Manga lashes are the beauty trend breaking the internet |

Manga lashes are the beauty trend breaking the internet

It looks like manga lashes (also known as anime lashes) are about to break the beauty internet. Google searches for “anime lash extensions” have seen a 5,000% surge in the past month and TikTok is fully invested in the manga lash filter that’s trending on the platform.

Here’s what you need to know…

What are manga lashes?

For those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of manga and anime, the hairs of these characters’ lashes tend to grow into pointy clusters that are spaced out along the top and bottom lash lines, creating a spiky look. Manga lashes recreate the look with an elevated take on doll eyes. Instead of adding a strip lash to your eye, you have to carefully space out clusters or individual lashes. Longer hairs stick out from the shorter pieces creating that separated lash look and a whole load of flirty, spidery volume. It’s delicate, wispy and dramatic in one go.

It’s not new exactly. Anime lashes have been gaining popularity for a few years, with TikTok users who want a different look. Toronto-based user Sarah Cheung (known to her over 200,000 fans and counting as @sacheu) first spotted the trend on a Chinese social media app called Xiaohongshu and decided to test it out in 2022. Initially, she posted a video (which has over a million likes), showing her version of the trend, plus a few inspiration photos before sharing an in-depth tutorial. But, the trend has picked up even more momentum recently.

In the tutorial, applied mascara to her lashes before cutting a Newcally Wispy Fluffy Lash into tiny short and long pieces. With D-Up Eyelash Fixer glue, she adhered each section to the eye, using the longer pieces on the top and the shorter ones on the bottom for the separated look. At the end of the video, she’s left with wispy lashes that have smaller sections of long, pointy hairs.

Though she makes it look easy, she admits it took a little trial-and-error to figure out the easiest way to try out this lash trend. “I think it’s such a cute way to create a doll-like look, especially if you’ve always stuck to more natural looks before,” she revealed.

Sarah’s video inspired a few others to try the trend, like user Kamille Gregory (@kamgregory to TikTok fans) who thought it was fairly easy to recreate. Although, “it definitely might take a couple of tries to get the lash placement correct and as close to your natural lash line as possible,” she notes.

She snipped a wispy lash from her collection and Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics Norvina A Moment lash into tiny clumps and adhered the shorter pieces of the A Moment falsie exclusively to the waterline, making it look like a subtler version of Twiggy’s iconic lash. She swiped Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara on her bottom lashes for more definition before revealing the final barbed look – a subtler version of Sarah’s.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics Norvina A Moment

Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara

TikToker Ness (known as @nesmates to fellow users) found that the manga lash trend requires some intermediate makeup skills to master attaching each tiny piece of hair. She tried the trend after noticing that anime has been influencing makeup trends in general with folks wanting the doll-like shape. “I tried the trend to add diversity in boring everyday makeup looks and show other ways of achieving ‘anime eyes’,” she revealed. With individual lashes and adhesive from Ardell, her spidery lash was complete.

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How to get anime lashes?

While the trend may look easy to recreate at home – fair warning  individual lashes can be much harder to apply than regular strip lashes, even if you’re a seasoned pro. Makeup artist Tommy Napoli suggests starting with short or cluster lashes before graduating to individual pieces and applying to curled, mascara-less lashes because “curled lashes help to hold up individuals or false lashes.” If you add mascara before application, it can make it harder to figure out where to place the lash. “Save mascara for last after the lash [glue] has dried,” he shares.

To actually apply the lash hairs, dip the individual lash into a dot of lash glue and make sure it’s only on the band. “[While] looking down into a mirror, ‘drop’ the individual on top of one’s own lash, starting at the outer corner [and] working towards the nose,” he explains. “The individuals should be flush with the root of one’s own eyelashes.” For those who have little or no eyelashes, lean towards full-strip lashes with clear bands, which will be more comfortable and less noticeable, because individuals “need hair for support,” he says.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Johnson, Senior Brand Manager at Ardell Lashes, gave us this step-by-step.

  1. “Start by coating your lashes in your favourite mascara and let that dry. Next, take the Ardell Faux Mink Individuals Combo Pack and use longer pieces at the top lash line, with smaller pieces on the lower.
  2. Rather than clustering them together, keep a noticeable gap between the lashes. The key is the separation, and to keep the lashes as close to the natural lash line as possible.
  3. To create the pointed look, you can apply a little DUO Glue to the end of each longer lash and pinch it together with a tweezer to bring it to a spike.
  4. You should be left with wispy lashes that have smaller sections of long, pointy hairs.
  5. If you’re used to a strip lash, or a more natural finish it may take a couple of attempts, but trust us, it’s worth it for the wow effect it creates.”

Not a pro? If you want something that do the hard work for you, you can pick strip lashes that recreate the effect from places like Amazon and Eylure.

It’s not every day that a TikTok trend receives our stamp of approval, but these spiky lashes definitely make the cut.

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