Things You Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions
Let’s be real, a good set of lashes are a real game changer they instantly make your eyes look so much bigger and make you feel boujee.
Before you invest in a pair of lash extensions, here are five things we wish we knew before we made that first appointment:
1. It’s a very luxurious process.
Really it’s enjoyable. You lie down in a bed and close your eyes for an hour and a half while calming music plays in the background and a technician attaches little feathery nothings to your lashes. It’s the most socially acceptable naptime a working adult could ask for. And if you’re not already sold, most salons offer a complimentary massage while you’re on the operating table.
2.It’s not cheap
Unfortunately, good quality lash extensions can be quite expensive. The lashes themselves ordinarily last around 2-4 weeks, but this is dependent on how much love you show them. Although, if you don’t want to have them removed, it’ll cost you approx. You can normally get them refilled twice before you’ll need to get them removed completely and a new set infilled. And let us warn you, once you’ve tried lash extensions, it’s hard to go back to your regular lashes. If you do find a salon that’s offering a lower price, you need to check that the quality of the lashes has not been compromised, nor the number of singular lashes they’re applying.
3. Eyelash extensions last longer than you think.
With proper care, I can get my extensions to last up to a month and a half. Most places recommend you come back every 2-3 weeks for a touch up, but if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you can prolong their lifespan. Just be careful not to get water on your lashes and don’t use oily products near your eyes.
4. It doesn’t always look the same
What a lot of people don’t realize is that you can have a specific lash curl and that each shape will have a different effect. The most common type of lash is a C-curl, which has a dramatic finish, whereas a J-curl lash is more natural-looking. Similarly, there’re different lash materials, which will also impact the final look. Usually you’ll be able to choose between faux mink (least expensive) real mink, silk, and human hair. We recommend opting for mink or faux mink lashes as human hair lashes are more fragile and can fall out easily, while silk lashes can be slightly uncomfortable to wear.
5. Yes, you can wear makeup with them.
If you can’t stand the thought of ditching your smoky eye, don’t worry, you don’t have to. Only liquid-based eye products can be damaging to the extensions, but you can get away with a tiny wing of liquid liner as long as you’re not dragging it along the lash line. Make sure to carefully remove the shadow or liner with oil-free makeup remover and Q-tips for precision. Most importantly, stay away from mascara entirely as it leaves the extensions crusty and damaged. It’s only acceptable if you’re at the end of your cycle and will be getting a fresh set in a few days.
6. There’s a lot of aftercare
When you have lash extensions, be prepared to carry around a spooley in your purse 24/7. A spooley is basically the key to keeping your lashes looking fluttery and flawless for as long as possible. You also need to make sure that you’re extremely careful when you’re taking off makeup, as if you rub or wet your lashes, they can fall out. Avoid oil-based cleansers too as the oil will loosen the adhesive glue, resulting in premature fallout. You shouldn’t sleep on your face either, as this will also cause your lashes to fall out.