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Curious About Eyelash Extensions? Here’s What You Should Know

 

"If you want a low-maintenance makeup routine, lash extensions are like a cosmetic cheat code: Whether you’ve just woken up, exercised for an hour, gone for a swim or lived through a harrowing 24-hour stomach flu, you'll be unfailingly delighted by the way your eyes pop, and by how quickly you can get ready.


What are lash extensions?
They are professionally applied, one on each natural lash, with a semi-permanent glue, meant to hold them in place for several weeks. Extensions bewitch your lashes with the length and volume that nature didn’t see fit to give you (and beyond what multiple coats of mascara and a lash curler could), but at a length your face deserves.


Where should you get them?
They are professionally applied, one on each natural lash, with a semi-permanent glue, meant to hold them in place for several weeks. Extensions bewitch your lashes with the length and volume that nature didn’t see fit to give you (and beyond what multiple coats of mascara and a lash curler could), but at a length your face deserves.

Other than personal recommendations from friends, reviews and client photos posted on sites like Yelp and Instagram are invaluable for offering insight into both the quality of service and the style of lashes a company provides. Take a quick glance to make sure all products used during your service are new or sanitized.

Your first appointment
Your first will be your longest, taking at least 90 minutes. You should arrive at the salon with your eyes entirely clean of makeup. Your technician should discuss your expectations and personal taste with you: Are you interested in a more subtle look, or are you hoping to unleash your inner diva? The health and thickness of your natural lashes as well as the shape of your face and eyes will be used to determine the right set of extensions for you. Eyelash extensions are available in a wide variety of lengths, diameters, and curls.

The procedure
To begin, you’ll lie down on your back and get comfortable. Your bottom lashes will be shielded with under-eye pads, stickers or tape. Prepare for your eyes to remain closed for the entire application, as your technician delicately affixes each extension with tweezers. Every time we create lash extensions for our clients, we customize the design taking into account several factors. How do we determine the right length for our clients? We consider your eye shape, the condition of your lashes, your age, lifestyle and the look you want. If you just want to enhance your natural look, we choose the shorter length and focus on volume. For clients who want something more dramatic, we incorporate longer lashes. Healthy lashes equal happy clients!

The care and keeping of lash extensions
After your appointment, don’t let your extensions get wet for the next 24 hours so that the glue can dry completely. Steer clear of humid environments like saunas, too. To preserve your extensions, keep them clean and gently detangle them with a pristine mascara wand or spoolie brush every day. You can wear eye makeup, but accept that oils and oil-based makeup remover are your lashes’ worst enemy, because they break down the adhesive. When it comes to mascara specifically, the experts suggest skipping it. You don’t really need mascara. That’s why you’re getting the extensions, and you’re spending a lot of money doing it. The rule of thumb for eyelash extensions is the less you mess with them, the better and longer they are going to stay. To keep your extensions looking full and fresh, touch-ups should be scheduled every two to four weeks. These fill-in appointments take roughly one hour long. Extensions, properly applied and cared for, should not make your eyelashes fall out, but you will notice some inevitable casualties as your lashes grow and shed according to their natural cycles. "



Content credit to NYT magazine.

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