I recently tested a beauty trend I never thought I’d try: lash extensions. As someone with fairly sensitive skin and eyes, the idea always frightened me. But when I was invited to a local event that included a complimentary set of lashes, I knew it was time to try them out.
Lash Extensions 101
What are they exactly? They are individual lash extensions that are adhered at the base of a natural lash, so there isn’t any contact with the skin. This makes it easy to customize the kind of look you want—from natural to super dramatic. I personally went with a more natural look because that’s more my style.
It took about an hour to get my lashes applied. Because I’m normally running around after a busy toddler, it felt like I was away at the spa—all I had to do was lay down and close my eyes while the lash stylist applied each lash meticulously. I was nervous that it would feel weird or be difficult to keep my eyes closed for so long, but I found it pretty relaxing.
One thing that surprised me was how comfortable the lashes are. I was so worried my lashes would feel heavy, but in fact, it felt like I had bare lashes that just happened to look naturally amazing. That was probably the biggest highlight of the experience!
Lash extensions are not cheap—they are significantly more expensive than putting on mascara in the morning (they can cost more than $100 for the initial set and approximately $50 or more for fills, depending on where you get them done).
Also, there is a big maintenance aspect, so you need time to spare for regular appointments. Lash professionals recommend that you get your lashes filled at least every four weeks after your initial set.
Lastly, you have to be pretty cautious with your eye area. The oils on your fingers break down the adhesive, as does excessive water or sweat. That doesn’t mean you can never touch your eyes or exercise, and obviously you have to shower, but you do need to be careful if you want to make sure the lashes last as long as possible.
Overall, I don’t know that I’m sold on doing this regularly strictly because of the cost. But, I would consider it in the future prior to a big vacation if I wanted to feel put together but not have to put any effort into it. And though my wedding ship has sailed, if I could go back in time I would totally have done this for my wedding day and honeymoon!
Written by Natalie Lynn Borton