Lash enhancements: What are the options?

Posted on Mar 20 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark
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We look at false lashes, lash lifts and lash extensions.

Most women when asked will tell you they cannot live without mascara. When something can make you look, and feel, more awake (and generally better in yourself), enhance those gorgeous eyes and give you fuller, longer lashes, it’s not hard to see why. It is a key beauty ingredient that would be difficult to be without.

Over the past 5 or so years, mascara alone is no longer enough. What first started with a little enhancement for nights out has now turned into something you can’t live without. In the quest for more volume, length and colour, we look at the options for enhancing your lashes.

False lashes

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We’re talking the ones you can buy in Boots or Superdrug and are the lashes that you glue on. These are one use only, but the price can reflect this. Although they take a little getting used to, applying them we mean, there are so many variations and styles, you can get the desired look relatively easily.

The downside is, the glue can sometimes let you down and you MUST take them off at the end of the day/night, as this can lead to infections.

Lash lift

A lash lift is about using what god gave you and enhancing it just a little bit. The treatment entails using a perm like solution to lift and curl the lashes upwards to help them look fuller, longer and give you that gorgeous curl that can be so hard to achieve otherwise.

Your therapist will also apply a tint so it’s like your wearing mascara all the time. The results last for around 6 weeks, if you take care of them and are brilliant for holidays, parties and every day. If you want more dramatic lashes, you can still apply mascara on top too.

For the first 24 hours, you cannot get the eyelashes wet, otherwise they’ll not hold.

The cost of the treatment will vary from between £35-£50, it takes around 45 minutes to an 1hr to complete and will last around 6 weeks, but you may be lucky and get 8 out of them.

Eyelash Extensions

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Eyelash extensions entails attaching, with a specialist adhesive, synthetic or natural fibres to your existing eyelashes to enhance the length, volume and curl. There are many different variations out there, depending on your desired look and style.

A full set of eyelash extensions (meaning lashes all along the upper lash line) will take around 2 hours to complete and cost between £75 and £100 in most salons (if you know someone that does it from home though, they’ll likely be a lot cheaper). These too can last between 6 and 8 weeks but to keep the fuller look, you’ll need to book in for infills every 3-4 weeks which will cost around £20-£50 per visit.

In terms of care, you can’t get them wet or be in extreme differences of temperature for at least 24 hours to allow the adhesive to work fully. Additionally, it’s best to steer clear of oil-based products which can diminish the effects and cause lashes to fall out. There are also some cases where humidity and sweat can cause the adhesive to wear fast too so be careful in humid climates. Finally, when you want them taken off, do not do it yourself. Book in to have them professionally removed as you’ll only likely be pulling your own lashes off with them.

We hope that helps give a quick summarisation on the type of lash extensions available. Do you have a preference when it comes to lash extensions and any top tips for our fellow readers? We’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment below.

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