Mink eyelashes or silk – which type should you be wearing?

Rimvita Marcinkeviciute
Rimvita Marcinkeviciute

Founder of RM Lash & Beauty and professional lash expert

Black Mink eyelashes box.

Are you a seasoned lash extension wearer? Or, perhaps you’re thinking about making the leap from falsies to extensions? 

We know it can seem like a minefield with the variety of lash types currently on the market. But don’t fret; each lash has their place and purpose. 

Whether you opt for silk eyelash extensions, mink eyelashes, or synthetic, you’ll love the feeling of having beautiful long lashes. If you want to ensure that your lash extensions compliment your vegan lifestyle, you’ll be pleased to know that there are cruelty-free options a-plenty. 

Plus, whether your purse-strings are tight or you have a luxury budget put aside for your new lashes, there is a style out there for you. 

Young woman with beautiful silk eyelash extensions. 

Synthetic Eyelashes

Synthetic eyelash extensions are among the most common type of eyelash extensions on the market. They are accessible and available in over 200 styles, with a range of different lengths and curls. They thick, glossy appearance, which comes from being machine-made out of acrylic material. 

It means that the finished result is bolder than other lash-types and perfect for someone who wants to add a sprinkle of glamour to their look. Although, this does mean that they can be a little heavy on the eyelid and some people find this uncomfortable. 

If you’re a looking for cruelty-free lashes, you’ll be pleased to know that synthetic lash extensions are vegan. Although do double-check with the salon before your eyelashes are applied. 

Overall, if natural is your thing, synthetic eyelash extensions may not be for you. But you could always keep them in mind for a special occasion.

Silk Eyelash Extensions

Despite the name, silk eyelash extensions are not actually made of real silk as the material is far too soft and wouldn’t be able to hold the shape and curl that we expect from our eyelash extensions.

However, these lashes have fine silky fibres and flexibility, which allow them to hold their shape, as long as you look after them. Plus, you’ll have a variety of styles to choose from. 

Although silk eyelash extensions are also produced synthetically, they are of a higher quality than their acrylic competitor and have a sleek, natural look due to the less uniform design of the fibres, which replicate real eyelashes. 

Silk eyelash extensions are perfect for those who have naturally weak lashes. Or if you just simply don’t want prominent eyelashes which draw attention.

Natural Mink and Synthetic Mink Eyelashes

Natural Mink Lashes

You may have heard celebrities, and Instagram stars talking about their mink eyelash extensions. They are known as the superior lash, for their ultra-fine fibres, natural look and impressive quality. 

Their main difference is that unlike the other options, natural mink eyelashes are made from real fur taken from the tail of minks. So if you are looking for vegan eyelash extensions, these are definitely not for you. 

The fibres are thinner than human eyelashes, making them comfortable to wear and their naturally imperfect look will provide a subtle, yet elegant uplift to your look. 

The downsides are that they take longer to apply than any other lash, must be maintained carefully at home. And they lose their shape, so they must be re-curled regularly.

Synthetic Mink Eyelashes

If you want to achieve the mink-look but want to maintain your cruelty-free lifestyle, synthetic mink eyelashes could be the answer for you. They made from a premium synthetic material, designed to mimic the look and silky feel of real mink fur. 

They are a fraction of the price of the real deal and are far more versatile, with a variety of customisable styles on the market. You can request a natural look, with a sleek, elegant finesse and gloss. Or you could go longer and bolder – if your desired look is less natural and more eye-catching. 

Premium synthetic materials also have other benefits, such as never having to worry about them losing shape. The curl is permanent and requires far less maintenance than real mink eyelashes, as long as you keep them dry. 

Natural mink eyelashes are water-resistant, so keep this in mind when choosing which option is best for you.

So, how do I decide which eyelash extensions are right for me?

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of the pros and cons of each type of eyelash extension. The important thing to decide is what it is you want from your eyelashes; whether it’s the bolder, the better, making sure they’re cruelty-free or having them look as natural as possible – there is a lash extension on the market for you. 

Remember, they aren’t permanent, so you can always experiment with a few different types before you decide which suits your look best.

If you not sure what type to choose, we always ready to help you with our client consultation, which you can book online for free. 

Also, probably you’ll be interested in our informative blog post about eyelash extensions styles.


RM Lash & Beauty are a respected source of knowledge for lash trainers and technicians alike. The quality of their professional eyelash extension education products and training courses reflect their lengthy experience in the industry and positively impacts lash extension professionals globally.


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