Real mink or false mink lashes? Which is the right choice? Tinna, Figaro London’s resident eyelash stylist explains her take on why she only uses faux-mink lashes when creating her beautiful eyelash extensions.
Mink are small semi-aquatic mammals, similar to otters. Their fur is very fine, soft and silky. It is obtained either by brushing the animal and collecting the shedding fur, or they are collected after the animal is killed. Mink hair has a natural curl that makes it perfect for eyelash extensions.
Faux-mink lashes are man-made fibres, designed to imitate real mink fur. There are now some exceptional quality false mink lashes that are so remarkably natural looking and light-weight that it’s impossible to tell the difference, and they also come with some added benefits:
- Zero animal cruelty. Mink live on fur farms, usually in tiny cages, under immense stress throughout their life. They are killed once they have a thick winter coat. Mink farming may go hand in hand with making these mammals suffer immensely. Opt for faux-mink lashes and don’t support this cruel industry.
- If you wet faux-mink lashes, they won’t lose their curl. When wet, real mink lashes often become straight and wispy and you need to use a curler to give them back the desired shape.
- No potential allergy threat. Manufacturers claim that mink fur for eyelash extensions is sanitised to a level where it no longer poses a risk to allergy. We’d rather recommend to go synthetic that has not been known to cause any allergies in wearers.
Here’s Tinna, working on natural eyelash extensions, using faux-mink lashes that she applies one by one:
Any questions? Book a free consultation with Tinna and find out what works best for you.
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