I think, at the moment, every other girl on my Instagram wears lash extensions or is a lash tech. It’s a trend that’s been around since the mid-00’s, but has recently boomed with courses becoming more accessible and lashes becoming more affordable for a good set.
As you may have seen in my previous post about lash tinting, my eyelashes are usually incredibly fair, making them appear even shorter. I wanted some long, fluffy lashes for my holiday, so that I didn’t have to put mascara on every day, and could look somewhat human without makeup on.
My friend and former dance-mate Dina recently qualified as a lash tech, so I booked in ready for my annual trip to Newquay. Dina, who works under the name Dina’s Divas, is a mobile tech, meaning she could come to my house with her kit so that I didn’t even have to leave my bed (literally.)
To prep for my lashes, I didn’t wear any mascara for 48 hours before so that my lashes were completely clean. This meant that Dina could get straight into applying the lashes, saving a bit of time.
Some tips I hear a lot of lash techs say are:
- Don’t wear makeup to your appointment – residue could result in adhesive not bonding properly
- Shower before your appointment – you won’t be able to get your lashes wet for at least 24 hours
- Remove contact lenses prior to appointment
- Go to the loo before you start – you don’t want to eat into precious application time because you need a wee
After Dina had cleansed my lashes and applied the pads that would stop my lashes sticking together, she started the application process. She used Pretty Pink Minx individual lashes alongside Blink BL Advanced Glue which is a low-fume glue to prevent stinging and make the session more relaxing.
It took around an hour and a half from start to finish for Dina to apply my lashes. I expected there to be some discomfort, however there was none at all, and I could barely feel Dina applying each lash.
Here’s how my lashes looked after the extensions:
The most important part of making your lashes last and looking gorgeous is down to aftercare.
Here are the main ways to keep them fresh and fluffy:
- Don’t wet for 24 hours – this gives the glue chance to properly dry
- Sleep on your back (like a Disney Princess) – this will stop lashes rubbing against your pillow
- Brush, Brush, Brush – you have to brush your lashes regularly. Good times include when you wake up, after applying makeup, after showering and before bed
- Keep your lash brush clean
- Don’t wear mascara on your extensions – this will stop them getting dirty and breaking down the glue. It’ll also prevent them going clumpy. Similarly, don’t use lash curlers as it adds stress and tension to the lashes and will stop them lasting as long
- Don’t wear strip lashes – whyyyy pay so much money to have beautiful extensions to then apply cheap strips on top? Having glue residue from strips on your lashes makes infills a lot harder for your tech. They may even turn you away or insist on a full removal/full set application
- Use oil-free products – oil is your worst enemy. It’s the main reason your lashes won’t last. Use oil-free products where possible. Some people swear by Johnson’s baby shampoo, followed by blow drying your lashes
- Don’t pick at them – Don’t try to remove your lashes yourself, so don’t pick at them or pull them. Techs recommend an infill every 2-3 weeks, or soaking them off properly
My lashes have been on for a week now, and are still looking super full and fluffy despite being down by the sea and wearing makeup every day. I don’t think I’ll be addicted to lashes, but they’re definitely going to be something I consider for occassions and holidays to make my life a little easier.