5 Best Types Of Eyelash Extensions



False eyelash extensions are a powerful beauty tool. They enhance an individual’s appearance in seconds.

Tired of your natural lashes and wish to add a dramatic twist to your look? Try a good set of false eyelashes.

What are the types of eyelash extensions? The three main types of eyelash extensions include mink, silk, and synthetic. The classification is based on the material used to manufacture the eyelashes.

There are variations of the three main types of eyelashes, such as faux mink, faux sink, and PBT fiber.

The false eyelash extensions vary by volume, curl types, length, thickness, and color. This gives clients the freedom to get a customized look.


Types Of Eyelash Extensions 2021

Eyelash extensions magnify your existing beauty. They add volume, thickness, and life to your natural lashes.

No type of eyelash extension is better than the other. But, if you are allergic to animals, avoid mink lashes as they could cause a bad reaction.

Below is a description of the types of eyelash extensions available in the market as of 2021.

1.     Mink Eyelash Extensions

Real Mink Eyelash Extensions

Real mink eyelash extensions are made from the fur of a real mink. Most manufacturers prefer to use Siberian minks.

If you are vegan or, as mentioned earlier, allergic to fur, avoid mink using eyelash extensions. Let your lash artist know that you are allergic to fur so that they can recommend the available option.

Animal rights activists are vibrant in fighting against the killing of minks. This has forced eyelash manufacturers to adopt cruelty-free guidelines when harvesting the fur.

Professional eyelash manufacturers produce 100% cruelty-free mink eyelashes. They brush the fur of live minks instead of killing the animals.

Real mink eyelash extensions are super soft, lightweight, and fine. They give you a natural-looking lash upon application.

Meidear Lash Factory China produces 100% cruelty-free mink lashes. We source our fur from well-kept live minks. We collect the fur by shaving the minks in a well-supervised environment. Faux Mink

Due to the outcry by animal-rights watchers, manufacturers opt-out of using mink fur.

Faux mink is the alternative many professional manufacturers go for instead. Faux mink consists of synthetic material that is as soft as the actual mink fur.

Faux mink mimics the softness and the lightweight nature of real mink fur. You will get natural-looking lashes with faux mink. The final look is as good as with real mink eyelashes.

Faux mink eyelash extensions hold their curls longer, even when exposed to water.

Real mink eyelashes lose their curl, and you have to curl them when they come in touch with water.

Pros of Faux Mink Eyelash Extensions

  • Faux mink eyelashes are super fine
  • They give a natural look
  • They are 100% cruelty-free
  • They are safe for vegans
  • They have a glossy effect
  • They work well for clients with thin natural eyelashes
  • They add volume to your natural lashes
  • The lashes last long.
  • They are reusable up 20 times or more, depending on how well you take care of them.

Where To Use Mink And Faux Mink Eyelash Extensions

  • Everyday use
  • Prolonged events such as Photoshoots
  • Weddings
  • Night Outs

2.    Synthetic Eyelash Extensions

A polished acrylic material is the main component used in making synthetic eyelash extensions. They are strong and have a shiny appearance.

There are more different types of synthetic materials used to manufacture eyelash extensions. A good example is synthetic PBT fiber.

PBT is a type of polyester comprising thermoplastic semi-crystalline polymer properties. It is heated and modeled into the desired eyelash extension by the manufacturer as it cools.

PBT fiber is safe for all eyes, even for people with allergies. Meidear Lash Factory China uses PBT fiber to manufacture all our eyelash extensions.

Synthetic eyelash extensions have a glossier appearance compared to mink or silk lashes.

Synthetic eyelash extension differs in lengths, curl pattern, and thickness. They are best for clients going for a more dramatic look.

The lashes hold their curls firmly and do not flatten when exposed to water.

Pros Of Synthetic Eyelash Extensions

  • Synthetic eyelash extensions have a glossy appearance.
  • They hold their curl, unlike mink eyelash extensions
  • They add the perfect dramatic effect to the clients who love being bold and outstanding

Cons Of Synthetic Eyelash Extensions

  • They are thick and heavy hence not suitable for clients with thin and weak natural lashes.
  • They are more visible and hardly give a natural appearance

3.    Silk Eyelash Extensions

Silk eyelash extensions are made from artificial materials. Manufacturers use synthetic fiber derived from polyester.

They have a semi-matte finish compared to faux and real mink lashes. Silk has a fine texture and is gentle on the eyes.

Silk eyelash extensions are mid-weight and finer. They have more flexibility compared to synthetic eyelashes.

Silk eyelash extensions give you a perfect dramatic look. This is due to their thickness and the spaces between the lashes.

Pros Of Silk Eyelash Extensions

  • The silk eyelash extensions are more affordable compared to mink and synthetic eyelashes.
  • They are thick hence more noticeable
  • They give you a natural look
  • They add volume to your natural lashes

Cons Of Silk Eyelash Extensions

  • They are heavy and thick hence could damage thin and weak natural lashes.

Other Types Of Eyelash Extensions Include;

4.    Sable Eyelash Extensions

Sable eyelash extensions are made from sable fur. Sables are forest animals found in Russia and Siberia.

Sable fur is similar to mink fur. The only difference is that sable fur eyelashes are thinner than other types of lashes.

Professional eyelash manufacturers brush the fur when the animals are still alive. The fur is in two shades; black or brown.

Pros Of Sable Eyelash Extensions

  • Sable eyelash extensions are lightweight and thin. They do not damage your natural lashes.
  • They can be used on people with weak and thin natural lashes
  • They give you a natural look and feel
  • The manufacturers follow cruelty-free guidelines; hence the lashes are cruelty-free.

