Lash Extensions vs. False Eyelashes: Which Is Better

by Joan Wong

As a lash artist, you’ve probably been asked by a client about which is better, lash extensions or fake lashes? With the lengthy pros and cons and to the two choices, it’s hard to relay specific information in a couple of minutes or less. And you know better than anyone that every minute counts when it comes to applying lashes. So we’ve come up with a guide to help you organize the information in an easily digestible way for your clients!

Black false lashes strips set with curler and tweezers on blue background decorated with black branches


Lash extensions are not one-size-fits-all. Clients can choose the length, volume, and curl. You can also mix and match depending on the look you want. 

One of the advantages of having eyelash extensions is that you can wake up and be photo-ready in an instant. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it lessens the time you spend on your morning makeup routine.

Meanwhile, with false lashes, you can choose the design, length, and thickness. There are many styles and variations on the market. But it only lasts for the day or night and it is recommended to not sleep with them on.

If clients are going for a natural makeup look with less work in their morning routine, having eyelash extensions might be best. You can create a more natural eye depending on the look they want. However, a natural look with false lashes can also be achieved, but keep in mind it will not last.


Eyelash extensions need to be done by a certified professional to ensure there is no damage to natural lashes. The application will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. The tools needed are lashes or fans, semi-permanent lash adhesive, tweezers, lash tape, and more.

Normally, false lashes can be applied at home by the client. It usually takes about 10 minutes to apply. The tools needed are strip lashes, glue, and false lash applicators. Clients will simply glue falsies along their natural lash line and let them dry. But they have to be careful because the glue might go into their eyes and cause irritation. 

Although the application process is longer for eyelash extensions, they last longer than false lashes that save more time in the long run. 

woman with short brown hair and red lipstick holding a mirror and applying false lashes. Cartel lash

Durability & Costs

The average cost per lash extension procedure is $100 - $300 per application, depending on the volume. Ideally, it lasts for 4-6 weeks after application. But it’s best to get a fill around the 2 to 3-week mark. Explain to clients that some lash techs charge for a full set after a certain period, normally around the 2-week mark. Fills can cost between $50 and $150.

How long the lash extensions look and last will depend on the aftercare routine of the client. Explain to them in detail the importance of proper care for their lashes to make them last longer. 

On the other hand, most false lashes can be thrown out after one use or they can be used a couple of times if the adhesive is cleaned off. However, after a certain time, the lash band will become more flexible and lose its shape. This can be costly if you wear falsies every day. The usual cost for falsies is about $3 - $20 each. It’s always best to use high-quality ones to lessen the possibility of having skin and eye irritation.

Five sets of false lashes on a pink background next to a tube and wand of mascara. Cartel Lash


Maintaining lash extensions can be a bit of a hassle compared to falsies. With false eyelashes, all you need is to remove them and make sure the glue is also removed properly. 

While with lash extensions, there are many steps clients have to follow to after the application and during their aftercare routine. These steps are very important so clients can have long-term retention. 

Clients will need to purchase products made specifically for lash extensions to clean them daily. By using oil-free makeup removers, cleansers, sealants and serums and microfiber towels, their lashes will last longer. 

Last but not the least, it’s not recommended to use waterproof mascara or mascara in general. But if clients insist on using mascara, use a specially formulated one like Max2Originale


Just like any procedure done around your eye area, it can be dangerous and have risks. 

For lash extensions, the riskiest part is having an uncertified lash artist apply lash extensions. All certified lash artists know the importance of proper hygiene and sanitization. If the tools are not cleaned and sanitized it can cause eye infections. Moreover, there are risks like allergic reactions and loss of natural eyelashes, if lash artists are not experienced.

Woman getting eyelash extensions by tech with pink gloves and isolating lashes with 2 tweezers. Cartel Lash

It is VERY IMPORTANT to confirm if the lash artist is licensed or not and check for a proper and professional lash space.

For false lashes, unclean and low-quality falsies can cause irritation and eye infection. And in some cases, false eyelash glues can even cause eye irritation or problems.

To reduce the risks of using false eyelashes, it is IMPERATIVE to have proper hygiene because regular cleaning prevents irritation and infection. It is also IMPORTANT to use ONLY high-quality and anti-allergy falsies and glues.

In both cases, there are risks. Clients have to remember, their eyes are very important and sensitive. Suggest to your client that they be careful when choosing which one they are going for: lash extensions or false lashes. They have to ask themselves, “are the risks worth it?”.

Pros and Cons

Both lash extensions and false lashes have their advantages and disadvantages. Clients just have to check which one suits their needs and style. Here are the pros and cons of each:

Eyelash Extensions

Listed Pros and cons table for eyelash extensions. Cartel Lash

False Lashes

Listed Pros and cons table for false lashes. Cartel Lash

Which is Better?

If your client is someone who likes to stay at home and likes to attend parties or have a night out once in a while, go for false eyelashes. They won’t take too long to put on and they can remove them at the end of the day.

For anyone with a busy schedule, going on vacation, who doesn’t want to worry about putting on makeup, or just want a simple makeup routine, having eyelash extensions is the best option. Always look ready with eyelash extensions without the time-consuming work that goes with it!

Honestly, both meet the needs of particular women and are both great for various reasons. Clients will have to weigh the pros and cons of each and choose the best one that fits their lifestyle.

For all your lash needs and client aftercare products, visit Cartel Lash for everything you need, all in one convenient place!