Eyelash Extensions: Everything You Need to Know

Despite my enthusiasm for cosmetic goods, I’m not a makeup person, so I never imagined myself as an eyelash extensions wearer. While I adore complexion-enhancing products like translucent foundations, dewy highlighters, and lovely peach blushes, I only wear mascara on my birthday, when I have a big meeting, or when I’m attending a wedding. Even then, if I’m “going big,” it’s Clinique Naturally Glossy in Brown or my favourite tube of YSL Faux Cils.
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So, booking an appointment for lash extensions before of my own wedding was completely out of character for me. It was even more out of character for me to fall in love with them. Three weeks prior, I had an appointment to “test them out.” I returned two more times within a month: the day before my flight (approximately a week before my wedding day) and the day before I left for my honeymoon. To say I’m obsessed is an understatement.

What I discovered about eyelash extensions is that they make you feel more attractive than you ever imagined. It’s quite addictive. I gazed in the mirror after my second treatment with my most dramatic set and felt like Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (note: I do not resemble her in the slightest). They achieve what mascara can’t and won’t, no matter how thick and voluminous the formula is: they achieve what mascara can’t and won’t: they achieve what mascara can’t and won’t: they achieve what mascara can You have the thickest, flutteriest, most flawlessly curled lashes I’ve ever seen. There are no clumps, and the roots to tips are precisely tapered. And you keep that expression on your face 24 hours a day!

Another thing I learnt is that they’re a high-maintenance, time-consuming, and expensive habit. Before you try them, here’s what you should know.

Arrive to your appointment with no makeup on.
Not curling your lashes is also a no-no. “If they’re curled, there’s a crease right at the root, which makes it difficult for the lash artist to apply the extensions—it won’t be a smooth-finish job,” says Jessica Shin, founder of Flair Beauty & Lash Studio in New York City, where I’ve been getting extensions. Mascara, waterproof eye makeup, greasy skin care, and eye cream are all things to avoid. Basically, you don’t want anything to get in the way of the glue. “If you need to exercise, go to the gym and shower first,” Shin suggests. “You can’t get them wet for 24 hours after the treatment since the adhesive needs to fully cure.” Tirzah Shirai of Blinkbar in Los Angeles even suggests skipping waterproof eye makeup for up to a week before your visit. “It leaves an invisible layer that prevents the lashes from fully attaching,” she explains.

This isn’t a one-and-done appointment.
Eyelash extensions take a long time to apply (up to two hours! ), especially if you’re getting a refill because they’ll have to remove a lot of old extensions and clean your lashes before adding a new set. From personal experience, I also acquired the following tip: You might want to skip the second latte because you’ll have to lie extremely still. I didn’t do so before my first visit, and I had twitchy-eye syndrome the entire time, much to my lash artist’s dismay.

Custom extensions are the greatest.
As a result, the best lash extensions are expensive and require a consultation. (Prices vary widely from salon to salon, but expect to pay roughly $120 for the essentials and up to $300 for more elaborate treatments.) You’ll want a set that complements your eye shape, lash length, and lifestyle because everyone’s eyes are different. “On one individual, one curl and length will seem radically different than on another,” Shirai explains. Most lash salons give a menu to assist you start the dialogue and decide on the style you want (from subtle and round to the boldest cat eyes). Shin recommended that the longest lashes go in the centre of my eyes (between a two and a three on her “Glam Scale”), rather than the ever-popular cat-eye shape, because my eyes are round and turn down a bit at the outer corners.

A consultation will also help you decide on material (the most common are silk and faux mink; silk is a bit more shiny and pops more, whereas mink is most fluttery and natural), length, and curl type (J is the slightest curve but looks longer; C and D are the most flipped up), as well as how many lashes to apply. According to Shirai, a great lash artist would vary lengths to give lashes a genuinely wispy appearance. “Every style we provide at Blinkbar has at least four different lengths.”

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