The TikTok manga lash extension trend is larger than life

Sailor moon, eat your heart out

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / July 15 2022

There’s something universally flattering about a fluttery set of eye-defining eyelashes.

But acquiring the kind of larger than life lashes you’d see illustrated in anime and manga takes more than just a tube of mascara and an eyelash curler

But it just so happens that the hyper-articulated clusters of lengthy lashes synonymous with the animation styles have become a popular request at lash extension studios all over the world. 

TikTokers have shared their experience chasing the fantastical look with the help of their trusted lash technicians, while some professionals have even revealed how they create a set of manga lashes themselves.  

Understandably, there’s been interest in recreating the look without forking over a large wad of cash for a pricey set of lash extensions. The result? A handful of brave makeup enthusiasts sharing their own DIY solutions to create an anime-inspired lash look.

How to get manga lashes using falsies

One content creator used a full strip false eyelash that grouped a few longer lashes together. These groups were equally spaced along the lash band to create an exaggerated manga lash effect.

Another TikToker chose to use a collection of single lashes in varying lengths to create a similar effect. However, rather than having to trim a full lash band, she was able to create a bespoke finish that flattered her eye shape.

Keen to try manga lashes? Here are the false eyelashes we recommend for the job:

M.A.C Cosmetics #81 Wild Cherry Lash ($26 at M.A.C Cosmetics); ALPHONSE Manga Lashes ($9.99 at Amazon Australia); Glam By Manicare 63 Lula Lashes ($13.99 at Chemist Warehouse).

Thinking about giving manga lash extensions a go? This is what you need to know before getting eyelash extensions.

Main image credit: @sacheu

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).