False eyelashes were once used only on festive occasions. And no wonder, they were usually uncomfortable and quickly noticed as foreign objects.
Wearing fake lashes every day is now much more common. Once you get the hang of applying them, artificial eyelashes can offer you what mascaras can only promise.
But how to find vegan eyelashes? We have put together a guide with the best cruelty-free vegan eyelashes for 2023.
As a vegan, there are so many faux eyelash brands to choose from. Find the best mink-free vegan lashes for your eyes.
Best Vegan Eyelashes
Here are our top vegan lashes from festive and dramatic to modest and natural-looking styles.
- Best Overall: Ardell Faux Mink Demi Wispies
- Best Runner-Up: Colourpop Falsies Faux Mink Lashes
- Best Affordable: Kiss MLBB My Lash But Better Eyelashes
- Best Luxury: Velour Lashes Vegan Mink Luxe Lashes
- Best Natural: Loveseen Iris Eyelashes
- Best Dramatic: Lilly Lashes 3D Faux Mink Lashes
- Best Festive: One/Size Full-On Faux Lashes
- Best Individual: Ardell Faux Mink Individuals
- Best Kit: NYX Jumbo Lash False Lash Kit System
- Best Human Hair: Kiss Sister Nature 100% Natural Eyelashes
- Best Plant-Based: Velour Lashes Plant Fibre Eyelashes
- Best For Hooded Eyes: House Of Lashes Iconic False Lashes
- Best For Sensitive Eyes: Pür The Complexion Authority Pro Eyelashes
- Best Vegan Lash Glue: Velour Lashes Lash Adhesive
Best Vegan Eyelashes Overall
Ardell Faux Mink Demi Wispies are the best vegan eyelashes. These lashes really elevate the eyes with a length that still looks natural and feels lightweight. These criss-cross wispy lashes rather look like expensive lash extensions than affordable strip lashes.
Very easy to apply, these are also the best vegan false eyelashes for beginners. You can reuse them many times if you take good care of them. The package does not include glue though. From vegan lash glues, we recommend Velour’s Glue.
- What we like: best-looking vegan lashes, great value for money
- What we don’t like: not the most flexible band
- What other reviewers say: lightweight feel, high-quality design, length is just right
Materials: natural human hair | Look: wispy, feathery | Features: vegan, cruelty-free, natural, knot-free
Best Vegan Eyelashes Runner-Up
Colourpop Falsies are also one of the highest-rated vegan eyelashes around. Made from soft synthetic fibers, these vegan lashes give beautiful fluff, volume, and definition to the eyes. While the style is high-impact, the lashes feel comfortable enough for daily wear.
- What we like: great volume and definition
- What we don’t like: may need trimming for smaller eyes
- What other reviewers say: good-quality design, easy to apply, comfortable to wear
Materials: synthetic faux mink | Look: multiple from natural to flared | Features: vegan, cruelty-free
Best Affordable Vegan Eyelashes
Kiss MLBB Lashes are the best affordable vegan eyelashes. For under 5 dollars, you get the most comfortable and lightweight lashes that make your eyes look big and bright. They have a really fine bend that you can completely disappear with a light strip of liquid liner.
- What we like: light as air, seamless band
- What we don’t like: can rip when you take them off
- What other reviewers say: best cheap vegan lashes, flattering look, blend naturally
Materials: synthetic faux mink | Look: natural volume| Features: vegan, cruelty-free, contact lens-friendly
Best Luxury Vegan Eyelashes
If you are looking for luxury vegan eyelashes, these vegan mink eyelashes are so glamorous. Each pair is handcrafted with sterile synthetic fibers which are also safe for sensitive eyes. The Luxe lashes work with glue but Velour also has the best magnetic vegan eyelashes.
- What we like: sexy flared look, great for a night out
- What we don’t like: can look too dense
- What other reviewers say: durable and reusable, great shape, dramatic, work well for hooded eyess
Materials: synthetic faux mink | Look: wispy, feathery, multiple volume options| Features: vegan, cruelty-free, handmade
Best Natural-Looking Vegan Eyelashes
Loveseen makes the most natural-looking vegan eyelashes such as their Iris style. It adds a beautiful curl and moderate length to your lashes. The lightweight lashes have a clear band, so you don’t need to use eyeliner or mascara. The lashes come in black and light brown.
