In the 21st century there are plenty of options for lash enhancements which can be a little confusing. From tinting to individual extensions and everything in between there is a style to suit every girl and lifestyle. Here’s a breakdown to help you determine what’s right for you.
A makeup product used to coat lashes making them appear darker and thicker. Available in a range of colours and coming in various forms, some of which are waterproof, curling, added volume or length. An essential product for your make up bag!
A metal tool with rubber pads used to press the upper lashes into a curled shape. It is possible to get battery operated ones which gently heat to add longevity to the curl.
A procedure performed by a qualified Beautician which involves applying a solution to the upper lashes which softens the hair. The lashes are then wrapped in a foam roller and set. The curled lashes can last a couple of months.
A procedure performed by a qualified Beautician, lashes and brows can be dyed using tint. When mixed with an oxidant the tint becomes active. Available in many shades to suit hair and complexion. Blue black is the most popular colour for lashes as it has more depth than black. The tint can last 3-4 weeks.
Once applied it appears to look like a flexible coating of mascara that is smudge proof and waterproof. Made of a medically approved grade adhesive which is mixed with plant-based fibres adding volume, length and curl to lashes to tint lashes prior to application if your lashes are fair for an even effect. The resulting lashes last 3-4 weeks
False Eyelashes aka Falsies
Generally designed and used for one day. Available in strips or clusters and are applied with temporary eyelash adhesive. They are available in hundreds of styles from the natural to the outrageous. Most suited to special occasions or photo shoots. Due to the temporary nature they are not waterproof.
A procedure performed by a qualified Beautician, application involves lashes being individually applied one by one to your natural eyelashes with medically approved adhesive. The process can take 1–2 hours and as a result you will have fuller, longer lashes with no need for mascara. This effect works well with a lash tint if your lashes are lighter than the extension. If cared for correctly they can last 4 weeks with regular touch-ups you can have gorgeous lashes constantly.
Which Lash Extension?
Individual lash extensions come in a variety of materials, lengths, curls and thickness.
Acrylic: These lashes are made of resilient shiny fibre which is always thicker at the base and tapers to a narrow tip. Acrylic is coarser than natural lashes meaning the finished effect is dramatic and false looking. Acrylic lashes are available in various thickness and lengths.
Silk: Softer than acrylic, these lashes feel like silk however are actually synthetic. These are the most popular lash on the market due to their lighter and softer feel and look. They bond better than acrylic with the natural lash while sill adding a dramatic look. Silk lashes are available in various thickness and lengths.
Mink: These lashes are available in 2 forms. The synthetic is very light and similar to the silk lashes. The second variety is made from 100% Siberian pure mink which is harvested from mink tails (this doesn’t hurt the animal). The tail is brushed, hairs collected and cleaned before being produced into a lash. This lash is the most versatile and natural looking lash on the market and can be expensive. As they are a natural hair they will last longer and bond easily to your natural lash. Mascara will need to be applied once the lashes are adhered.
You can use a combination of Acrylic and Silk lashes for various effects.
Cats Eye: Longer lashes on the outside corner gradually getting shorter towards the inside of the eye.
Wide Eye: Longer lashes in the middle of the eye
Fuller Eye: Use 2 different length lashes alternatively across the whole eye
Different curls to achieve your desired look
J Curl: Most natural to human eyelashes
B Curl: Slightly curlier than J
C Curl: Curlier than B. Curl upward to give a wide eye effect.
D Curl: Super curly and most dramatic. Be prepared to stand out!
Things You Should Know
While it may seem like a no-brainer to get extensions if you’re craving longer lashes, there are a lot of things you should know before you book an appointment.
First off, it’s definitely a time and money commitment and you will need to maintain the extensions returning to your Beautician to get them touched up on a regular basis. If you have thin lashes or not very many lashes you will not achieve the desired effect. An extension can only be applied to the natural eyelash, not to the skin.
Will they mess up your natural lashes? possibly…eyelash extensions are associated with ocular conditions like conjunctivitis (itchiness and redness), swollen eyelids, and losing natural lashes. If you have concerns speak to a qualified Beautician.
Ultimately, there are many lash enhancement options available and you need to work out if you are happy to simply apply mascara, apply a false lash for a night out or extensions if it’s something you are willing to invest in the upkeep of (like false nails).
You need to decide how much time and money you are willing and able to invest as there are many options available!