What if there was a way to get full, long lashes without caking on layers of mascara every day? Lucky for you, and your lashes, eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular in the last few years because eyelash extensions can give you the full, voluminous, and long lashes of your dreams. Like any other beauty product, it’s essential to know if it will be a good fit for your lifestyle. If you’re wondering if this treatment is right for you, here’s everything you need to know before you book your first appointment, when it’s safe to do so!
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions can last up to 4 weeks before needing a touch-up. It’s best not to let too much time pass between touch-ups because as your eyelashes grow, the extensions will fall out, either because the glue becomes loose or you shed your lashes. As lashes fall out, you may notice small gaps in your eyelashes where the extension once was. If you are diligent and consistent with getting your extensions touched up and filled, you can make a set last for years!
How long do lash extensions take to apply?
Applying lash extensions for the very first time can take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours. The time depends on how many lashes you have, and how many extensions you want applied. Luckily, touch-ups are typically as quick as 30 minutes to one hour.
How much do eyelash extensions cost?
Just like all the best cosmetic treatments, eyelash extensions can be pretty pricey. Although it can vary greatly depending on the types of lashes you choose and how full you’d like them, eyelash extensions can range from $150 to $350 for a full set of lashes. To maintain full lashes, you will need to factor in touch-ups every few weeks. Lash fills or touch-ups can range from $75 to $100. If you are looking for a more economical option, you can always opt for a half set of lashes. A half set can be applied to make your natural lashes appear thicker or by adding length to the outer edge of your lashes for a more noticeable cat-eye look.
Can you use mascara with eyelash extensions?
It is strongly discouraged to use mascara on your eyelash extensions because you run the risk of accidentally pulling off the extensions in the process as you remove mascara. Be sure to follow your stylist or aesthetician’s recommendation for the ingredients in your eye makeup remover. Plus, eyelash extensions give you enough body and length so that you don’t have to use any mascara! But, if you do need to use mascara to fill in some gaps or give them an extra “va-voom” look for an event, be sure to use a mascara specifically made for lash extensions. Beauty Garde makes an oil free mascara that you can use on your lash extensions. (Click here)
When it comes to your eyelash extensions’ daily maintenance, you should always follow recommendations from your lash professional. Here are a few general guidelines for lash care.
- Do not get them wet or sweat for the first 24 hours after application as the moisture can break down the adhesive and cause the eyelash extensions to fall out.
- Brush your lashes daily with a clean, dry mascara wand to keep them neat.
- Do not pull at your extensions and avoid using eyelash curlers.
- Do not use any oil-based products on your lashes or around them, such as eyeshadow and eyeliner.
What are the risks of getting eyelash extensions?
Like any cosmetic treatment, there are risks or side effects to consider. Consult your lash professional before your appointment to address any concerns, like the most common issues listed below.
- Irritated eyes
- Possible swelling
- Eye infection
- Allergic reaction to the adhesive
- Large loss of natural eyelashes due to improper application.