We’re back with another TikTok beauty trend. This doesn’t mean you have to use a lot of foundation on your skin. It doesn’t require many products to get the manga lash effect.
Manga and anime are a wonderful way to learn about the world of makeup. The hairs of the characters’ lashes grow into pointed clusters along the top and bottom of the lash lines. This creates a very spiky look. Instead of adding one lash to each eye, space the individual lashes in clusters. You can create a separated lash look by separating longer hairs from shorter ones.
TikTok users are increasingly interested in manga lashes. Sarah Cheung, a Toronto-based user (known to over 200,000 followers and counting as @sacheu), first saw the trend on a Chinese social networking app called Xiaohongshu. She decided to try it out. She posted an initial video showing her version of this trend and some inspiration photos, before sharing a more detailed tutorial.
She applied mascara to her lashes and then cut a Newcally Wispy Fluffy Lash into small, short and long pieces. Each section was adhered to her eye using D-Up Eyelash fixer glue. She used the longer sections on the top and lower for a separated look. She leaves with wispy lashes and smaller, more pointed hairs at the end.
Although it looks easy, it was not an easy task. She shared her thoughts with us, “It’s such an adorable way to create doll-like looks, especially if your previous look was more natural.”
Cheung’s video inspired others to follow the trend, such as Kamille Gregory (@kamgregory for TikTok lovers), who found it quite easy to replicate. She notes that it might take some time to get the lash placement right and close to your natural lash line.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics Norvina A Moment mascara was used to create a wispy lash. She then adhered the shorter pieces to her waterline. This made it look more like Twiggy’s famous lash. For more definition, she used Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing mascara on her lower lashes before showing the final barbed look. This is a subtler version than Cheung’s.
TikToker Ness, also known as @nesmates by fellow users, found that the manga-lash trend requires intermediate makeup skills in order to attach each hair. Ourtrend hears from her that anime is influencing makeup trends, with people wanting a doll-like look. She shares that she tried the trend to bring some variety into boring makeup looks and also show how you can achieve ‘anime eyes.’ Her spidery lash was completed with individual lashes and Ardell adhesive.
This trend looks easy to replicate at home thanks to these three people. Even if you are a pro, individual lashes can be more difficult to apply than regular strips lashes. Tommy Napoli, a New York City makeup artist suggests that you start with shorter or cluster lashes and then move on to individual pieces. Then, apply curled mascara-less lashes to finish the look. Curled lashes “help to hold up individuals” or false lashes. It can be difficult to know where to place your lash if mascara is applied before you apply it. He shares, “Save mascara until the lash glue has dried.”
Apply the lash glue to the individual lashes. He explains, “While looking into a mirror, drop the individual on top one’s own eyelash, starting from the outer corner and working your way towards the nose.” The individual should be flush with their own eyelashes’ root. Full-strip lashes with clear banding are best for those who don’t have much or no eyelashes. They will be more comfortable and less visible.
We don’t approve of every TikTok trend, but these spiky lashes are definitely worthy.