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Despite my love for cosmetics, I’m not a big fan of makeup so I’ve never thought that I’d end up being an eyelash extension one. While I appreciate all things complexion-enhancing–like sheer foundations, dewy highlighters, and pretty peach blushes–I break out mascara only on my birthday when I have a big meeting, or if I’m going to a wedding.
So, before my ceremony, I felt it unusual for me to make an appointment to have extensions for my lashes. Even more bizarre is that I was in love with these. The first time I went to them was three weeks in advance of my wedding day to “try them out.” Within a month, I visited two more times: on the day before my flight (about an entire week before the wedding date) as well as right before my departure to go on my honeymoon. Obsession is an understatement.
This is what I learned concerning eyelash extensions The fact is that they make you feel more beautiful than you ever thought was possible. It’s addicting. When I came back from my second appointment with my most extravagant set, I stared at the mirror and felt as if I was Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (note that I’m not like her in any way). They do what mascaras can never achieve and never will regardless of how large and thick this formula may be: It looks like you’re born with the longest and most flatteries curled lashes. They don’t have clumps as well as they’re flawlessly tapered from the root to the tips. It’s a beautiful look 24/7!
Another thing I’ve discovered: They’re high maintenance as well as a time-consuming, but not exactly an affordable choice. What you should be aware of before trying the habit.
Arrive at your appointment in the complete bare face.
This includes not curling your lashes, either. “If they’re curled, there’s a crease right by the root, and it’s hard for the lash artist to apply for 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 sought out extensions. Other things to stay clear of are mascara and waterproof eye makeup oily skin care products and eye cream. It’s best to avoid anything that can hinder the glue. “If you need to work out, go to the gym and take a shower in advance,” Shin suggests. “You can’t get them wet for 24 hours post-session because the adhesive has to dry completely.” Tirzah Shirai from L.A.’s Blinkbar even recommends avoiding waterproof eye makeup for as long as one week before the appointment. “It leaves an invisible film that will keep the lashes from adhering fully,” she says.
It’s not a typical in-and-out sort of appointment.
Eyelash extensions can take a lengthy duration (up to 2 hours! ) in particular when you’re planning to get an extension refill because they’ll have to take off a lot of extensions and wash your lashes before applying new ones. Additionally, this advice from my own experience: Perhaps you should avoid the second cup of coffee because you’ll have to lie still. I didn’t do that before my first appointment, and I experienced the twitchy-eye condition all day which was to the surprise of my lash specialist.
The most effective extensions are custom made and they will cost you.
Costs can vary greatly between salons, however, you can expect to pay about $120 for the basic and upwards of $300. Since every person’s eyes are unique so you’ll need a look that is a perfect match for your eye shape, length of lashes, and your lifestyle. “One curl and length will look completely different on one person versus another,” Shirai describes. The majority of eyelash salons offer a menu to start the conversation and to help you achieve your desired look (from gentle and round to the most striking cat’s eyes). My eyes are round and slant downwards a little on the outer edges, Shin recommended the longest lashes to be in the centre of my eye (in between two and 3 on the ” Glam Scale“) in contrast to the well-known cat-eye style for a more open look. more.
A consultation can also aid you in making a decision on which material to pick (most commonly used are faux mink and silk The silk one is brighter and shinier, and also pops more, while mink is more natural and fluttery) length, curl types (J is the tiniest curl however, it appears longer; C and the D are the most flipped) and how many lashes are placed. A skilled lash artist will blend lengths to create a natural flowing look, Shirai says. “At Blinkbar we use a minimum of four different lengths for every style we offer.”
Avoid cluster lashes.
If your lashes appear small, some salons will suggest 3D lashes or clusters, three hairs that are glued together to create more volume. Do not use them as they will add weight to your natural lashes and can cause breaking. “You should always have one extension applied to one natural lash, there should be no visible glue, and the extensions should not be touching your lid in any way,” Shirai states. If they look as if they’re falsies, then it’s likely that they’ll be too heavy.
You can choose more shades than black.
Nowadays, there are tons of different options for eyelash extensions–including pink, green, orange, and blue wisps that won’t only elevate your natural eyelashes, but add a fun pop of colour to your everyday glam. The options are limitless.
They may initially feel strange.
It can take a day or two to adjust to the sensation of wearing extensions. However, I’ve found them significantly more comfortable than strip-lash. They can also alter how you sleep (unless you’re already sleeping in a back position). “If you sleep on your side and stomach you’re going to crush them and they won’t last as long,” Shin advises. “Try using a travel pillow or something that helps to elevate and keep you on your back.”
You may need to modify your routine for skin care…
The most common rule is to stay clear of anything too oily. I adore nothing more than thick face oils, however, I was forced to stop using them when I was using extensions. If you’re going to apply the eye cream, Shin recommends using it in the morning, not at night to avoid having it get into the eyelashes (skip oily ones which are loaded with mineral oils, Shirai suggests). Use the nonoily makeup removers: Shin recommends using micellar water using a swab of cotton to remove eye makeup (with the help of cotton pads because the fibres can stick to your eyelashes) while Shirai prefers oil-free makeup removal pads.
…and the way you apply your makeup.
Although there are “extension-safe mascaras available, Shin recommends avoiding mascara completely. You’ve spent a lot of money on lashes, don’t put them at risk! Avoid liquid eye makeup. Getting rid of it can be a strain on your eyes as well as weaken the glue. Shin also suggests staying clear of loose powders or eye shadows with glitter, which may be deposited on the roots of your lashes, which can weaken their strength and eventually cause breaking. If you’re committed to eyeliner (though you might find that you don’t want it anymore) use liquid and gel formulas that don’t pull at your hair roots.
You’ll need to learn how to clean your face.
There’s nothing quite as terrifying as leaning against the sink, washing your face and then accidentally hitting your extensions. It’s a bit odd and I’ve lost quite several lashes due to this (RIP mascara!). This is the method that has helped me. Go the smallest distance you can get to the sink – I put my head into the bowl and slowly splash some water over the lower part of my forehead and face. After that, gently wash the lower portion of your forehead and face and rinse it off by gentle dabbing and an exaggerated, upward pulling motion. Following that, I employ my ring fingers to soak my eyes using any leftover cleanser and then wash it off with a wash. No scrubbing.
And give your eyes extra attention.
It’s disgusting however, if you’re not cleaning the eye area regularly it is possible to see the buildup of dirt, especially around the eyelash line. “Even if you don’t put eye makeup on, there’s still outside impurities and dust [that can get trapped],” Shin claims. “I mix distilled water with a little bit of tear-free baby shampoo and use the mixture to thoroughly clean my top lids and the bottom of my eyes.”
As with your hair, mascaras need to be groomed.
My lashes were unruly after I got up, and after showering. This is the reason why Shin concludes each appointment by giving you a spoolie that is soft pink and showing you how to brush your lashes daily. Here’s how Shin does it: As you look down, hold the lashes with fingers that point downwards. Then, gently twist the spoolie along the top of your eyelashes (contrary to how you apply mascara; brushing this way can pull at your hair). “It takes five seconds out of your day and it goes a long way,” Shin suggests.
Never! — pick them up.
The only method to remove eyelashes is by a professional. There’s a chance of tearing or damaging your lashes if you do it yourself and it’s not worth the effort. “That doesn’t mean you have to remove them; you can also just wear them until they all cycle off,” Shirai states. They typically last three to four weeks however, don’t be shocked when you come back to get refills before that. They’re addictive.
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