Eyelash extensions changed the game around 2012! Women could jump out of bed and conquer the world! Eyelash extensions are individual lashes, made of silk, mink, or something synthetic, that are attached to your existing lashes semi-permanently. Eyelash extensions are used to enhance the length, curliness, fullness, and thickness of natural eyelashes. Here are some things you should know about upping your eyelash game!
1. It’s a very luxurious process.
Going to a spa and having eyelash extensions applied to your eyelids is so enjoyable. You are led to a massage table of sorts, 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.
2. Every lash extension experience is customizable.
I think most women have an idea of what they do not want to look like. A woman with a thick black strip pulling her eye lid down. This is why it is important to go to a reputable salon or spa, known for quality work and qualified technicians. These technicians will consult with you about a length that will fit your needs and wants. Most salons will carry extension lengths from 9 to 15mm (or, from natural to Kardashian length). The sweet spot for most is 10-12.
3. Eyelash extensions last longer than you think.
With proper care, extensions can 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. You can also use a lash cleanser and mix with water once a week, if you are worried about your lashes clumping or shedding too quickly.
4. 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.
5. Extensions can ruin your eyelashes—but they don’t have to.
That is, if you don’t play by the rules. You definitely do not want to pull the extensions out yourself–not only is it extremely painful but it leaves you with few to no natural eyelashes left. As much as you can, you should leave your lashes alone and try to mess with them as least often as you can. This will also prolong their wear. Another tip is if they get wet you can blow dry them on COOL light setting until dry, then gently brush them with a spoolie. Just do not make the mistake of brushing them when wet - which loosens the adhesive.