- What we like: most natural-looking result, lightweight
- What we don’t like: black style always out of stock
- What other reviewers say: easy to apply and take off, very natural and lash-like, works best for narrower eyes, brown tone looks beautiful
Materials: synthetic recyled PET | Look: natural, minimal | Features: vegan, cruelty-free, recycled materials
Best Dramatic Vegan Eyelashes
Lilly Lashes 3D Faux Mink Lashes are our favorite dramatic vegan eyelashes. We especially love their Miami and Mykonos styles that give a super sexy 3D volume perfect for a night out. These intricate lashes use luxurious handmade silky fibers.
PS this style from Lilly Lashes is vegan but the brand still uses real mink hair in some of their other styles. If you prefer to buy from a fully cruelty-free brand, we also recommend the Huda Beauty Hoodie False Lashes for a dramatic look.
- What we like: elegant volume, soft and silky fibers
- What we don’t like: strands can point at opposite directions
- What other reviewers say: full and dramatic, look great on photographs, ideal for special occasions, not fake looking, feel lightweight
Materials: synthetic faux mink | Look: multiple wispy, volumous, and dramatic looks | Features: vegan, cruelty-free, handmade
Best Festive Vegan Eyelashes
If you are looking for super bold, glamorous, and festive vegan eyelashes, these Patrick Starr vegan eyelashes are as dramatic and edgy as they come. The lashes give the wispiest and most fluttery volume, yet are surprisingly easy to apply and comfortable to wear.
- What we like: very lightweight for glam lashes
- What we don’t like: can fall apart then taking them off
- What other reviewers say: stunning drama, easy to apply, comfortable, often need to trim the lash band to fit the eye
Materials: synthetic | Look: wispy, fluttery, full glam | Features: vegan, cruelty-free
Best Individual Vegan Eyelashes
If you are looking for vegan individual eyelashes, these affordable individuals from Ardell are the best. The knot-free individual lashes leave the eye looking natural but full. They have a beautiful curl and they’re not too long or too thick. Ardell also has the best vegan half eyelashes.
- What we like: natural look, great curl
- What we don’t like: soft lashes can be difficult to apply
- What other reviewers say: lightweight and natural, you can choose the volume you want, look like lash extensions
Materials: natural human hair| Look: fine, feathery | Features: vegan, cruelty-free, natural, knot-free
Best Vegan Eyelash Kit
We love to recommend this vegan eyelash kit from NYX. The two-part kit is so easy to use with beautiful dramatic vegan strip lashes and a black eyeliner that also works as an adhesive. The kit is also affordable and the lashes are reusable if taken care of properly.
- What we like: super easy to use, no need for separate glue
- What we don’t like: eyeliner doesn’t come off easily
- What other reviewers say: silky lashes, eyeliner doesn’t smudge, invisible band
Materials: synthetic | Look: multiple from wispy fluttery to full glam| Features: vegan, cruelty-free
Best Human Hair Vegan Eyelashes
Kiss offers the best human hair vegan eyelashes. While you can argue whether human hair is really vegan, one thing is clear: these lashes are animal-free, natural, and eco-friendly. This is a gorgeously soft and wispy style that you can wear day or night.
- What we like: most beautiful wispy design, eco-friendly choice
- What we don’t like: not the most reusable, lose shape after a few times
- What other reviewers say: highly positive reviews, look like lash extensions, good balance between natural and dramatic, easy to wear and clean
Materials: natural human hair | Look: wispy, fluffy, feathery, multiple colors | Features: vegan, cruelty-free, handmade, natural, eco-friendly packaging, contact lens-friendly
Best Plant-Based Vegan Eyelashes
If you are looking for plant-based vegan eyelashes, we love these natural vegan lashes made from soft hemp fibers and coupled with a handmade cotton band. They achieve a very natural, flared look. The lashes are also durable, you can wear them up to 20 times.
- What we like: very soft and comfortable to wear
- What we don’t like: may have to snip them to fit the eye
- What other reviewers say: beautiful lashes for doll eyes, thin band, super wispy, lightweight, natural result
Materials: hemp, cotton | Look: multiple wispy style from natural to full volume | Features: vegan, cruelty-free, handmade, natural, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive eyes
Best Vegan Eyelashes For Hooded Eyes
The Iconic and Iconic Lite vegan eyelashes are perfect for hooded eyes. They have enough length, curl, and flare to really open up hooded eyes. The outer corner is longer than the inner one for the eyes to look bigger and more awake. The lashes are lightweight and reusable.
