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Have you ever thought about trying eyelash extensions? Although I have naturally long eyelashes and also use a serum to help them grow, I have wanted to try extensions for years. Like I said, my lashes are long, but they’re very fine. They basically look nonexistent without mascara on. I used to use an eyelash primer and two mascaras to lengthen and add volume to my lashes. This made my morning makeup routine take a lot longer than I would like. I am not a morning person and during the week I don’t have time to put on a full face of makeup. When Krystal from The Esthetic Loft reached out to me about trying some lash extensions, I jumped at the opportunity. If you’re in the Birmingham, AL area I highly recommend Krystal. She is so sweet and really knows that she is doing!
When I posted on Instagram and Facebook that I got eyelash extensions, I got a lot of questions about them. I’ve had a lot of compliments on them. I decided to do a Q&A of some of the most common questions I’ve been asked/things I think are important to know before getting them. Having the extensions has cut my morning routine down to about 15 minutes. Now I just add a little eyeshadow, foundation and bronzer, and then I’m ready to head out the door. I absolutely love mine and have no intensions of taking them off anytime soon.
Eyelash Extension Q&A:
Before Your Appointment: Before your appointment, it’s important to avoid waterproof mascara 2-3 days before. It leaves a film on your lashes and prevents the extensions from adhering correctly. Also, make sure to remove contacts before your appointment and arrive with a makeup-free face.
How Long Does It Take To Get Them Applied? My first set took 2 hours. The lashes are attached to your own individual lashes with glue, so it’s a lengthy process. When you get a fill, it’s a much shorter time (1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on if you do a 2 or 3 week fill). I recommend downloading a podcast to keep yourself entertained while you get them applied.
Important Information For 24-48 Hours After Your Appointment: Avoid getting moisture around the eye area when washing face/showering. I recommend showering before you go. Avoid tanning beds and face treatments for 48 hours. If you get the lashes wet when they’re newly applied, the glue will not adhere correctly and the lashes will fall out.
“Does It Hurt?” I got this question several times. Going in I was a little scared it would hurt, but honestly I didn’t feel a thing. Krystal did a great job about being gentle. It is actually a really relaxing experience, since Krystal’s room is set up with a bed and peaceful music. I also cannot feel the lashes on eye. When I wear false lashes I find them heavy, but the extensions are not heavy at all.
“Can You Use Eye Makeup?” Yes you can wear eye makeup, but you have to be very careful. Avoid any oil-based makeup, including mascara and makeup remover. This can cause the glue to disintegrate. It’s also better to not use mascara. The purpose of the extensions is to make it where you don’t need mascara and makeup. It is also recommended that you do not use an eyeliner pencil, as this can make the lashes fall off. I have worn mascara on New Year’s Eve and noticed I lost a few lashes even when I carefully removed it. I recommend using a eyeliner makeup brush then dip it in water and then in black eyeshadow. This creates a paste and when it drys it looks like liquid eyeliner. Also, make sure to avoid an eyelash curler. You won’t need it! I have linked my go-to makeup products at the top of the post.
“Do The Extensions Ruin Your Existing Lashes?” I have also got this questions several times. If you take care of your eyelash extensions and go to someone who does a good job then it will not ruin your lashes. Also, it’s not recommended to wear mascara and eyeliner because, when you remove it, it could pull out your natural lashes.
“Can You Still Use Your Eyelash Serium/What Kind Do You Use?” Yes, I still use my eyelash serum 3 days a week. Although I don’t need my lashes to get longer, I still do this so my lashes will be on the same growth cycle.
“Can You Wash Your Face/What Kind of Make Up Remover Do You Use?” Yes, you can wash your face. It is not recommended to get it wet for the first 24 hours, however. To extend the life of your lashes, it’s very important to use oil-free makeup remover. I use Neutrogena makeup wipes for my face or Almay makeup pads for my eyes. When I wear a lot of makeup, I pour micellar water onto a clean makeup brush and gently remove the makeup.
“How Often Do You Have To Get Them Redone?” It is recommended that you go every 2 or 3 weeks for a fill. A fill takes an hour if you go every two weeks, or an hour and 15 minutes if you go every 3 weeks. I prefer to go every 2 weeks because it keeps my lashes as full as possible.
“How Many Lashes Do They Use?” Between 70-150 per eye, depending on the person’s eye shape and size.
“Are There Different Lengths and Options?” Like I said above, there are classic, silk milk, hybrid and volume. I have the C curl classic lashes. There are many different curls, lengths and diameters to adjust to each and every person’s eye shape.
“What is the Daily Care?” It is important to brush them daily with a clean mascara wand. It’s best to do this after you shower, so they will be soft and less likely to get damaged. It is also recommended to sleep on your back to avoid the lashes rubbing against your pillow and to not use a sleep mask. Unfortunately, I am a side sleeper and have not been able to sleep on my back.
“How much does it cost?” There are several different kind of eyelash extensions such as classic, silk mink, hybrid and volume extensions. I have the classic and the first time is $125. A 2 week fill is $45 and a 3 week fill is $55
I hope y’all enjoyed learning more about eyelash extensions. Have you ever tried them? If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below.