Mink, Faux Mink or Silk: Your Guide to Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions are single lashes that are semi-permanently attached to your real lashes. They look natural, last a few weeks, and are more affordable than ever.
While there are several different types of lash materials, salons commonly use lashes made from mink, faux mink, and silk.


Mink extensions have a soft, natural appearance. They typically last longer than lashes made from other materials because they’re so light and stylists can apply several extensions to each natural lash.

Mink extensions don’t come curled; they have to be permed, and you’ll have to curl them at home to maintain their appearance. They range from about $300-500 per set, making them more expensive than most other lash extensions, but they tend to last for close to three months.

Faux Mink

Faux mink is made from a synthetic material that’s designed to mimic authentic mink. Faux mink lashes come in several different lengths, curls, and diameters, so they’re fully customizable. Their curl is permanent, and they’re a very low maintenance choice. You won’t have to apply mascara or curl them at home.

Faux mink lashes are glossier and more dramatic than authentic mink. They’re also less expensive.


Silk lashes are fine, light-weight, and flexible, which makes them a good choice for people with weak, flimsy lashes. Similar to synthetic lashes, silk extensions come in a wide assortment of lengths and curls. They hold curl well, but their curl tends to be less consistent than synthetic lashes. This makes silk a good choice for people that like their lashes to look more natural.

Silk lashes are a little thicker than most other extensions, and they’re typically a glossy black color. You may find silk lashes to be slightly less comfortable than those made from other materials, making them a great choice for special occasions.


If you’re ready to try eye lash extensions, you’ll probably choose from one of these three materials. Keep in mind that mink yields the most natural appearance and lasts the longest, but the price is a little high. Faux mink is a popular choice, fully customizable, and low maintenance, but it doesn’t look quite as natural as other materials. Silk has a natural appearance, but some people find them a little uncomfortable.

They’re all great choices. The one that’s right for you depends on your natural lashes, age, and the look you’re after. Your lash artist can help you pick the type that’s perfect for you.

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