The phrase, “it’s levels to this s#!t” can be applied to pretty much anything and lashes are high on the list of things that can be ranked. Price, technique, and product quality defines the extent to which we would go to accent our face. Yes, I’d say that lashes are indeed an enhancement that can take you from cute girl next door to unattainable glam goddess partaking in all things VIP. The amount of attention you choose to invest for this process depends on a few factors: money, time, and personal well-being.
Your first concern before going for lashes must be your health. It’s best to make sure you’re not allergic to certain adhesives as a reaction can be very severe and damaging to your health. This is definitely not worth the attempt if it could cost you bodily harm. Next in line to consider is budget, as the cost for installation (aesthetician’s expertise) as well as lash material (faux, silk or real mink lashes) play a significant part of overall costs. Last but not least, time is a make or break factor for the application technique you choose. Having a technician apply your lashes is great since you only have to go once a month, but making sure you put in the time to take care of them will affect the frequency of your visits. I know, sounds overwhelming, but we are here to break it down for you. Let’s dive into the various factors to consider for your first attempt at achieving fuller lashes.
3 Wing It
Finding an aesthetician to apply a full set of lash extensions is just as important as finding your other beauty experts. You need to feel comfort and trust that they won’t do anything that has life-altering consequences, especially around a part of your body that has a big impact to your face. As tiny as those little hairs are, the overall effect is game-changing. Make sure to find an expert who practices strict hygiene when applying your lashes as the risk is very high for contracting an eye infection. Also, post extension eye care is essential to maintain your lux additions. You want to make sure you get your money’s worth with long-lasting extensions.
Not cleaning your lashes every day can cause your lashes to fall out quickly and worse, lash mites; yes, it could happen. Don’t let the downside scare you into backing out. We want to make sure you are fully aware of the pros and cons before committing. The upside to lash extensions is that you don’t have to worry about mascara anymore. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you don’t wear mascara at all. Your extensions can last up to a month with minimal fall out if treated with care. There are special lash cleaners on the market that can help you in your home care process. Make sure to include this in your skincare regimen every day, especially if you wear make-up. Apply the same tenacity you would when researching any other service provider, as the only thing you should wing is your lashes.
2 Landing Strip
If for you the cons outweigh the pros for getting lash extensions, your next best alternative is the lash strip. It’s an instant glam that lifts your makeup look to diva status in a few short minutes. The best lash strip for a newbie should be ones that has a slightly thicker lash base like Addlashes from The Crayon Case Cosmetics, which makes it easier to see when placing. The inspiration for this black-owned makeup company was based on being a “safe haven for amateur make-up artist and newbies to the make-up world.”
One of the best tricks I’ve learned for applying lash strips, is to set your mirror flat, where you are looking down instead of facing forward. This way, you’re able to see the base of your eyelids up close and can easily see where you’re placing the lashes. Use a lash applicator or a tweezer and hold the lash in the center, close to the base. Apply the lash to the center of your lid first (step 1) so it sits evenly when you adhere the outer (step 2) and inner eye section (step 3). The final look with lash strips can be just as professional looking as having an aesthetician do it for you. Although this is more of a temporary glam, you can use it multiple times and not worry about the expense of a visit to a lash expert.
1 Growth Spurt
While it might seem like just another beauty item to spend on, lash growth serums actually do work. When you’re in between extensions or strips, the serums work wonders for those of us (myself included) who struggle with thin lashes. The final result of adding individual lashes depends on the fullness of your own lash. Therefore, making sure to work on your own lash growth will allow for complete satisfaction if lash extension is the route you decide to pursue. Committing to applying lash growth serums every day will make a noticeable difference and will make wearing mascara fun again (mascara is annoying to apply when you hardly have lashes). You may even surprise yourself and not want lash additions when you see how a little patience goes a long way.
We all go through phases when it comes to what we want when we dress up. It’s nice to look different from our day-to-day selves when we punch up our daily grooming routine. But don’t take these additions too seriously; it should be fun and something to which you look forward. Balance is vital to everything we do, and getting lashes is no exception. In the end doing what feels good is all that matters.