- What we like: beautiful eye-enhancing volume and length
- What we don’t like: not enough curl
- What other reviewers say: look good on hooded eyes and small eyes, long-wearing, great for special events, cat-eye effect, beautiful on selfies, reusable
Materials: sysnthetic faux mink| Look: flared, criss-cross, multiple volume options | Features: vegan, cruelty-free
Best Vegan Eyelashes For Sensitive Eyes
Pro Lashes from Pür are the best vegan eyelashes for sensitive eyes. The lashes are handmade from soft silk-like fibers which feel gentle on the eyes. Above all, sensitive skin types love their vegan lash glue, it’s latex-free and includes vitamin E to moisturize delicate skin.
- What we like: soft and gnetle fibers
- What we don’t like: poor packaging, band can rip
- What other reviewers say: safe for sensitive eyes, fit a number of different eye shapes, flattering everyday lashes, high-quality and durable
Materials: synthetic silk | Look: multiple from natural to flared glam| Features: vegan, cruelty-free, handmade, safe for contact lens-wearers
Best Vegan Eyelash Glue
Velour’s Lash Adhesive is the best vegan lash glue. You can choose between white and black glue. The white one is latex-free and good for sensitive eyes. It dries transparent. The black one blends well with eyeliner and mascara. The formula is stronghold and mess-free.
- What we like: strong and long-wearing, easy to apply a thin line
- What we don’t like: black can irritate sensitive skin
- What other reviewers say: easy to use and take off, does not damage the lashes, black options looks like eyeliner
Features: vegan, cruelty-free, latex-free option iss hypoallergenic
Best Vegan Eyelash Brands
Here are the best vegan eyelash brands. While some of these companies are not fully vegan, all of their eyelashes are vegan and mink-free.
- Ardell: Ardell is a cruelty-free brand from California with the leading selection of vegan eyelashes. All their eyelashes are vegan but some lash products may contain animal ingredients such as carmine or beeswax.
- Colourpop: Another Californian, Colourpop offers high-quality faux mink vegan lashes. Not an entirely vegan company, all vegan products are marked vegan.
- Eylure: Eylure is a certified cruelty-free brand from the UK with a range of synthetic vegan lashes. They have amazing soft silk-effect vegan eyelashes made from synthetic silk.
- Gimme Lash: Gimme Lash is a fully vegan lash company from Queens, New York. They have great synthetic vegan lashes and other vegan lash products.
- House Of Lashes: House Of Lashes offers 100% animal-free vegan lashes made from synthetic fibers or human hair. The brand is based in California.
- Huda Beauty: Huda offers vegan lashes by American makeup artist Huda Kattan. Huda Beauty is not fully vegan but their lashes are always animal-free.
- Kiss: Kiss is a PETA-certified certified cruelty-free brand offering affordable vegan lashes. No animal hair in their lashes, only synthetic fibers or human hair.
- Loveseen: Founded by Jenna Lyons, Loveseen makes natural-looking everyday vegan lashes. Their lashes are reusable, lightweight, and always cruelty-free.
- Motd. Cosmetics: Motd. Cosmetics is a fully vegan company selling synthetic vegan eyelashes and professional vegan makeup brushes.
- The Quick Flick: PETA-approved cruelty-free brand The Quick Flix makes vegan eyelashes and eyeliner stamps. The brand is from Australia.
- Velour Lashes: From Velour, you’ll find handmade luxury vegan lashes and magnetic vegan eyelashes from Canada. The brand quit mink and transitioned to a fully vegan brand in 2020.
What Makes False Eyelashes Vegan?
Vegan false eyelashes are eyelashes made without animal fibers, most commonly mink hair or silk fibers. Vegan false eyelashes do not also include animal-derived glue and are never tested on animals.
For non-vegan eyelashes, the bristles of hair are shaved from dead or alive mink and then collected to make false eyelashes.
The mink industry is an especially cruel one where the animals live in incredibly cramped conditions in constant fear, stress, diseases, and parasites.
Beware of eyelash brands that deem themselves cruelty-free. That doesn’t always mean they are mink-free, often it means they use hair from live minks.
Instead of mink fur, vegan eyelash brands use synthetic fibers, typically nylon or a plastic fiber called PBT or polybutylene terephthalate.
Vegan brands also use ethically sourced human hair and plant-based cotton and hemp fibers. Vegan lashes are also made from recycled PET bottles.
Are Vegan Eyelashes Any Good?
