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How to DIY Trendy Doll Lashes Just Like Your Fave Celebs


Picture this: You're scrolling through your TikTok FYP, and suddenly, you're mesmerized by the eyes of a beauty influencer. It's not just the stunning makeup, but something more. Those doll lashes! They're long, dramatic, and wispy at the same time, giving her a doll-like lash look that feels somehow fresh and new. 

But where did this obsession with doll lashes come from? Its origins can be traced back to the glam days of the 1960s, when iconic supermodel Twiggy and actor Sharon Tate graced magazine covers with their doe-eyed appeal. They made 3D lashes the star of the show, and the world took notice.

Now, the trend is popping back up on celebs including Taylor Russell, Selena Gomez, and Zendaya. Below, we’re breaking down how to get the retro lash look right at home.

What Exactly Are Doll Lashes?

If you had an American Girl doll or even a vintage doll from your mom, you can probably picture those baby-doll lashes. They’re dark and clumped together on purpose, equal parts spiky and fluttery. This isn’t your go-to natural lash look. Doll eyelashes are bold and fit for a party, both on the top and bottom lashes. You can DIY the lash look with volumizing mascara and some tweezers, hit the salon for eyelash extensions, or use false lashes at home (either strip lashes or individuals).


A closeup photo of a model's face with long doll lashes

How Can I DIY Doll Lashes?

1. Choose Your Volumizing Mascara 

If you’re comfortable around fake eyelashes, you can cut up cruelty-free 

faux mink lashes to get the doll-lash look. But using volumizing mascara is the easiest for us. Try DITO Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara in Black or LANCÔME Hypnôse Doll Lashes Wide-Eye-Effect Fiber Mascara. The latter’s cone-shaped brush is especially helpful at getting those outer-corner and lower lashes.

2. Apply Mascara Vertically 

Go against everything you’ve learned in the past and apply mascara by using the tip of the brush to paint chunks of lashes. Don’t be afraid to really go for it and lay it on thick. 

3. Compress Sections of Lashes Together

Grab some Tweezers, like YC COLLECTION Tweezers, and pinch the top of each little section of lashes until you have three to four spikes. Repeat on the bottom lash line. 

4. Amplify the Look 

To take your doll lashes to the next level, apply black eyeliner, like EYEKO Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner, on the top and bottom lashes. You want to get very close to the lash line to amplify the doll lashes—not create a doll cat look. That’s a totally different vibe.

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About the author
Elizabeth Denton
Elizabeth is a freelance beauty writer. Previously, she was a beauty & fashion editor at Time Out New York, Seventeen, & Allure. She has more than a decade of experience in the beauty and fashion world, writing for Nylon, StyleCaster, Cosmopolitan & more.
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Article Last Updated August 23, 2023 12:00 AM