Lash extensions are semi-permanent, synthetic, faux mink or silk fibers that are individually applied with a non-irritating glue to your own lashes to enhance your eye shape. They look real because they are glued on strand-by-strand. They are applied in clusters, fans, or one extension per lash. Your lash extension will last indefinitely if you get a fill every 2-3 weeks to replace the lashes that fall out in a natural cycle. Lash extensions do not harm your natural lashes.
Your lash technician will help you select a look that will give you the effect you are looking for. She will take your face and eye shape, bone structure, and natural lashes into account, as well as, how natural or dramatic you want your look to be. You can have a natural look that enhances your natural lash length and shape or a dramatic look like a cat’s eye where the lashes are longer on the outside edge of the eyes. The number of lashes added to each natural lash also determines how dramatic your new look will be.
Be careful when you select your lash technician. You’ll want someone who is careful with sanitation including washing their hands, wearing a mask, replacing pillow covers, sterilizing tweezers, and using disposable eyelash brushes. Ask your technician about the glue that they use. You’ll want a glue made with butyl cyanoacrylate and octyl cyanoacrylate inside of formaldehyde. A formulation without formaldehyde is much less toxic to the eye area.
Come to your appointment with no make-up on your eyes. Once you have the lash extensions, you won’t need mascara. You can use eyeliner and shadow but make sure it’s oil-free. You can also shower and swim with your new lashes, just wait 24 hours for the glue to dry completely before getting them wet.