Ever wondered why the woman next to you on the treadmill looks like she’s just applied the perfect mascara swipe right after finishing up a run? The answer is eyelash extensions. The eyelash extension craze arrived on the beauty scene fast and furiously―and for good reason. Whether you’re a beauty junkie or just someone who wants to save time applying makeup in the morning (guilty), eyelash extensions can be a great investment. So what are eyelash extensions? And what should you know before having them applied? Today, I’m going to walk you through my year-long experience with eyelash extensions. Plus, I’ll provide some eyelash extension pros and cons that will help you decide whether or not they’re right for you.
WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
First, here’s what you can expect during an appointment:
When you arrive at your eyelash extension appointment, they’ll take you to a room and have you lie down. While sitting near your head, the technician will have you open your eyes and look up/back. They’ll stick a cool gel pad, or something similar, on your bottom lash line to hold your lower lashes down. Sometimes, they’ll also use tape to make sure your lower eyelashes don’t get in the way (no tape should be touching your eyes). It’s not painful, but it can be a little bit uncomfortable at first. If something is bothering your eyes, don’t be afraid to speak up. They’ll be happy to adjust the gel pads/tape placement to make you more comfortable.
Your eyelash extension technician will then take a look at your current lashes to assess what will work best for you. If you are getting a refill, they may remove any lash extensions that are barely holding on from previous appointments. They’ll also clean and brush your lashes.
Finally, they’ll start applying the extensions. When someone is applying eyelash extensions, they are placing a lash on every single hair on your eyelid. Getting a full-set applied for the first time takes about an hour-and-a-half to two hours. A refill only takes about an hour.
What are eyelash extensions? Here are my pros and cons.
Eyelash extensions pros and cons:
- Your eyelashes will look incredible. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the second you lay down at night and everything in between, your lashes will be red-carpet ready all day, every day. The first time you get them put on, you’ll be pleasantly surprised every time you look in the mirror. I’ve had mine for almost a year and still obsess over how much they make my eyes pop.
- You won’t need to wear as much makeup. This was a huge pro for me! Right when you roll out of bed in the morning, you’ll be fresh-faced and gorgeous. You really don’t need to wear mascara at all, which is wonderful.
- You’ll save time. One of the main reasons I wanted to get eyelash extensions was to save time in the mornings. With eyelash extensions, I don’t even think about applying eye makeup during the day. My makeup routine is super quick, and the eyelash extensions make it look like I’ve spent a lot of time applying the perfect amount of eye makeup.
- You don’t have to worry about runny mascara. I wear contacts and have always hated putting on mascara. It doesn’t matter what I do or where I go, if I’m wearing mascara, it’s going to end up all over my face by the end of the day. With eyelash extensions, I don’t have to worry about mascara face anymore. No mascara is needed to have long, full eyelashes! Your smudged- and runny-mascara worries will be a thing of the past.
- You’ll feel more confident. Having eyelash extensions makes me feel glam every single day. I don’t wear a ton of makeup, so the eyelash extensions are great for giving me a feminine, polished look without much effort. I’ve had many people stop to compliment how pretty my lashes look, which is icing on top of the cake!
- It can get expensive. Your first set of eyelash extensions can cost anywhere from $70-$120, depending on where you go. From there, you will have to get refills every three to four weeks. If your natural lashes take to the extensions well, you might be able to go less frequently. However, if you are a really rough sleeper, work out frequently, or wear super heavy eye makeup, you may have to go in for refills more often. The good news is refills are less expensive than a full-set. Where I go, I pay $55 a month (plus tip) for refills, so you can expect similar pricing.
- You can’t get them wet the first 48 hours after application. Whether you’re having your first set put on or just getting a refill, you can’t get your eyelash extensions wet for 48 hours after application. This means you have to wash your face very carefully, no underwater swimming, and you’ll have to keep sweat away from your eyes. With that being said, I have worked out many times after getting a refill and have never had a problem. I just try to keep a towel closeby and wipe away sweat before it reaches my eyes. After the first 48 hours, you’re good to go!
- Bad reactions happen. There are reports from women who have had bad reactions to eyelash extensions. This has never happened to me or anyone I know, but it’s worth mentioning if you have sensitive eyes or allergies to certain adhesives. I wear contacts and have very sensitive eyes, but I’ve never had any issues with eyelash extensions.
- They require some maintenance. Just because eyelash extensions will save you some time in the mornings doesn’t mean they’re zero maintenance. Brush them out in the morning with a clean eyelash brush, and they’ll look great and last longer. The maintenance they require is nothing compared to all of the amazing benefits.
Be strategic about when you get eyelashes done. If you know you won’t be heading to the gym for a day or two, get your eyelash extensions refilled at that time. Same goes for a beach vacation or pool party. To be safe, try and get your refills done a couple of days before you’ll be playing near water. And remember, as long as you don’t submerge your head or pour water directly on your face after getting your lashes done, you’ll be fine!
- If you’re worried about having a bad reaction, take steps to ensure everything will go smoothly. Talk to your eye doctor before having eyelash extensions applied, and do research to ensure you’re getting your lashes done by a licensed business. I’d rather you be safe than sorry!
- If you want to be thorough, switch to oil-free face washes. Oil makes things slick, and you DON’T want that of your eyelash when wearing extensions. If you want make sure you’re doing everything you can to maintain your gorgeous lash extensions, switch to oil-free facial products.
- Based on my personal experience, I’d say eyelash extensions are 100% worth it! I love knowing even when I’m not wearing any makeup at all I look like I’ve put in some effort.
If the “What are eyelash extensions?” question is still unanswered for you, please shoot me an email. I love hearing from you guys and would be happy to help! I absolutely love having my eyelash extensions, and the thought of having to buy mascara at this point is cringeworthy. Have any of you ever tried eyelash extensions? What are your thoughts?
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WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
*I want to note that I am NOT an eye doctor, licensed beauty technician, or experienced with applying eyelash extensions. This blog post is purely based on my personal experiences with having eyelash extensions.*