False lashes, both temporary and permanent, can be high-maintenance and expensive. As an alternative, you can look to special mascaras infused with extension-like fibers that lengthen and fatten lashes for a falsies-like effect. From our drugstore go-tos to the Japanese import, here are our go-to formulas when we want to dramatically bump up our fringe game.
This best-selling, conditioning formula has a special "Air-Lock" technology that keeps the formula fresh and thus, your XXL lashes clump-free.
Dior Diorshow Mascara, $28.50; sephora.com.
Whether you're braving the summer sun or sweating things out at the gym, these waterproof black fibers, made with high grade beeswax, will stay put.
Cherry Bloom Brush On Fiber Lashes, $49; cherryblooms.com.
If you're a fiber lash rookie, these brush-on extensions are super easy to use. Plus, they are 100% plant-based, making them gentle for sensitive eyes.
Eyeko Black Magic Lash Boost Brush-On Extensions, $35; net-a-porter.com.
For proof that you don't need to sacrifice quality on a drugstore budget, look no further than this intense black formula. The sculpting fibers yield game-changing volume that never reads spidery.
L'Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes, $8.99; amazon.com.
Yet another wallet-friendly option we love, these swipe-on threads deliver 4mm of measurable extension with ease thanks to the special fiber-fix brush.
Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara, $8.99; amazon.com.
If you're a lash primer devotee, this is the fiber-infused option for you. Made from white beeswax, it locks into the lashes for length and thickness.
Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers, $21; sephora.com.
The brush-on lash extensions in this "kit" come with a 24-hour claim that's not hyperbole. They go on smooth without weighing fringe down.
Physicians Formula Eye Boost Instant Lash Extensions Kit, $14.99; amazon.com.
A Japanese export housed in a gorgeous gold tube, these pigmented matte finish fibers, along with the bobble-wand mascara, are beloved by celebs and makeup artists alike.
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara Black, $30; us.asos.com.
The 3-step process for these fibers is more than worth it thanks to the wait-are-those-real-or-not? results. We're talking extreme length, volume, and curl.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!, $35; amazon.com.