Twenty-twenty was the year for, well, a lot of things, including a sometimes amicable and sometimes not-so-amicable breakup with our favorite in-salon or in-office beauty treatments. Stay-at-home orders and business closures have definitely varied, but it’s safe to say that many of us have gotten comparatively used to a life sans professional hair, nail, and lash jobs (just to name a few). We do miss our old routines, but there has been something rather refreshing and freeing about letting go. In fact, we’ve ultimately relished in the process of reinventing our favorite beauty splurges at home (facials! manicures!) and saying goodbye to some old habits altogether.

Even though I gave up my lash-extension habit years ago, I know so many people who have really missed their regular appointments and the long, super-fluttery results they’d get from their technician. Unfortunately, you can’t create the exact magic at home, but there are some amazing options that can hold their own in the meantime. Mascara, of course, is one of our all-time favorite ways to enhance our gaze, but if you’re looking for a little extra oomph, false eyelashes can be an excellent way to go, too. That said, only the very best eyelashes truly mimic professional lash extensions, so it’s important to be choosy while shopping. Luckily, many of the best brands offer tons of different styles and lengths, so you can find a vibe that cohesively meshes with what you like at the lash studio, and many strips have come a long way in the believability arena. 

We know there’s a surplus of options on the market to choose from, so we lent a helping hand by selecting our top 10 eyelash brands and some of our favorite and most frequently recommended styles from each. Keep scrolling!