The Complete Guide to Eyelash Extensions

Despite my enthusiasm for cosmetic goods, I am not a makeup girl, which is why I never saw myself as an eyelash extensions lady. While I adore all things complexion-enhancing—sheer foundations, dewy highlighters, and lovely peach blushes—I save mascara for special occasions, such as my birthday, a major meeting, or a wedding. Even then, if I’m “going big,” it’s the extremely subtle Clinique Naturally Glossy in Brown or my favourite tube of YSL Faux Cils.

Thus, booking an appointment for lash extensions before to my own wedding was completely out of character for me. It was even more out of character for me to adore them. My initial visit was scheduled three weeks prior to “testing them out.” I returned twice more within a month: the day before my flight (about a week before my wedding day) and just before I left for my honeymoon. To say that I am obsessed is an understatement.
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What I discovered about eyelash extensions is that they make you feel more attractive than you ever imagined. It’s quite addictive. When I returned home from my second session with my most dramatic set, I gazed in the mirror and imagined myself as Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (note: I do not resemble her in the slightest). They accomplish what mascara, regardless of how thick and voluminous the formula, can never and will never accomplish: You appear to have been born with the most densely packed, flutteriest, and flawlessly curled lashes. There are no clumps, and the roots to the tips are precisely tapered. And you maintain that appearance 24 hours a day!

The other thing I discovered is that they are a high-maintenance, time-consuming, and not exactly inexpensive habit. Here’s everything you need to know before giving them a try.

Attend your appointment absolutely naked.
This involves refraining from curling your lashes as well. “If they’re curled, a crease forms directly at the root, making it difficult for the lash artist to apply the extensions smoothly,” says Jessica Shin, founder of Flair Beauty & Lash Studio in New York City, where I’ve been getting extensions. Additionally, mascara, waterproof eye makeup, greasy skin care, and eye cream should be avoided. Basically, you don’t want anything that will obstruct the glue. “If you feel the desire to exercise, go to the gym and shower first,” Shin suggests. “You cannot wet them for 24 hours following the treatment since the glue must totally dry.” Tirzah Shirai of Los Angeles’ Blinkbar even advises against using waterproof eye makeup for up to a week before to your consultation. “It leaves an invisible layer that prevents the lashes from fully attaching,” she explains.

This is not a walk-in, walk-out appointment.
Eyelash extensions are time-consuming (up to two hours! ), even more so if you’re returning for a refill, as they’ll need to remove numerous previous extensions and clean your lashes before placing a new set. Additionally, I gained this tip through personal experience: Perhaps skip the second latte, as you’ll need to lie quite still. I did not do so prior to my first session and had twitchy-eye syndrome the entire time, much to my lash artist’s dismay.

Custom extensions are the greatest.
Which means the best lash extensions are also the most expensive and require a consultation. (Costs vary significantly between salons, but expect to pay roughly $120 for the essentials and up to $300 for more elaborate services.) Because each person’s eye shape, lash length, and lifestyle are unique, you’ll want a set that complements your eye shape, lash length, and lifestyle. “A single curl and length will appear absolutely different on each individual,” Shirai explains. The majority of eyelash studios include a menu to help initiate the dialogue and steer you toward the look you desire (from subtle and round to the boldest cat eyes). Because my eyes are round and taper somewhat at the outer corners, Shin recommended that the longest lashes be applied in the centre of my eyes (between a two and a three on her “Glam Scale”), rather than the ever-popular cat-eye shape, to further open them up.

A consultation will also assist you in determining the appropriate material (the most common are silk and faux mink; silk is slightly more shiny and pops more, whereas mink is more fluttery and natural), length, and curl type (J has the slightest curve but appears longer; C and D are the most flipped up), as well as the appropriate number of lashes to apply. Additionally, a skilled lash artist will vary lengths to give lashes a naturally wispy appearance, Shirai notes. “At Blinkbar, each style we provide has a minimum of four different lengths.”

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