I’m not someone who’s big on makeup, but even I couldn’t resist the allure of eyelash extensions. Surprisingly, I fell head over heels in love with this beauty trend. From my first appointment to my honeymoon, I became obsessed with the glamorous transformation they offered. Let me share my discovery with you.
The Glamorous Secret of Eyelash Extensions
What I soon realized was that eyelash extensions have the power to make you feel more glamorous than ever before. It’s addictive. After my second appointment, when I had a dramatic set of lashes, I gazed at myself in the mirror and saw a hint of Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (although I don’t resemble her in the slightest). These extensions achieve what mascara can never accomplish, no matter how voluminous or thick the formula is. With lash extensions, you’ll have naturally thick, fluttery, and perfectly curled lashes. No clumps, just beautifully tapered lashes that give you a gorgeous look 24/7.
But, I must warn you, they come with their own set of considerations.
What You Need to Know Before Trying Eyelash Extensions
Show up au naturel
When you arrive for your appointment, make sure your face is completely bare. That means no curling your lashes either. Jessica Shin, the founder of Flair Beauty & Lash Studio in New York City, advises against curling lashes because it creates a crease near the roots, making it difficult for the lash artist to apply extensions seamlessly. Also, avoid using mascara, waterproof eye makeup, oily skincare products, and eye cream. These products can interfere with the adhesive used for the extensions. If you plan on working out, hit the gym and shower beforehand, as the lashes should not get wet for 24 hours to allow the adhesive to dry completely.
Patience is key
Be prepared for a lengthy appointment, especially if you’re going for a refill. The process can take up to two hours as existing extensions need to be removed and your lashes cleaned before applying the new set. Trust me, lying still for that long can be challenging, so consider skipping that second latte to avoid any twitchy-eye syndrome during the procedure.
Customization is essential
Eyelash extension costs can vary significantly from salon to salon, but expect to pay around $120 for the basics and up to $300 for a more elaborate set. Since every person’s eye shape, lash length, and lifestyle are unique, it’s important to choose a set that complements you perfectly. Salons usually have menus to help guide your decision, offering various styles from subtle and round to bold and cat-eye. For my round eyes that turn slightly downward at the outer corners, Shin suggested placing the longest lashes in the center (between a two and a three on her “Glam Scale”) to create a more open and voluminous look.
Remember, eyelash extensions are a commitment, both in terms of time and expense. But if you’re ready to enhance your natural beauty and wake up with stunning lashes every day, they’re definitely worth considering.
So, why not embark on your own eyelash extension journey? Try them out and discover the glamorous and enchanting transformation they can bring to your eyes.
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