Unsung Makeup Heroes: The $4 Ardell 120 Demi Natural Lashes

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Ardell Demi 120

The fabulous Ardell Demi 120s…

Much like his bulging biceps (OH, HAI), Jeremey Renner’s makeup advice is a gift that keeps on giving.

J. Renn, do you know how many times your “Brows, lashes, lips. Frame the face,” (3:36 in the video!) wisdom has saved my @ss? More times than Tabs has greedily gobbled down his gravy in 30 seconds or less, I’ll tell you that much.


Whenever I’m running late — like, so late that I don’t even have time to check if I’m putting on my underwear inside-out and literally don’t realize it until halfway through the day (#truth) — I always go back to J. Renn’s philosophy on brows, lashes and lips.

It’s particularly useful when I have to look somewhat respectable, and not like I just fell out of a slow-moving recycling truck, also known as “my usual state of disarray.”

In those cases, I grab a few time-tested faves — an angled brush and MAC Brun to fill in my brows, a bright NARS Satin Lip Pencil (like Lodhi, Jardin des Plants or Yu) and a pair of Ardell 120 Demi false lashes.

Whenever I see those Ardells on sale, I try to grab a few pairs. Like earlier this month, I saw they were marked down to $2.99 from $3.99 at Ulta (they still are!). I picked up three pairs and squirreled them away in a drawer for future lateness.

With these, I really like how the lashes are bundled together.

See how they’re all in little bunches along the band?

I don’t know why, but I like the way that design works. With these and other false lashes that look that way, when they’re bundled up in little bunches, they seem to thicken my natural fringe without looking too crazy — still glam, but more on the natural side.

Ardell Demi 120

A closeup of the bundles…

Also, notice how the lashes in the bundles on the outer sides are a little longer than the ones in the center? I think it draws more attention to the outer corners of the eye, giving more of a lifted cat eye effect, which I’m a big fan of. REALLY GREAT if you’re wearing winged liner.

Ardell Demi 120

The longer lashes at the outer corner add a nice lift to yo’ look

Best of all, I think these are really comfortable. They’re lightweight, and I don’t think I’ve ever ripped them off in frustration halfway through the day. I actually forget I’m wearing them sometimes.

When I remove the 120s, I usually clean them with rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip to remove the glue and mascara, and then store them in the original packaging so they keep their shape.

If I treat them carefully, I can usually get 7-10 uses per pair.

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Seriously, next time you have to get dressed for something in a jiffy and don’t have time to, like, blend three different shades of brown in the crease, try a pair of the 120s with a bright lipstick, and then fill in your brows.

You’ll totally look like you tried. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve seen the Ardell 120s sold at Target, Rite Aid and Ulta. They come in Black and Brown single pairs and packs of two.

Probably a little TMI…

But I’m going there anyway. Because I need to share my pain!

My booty hurts.


It hurts from canoeing on the Russian River last Sunday. Like, when I sit on my soft couch at home, I feel like sharp pieces of jagged concrete are digging into my butt bones.

The repercussions of outdoor adventures, I guessโ€ฆ

Monte Rio Beach on the Russian River in Sonoma County, California. This is where we launched our canoe last Sunday.

I can’t wait to do it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vineetha says:

    These are nice! I always get these from Ulta as most oten than not they are on sale! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. Agata says:

    These look really natural and what a great deal. I only wish I knew how to apply false eyelashes, you should do a tutorial on that!

    It looks like you had fun this weekend, the beach looks beautiful!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Agata,

      Happy Tuesday! ๐Ÿ˜€ As far as applying lashes, these are some of the easiest to use. If you give yourself a week or two to diligently practice, it becomes super easy. The best advice I can give you is to look down into a mirror. That really helps me a lot!

      How was your weekend? What did you do?

      • Agata says:

        Ok, next time I am at Ulta I am buying a few pairs of these and practising!

