How to Apply Eyelash Extensions: Step-by-Step
You have seen the look in the movies, on the red carpet or maybe someone you know is sporting gorgeous full lashes, making you envious. Have you ever wondered how they get such luscious lashes? Whether it be a screen star or your friend, chances are eyelash extensions are affixed to their natural lashes. If you have ever contemplated getting these extensions yourself, but are uncertain of how they are applied, here is a step-by-step tutorial on how your lash professional will apply them.
What Are Eyelash Extensions?
Before you rush out and book an appointment to get your new set of lash extensions, there are a few details you should understand ahead of time. Professional salons use a variety of extensions ensuring you will find plenty of options to fit your wants and needs. Knowing what materials lash extensions are made from will help you decide which one suits your preference. There are three basic categories that most eyelash extensions fall under synthetic, mink, and silk. Synthetic lashes are composed of acrylic and typically have thicker prominent strands allowing for a dramatic look. Although they come in a variety of colors and retain a curl for extended periods, they may feel too stiff or heavy for you. Another option that offers a natural appearance are mink lash extensions. This type of lash is finer in quality, lighter and more flexible than synthetic, making certain they feel similar to your real lashes. The third category is silk, which are also fine and lightweight. They are flexible and long-lasting, ideal for everyday wear.
How Are Eyelash Extensions Applied?
In addition to understanding the types of lash extensions, you must research your local salons to safeguard against low-quality lashes and unskilled technicians, as incorrect application can result in lashes falling out early or damage your eye area. Before your appointment, you must ensure your face is clean of any makeup including mascara. Your lash technician will provide you with after-care information and allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding the application process.
After cleaning the eye area, your technician will apply eye patches to your lower lashes to keep them out of the way while working on your upper lid. If this is your first experience with extensions, this taping may feel a bit weird but should not hurt.
Your lash specialist will brush through your natural lashes and choose the appropriate length of lash extension and begin to apply them one at a time, adhering them to an individual natural lash using professional eyelash glue. It is typical that the number of lashes used is around 150-200 lashes, so your appointment will take about 2 to 3 hours. Don’t worry, most find the experience relaxing.
After gluing your eyelash extensions, your technician will gently separate any extensions and natural lashes that may have stuck together.
Once all the lashes are bonded to your natural lashes. The eyelash expert will allow the glue to dry. This process only takes a few minutes; this may be followed with a last round of separation.
Your technician will remove the patches that were placed on your lower lashes and discuss after-care instructions which include how long you can expect your new lashes to last and when you may need to revisit for a refill.