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6 Things You Need To Know About Lash Extensions

It finally happened. After losing yet another eyelash on the way to a business meeting, something in me snapped and I knew it was time to do things differently. It was time to invest in lash extensions. The second I got home, I tossed out the glue and cheap lashes. Then, I did something that excited me and scared me. I set an appointment with a technician for my first set of eyelash extensions.

Keep in mind, this was my first time. I had no idea what to expect and heard mixed reviews on their worth. To prepare, the night before my appointment, I spent hours online reviewing what to expect and how to avoid the negative as much as possible. That’s when I realized how little I knew about this popular trend. As I reviewed the good, the bad, the perfection, and the “OMG, please don’t happen to me”, I decided to learn from the experiences of others. Here’s what my experience taught me and everything you need to know about eyelash extensions:

You’ll Experience Luxury at Its Finest

Most salons are known for providing their guests with a relaxing and luxurious experience. The hour and a half (tops) it took to have my eyelashes done, I was lying on a comfortable bed and listening to calming music while the technician attached the feathery lashes to my lids. My first trip, I solely focused on getting my lashes done, but the salon I went to features packages that include a massage while you lie there; for that additional touch of luxury and relaxation. You can’t beat that!

Your Lash Extension Experience Can Be Customized

Unlike the fake lashes I had been dealing with for so long, these extensions can be customized. I began by choosing my length. Most salons offer 9-15 mm with the average choice being 10-12 mm. Once I decided on my length, I had the choice between a J curl for a natural awake look and C for a dramatic flair. I decided to combine the two curls: J on the inner eyelash and C on the outer edges for a cat eye.

Material used for the extensions can be faux mink, faux fox, and real human hair. They come out looking similar, so I opted for the most affordable – faux mink – and felt happy with my decision.

Eyelash Extensions Last for Weeks or Longer

When you take proper care for your lashes, they can last up to a month and a half. Most salons recommend coming back every 2-3 weeks for touch-ups but, if you avoid water and oily products around your eyes, you can prolong the in-between period. This isn’t recommended, but it can be done when you’re in a pinch or don’t have the time. Other than that, I’d recommend waiting a maximum of one month in between with proper care, products, and removal.

You Can Still Wear Makeup

If you’ve heard that you cannot wear makeup with your lash extensions, you’ve heard a myth. You most certainly CAN wear your smoky eye and wing the corner of your eyelid with liquid liner (careful not to drag on lid line or it’ll ruin them).

When it comes to removal, stick to oil-free makeup removers. For precision, I use Q-tips. These proper techniques help me extend the life of my extensions and still wing my liner.

If You’re Not Careful, Extensions Can Ruin Your Eyelashes

The extensions themselves are not the problem. The problem is more human error. My technician explained to me that when you get your lashes done, you should let them fall out on their own or see a professional about having them removed. If you’re impatient and pull them out, you’re going to need to participate in a “rehab” for your natural lashes. By rubbing Vaseline on the them every night before bed, you should see your normal lashes return within a couple of months.

Let Them Fall Out or Have Them Removed by A Professional

Like I said before, you must let them fall out or have them removed by a professional. Having them removed is painless and doesn’t require an eyelash “rehab” afterwards. If you’re like me and don’t mind the way they look, you can let them fall out during a natural shedding process. However, do NOT pull them out unless you’re interested in a bare eyelid look.

Looking back at the hours I spent reading through eyelash extensions horror stories before my first appointment, I realize a lot of it was human error. The entire process can be luxurious and leave us feeling good about the way our eyes look without the struggle. Not to mention, it’s completely painless when done correctly. From the moment you sit down in the chair for your customized look to the day the last one sheds from your eyes. Just make sure you don’t pull them out!

It’s been a few months since I took the plunge and swapped DIY lashes for extensions, and I haven’t looked back. I let them fall out on their own, except when I have an important event coming up. When that happens, I see a professional like Morning Star Beauty about a touch up. Extensions may be more costly than the drugstore lashes or a tube of mascara, but it’s definitely worth it when your eyes are popping with only minimal daily effort. And, when time is money, that can go a long way. 

