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The Secrets Behind Elegant, Natural Eyelash Extensions

Imagine a world where you can just ditch the mascara. Eyelash extensions are fuss-free as they are life-changing. They’re semi-permanent, providing mega volume and extra length for your natural eyelashes. You’d be surprised at all the different types of eyelash extensions. But for those of us looking for something a little more low-key, here are what we found about getting elegant, natural lash extensions.

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are typically individual synthetic lashes. They are applied to each of your natural eyelashes for extra volume and length. They come in different sizes and appearances, so you’d just need to find the right eyelash extension for any special occasion.

When it comes to the more elegant, natural eyelash extensions, you’ll get an instant wide-eyed appearance. And you can get that clear-eyed look the moment you stumble out of bed. Not to mention, you’ll be free of smudges on your eyelids. And, best of all, zero mascara transfer!

For eyelash extensions, you’d need at least an hour and a half for a complete set. So you can just take your time with it. Some people even sleep during the application. And here’s a pro tip: try to book a manicure beforehand. Then, you can wait for your manicure to dry when you’re having your lashes done. Then you won’t be smudging your manicure afterwards.

How to Get Elegant, Natural Eyelash Extensions

Before you book an appointment, try and make sure that their lash technician or lash artist is experienced. Most of the time, salons showcase their work on social media, so all you need to do is find it. You should also have some samples of the look you want and compare them. That way, you can be more confident in getting the look you really want.

You can also find out if they have a background and makeup. Because with that experience, the lash stylist may have a better understanding of eye shapes and depths. And that can come in useful when they tailor the eyelash extension to your individual facial features. And you could ask the staff to prioritise curl over length to enhance your eye shape.

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You also need to know what kind of eyelash extensions the salon uses. Typically, eyelash extensions are made from mink, silk, or synthetic fibres. Go for the silk ones if you can. And try to keep the length to around 14mm.

Most of the time, you might need to go for salons that use the lash-by-lash extension. That not only make you look more natural but also avoids damage to your natural eyelashes. This will take a little more time though, usually going for around 90 minutes.

How to Make Sure Your Natural Lash Extensions Last:

  • Obviously, don’t pick, pull or play with your lashes.
  • Always ask, and follow, the aftercare advice from the salon.
  • Avoid getting your eyelash extensions wet for 12-24 hours after application. 
  • Don’t sleep with your face down.
  • Comb your lashes extensions in the morning. Yes, daily.
  • If you accidentally squashed your lashes, simply brush them gently with a clean mascara brush to readjust the lash direction.
  • Stick to oil-free beauty products and makeup remover, because the oil will soften the adhesive and loosen the lash extensions.
  • Try to avoid applying mascara on the eyelash extensions.
  • Avoid face wipes and cotton wool, as the fibres can get tangled with your lash extensions. A washcloth or cotton bud are better alternatives.
  • For eye make-up, opt for cream eye shadows over powders, as powder particles can collect in the extensions.
  • If you’re out in the sun, stick to an oil-free, gel formula sunscreen
  • If you get the lashes wet in the sea or in the pool, just rinse them with some fresh water right after if possible.

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How Do You Remove Eyelash Extensions?

This is not one of the things you want to do yourself. Let the professionals do it. They usually use a special gel or cream remover, and it only takes around 10 to 15 minutes. Though you can check if you can remove the eyelash extensions in the comfort of your own home.

Actually, lash extensions usually last between 4 to 6 weeks, which is around the same lifetime as your natural lash cycle. If you want to avoid the extensions from looking patchy as they grow out, most salons recommend top-ups after 2 or 3 weeks. That keeps lashes looking uniform and complete.

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