Everything You Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions

blog image

Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions: Celebrities and influencers alike are posting their striking fake lashes on social media, demonstrating that the desire for long, thick, luscious lashes is still strong. However, the majority of people have truly embraced the style, according to Clementina Richardson, the creator of Envious Lashes.Who wouldn’t want to try eyelash extensions if they could cut the amount of steps in their beauty regimen and wake up with bright eyes every morning? I concur!

Synthetic fiber hairs, known as lash extensions, are adhered to natural lashes to amplify their length, curl, and thickness. We have all the answers up front if you’ve been itching to try lash extensions but have a few questions. Think of this as the official lash extension manual.
How Much Eyelash Extensions Cost

The cost of extensions and upkeep varies based on the area and skill of the lash artist. Refill sessions can cost anywhere from $50 to $250+, and the average cost of a full set of lash extensions is $100 to $400+. “You get what you pay for, as with most things,” Singleton asserts. “A person who is just starting out will probably charge less than someone with years of experience and education.”

How to Locate a Trusted Lash Artist

Having completed a course and passed an exam, anyone can become certified to apply lash extensions, according to New York City oculoplastic surgeon Robert Schwarcz, MD, who is double-board certified. “I suggest seeking out a lash technician who has completed the state-mandated testing and is licensed in the state in which they operate.” Additionally, Dr. Schwarcz suggests collaborating with certified experts who have a successful track record and favorable testimonials. He advises, “Ask to speak with their other clients and take that as a warning signal and find someone else if you get any pushback.”

Tips for Getting Ready for Lash Extensions

To guarantee a good result: Make sure you remove all makeup and oil-based products from your lashes, stay away from caffeine and energy beverages as they can induce fluttering in your lashes and lids, wear comfortable clothing, and bring headphones so you can listen to your favorite podcast or music while getting your lashes done. “You could be lying down for one to three hours,” says Boston-based Lash L’Amour entrepreneur Cynthia Tsang. Try not to talk while receiving lash treatments as well. According to Robyn Fisher, owner of Makeup by Robyn Fisher, “people often flutter their eyelids when they talk, making it harder and more dangerous to isolate the lashes holding a sharp tool so close to their eyes.” “Any kind of cheek movement can cause the eye pads to shift, and talking also slows down the process.”

The Step-by-Step Application Process:

1. Preparation

After determining the kind, length, and curl of the natural lashes, the lash artist will clean them before applying gel pads beneath the eyes and using medical-grade tape to secure the lower lashes in place so that the tweezers won’t damage the region around the eyes throughout the operation.

2. Map and Prime
To strengthen the link between the natural lashes and lash extensions, an eyelash primer is then placed to the base of the natural lashes. According to Trina Dial, the creator of Maven Artistry, “at this point, some technicians will map out the lashes on the undereye gel pads with a sharpie pen, taking into account facial features like the angle, shape, and spacing of the eyes to determine how many and where to apply the extensions.”

Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions


3. Utilization
The fake lashes are then applied to the natural lashes after the base of the extension is dipped into an adhesive using tweezers.

4. Remedy
A retention-boosting bonder is applied after the glue has been applied to cure it and lessen the likelihood of sensitivity and irritation. In order to assist cure the glue, set the bonder, and calm the eyes, the last procedures involve spraying the extensions with distilled water to give them a quick moisture boost and drying them with a modest fan.

How to Care for Extended Lash Hair

Depending on where your lashes are in their growth cycle, lash extensions can last anywhere from four to six weeks. If the natural lashes are in the last growth phase, the extensions will shed more quickly, and if they are in the early growth period, they will stay longer. The degree to which they are maintained and cared for will also determine how long they remain in your eyes.

Because your natural lashes shed every two to three weeks, you need to schedule refill sessions. You might have to start over with a new set of extensions if you wait too long, advises Richardson. “When clients visit for a refill, they ought to have kept between 50 and 70 percent of their extensions.”

1. Apply Makeup Remover Without Oil
When cleaning extensions, always use an oil-free makeup remover or lash shampoo because materials with oil in them can degrade and damage the adhesive connection.

2. Blot Your Eyelashes
Avoid letting your lashes air dry to prevent clumping or tangling; instead, gently pat them dry with a gentle cloth before using a spoolie brush to comb through them every day. There’s a misperception that fresh extensions must remain dry for the first twenty-four hours, according to Dial. She advises against using direct heat sources like blow dryers, ovens, saunas, and BBQ grills as these can cause lash breakage. “We can now practically instantly wash the lash line because of the advancements in materials,” she says. “Some people even contend that washing your lashes immediately after application helps to minimize any irritation.”

3. Keep Them Safe During the Night
Try sleeping on your side with a silk pillowcase or get an eyelash extension protection mask from websites like Slip and Smug.
4. Agree to Consistent Fills
In actuality, not everyone should use lash extensions. “You’ll never get the look you want if you can’t dedicate the time and funds to regular refills,” claims Fisher.

Possible Adverse Reactions and Hazards

Damage to your natural lashes and allergic responses to the pads, tape, or adhesive are examples of potential adverse effects. Dr. Schwarcz advises a patch test and notes, “It’s important to communicate any allergies to the technician before your appointment or during the service if you experience any discomfort.” Have your technician apply a thin layer of adhesive on the inside of your wrist, allow it to dry for fifteen minutes, and then use a solvent to remove it. Given that the area around your eyes is more sensitive than the skin on the inside of your wrist, wait another fifteen minutes to see if your skin reacts. If it does, pass on extensions.

In general, Dr. Schwarcz supports the use of extensions provided they are administered by a qualified specialist who follows safety and hygiene protocols, but he does not advise their long-term usage. Regular use might throw off a lash’s natural growth cycle and induce early shedding. Additionally, your lashes could seem shorter and finer as they regrow,” he notes. “It’s important to give your lashes a break, even if you choose the smallest or lightest extensions.”


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which are the best lash extensions for beginners?

    If you’re new to extensions, consider a classic set between .06mm and .12mm with a thickness of no more than 0.15mm. “Combined with a natural style, this look is flattering on everyone,” says Fisher. “From there, you can play with the amount of curl, volume, and shape.”

  • Can I wear mascara with lash extensions?

    “Mascara has a tendency to cause natural lashes and extensions to clump and wearing it defeats the purpose of having extensions,” says Malin Singleton, the owner of Art of Lash. Richardson notes the additional weight on natural lashes can cause the extensions to shed sooner and warns you risk breakage while removing the mascara. “If you’re getting close to the end of your shedding cycle, and you can’t make it in for a refill appointment, you can opt to wear some mascara to get by,” she says.

  • Are at-home extensions an option?

    Lash artists do not support at-home applications. “Professionals apply lash extensions from behind their client’s head and with the client’s eyes closed,” says Richardson. How can a person do that to themselves? Plus using sharp tweezers near the eyes can be dangerous and the glue in some of these kits has strong fumes that can sting the eyes and cause them to water — not an ideal situation when you’re putting on lashes.”

  • What should I do if I want to take a break from my lashes?

    Extensions fall off as your natural lashes shed, every four to six weeks. “However, if you want to remove them sooner, it’s best to visit a professional lash artist,” says Tsang. “The process involves applying a lash remover cream to break down the adhesive, followed by a gentle brushing and wiping to slide the extensions off.”

Emily Mitchell

Emily's passion for fashion journalism and her keen eye for runway trends make her the ultimate source for the latest fashion news and exclusive insights into the glamorous world of catwalks.

Read more