Cons Of Sable Eyelash Extensions

  • Sable eyelash extensions are the most expensive false lashes in the market.
  • They cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to animal fur.

5.    2D,3D,4D, 5D…20D Eyelash Extensions

2D-20D eyelash extensions are a common market feature. 2D means that there are two threads of eyelashes attached to a single base to form a fan.

The same case applies to 3D-20D. The number indicated is the number of threads per fan. The more the number of lashes per fan, the more dramatic the effect.

Types Of Eyelash Extensions By Application

You may have come across the terms classic eyelashes, volume, or hybrid eyelashes. These are types of eyelash applications and not types of eyelashes, as many may think.

Classic Eyelash Extensions

Classic eyelash extensions are designed for people who love a simple natural look. The technique is suitable for everyday use.

If you are a white-color job person, you can wear classic eyelash extensions every day to work.

It takes about two hours or slightly less to install the classic eyelashes. The application process needs maximum concentration and attention.

Professional eyelash artists use the ratio of 1:1 when applying classic lashes. This means that they apply only one eyelash extension to one natural eyelash.

The 1:1 ratio enables one to achieve the desired natural look.

Volume Eyelash Extensions

Volume eyelashes are designed to provide full volume to natural eyelashes. Volume lashes were designed in a way that they do not overload and damage your natural lashes.

Volume lashes are also commonly referred to as Russian lashes. They consist of 3D-5D lashes applied on a single natural lash.

Mega Volume lashes are a subtype of volume lashes. They are more voluminous in that you can use 6D or more lashes per natural lash.

You can use lengths of 1-2mm longer than your natural lashes with the volume lashes. This adds length to your natural lashes.

It is okay to use ratios of 1:2 to 1:10 when applying volume lashes. This means that you can apply up to 10 eyelash extensions on a single natural lash.

Secret Tip: Only use mink or silk lashes for volume eyelash application. They are lightweight and superfine hence do not cause damage to the natural lashes.

Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

Hybrid eyelashes are a combination of classic lashes and volume lashes. They are best for people who want a neutral look, not too natural, not too dramatic.

Types of Eyelash Extensions By Dimension

Eyelash extensions have different lengths, curl patterns, thickness, and diameter. Avoid using dimensions that overweigh that of your natural lashes to prevent damages.


Most eyelash extensions have a thickness of between 0.03mm to 0.30mm. But, different manufacturers offer different thicknesses.

Meidear Lash Factory China manufactures eyelash extensions with different thicknesses. We customize the thickness of our eyelash extension to suit your needs.


Eyelash extensions differ in length. Most lengths range between 5mm-25mm.

The longer the eyelash extension, the bolder you look.

Meidear Lash Factory China can customize the eyelash extensions to any length.

Curl Patterns

Eyelashes have different curl patterns. Different manufacturers use their preferred curl patterns. Look for a manufacturer that provides the curl patterns that bring out your desired look.

The most common curl patterns in the market include; B, C, CC, D, DD, I, J, L, LC, LD, M, U, plus more.

Meidear Lash Factory China will customize the curl patterns to your liking.

Types of Eyelash Extensions By Color

There are different colors of eyelash extensions. This is because people have different colored natural lashes.

The most common colors of eyelash extensions include;

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Light brown
  • Dark brown
  • Black-brown

There are more dramatic colors such as red, green, purple. These are best for runways and photoshoots.

Manufacturers play around with the colors by using them as highlights or on the full lash.

Meidear Lash Factory China will customize the lash extensions to any color you need.

Types Of Eyelash Extensions By Style

Different clients go for different final looks. Some want to be natural, others neutral, while others go for a dramatic look.

The shape of your eyelashes plays a role in determining the type of eyelash style to use.

Doll Eyelash Extensions

Doll eyelash extensions are long. The eyelash extensions are concentrated at the center. This leaves your eyes open and larger.

Best For: Doll eyelashes are best for clients with downturned or dropping eyes.

Cat Eye Eyelash Extensions

Cat-eye eyelash extensions are long at the outer eye corner. They give the impression of a wide and large eye set.

Your eyes appear to have an extended eye line.

Best For: Cat eye eyelash extensions are best for clients with round eyes. Avoid these lashes if you have wide or downward eyes. They will exaggerate your eyes in a less flattering manner.

Natural Eyelash Extensions

Natural eyelash extensions are applied in proportion to your natural eye line curvature. They gently enhance your lashes.

Open Eye Eyelash Extensions

Open eye eyelash extensions are more doll eyelash extensions. More volume and length get added at the center.

The lashes taper down toward the corners in symmetrical graduation.

How To Take Care Of Eyelash Extensions

All types of eyelash extensions need proper care and maintenance. Good maintenance increases the duration of service the eyelash extension gives you.

Here are a few tips on how to take care of your eyelash extensions

  • Do not let your newly made lashes get into contact with water within the first 48 hours. This helps the adhesive to settle properly and to give maximum hold on the extensions.
  • Avoid using oil-based make-up products around your eyes. Oil weakens the adhesive causing the eyelash extensions to fall off with time.
  • Avoid using cotton pads/swabs around the eyes, especially when removing your make-up. The items snag your eyelash extensions and may even pull the lashes out.
  • Always use satin or silk beddings. This helps to reduce the friction between your eyelash extensions. Rough beddings may snag your eyelash extensions and pull them out.

Final Thoughts

Mink, Silk, and Synthetic material make the three main types of eyelash extensions. There are numerous variations of the material, offering a broad option for clients.

Meidear Lash Factory China uses synthetic PBT fiber, which is safe for all users. Visit our website for more detailed information regarding our eyelash extensions.


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