Experts Agree: These Are the Best False Eyelashes Under £10

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During my teenage makeup experimentations, I dabbled with false lashes and, as predicted, it was a huge fail. I tried to apply them with tweezers and used different glues, but nothing worked. So I gave up and resigned myself to a lashless existence.

It was a trip to New York in 2010 that changed everything. I packed three pairs of falsies in hopes of finally nailing them. I don't know what happened in that hotel bathroom mirror, but my lash application worked. The transformation was so impressive that now I wear them every time I put makeup on.

I'm the go-to lash girl, hunched over colleagues' desks at 5:58 p.m. armed with my Duo glue, ready to stick false eyelashes on to the uninitiated. I can apply them within seconds, with two fingers, eyes open or shut and without a mirror. Not trying to brag, but beauty dreams really do come true.

It takes practice and confidence. I followed every tip going, but you have to find your own technique. A non-negotiable is waiting for the glue to get slightly tacky (around 45 seconds, depending on the weather). I find it easiest to use my fingers for the most precise and beginner-friendly application. Follow the same movement you make when applying liquid liner, by gently stretching out the outer eye, then place the lashes as close to your lash line as possible. The quote, "nevertheless, she persisted," is very apt here.

So, why do I do it? Mainly because they're quicker for me to apply than three coats of mascara to achieve my desired look. They give unrivalled length, volume and fluffiness and give eye makeup (especially a feline flick) a little pro touch.

I started with a pair of Eylure lashes and never looked back. Since then, I've got a steady supply of both affordable ones and pricier options from brands like Huda Beauty in my collection at all times. I've picked out a couple of my faves, but we've also hunted down what the professionals use. And the best bit is that they're all under a tenner.

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