For those looking to amplify their lashes for a head-turning look, cluster lashes have become an increasingly popular option. Cluster lashes provide volume and length that regular mascara just can’t achieve on its own. But what exactly are cluster lashes and how do they work?
In this complete guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about cluster lashes. Let’s get started!
What Are Cluster Lashes?
Cluster lashes, also sometimes called flare lashes, are small clusters of synthetic lashes that are glued onto your natural lashes. Each cluster contains 3-6 artificial lashes bundled together to create full, voluminous lashes.
The clusters are applied on top of your natural lashes, from root to tip, to add thickness and length. Unlike lash extensions which are applied to each individual natural lash, cluster lashes are applied in grouped sections. This allows them to provide seriously amped up lashes using fewer artificial lashes overall.
Clustеr lashеs arе madе from lightwеight, synthеtic fibеrs dеsignеd to mimic natural lashеs. Thеy arе rеusablе and can bе rеmovеd and rеappliеd as nееdеd. Salons often use premium mink or silk lashes for a more natural look.
How to Apply Cluster Lashes
Applying cluster lashes requires precision and practice to get just right. Here are some key steps for applying them properly:
- Curl Natural Lashes: Curl your natural lashes first before applying the clusters. This helps them blend together seamlessly. Use an eyelash curler gently at the base of lashes.
- Prep Lashes: Make sure lashes are clean and free of makeup, oil, and debris so the glue adheres properly.
- Apply Glue: Use a cluster lash adhesive specifically formulated for sensitive eye area. Apply a thin line of glue along the lash band.
- Stick on Clusters: Using tweezers, carefully place the lash cluster as close to the natural lash line as possible. Press down gently for 30 seconds until secured.
- Build Outwards: Start from the inner and outer corners first, building inward to create a rounded eye shape. Apply clusters, allowing them to fan out slightly.
- Check Placement: Ensure clusters are applied evenly and securely. Make adjustments as needed.
- Seal with Liner: Use black eyeliner to conceal any glue and blend with natural lash line.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper glue drying times in between cluster application for best results.
How Long Do Cluster Lashes Last?
With proper application and care, cluster lashes typically last around 5-7 days. However, longevity depends on several factors:
Glue quality – The adhesive must be formulated for eyelashes to get maximum wear time. Avoid low quality glue.
Application technique – Clusters adhered closer to the lash line and evenly distributed tend to last longer.
Lash type – Higher quality mink or silk clusters may outlast cheaper synthetics.
Your natural lashes – Oily eyelids or lash growth can affect bond. Touch ups may be needed.
Gentleness – Avoid tugging or pulling on the clusters which can loosen the bond.
Most users get 5-7 days of wear before needing to remove and re-apply. Make sure to give lashes a break in between applications.
How to Remove Cluster Lashes Safely
Never pull off cluster lashes or you risk pulling out natural lashes! Follow these safe steps:
- Soak a cotton pad or cloth in makeup remover, olive oil, or lash glue remover. Hold over eyes for 30 seconds.
- Gently pinch the cluster away from natural lash and wiggle off. Repeat for each section.
- Remove any remaining glue with remover. Never pull off stubborn glue.
- Clean natural lashes with lash shampoo & gentle brushing to remove all residue.
Avoid harsh makeup removers or tugging. Patience is key for easy, painless removal. Schedule a fill or reapplication within 5-7 days.
Cluster Lashes vs. Lash Extensions
While both enhance lashes, there are some key differences between cluster and lash extension application methods:
- Cluster lashes are applied in small sections while extensions are adhered to each individual natural lash.
- Extensions need professional application and maintenance. Clusters can be self-applied.
- Clusters create a uniform, voluminous look. Extensions are built for a graduated, natural effect.
- Cluster lashes are reusable. Extensions fall out with your natural lash growth cycle.
- Extensions need touch up fills ever 2-3 weeks. Clusters are replaced every 5-7 days.
- Cluster lashes are cheaper than the ongoing cost of extension fills.
The right option depends on your goals, budget, and lifestyle. Both can create gorgeous lashes!
How to Choose Cluster Lashes
With so many sizes, styles, and materials available, navigating all the cluster lash options can get overwhelming. Here are some tips for choosing the right ones:
Length – Measure your natural lash length and match it. Avoid extremely long lengths if you’re new to clusters.
Thickness – Choose clusters that are proportional to your natural lashes. Start fuller and taper thinner.
Curl – Get curled or straight clusters based on your natural lash shape for cohesion.
Comfort – Lightweight, tapered, flexible bands are ideal for comfort.
Materials – Try mink or silk for a natural look. Synthetic fibers work too.
Adhesive – Use a latex-free, non-damaging lash glue formulated for sensitivity.
Style – Dramatic, wispy, natural, criss-crossed; options are endless!
It may take testing a few styles to find your perfect cluster lashes. Talk to a wholesale eyelash vendor for product recommendations too.
Cluster lashes are the perfect way to elevate your look for events, holidays, vacations, or whenever you want to add major lash volume. Following proper application techniques can get you 5-7 days of wear from silk, mink, or synthetic fiber clusters. Avoid lash damage by removing them gently without tugging. With the right maintenance, cluster lashes give you freedom to quickly amp up your eyes anytime.