tips & tricks – eyelash extensions

Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are such a great way of feeling & looking glam with just waking up and not having to do anything on a day-to-day basis.  You basically wake up looking like you put on mascara, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

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For a number of years, they’ve definitely taken off & continue to do so. Eyelash extensions are high maintenance and a commitment, which can determine whether you like them or not. Some people like to have them all the time, while others prefer for special events or occasions. When thinking about making an appointment, it’s good to find out all the information that they entail. All in all, eyelash extensions are amazing, once you follow the guidelines provided & take good care of them.

Applying them is quite an intricate process that can take up to approximately 2 hours. Why? Because I’m attaching synthetic/ mink lashes to your natural lashes, INDIVIDUALLY.
I like to lay it all out there, because if you’re going to spend that time & money, it’s pretty important that you take care of them.

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Your natural lashes grow in cycles so that when you have eyelash extensions on, they will fall off when your natural lashes fall out – something you wouldn’t necessarily notice as much without the extensions.
I can’t express enough how important it is to follow guidelines. The #1 guideline is NO pulling, picking or rubbing.  It’s a mistake that would cost you. Basically, the glue used to attach your extensions is really strong, helping them to last between 4 -6 weeks. So if you pull, pick or rub, it’s likely that you’ll end up pulling out your own natural lashes, defeating the whole purpose.
You’ll have to skip saunas as the steam in there will ease/ lift the glue and your extensions will come off quicker than planned for.
Having eyelash extensions, makes you look like you already have on mascara, but naturally. However, some beauties might like a little more UMPH & add some mascara on top, which is fine once it’s not waterproof. Waterproof makeup, requires you using a makeup remover containing oils which like saunas will ease/ lift the glue used. Needless to say, no oils should be used on the extensions for the same reason and you should be gentle when taking off makeup.

Another key point, something I’ve noticed in the past, is when my clients have been put on antibiotics because they’re sick, their natural lashes fall out a bit more quickly, so keep this in mind when booking your appointments.

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Once you commit to eyelash extensions, in order to maintain them, you have to book refills, bearing in mind that the longer you wait, the more it’ll usually cost.

If you do have eyelash extensions but you want to get them off, my advice would be to contact your eyelash extension specialist and book an appointment, as it’s not wise to try and take them off yourself.  DO. NOT. PULL.

Follow your guidelines beauties & flutter on!