If you’re even slightly interested in beauty and makeup, you’re undoubtedly well-aware of the phenomenon that is lash extensions. All around the world, people are ditching their half-empty mascara tubes and fluttery glue-on lash strips for the ease and effortless glamor of lash extensions.
Some people may be hesitant to try them out because they’re worried they’ll look too dramatic or will harm their eyes and skin. While it is important to be aware of any potential allergies and choose your extensions wisely, style doesn’t need to be the primary deciding factor for you.
Nowadays, lash extensions come in so many lengths and styles that you can easily find something that works for you, whether you want a dramatic look or a simple set of DIY lash extensions that are a bit more accessible.
Before you schedule that appointment or order your first DIY pair, here’s a quick and easy guide to everything you need to know about getting on the lash extension train:
What Exactly Are Lash Extensions?
When you think about it, it’s pretty crazy that a hair so tiny can be extended just as easily as the long hairs on our heads. While applying for lash extensions effectively takes a great deal of delicacy, skill, and time, the process itself isn’t as complicated as you may think.
Simply put, lash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural lash (not your skin, as many people think) using semi-permanent glue.
Lash extensions come in a variety of textures, lengths, and materials. There are three primary types of materials: mink, silk, and synthetic. People looking for a more natural look typically opt for mink or silk lashes, while those going for a bolder look typically choose synthetic.
Keep in mind that if you are vegan or allergic to cats (or simply are highly sensitive to any animal furs), you shouldn’t go with mink lashes. Try silk, synthetic, or “faux mink” extensions, if available.
How To Choose The Perfect Fit
Like any other beauty product or ritual, there are so many different types of lash extensions to choose from depending on your comfort level, personal style, and what your everyday makeup look consists of.
Within the three categories of lash (mink, silk, and synthetic), you’ll also need to decide how long, thick, and curly you’d like your lashes to be. If you’re looking to achieve a certain look (e.g. wider eyes, more sensual “cat” eyes, etc.), you can also consult with a professional to help you decide what the best material and style will be.
Once you’ve decided what you want, you’ll then need to decide whether you’d like to have your extensions done by a certified technician or if you’re open to doing them yourself at home. DIY lash extensions are designed to be simple to follow, so you won’t be entirely left to your own devices.
Ultimately, the decision comes down to cost and convenience.
Pros And Cons Of Lash Extensions
When you think about the time and money required to get your lash extensions filled every month, you may have a hard time deciding whether it’s really worth it to invest in them or if you should stick with your handy dandy lash strips.
You may find it helpful to weigh a list of pros and cons to help you decide what matters most to you. Here are some primary things to consider:
Pros Of Lash Extensions
- Since you’ll be waking up with long, gorgeous lashes every morning, you can save a significant amount of time on your makeup routine.
- Even when you’re not wearing any other makeup, your face will have a natural touch of glam to give you that extra confidence boost.
- After the first 24 to 48 hours (during which time you’ll need to avoid water while the glue sets), your lashes will be virtually waterproof, unlike mascara and lash strips that risk falling off when your face gets wet.
- Your look is completely customizable, whether you prefer a near-natural look or love having a dose of high glam in your day-to-day looks.
Cons Of Lash Extensions
- Lash extensions do cost a pretty penny, especially if you’re choosing high-quality materials and going to an expert technician.
- While you might be saving time in your daily routine, you’ll need to set aside at least two hours to apply your initial set and an hour for all following fills, which should take place every two to four weeks.
- Lash extensions are intended to be hypoallergenic; however, you may have an underlying allergy that lash extensions could irritate or exacerbate. If you’re opting for a DIY set, be sure to patch test the adhesive on your hand before applying it to your lashes.
- Once the extensions start falling out, they’re highly likely to fall out in uneven increments. This is due to the fact that lashes grow at different rates, so as you’re approaching your fill date, you may not love the way your lashes look.