Morning Star Beauty | Eyelash Extensions Portland
1720 NW Lovejoy St Suite 248
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 319-7877

Be sure to check out our other blogs on eyelashes and DIY tips.

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What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions is a revolutionary way to extend the length and thickness of your eyelashes. The lashes are synthetic and tapered from thick to thin to resemble a real eyelash. It is applied on a hair by hair basis to your own lashes for a completely natural look. This process leaves your eyelashes longer, thicker, fuller and more gorgeous.  You can now throw out your mascara and look forward to waking up in the morning with beautiful lashes to go.

Having gorgeous eyelashes is like having a superpower. A simple gaze can mesmerize friends and strangers. While a slow wink can make free guacamole appear inside your burrito. Unlike mascara—which you have to paint on and take off day after day after day—eyelash extensions let you wake up, ready to go with supernatural charming abilities. Extensions can be made of synthetic or real materials. But silk or cruelty-free mink hairs look the most naturally-shiny and feel the most feathery-light. It helps to know what look you’re after when you meet with your makeup artist. Different densities, curls, lengths, and shapes can give you subtle accents for more feminine fluttering, or lush ferns for a dramatic gaze.

Application takes some time, since makeup artists have to glue on as many as 120 extensions one at a time. But what the procedure lacks in speed it makes up for in painlessness. If you’re like some people—you might even doze off during it. When you wake, every blink will feel more powerful.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Lash extensions are semi-permanent.  With the proper application and no lash adhesive, your lashes are to shed within 4-6 weeks.  Lack or proper application and other adhesives may cause lashes to fall off sooner.  Each person will differ based on personal care and body chemistry.  If you are hard on your eyes, such as rubbing from allergies, picking at lashes, and/or using skin care products and makeup removers, this may cause your lashes to shed sooner.

Will a shower, swimming, exercise, or a visit to the spa affect your extensions?

Allow 24 hours before applying water and/ or skin care products to your face that can touch your lashes.  When you need to take a shower, just make sure that the shower head does not aim towards your face, and wash your face with a cloth or cleansing around your lashes. Do not swim for 24 hours and avoid activities and exercise that will cause sweating on your face.  Make sure that if you are going to services on other soft services around the time you are getting your lashes applied, that you get the extensions last or wait 24 hours before getting a facial or so on.

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How often should you get a touch-up?

Touch ups should be followed up from 3-5 weeks.  Again, every person is different.  You want to make sure that you book an appointment before you leave to insure that you are able to get your fill when needed. If you wait too long and too many or all of your lashes fall out, you will require a full set again.  If you have an appointment set-up and you feel your eyelashes still look full and beautiful, then you could call and push your appointment forward a week.

Will lash extensions damage my natural lashes?

No. The only way your lashes can be damaged is that they are pulled out prematurely.  It can only be done by the costumer if they are picking at their lashes.  This will never happen while getting your lashes applied, as it if a very gentle procedure.  Not even removable of the lashes will require pulling.

Can you apply mascara to your lash extensions?

You may apply mascara, but never waterproof mascara. Novalash offers a mascara formulated especially for lash extensions.  You may use your own mascara.  However, if used every day, certain ingredients in that mascara may help break down the adhesive bond.  I actually wouldn’t recommend using mascara at all, as it isn’t needed.  The adhesive is already black, as well as the synthetic lashes.  The lashes are not only black, but also thick in diameter creating thick black lashes about the use of mascara.

Can anyone apply extensions?

Make sure that the person applying lash extensions is a certified lash extensionist.  Not only is it important to make sure that the beautician is certified, but that you want to make sure that they are certified through Xtreme Lash.

How much do extensions cost?

Feel free to visit our menu here and check our current pricing.

How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment online, visit our online booking page here.

Or, simply give us a call to book an appointment:

Morning Star Beauty | Eyelash Extensions Portland
1720 NW Lovejoy St Suite 248
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 319-7877