheap Lashes into Faux Mink Lashes

Today I am sharing a little DIY of a trick I have been using for some time now.

I am a huge lover of eyelashes, and I have never been one to just throw away something after a single use, especially if it is something that cost me a pretty penny. I stumbled upon this trick by accident, while grooming my current eyelash collection.

I had a few favorites that were nearing their end, lifespan wise. I was trying to get a few more uses out of them, so sometimes what I do is I brush them out with a spoolie, then I will coat them in mascara. While brushing the lashes, I was a little too vigorous and got the general shape all wonky. I was a little miffed at myself, but then I noticed that it sort of looked like mink lashes, the way the synthetic hairs had started to lay. I proceeded to brush it a bit more, then went to the other one, and low and behold, I had made a fairly nice pair of Faux Mink Lashes.

So if you like the wispy look that most mink lashes have, but don’t have the funds to purchase the real thing, you might just like this trick. I find it works best on lashes that have a fuller, more ridged lash band.

The lashes used for this tutorial are Billie ELS195 Angelic Wink. I got them from Dollar Tree for $1.25CAD, and the elf Spollie was $1.97CAD at Walmart. I normally just use a spoolie off the end of a brow pencil, but I thought I’d get an actual one for this tutorial. It’s a cheap DIY, but technically you can just use some of your old lashes and a brow pencil spoolie.

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What you will need:

-a set of Cheap Lashes
-a Spoolie
-your hands

Optional Extras

-Clear Eyelash Gel or Mascara
-Eyelash Curler

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Step 1 – Take your lashes out of the packaging, but keep the lash bands on the inner casing. This will help you have a solid support for the next step.

Step 2 – Using your spoolie, vigorously brush the tips of the lashes back and forth on the package casing. Takes about 2 minutes per lash.

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Left Lash is untouched, Right Lash is brushed

Step 3 – Continue with the brushing, but now concentrate on brushing the hairs near the top of the lash band. Pay extra care to the outer corners, they are the hardest one to work on. This can take a bit longer, 2-3 minutes per lash.

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Left Lash is untouched, Right Lash is brushed

Step 4 – Optional – If you aren’t going to wear these right away, place your lash on the outer rim of your eyelash curler then take the Clear Lash Gel and apply. This will lock your wisps in place for when they are stored.  I personally only do this is the lashes are on their last legs. I find most lashes, even cheap ones, retain the work you have done on them. If they don’t, it isn’t like it takes a whole lot of time to just rebrush them a bit, as you already did the hard work.

If you want to wear them right away, and like to wear mascara on your fake lashes, then apply your mascara as you normally would. Some cheaper lashes have a very cut off look, so mascara can help make them look less synthetic. I use really thin formulas, not volumizing, as they are already fake lashes, and you are trying to get that wispy mink look. You don’t need to apply thick mascara on top of that, as it defeats the purpose of what you just took time and did to the lash.

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Top is untouched, Bottom is Brushed, No Clear Gel or Mascara

These were not the best style to show the tutorial on, but they were the fullest I could find with the right band. This technique really works well on lashes that are either all the same length, or have a tapered length, almost like a cateye styled lash.

As you can see above, it is a noticeable enough difference. Fake lashes are fake lashes, but the top ones look really stilted, where as the bottom ones look a bit higher quality, meanwhile, they are the same exact lash.

I hope this helps you, and maybe those favorite lashes that are starting to look sort of shoddy in your collection can have some new life!

‘Til Tomorrow


***Disclaimer – I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned on this blog. I just started to blog, so who would sponsor me, seriously. All items featured were purchased with my own money, gained by some other means, like awesome gifts from peoples, trades, or perhaps even a promotion of some sort.***


4 thoughts on “DIY – Cheap Lashes into Faux Mink Lashes

  1. This is so good! I saw this trick online recently going viral but I hadn’t seen anyone actually do it or do a post about it. They look amazing! I love that ‘your hand’ is included in the tools needed 😂💕

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    1. Ya, I think I stumbled upon it naturally about 6 years ago. I wasn’t buying lashes online then, so some of the boutiques I went to would have them fairly expensive, and I just could not use them once and throw them out. Learned a lot of different things from trying to get the most out of my purchases, this wonderful trick being one of them.

      It also helps lashes that get buggered up when you take them off. New life all around!

      I always have to add something weird it seems, when listing things for DIY’s. It is some random impulse that comes over me.

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