I’m sure you’ve already heard (but if you haven’t, here’s your chance) eyelash extensions are all the rage. From celebrities to bloggers and everyone in between, people are buzzing about this not-so-new trend. Move over, tricky-to-apply falsies, and say goodbye to trying every mascara and lash lengthening serum to get your eyelashes as voluminous and long as you’d like. My lashes are incredibly short, and after lots of thinking and research, I decided to take the plunge and get extensions!
I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a full eyelash extensions experience from more than one artist. I’ve tried both dramatic and natural extensions and discovered that they certainly lived up to the hype! If you’ve been interested in getting extensions, but you aren’t sure what to expect, here’s a little rundown for you:
The service can take anywhere between an hour and a half to three hours. Your first time getting a full set can take a while, but not to worry – you’ll be super comfortable on the bed they provide, and I’ve nearly fallen asleep more than once!
Your extensionist will first prep your eyelashes, cleaning the lashes and the lid to remove any debris or makeup. I like to arrive wearing no makeup at all to make the job a bit easier and quicker!
Rather than what you may expect if you’ve had any experience with false lashes (a full strip of lashes and messy glue), you’ll receive lash extensions one-for-one, meaning each eyelash receives an extension, creating the fullest and most natural effect. It’s not uncomfortable in the slightest. My eyes watered a bit when she had to tape down my lower lashes, but I never once felt any pain or abnormalities.
You can expect your lashes to remain full and voluminous for at least a week or two (depending on how often you wear makeup, the amount of oil-based skincare products you use, etc.) before they begin to gently “shed.” Shedding is a natural process because your real lashes fall out on a somewhat regular basis. Don’t be surprised to wake up with a few on your pillow. After two weeks of having my lashes, I did need a little assistance in the form of some eyeliner to draw the attention to my eyes, but there’s no demand for mascara (PSA: do not wear mascara on your extensions).
A full set is a bit pricey, but you won’t be spending that exact amount every time you need a fill. The price is cut in half, so think of it the same way as getting a manicure – you get a full manicure and pay a set amount, but to get the color filled, it’s less each time you go in. Expensive maintenance isn’t something to be concerned about, especially if you take good care of your lashes!
In the first week of having my lashes, I felt the urge to walk out of the house without a lick of makeup on. Because my eyes popped so perfectly, I barely noticed my uneven skin tone or acne 😂 I also found myself fluttering my eyes pretty frequently – to the point that my fiancé playfully asked, “do you feel pretty, babe?” Needless to say, this is a treatment I 100% recommend.