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What Are Eyelash Extensions And How Are They Applied?

Are you one of the many people asking yourself "Exactly what are eyelash extensions?"

Unfortunately, we all weren’t blessed with long, thick, beautiful eyelashes. We pile on tons of mascara to only end up with clumpy, spider eyes. So not cute. Luckily, we live in a world where eyelash extensions are now a thing. Great! Now we can have the lashes we’ve always dreamed of however many people aren't actually sure what eyelash extensions are or how they are applied so we've compiled a ton of information that will help you find your answers and a clear description to help you choose your best style and join the eyelash extension phenomenon.

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes in order to make your lash fringe look longer, fuller, and darker. Individual lash extensions are applied to each of your individual natural eyelashes (one extension per natural eyelash) as well as custom made lash fans combined and attached using a semi-permanent glue. The material varies from studio to studio, but lash extensions can be made of synthetic, mink, faux mink, or silk fibers. Most studios offer a variety of materials, extension lengths, volumes, and curls so every clients look can be customized for their desired look.

How are eyelash extensions applied?

The entire process takes anywhere from 1.5 -3 hrs depending on the style you choose and the expertise and experience of your eyelash technician.

Your technician will first ask you to fill out an information form that will ask about any allergies you may have that could prevent you from being able to tolerate the extensions or glue prior to the application process. If you have contacts you will need to remove them before the procedure begins.

Your technician will then lie you down on the table and will cleanse the area to remove any makeup, oil, and germs from the area. It’s helpful to your artist if you arrive makeup-free to your appointment.

Your eyelash application process will begin by your technician applying an under-eye gel to your lower lash line to keep your lower lashes out of the way, the eye gels will be secured with medical-grade tape on both sides of the eye. Next your lash artist will dip the end of each extension in the lash glue and then apply it to your individual lash. In most cases, one eyelash extension is applied per natural lash, however, more voluminous looks can require multiple extensions per individual natural lash such as 2D-8D. The application is completely pain free and you should be able to relax and even nap during the process.

The lash glue dries very quickly. Most lash artists like to use a small, handheld fan pointed at your extensions to speed up the drying time. During this stage, your eyes are still closed.

Once your lashes are completely dry, your lash artist will remove the under-eye gels and tape. Once removed, your lash artist will likely brush through the lashes with a eyelash brush.

That is it! You now have beautiful lashes.


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