What is the Difference Between "Lash Extensions" and Instant Lashes ("Strips" or "Individual Cluster Lashes") for Your Wedding Day?

Published on 28 June 2024 at 12:51

When it comes to achieving the perfect bridal look, lashes can make a significant impact. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right one for your big day? Let's break down the differences between lash extensions and instant lashes, including strips and individual cluster lashes, to help you make an informed decision.

Lash Extensions

The Semi-Permanent Solution

Lash extensions are a semi-permanent option that involves booking a professional lash artist to apply individual lashes to your natural ones. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Investment: Lash extensions are a significant investment in both time and money. In Colorado, a natural set can cost between $100 to $180, while a volume or hybrid set can range from $200 to $300 for the initial application.
  • Maintenance: Due to natural lash shedding, you'll need maintenance fills every 2 to 3 weeks. For the best results, get a set 48 hours before your trial and another 48 hours before your wedding day to ensure the fullest possible lashes.
  • Results: While the investment is substantial, the results are undeniable. A good lash artist can provide stunning, long-lasting lashes that look amazing.
Pros Cons
- Long-lasting and semi-permanent - High cost and time commitment
- Customizable volume and length - Requires regular maintenance
- Looks natural and seamless - Potential for allergic reactions or sensitivity

Instant Lashes: Strips and Individual Cluster Lashes

The Day-Of Application Options

Instant lashes are a great alternative for brides who want beautiful lashes without the commitment of extensions. 

Here are the two main types:

Strip Lashes

The Classic Choice

  • Strip lashes are the original instant lashes, consisting of a band of lashes that you apply with glue. They come in a variety of styles, from supernatural to bold and dramatic.
  • Application: Applied with waterproof glue, strip lashes can be a bit heavy and may pull at the edges, but they offer a wide range of styles.
  • Versatility: A well-stocked and trained makeup artist will have various options to suit your desired look.
Pros Cons
- Wide variety of styles - Can feel heavy on the eyelids
- Easy to apply and remove - May pull at the edges
- Affordable - Less natural-looking compared to individual lashes

Individual Cluster Lashes

The Most Comfortable Option

  • Individual cluster lashes are small clusters of 3 to 10 lashes that can be applied wherever you want extra fullness. They offer the most natural and comfortable option for day-of application.
  • Application: These lashes can be applied just in the corners or throughout the lash line for a customized look.
  • Comfort: They are lightweight and blend seamlessly with your natural lashes.
Pros Cons
-Natural and customizable look - Requires some skill to apply
-Lightweight and comfortable - May not last as long as strip lashes
-Easy to apply

 ⬇️Bonus Options ⬇️

Trending Lashes

  • 1-Week Lashes: Brands like Lashify and Kiss offer at-home lash systems that last up to a week. While these are great, they require a practice run to ensure no allergic reactions to the strong glue.
  • Magnetic Lashes: These lashes use a special magnetic liner. While convenient, they can be tricky and may not be ideal for a day filled with emotions and potential tears.


Longer-lasting than day-of options

No need for glue (for magnetic lashes)


Requires practice and skill

Potential for allergic reactions (for 1-week lashes)

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In-Depth Guides and Recommendations

For more detailed information on each type of lash, including pros, cons, and our favorite professionals, check out our in-depth blogs. We also have a dedicated page highlighting the best-reviewed lash artists in Colorado based on different areas.


Choosing the right lashes for your wedding day depends on your preferences, budget, and desired look. Whether you opt for semi-permanent lash extensions or instant lashes like strips or individual clusters, the key is to find what makes you feel most beautiful and confident.

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