In 2023, vegan eyelashes are as good or even better than mink eyelashes. It’s proven by the fact that synthetic options dominate the beauty market over mink-based ones.
Synthetic lashes used to look unnatural but recent material technologies have enabled the development of synthetic bristles that are even softer and more natural looking than lashes made from animal hair.
Vegan synthetic eyelashes are also more likely to be hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin. Not to mention that vegan false eyelashes are usually kinder for your wallet.
What To Look For In Vegan Eyelashes?
When choosing vegan eyelashes, it’s all about picking the right style for your taste. Are you looking for everyday vegan lashes? Or are you glamming up for a night out with more dramatic vegan lashes?
If you just want to fill in the “gaps”, go for individual vegan eyelashes. They are often easier and faster to apply. Together with good vegan mascara, they leave you with a natural but voluminous result. Loveseen offers a great selection of natural-looking vegan lashes.
For a dramatic result, look for longer and thicker vegan lashes with wispy and criss-cross effects that give multiple dimensions to the lashes and at the same time look more natural. Great dramatic vegan lashes are made by Lilly Lashes and Huda Beauty.
One thing to look out for in vegan eyelashes is glue. Most artificial eyelashes are traditionally attached to the lid with eyelash glue. Generally, the vegan clues consist of liquid latex which is a strong adhesive once it is dried.
If you are allergic to latex or have sensitive eyes, go for latex-free vegan lash glue or choose magnetic vegan eyelashes that do not need glue at all. Magnetic lashes work by sandwiching your own eyelash between two fake lashes with a magnetic strip.
How We Review Vegan Eyelashes
We review vegan lashes through these criteria:
- Quality: Some otherwise beautiful vegan lashes already break apart when you take them out of the packaging. We prefer strong high-quality eyelashes that you can also reuse multiple times.
- Fit: Do the lashes fit a number of different eye shapes and eye sizes? Do you have to do a lot of trimming and cutting on your own? The more universal the lash shape, the better.
- Effect: Some vegan lashes work for everyday wear, while others are better reserved for special occasions. We categorize and review vegan lashes based on the effect they achieve.
- Materials: Are the bristles lightweight and natural? Are the lashes made from nylon or natural human hair? The choice of materials is everything for vegan eyelashes.
Why Trust Us
Our team at Vegan Avenue reviews vegan makeup by testing it out on our own skin. We also personally test vegan eyelashes. To arrive at the most objective review, we match our own experience with reading hundreds of product reviews online.
FAQ About Vegan Eyelashes
False eyelashes can be vegan or made from animal hair, typically mink. False eyelashes can also come with adhesives that include animal-derived ingredients. To make sure the false eyelashes are vegan, look for a vegan marking on the packaging.
Non-vegan eyelashes are usually made with mink hair. In addition, false eyelashes may come with glue that includes animal by-products.
No. Mink is an animal and mink lashes are made from mink hair. The bristles are shaved from dead or alive mink and then collected to make false eyelashes.
Yes, they are. Thanks to the improvements in technologies, synthetic vegan lashes are just as soft and natural-looking as animal hair. Vegan synthetic hair is also more likely to be hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin.
The best vegan eyelashes are Ardell Faux Mink Demi Wispies.
The best variety of vegan eyelashes is available online, especially on Amazon, Ulta, and Sephora. You can also find vegan eyelashes also from drugstores. Ardell, for example, is one of the most popular drugstore vegan eyelash brands.
No, Lavaa lashes are not vegan. They use mink fur.
No, Miss Kiss eyelashes are not vegan. They are made from mink fur.
Yes and no. Sephora Collection’s eyelashes are made from vegan materials but Sephora Collection is a brand that still tests on animals, so we do not consider any of their products vegan.
Lilly Lashes offers both vegan and non-vegan mink eyelashes. Their vegan options are usually labeled ‘faux mink’.
Anyone who gave up on uncomfortable synthetic eyelashes five or more years ago should give them another chance. In 2023, vegan eyelashes are at the peak of their quality.
We love vegan lashes from Ardell, Velour, and Loveseen. You can find so many vegan lashes that are durable, lightweight, natural, and reusable. There is nothing synthetic fibers can’t do.
More and more vegan lashes are also made from recycled plastic and plant-based fibers. As the lash world keeps spinning, we will keep adding our new favorite vegan eyelashes to this list.
See also: Vegan Mascaras
Main image: courtesy of Loveseen