Eyelash Extension: Things to Consider
What do Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox, and Mila Kunis have in common? Apart from their insanely hot looks and flawless style sense, they all have eyelashes to die for! Long lashes can instantly take your look to the next level. Even the most sophisticated makeup looks can look dull without a voluminous pair of fringes. It is only natural to wish for lashes that would make people swoon every time you bat them. After all, who doesn’t want their crush to get lost in their eyes and tangled in their lashes?
Luckily, even the people who have thin, stray lashes can now sport a pair of falsies and try out lash lengthening mascaras to achieve their looks. But, people are now looking for permanent, long-lasting options. Many celebrities (including some mentioned above) have tried out the popular eyelash extensions and seemed pretty happy with the results. If you too wish to rock your dream lashes 24×7, eyelash extension is probably your holy grail! Eyelash extensions are inexpensive, durable, hassle-free, and most importantly, beautiful! But, there are certain things that you should consider and learn about this innovative cosmetic procedure.
Here are the top 7 things to consider when getting an eyelash extension done:
An eyelash extension can cost you somewhere around $200. The cost may vary depending on the quality of lashes and application. While some might find them expensive, you need to consider the comparison here. We estimated the money we invest in mascaras, curlers, and false eyelashes on a monthly basis. You’ll be shocked to know that it exceeded the cost of this treatment. Also, if you care for your extensions, they can last as long as 8 weeks. This means you are saving 2 months’ worth of beauty products. Once done, you can pay $68 to get the lashes refilled and if you want them removed completely, you just need to pay $20.
So, you have finally booked an appointment with an eyelash extension expert and are all set to go. Wait a second! Are you wearing mascara? Or have you curled your lashes? Oh no! This is not how you had to prep for your appointment. It is always a good idea to learn about the things to do and things to avoid pre and post a cosmetic treatment. When going for eyelash extension, make sure you shower properly as you won’t be allowed to let water touch your eyes at least for 24 hours after the treatment. Another important step is to keep your face clean and makeup-free when you come for the extension. Eye makeup, mascara, or eyeliners are off-limits until the process is done. Also, do not curl your natural eyelashes as this can complicate the process of sticking the false lashes on them.
The extension artist will first ensure that your eyes are free from any makeup or skincare product. Your face, especially eyes, will be cleaned. This step will not take long if you came prepared for the appointment. Next, eyelashes made up of synthetic material, will be applied over your natural eyelashes with the help of a special semi-permanent adhesive. The artist will fix individual lash hair in place with the help of a pair of tweezers. If you are scared of tweezers, remember that they are used for hygiene and precision.
After the lashes have been applied, bonded, and dried, you have to wait for 24 hours and then you’ll be free to swim, shower, and cry without caring about them falling off like falsies or bleeding like mascara.
The duration of the process can range from 90 to 120 minutes. During these two hours, you’ll keep your eyes shut. This means you can enjoy a two-hour nap during the extension process
5. Material and Shape
Lashes come in a variety of materials. You have the freedom to choose from lashes made up of mink, faux mink, silk, and human hair. Each one has its pros and cons, so it depends upon personal preference. Human hair lashes are the most expensive and do not last long. Mink and Faux mink are probably the most popular choices.
You can also customize the shape of the eyelashes. For a bolder look, you can opt for a C curl, whereas you should choose a J curl for a natural look. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you may try Russian 3D lashes. However, we would suggest a nice pair of soft classic eyelashes for your first appointment. You can always experiment once you feel more confident.
Eyelash extensions require some maintenance and care. The more you care, the longer they’ll last. Avoid rubbing your eyes or using oil-based makeup removers as this can breakdown the bonds and cause the lashes to fall out. However, please don’t stop cleaning your lashes just because you’re afraid of them falling off. Wipe them with cotton soaked in cleansing milk and brush them with a spoolie. You might not need mascara or lash curlers. You can apply mascara if you really want it but avoid using water-proof products. You should get them filled in every 3 weeks.
It’s good to let your natural eyelashes rest once in a while. You can get the extensions removed easily or wait for them to fall off naturally. Beware that if you try to pull them out, you might lose your natural eyelashes –something we are sure you won’t like. Using coconut or castor oil on the lashes would weaken the glue and the artificial lashes would get detached. The oil will also nourish your natural eyelashes.