        I had a fun weekend, a BBQ parry at my friends’ on Sunday and yesterday me and my husband went to a small Bavarian town up north Michigan (Frankenmuth), had a delicious dinner, walked around the town, went shopping, the weather was beautiful!
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        • Karen says:

          It takes a few tries, but seriously, once you get it down it’s easy. To make things easier for you:

          1) Paint the band first (I just use black gel liner) so you don’t have to paint it after application
          2) Give your glue time to dry
          3) Use as little glue as possible. Seriously! I find that if I put too much the lashes feel uncomfortable

          That town sounds like fun sightseeing. What did you guys have for dinner?

  3. Stephanie Carpenter says:

    These lashes are great! It is much easier applying lashes with clear bands (like these) versus those big thick black ones! I also like the fact that they are pretty lightweight and blend well with your natural lashes. I’ve been doing as much practice with them as I can lately. I’ve been currently using the Duo lash glue with the brush on applicator. I’m sure you’ve seen them. It almost looks like a small lip gloss. The formula isn’t super thick and goes on blue-pearlescent! It reminds me a lot of the makeup forever lash glue. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      I actually haven’t tried that version of Duo but it sounds GREAT. I use the black one, which starts off gray and then dries black. That brush on applicator sure handy! I always end up breaking a Q-tip in two and using the side without the cotton to apply the glue.

  4. Ashley says:

    These are my favorite lashes of all time! I usually stock up on the double packs when I’m at Ulta.

  5. Divya says:

    Oh these look lovely! That picture is so natural!

  6. Glorya says:

    I love Ardell lashes…Nordstrom Rack sells them for less than the average drug store. I stock up on two or three each time I am in the store. Overall, I like Sephora’s lashes the best as I can use them repeatedly before it’s time to say good by. I learned to use lashes after turning 49 years young.

  7. I’m sorry to hear about your aching booty. But! At least you have the most fab-looking lashes in town!
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  8. lisa says:

    Karen – i am terrible at figuring out how much to trim off of the sides of my false lashes. I cut off 1 bunch at a time until they are inevitably too short ๐Ÿ™ On the rare occasion where i cut them to the right size and keep them as a template for future lashes, it never seems to work out when i go between lash styles. any tips/tricks?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Have you tried marking off the spot on the edge before cutting? You can use black gel liner to mark a spot on the band where you think you need to cut it. Set the lashes (without any glue) on top of your natural ones, then check in the mirror to see if the spot where you put the mark works with your natural lashes. Does that make sense? Also, I always cut from the inner portion, not the outer portion, of the lashes.

  9. Chris25 says:

    It would put up with booty pain if it meant I got to go canoeing. It sounds like major fun!
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  10. Kwmechelle says:

    These are really great tips. I use Ardell 109 lashes (don’t know why that’s my fave pair). I feel like Bambi with them on, for some reason. Sorry your booty hurts! My philosophy? If I look good while doing it, and had a good time, the pain is worth it! Thanks for the tips ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi KWMechelle,

      Ya know, I don’t think I’ve ever tried the 109s. I’ll put them on my list and look out for them when I hit up Ulta. ๐Ÿ™‚

      How was your weekend, by the way? What did you do?

  11. gio says:

    Love those lashes! They’re very pretty and natural!
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  12. Carolyn says:

    What eye shadows are you wearing here? Love the color combo

  13. Christine says:

    I love myself some Ardell lashes. I’m partial to the 110’s but I think I’ll give the 120’s a try.
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  14. These false lashes look great. I kind of avoid these usuaallyy but u tempted me again.. ๐Ÿ˜›

    take care dear.. canoeing must be fun!!
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  15. Sylirael says:

    I have never tried false lashes! True story. I find that most of the ones readily available here look rather intimidating ๐Ÿ˜›
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  16. Erin says:

    I’ve only worn falsies a few times in real life. I get asked all the time if I’m wearing them when I wear mascara. I have fairly long lashes for my eye size and shape, they are just clear. If I use a thickening mascara, they look pretty glam. Unless I was getting pro photos or had a major event I can’t be bothered!
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  17. Smita Roy says:

    I got these few days back on your recommendation…cant wait to wear these ๐Ÿ™‚
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