Wanting long, voluminous lashes has become a common desire among so many Asian American women. From spending hundreds on maintaining lash extensions to regularly perming and tinting lashes, it’s become an incredibly financially draining obsession — I can only imagine how much ABG’s spend every year on lash products.
Of course, buying strip lashes would be the perfect and cheap solution but drugstore options are often uncomfortable and tacky. If the bands are too thick, the lashes won’t stay down properly and cheap lash ends can look plastic and fake. Not to mention, most of these lashes were made with non-Asian eyes in mind so for Asian women, especially those with monolids, choosing from the lash isle is a total gamble.
For Asians who are looking for lash products specifically designed with their eye shapes in mind, there are still options! Here are seven companies founded by Asians, producing false lashes catering to a much more diverse audience. While these companies may not be as well known as brands such as Kiss, Eylure or Ardell, they’re certainly better suited for Asian eyes.
Each pair of Doe Lashes is hand-crafted, cruelty-free, ethically sourced, and made from premium silk fiber from Korea. The bands are durable yet lightweight and flexible, and the styles — designed in California — were made to bring out the natural beauty of your eyes.
Doe Lashes are a popular choice among many Asian beauty gurus, and on their website and Instagram, you can see what their lash styles look like on actual Asian women, so there’s no guessing involved. Their high-quality products even have the seal of approval from THE Michelle Phan.
They also sell a design aptly named “UWU Lashes,” and yes, it’s just as adorable as it sounds.
Velour Lashes produces unique eyelashes that feature their “curl-technology” which is resistant to water and therefore more durable and easier to clean. Each lash is hand-made on a cotton-thread, black lash bend using premium synthetic material that naturally mimics the look of your natural lashes.
Their faux mink styles are 100% cruelty-free and each pair can be worn over 20 times. For false lash newbies, their flexible cotton thread bands allow for seamless lash application so there’s nothing to fear.
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House of Lashes
House of Lashes was founded in 2012 with a clear goal, “to create high quality, cruelty-free lashes fit for ALL eye shapes.” According to their founder Jenn Chiba, “House of Lashes was created to inspire and empower people regardless of age, race or gender to feel beautiful with lashes that not only compliment their diverse eye shapes, but their unique personalities, too.”
As for their products, they are handcrafted using 100% sterilized, premium human hair and cruelty-free synthetic fibers in their factories in Indonesia. Plus, their lashes are reasonably priced and not much more expensive than common drugstore brands.
Crave Lashes come with uniquely pre-curved bands that have the perfect amount of flexibility, making them extremely easy to apply, even for beginners. As opposed to buying cheap drugstore lashes that only last one or two uses, Crave Lashes can last up to 20 uses to save you money in the long run.
Their products are made with either real human hair or premium synthetic fibers and come with a 30 day money back guarantee, as well as free return shipping. Each of their cruelty-free false eyelashes go through 10 to 12 steps to be completed during their handcrafting process.
AZLO Lashes are the ultimate cruelty-free choice — their products are certified 100% vegan and meet PETA’s standards of being cruelty-free. According to their website, their mission is “to create a product that brings people together to boost self-confidence and empowerment as well as to serve as a solution to reduce animal cruelty.”
Their lashes are made on a thin, cotton band that disappears into your natural lash line and the natural, wispy hairs are designed to replicate and enhance the natural eyelashes. These babies also last up to 20 wears, so really, they’re worth every penny.
According to their website, the word “Omo” is a Korean expression that conveys surprise, they’ve named themselves this because their unique products are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Omo Lashes are all handcrafted using 100% sterilized premium human hair and cruelty-free synthetic fibers. While their factories are based in Indonesia, they routinely undergo quality checks to ensure high quality products that meet their standards.
Also, they offer free shipping for U.S. customers so that’s definitely an additional perk.
Artémes Lashes are definitely among the high-end brands and therefore, more expensive. Every one of their products takes over two days to complete, with each strand of hair individually placed on the band by artisans.
This brand has become a favorite among many celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian, Rita Ora, Lea Michelle, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Grace Gealey, Charli XCX, Sarah Hyland, Tove Lo, Aubrey Plaza, Vanessa Hudgens, Sabrina Carpenter, Rachel Bloom, Jennifer Jason Lee, Olga Fonda, Krirsten Wigg, Jackie Cruz and many more.
While Artémes Lashes may be more expensive than other brands, their lashes last up to 25 uses and even come with a 21 day guarantee on all purchases.
Editor’s Note: NextShark may get a cut of the sales if you purchase anything above. We gotta keep the lights on here somehow.