Eyelash extensions are one of the hottest trends at the moment, with the process allowing you to go full glam with minimal effort each day.
However, getting your lashes done can be a pretty costly venture - especially given the lifespan of the look.
So in order to maximise your lash gains, we spoke to Claire Hudson from The Lash Studio in Sydney.
Here are 13 things you need to know in order to get the most out of your look.
- Eyelash extensions have roughly a three week lifespan, but can last anywhere from three to six weeks. Normally, at the two-to-three week mark, clients are encouraged to return to the salon for infils to keep the set looking lush.
- In most cases, synthetic mink lashes are applied.
- Clients are advised to avoid using oil-based products, as this can weaken the glue.
- The area around the eye should be kept dry for at least 24 hours after application to ensure that the glue sets properly.
- Infection or irritation can occur if the client tries to pull out the lashes and their hands are unclean.
- The process takes approximately 1.5 hours, depending on the type of lashes being applied.
- Individual lashes are applied to the eyelid on either side of the natural lash, with as many as 200 lashes applied for the 2D lash look.
- 2D lashes refers to the number of lashes applied for each real lash.
- Lashes can become tangled, so brushing is a good way to ensure the integrity of the look.
- Less is more when it comes to applying the glue adhesive - too much can cause serious eye irritation. The technician applying the lashes should do a patch test to ensure that you're not allergic to the glue before applying.
- It is very important to keep the area clean to make sure that it does not become infected.
- The lashes will fall out naturally, or can be removed using a special oil treatment at the salon. If you pull at the fake lashes, it is likely that you will also remove the natural lashes nearby.
- As the time wears on following the procedure, your natural eyelashes will grow out. It is likely that the eyelash extensions will attach to the natural lashes as they grow out, so it is important to make sure that you don't tug on the extensions.
To give you an idea of how the look wears over time, here is a time lapse over several weeks.
One week later
Two weeks later
Three weeks later