Eyelash extensions have been around for quite some time now but without the proper research you could end up with a puffy eye and lashes all over your bathroom sink. Here are a few tips to ensure your money is well spent and you come out looking your best!
1: Finding the right technician
There are a lot of beauty techs that claim they know how to put on lashes but to be honest, I wouldn't let 90% of them touch my eye and you shouldn't either. I once went to a nail salon they put on 3 chunks of lashes, charged me $35 and I felt like hot shit. That is until 1 of those chunks fell off and I had two clumps of lashes spiraling out hanging on for dear life. Lash extensions are supposed to be put on individually, matching one false lash to your real lash or a few false lashes to your natural lashes if you want a more dramatic look.
I found Yuki Lashes on Yelp a few years back and I fell in love with her style! She uses mink lashes which give a soft fluffy look and goes to training conventions to stay up to date on the latest techniques. I highly recommend her if you’re in the San Francisco, Bay Area or use Yelp to search for a technician if you’re further - the key is to look at pictures!
If you feel discomfort, tell your technician! You could be allergic to the glue or the tape could be cutting in to your eye.
2: The Most Flattering Lash Extensions to Get, According to Your Eye Shape
Deciding on what style you want will determine how you look in the end. However different eye shapes will yield different results, the key is to pick a style that accentuates your eyes rather than fight with it.
About: “Almond eyes are about twice as wide as they are high and are the most common eye shape. Because almond eyes are considered the most proportionate eye shape, they can support nearly any lash styling.”
For the pro: “Use a cat eye on clients who want to elongate their natural shape or an open eye on those looking to brighten up their features.”
For the customer: “I would recommend you ask for a more standard C curl, which is not too curly or loose. You really have creative freedom here depending on what look you want!”
About: “Hooded eyes—or monolids—are eyelids without a crease. Hooded lids can appear very heavy, even ‘swallowing’ the lash line underneath it. You’ll want to open up hooded lids and break through a heavy lash line.”
For the pro: “I recommend L and L+ lashes. These specialty lashes have a flat base and severe curl that shoots out from under the lid, lifting the lash line, making the eyes appear bright and fresh.”
For the customer: “I would suggest asking for the longest lengths to be placed to a mid-outer eye and for your technician to use the curliest lash available. The curliest lashes available are a D/L/and L+ curl. This more dramatic curl allows for the eye to really open up!”
About: “Round eyes are very open and alert, but if styled incorrectly, they can end up looking surprised.”
For the pro: “To tone down the alertness, shorter lengths in a looser curl (like a B curl) should be used. This relaxes the eye shape, giving the appearance of [an] almond shape.”
For the customer: “If you have round eyes, you would ask for a less curly curl and the longest length toward the mid-outer eye. In lash terms, this is a B curl lash. This helps shape the eye to more of that almond shape.” (NADINE HEAD-GORDON via In To The Gloss)
3: Eyelash extensions last longer than you think.
With proper care, I can get my extensions to last up to a month and a half. Most places recommend you come back every 2-3 weeks for a touch-up, but if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you can prolong their lifespan. The trick is to wash your lashes with foaming baby shampoo and to brush it out to dry. I will even blast it with a hairdryer on low after I shower to refresh them. Never use oil products because that will break down the glue and make them fall out faster.
4. The only way to get rid of them is to get them professionally removed or have them fall out naturally.
Having the extensions removed is as easy as having them put on–painless and relatively quick. Every salon will have this service available. If you're not looking to spend any more money, however, the extensions do fall out with the natural shedding of your lashes. This is a much slower process, but it is $free.99, so there's that. ( FAITH XUE via Byrdie)