Beauty: Eye Lash Extensions - Everything you need to know
Updated: Mar 9, 2019
Long full fluttering eyelashes have long been associated with femininity.
Think Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boo... and the Cadbury's Caramel Bunny.
II know personally I look better with fuller lashes and the good news is, particularly when you get to my age, when you get up in the morning, you already look a little made up. Bonus!
For years I used the stick on lashes, which can be fine, but I lost count of the times one would start to come away. You either see it out the corner of your eye of the person you’re talking to is giving you that ‘Should I tell her look’. I once fell asleep with some on and woke up the next day with it stuck to my cheek like a mini Elvis sideburn. For a moment I was Elvis. What a time to be alive!
The answer to my prayers, or should I say, modern day problem, is eye lash extensions. Big fluttery lashes that are there day and night.
But what does it involve? Well, luckily for you, it’s all pain free. The hardest thing you will have to do is stay awake, although your lash technician won’t mind if you nod off, just go easy on the snoring. See it as a an hour or so of relaxation to soothing music. It’s your lash technician who needs to stay alert and have a steady hand as they painstakingly apply the tiny lashes individually and separate them out. Do not be tempted to scrimp on cost. A good technician will apply them evenly and naturally rather than just plonk them on any old how.
I’m fine with people being around my eyes, partly due to some medical treatment years ago and the fact I wear contact lenses (although I admit that it took me a while to get used to poking myself in the eye) and I’ve always been someone that can apply eyeliner. There will be tape placed around your eye which the technician will mark for accuracy. The Salon I go to even sticks on a moisturising gel patch for the under eye while they’re applying them, so it’s double bonus!
The lashes are bonded to your own lash, much in the same way as hair extensions. There’s mixed opinions as to whether they damage your natural lash, your natural lashes shed normally and will continue to do so. As they do, the false lash will shed with it. The only way of damaging your natural lashes is if you try and remove the extensions yourself. I personally haven’t had a problem.
False lashes, much like our own lashes, vary in size and thickness and can even be curled. Before you begin, always chat with your lash technician about the type of lash you want, otherwise you might open your eyes and be literally startled.
Obviously I told my technician to go for it – Long and dramatic and I was pleased with the outcome. My lashes are made out of synthetic mink, which means they are darker. Your technician may use three different lengths: the longest ones for the outer edge of my eyes, and middle length, obviously for the middle and the shortest ones to go in the inner corner. There’s no danger of the glue getting into your eyes. The glue should neither touch the lid or the eye and is bonded purely to the existing lash. OK, I admit that the first couple of times I had it done I was worried my eyes would be stuck together, but there’s really no need. The only thing you might experience is a tingling in your eyes when you first open them from the fumes of the glue.
So, how long to they last. It will vary on each person and how you look after them. Avoid getting them super wet and oily eye make up remover and they can last 3-4 weeks. You don’t need mascara either, in fact mascara can damage them so avoid. For the first two weeks they look amazing, then as your own lashes start to shed, you will find that they become a little thinner or patchy. That’s when you will need a top up, which is cheaper and quicker than your initial first set. A little brush you are provided with will help you comb your lashes to avoid them becoming straggly, and that’s really the only maintenance you need to do yourself.
The only other downsides are that you are likely to become a lash addict and will feel somewhat naked without them and you will discover that fluttering your eye lashes, wonderful as they are, still doesn’t always necessarily get you what you want.
Love T xx
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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I paid for my lashes in full.