Falsies, Instant Beauty with Eyelash Extensions
Hollywood is full of people who look gorgeous—with and without make-up.
What's their secret? One of them is false eyelashes. Nothing can compare to the instant glam look of falsies.
How amazing would it be to wake up every day with mascara already applied? That is what eyelash extensions achieve.
If you are constantly applying layers of mascara daily, your lash line is becoming sparse and unhealthy looking, or your tired of having to wear mascara just to see your lashes show up, you may want to give these glamorous beauties a try.
Types of Extensions
Single strands of lashes are applied at the base of the lash line.
The more applied, the more dramatic the look is. If you already have a fair amount of lashes the classic style may be right for you.
This is the most natural style. Others may not know that you have falsies.
The Hybrid is a combination between single lashes and double lashes applied at varying lengths. You can do a light version for a more wispy look to a heavier application that is dramatic.
If someone hasn't seen you in a while, they may not realize that your lashes are not real, but they will definitely know something is different about you.
All glam. A super dramatic look that is very trendy. Volume lashes stand out. They tend to be very dark and curved. Others will definitely know you were not born with these lashes.
Instant VS Manual Strip Lashes
Instant lashes are applied one by one by an esthetician or trained specialist. They are never removed until they fall out. They come in many different styles, lengths, and colors.
Strip lashes are applied with white glue on the lash line. The glue will become transparent when it is dry. They are not worn while you sleep. They are typically found in a few lengths and styles.
Magnetic lashes are similar to strip lashes but the bond is a black glue with magnets in it. Magnetic lashes can have a more dramatic effect as the glue will make you look like you have eyeliner on. They are taken off at night. You will see a few different lengths and styles.
How Long Do Lash Extensions Last?
For most, they last about 6 weeks. However, they can last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the individual.
The Eyelash Procedure
Getting the extensions does take time. Be prepared to spend at least an hour for a full set of classic. Hybrid will take about an hour and half to 2 hours. And Volume will take the longest between 2 and 3 hours.
With a licensed aesthetician, prices can range from a $100 for a full set of classic to $300 for a full set of volume.
When you are at your appointment you can help pick out the style and length you would like. Most aesthetician going to have black. Most estheticians don’t keep other colors in stock. If you want brown, this is a question you need to ask before placing an appointment. You can also get colors like blue, purple, pink, or red.
Do not wear makeup to the appointment. If you have allergies, dry, or itchy eyes, make sure that you use eyedrops before the appointment.
You will need to keep your eyelids closed the whole time.
It's a fairly painless process, just takes a very long time. The esthetician will apply individual lashes one-by-one with tweezers until a full set is achieved.
The result is stunning. You may not even recognize yourself. It may take a day or two for you to get used to the new glam look. You will look like you just had mascara applied by a professional makeup artist.
Lash extension aftercare
- Do not get white lashes wet for 24 hours after your appointment (This means do not swim or go in a hot tub or anywhere with steam)
- Always blot, avoid rubbing, touching or pulling on the individual lashes
- Only wear oil free make-up next to the lash line
- Only use oil free makeup remover products
- Do not use an eyelash curler
- Never use waterproof mascara
- After showering, gently from blot your lashes dry
Clean and wash the lashes only with safe shampoo at least 2 to 3 times per week. If needed, apply a lash serum for healthier lashes.
You will want to sleep on your back side- if possible. If you are a side sleeper, try to keep your lashes off the pillow. Use a silk pillowcase.
It is super important for the health and retention of your lashes to keep them clean.
You will need to gently brush lashes with a mascara wand after getting them wet.
If you get water drops that puddle, blot of excess water and fluff with your magic wand. "Fluff" means that you make them wispy again by brushing with a dry mascara wand.
One thing that I was not expecting is that they will fall out over time until they are gone. For me, they fell out constantly. I lost at least 10 individual lashes within the first 24 hours.
By the first week, I looked like I already needed a fill. At the next appointment, the esthetician changed the length and placement on some areas so that I retained more of the lashes over time.
When applied properly, they will not ruin the eyelashes that you already have. Eyelash extensions will need to be filled every 2 to 4 weeks. That number will depend on how careful you are with the eyelashes.
If you tug and pull on them - even when you sleep, they will fall out more often. This means you will need to get them filled more often. It typically costs between $40 to $80 per fill.
The Eyelash Extension Specialist
Finding the right person is essential. You should locate a licensed esthetician or an eyelash extension specialist who has attended school and special training in order to apply.
Some aestheticians own their own spa and do other services like facials, microdermabrasion, teeth whitening, chemical peels. While others mainly do only lashes and brows.
This person should be compatible with you. A good fit. You need someone who will listen to you and what your needs are. They should explain the process thoroughly, including aftercare best practices.
To get the most retention out of your lashes, you need to be informed of what you should do and not do to keep your lashes healthy and looking their best.
You will need to schedule your touchup every 2 to 3 weeks an aesthetician and an eyelash extension specialist who have taken special classes in order to apply.
If you decide that the eyelash extensions are not suitable for you, the removal of lashes should only be done by your lash stylist.
Peptides for Healthy Eyelashes and Eyebrows
Using a lash serum will help extend the life of your eyelashes and eyebrows. You can easily create your own in just a few minutes.
1/4 Ounce Love Them Lashes Base
11 Drops Myristoyl Pentapeptide 17 (5% concentration)
11 Drops Myritsoyl Hexapeptide 16 (5% concentration)
Add the Love Them Lashes Base to a pyrex bowl or similar. Add in the peptides. Mix all ingredients in a glass vessel. Pour into a vial or airless container.
Use GHK Copper Peptide, Phytocell Tec Malus Domestica, Biotin, or Vitamin B5.
Directions on how to use:
Apply to the brow and lash line with an eyeliner brush or use a wand.
Are Eyelash Extensions Worth the Cost and Maintenance?
The bottomline is that they are beautiful. They can make your eyes stand out and become your best feature. But beauty comes with a price. It takes time and maintenance to keep your lashes healthy and looking their best. Not to mention it isn't cheap.
If you are willing to put the effort in, having eyelash extensions makes waking up in the morning effortless. You will always look up looking like you are wearing mascara—purely instant natural beauty.