Lashes for Everyday Wear
Eyelash extensions are a popular beauty trend for obvious reasons. They’re stylish, luxe and can give your eyes the full Hollywood glam look you’ve been wanting. Many women wear lash extensions for a variety of reasons. Whether you just want to have eyelashes that make your eyes pop or you're tired of putting on mascara every day, there's a style of eyelash extensions for you.
If you've never tried wearing eyelash enhancements, you might have a lot of questions. We hear it from women pretty often. "Are these safe to wear? Do they hurt? Is it bad for your eyes to put on these extensions? How do you do it? What do I need to know?" Much like any beauty routine, there are many different aspects you want to know about before you take the plunge and we understand.
That's why we've gathered all the information you need to know about lash enhancements here. We did our best to answer all of your questions. Have some peace of mind in knowing you've educated yourself on the process of putting on eyelash enhancements, the different supplies you'll need and how to care for your enhancements to make them last. Read below to get the full scoop on wearing eyelash extensions.
What Are Eyelash Enhancements?
If you've never purchased eyelash enhancements before, you may have some misconceptions about what they are and how they work. There are two types of false eyelash enhancements: individual lashes, frequently called eyelash extensions or individuals and false eyelash sets, frequently called falsies or strips.
Individual Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent and meant to last for several weeks. Each individual eyelash receives its own extension, affixed by glue. They often are used to fill in your own lash for a more natural look than the eyelashes you buy from the store.
Eyelash Strips or Falsies
Then you have the bold and vivacious false lash extensions. This lash comes in a set of two and provides the drama and flare of a Hollywood Diva. These come in different styles or shapes.
What Are False Eyelashes Made Of?
When you receive eyelash enhancements, there are two types to choose from. There are synthetic eyelash enhancements and mink lash enhancements. Typically, synthetic eyelashes are the most common type used and are the most affordable. Real mink eyelash enhancements are soft and give your eyelashes a fluttery, natural look. They also often last longer than synthetic enhancements as they are much more lightweight.
Keep in mind, you can choose between having individual eyelash extensions attached, or you may have full eyelash strips done. What you choose will often affect the way your lashes look.
How Are Eyelash Enhancements Applied?
There are a variety of application methods for attaching eyelash enhancements. Later in this section, I’ll share my easy fail-proof method for applying strip lashes that you can do in under a minute.
If you'll be doing your own lashes, you'll need to choose the glue that works best for you. Most lash glue is hypoallergenic to ensure that you do not have to worry about irritation or allergic reaction. However, there are two primary glue colors that you will need to choose from, black or white.
You'll often find yourself having to choose between whether you're going to use white (or clear) eyelash glue versus dark, black eyelash glue. The selection you make depends on the outcome you’re looking for. Black glue holds better and offers a more secure attachment. White glue dries clear and is better suited to lighter colored lashes.
Tips for Attaching Eyelash Enhancements
Once you've selected your glue, you'll be ready to attach your lashes. You'll likely want to do so with tweezers or the included lash applicator in your lash extension kit. Apply your glue to the base of the extension and then place your lash, being careful to attach it slowly to avoid clumping.
Make sure you don't use too much glue, as it can cause your lashes to look clumpy or connect to nearby lashes, which can cause breakage. If you have relatively short lashes, and don't want to go for a dramatic look try using lashes of all one size to get an even, natural application.
Strips or Falsies
When using eyelash strips or falsies, you'll want to make sure that you attach them as close as possible to your lashline. When you attach these lashes, make sure you attach the appropriate style for your eye shape and desired amount of flare. You'll want to research the type of style you want, as well as what matches best with your face shape and hair. If you need help choosing the right eyelash strip for your eye, we have four glamorous styles to choose from in the shop. Each style was selectively handcrafted so you can dazzle like a Hollywood Diva.
Fail-Proof Quick Application
Some women worry that they can’t apply their strip lashes correctly but with my Connect the Dots method, application is quick, easy and painless. Every woman from the novice to the sophisticated diva can do it themselves with a mirror and an applicator brush. Apply a small amount of glue to the strip lash using the applicator brush. Then add three dots of glue to your lash line. One on the outer corner of your eyelash, one in the center and one on the inside. Attach your strip lash to your eyelash line by connecting the dots on your eye to the lash. Easy, right?
Caring for Your Falsies
Falsies should be taken off at the end of a diva’s day. Make sure when you take off your eyelash strips that you mold them back on the eye shapes in the lashbox to store them and keep them safe. This ensures that you can get the maximum number of wears from your lashes. The lashes from the Vivid Glam Diva collection are real mink and can be worn up to 25 times with the proper care and maintenance.
Potential Irritation from Eyelash Enhancements
If you are allergic to the glue you're using, you may experience irritation and redness of the eye. If you notice that you get glue in your eyes or you are having problems as a result of your false eyelashes, wash your eyes with eye drops. After doing this, if the irritation continues or gets worse over the course of the next 24 hours, you should see an eye doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are eyelash enhancements safe to wear?
Absolutely! They are perfectly safe to wear and, when applied and removed properly, do not damage your natural eyelashes.
Can you use hair glue instead of lash glue?
We advise against doing this, as hair glue is often much harsher. Hair glue may contain harsh chemicals that can damage the eyes if they are directly exposed. It also can clog pores and cause eye infections.
Can you wear makeup with eyelash enhancements?
Yes, wearing makeup isn't a problem. If you intend to wear mascara, apply a small amount to the end of your lash enhancements to get a bold and dramatic look. If you're going for a more glamorous look, you might find that a thickening mascara applied lightly to the lashes will make them stand out. For a nice and natural look, however, you likely won't need any additional makeup at all. Keep in mind that oil-based makeups and makeup removers, however, may cause the glue in your lashes to disintegrate, so be careful.
What are some common problems you can experience with eyelash extensions?
As a makeup artist, there are a few problems we see that occur due to eyelash enhancements. Most often, individuals who have brittle and short lashes may damage their natural lashes by incorrectly applying them, causing breakage. Additionally, lashes that are attached to multiple eyelashes can cause clumping and make lashes appear somewhat messy. The third issue we frequently encounter is letting the lash glue dry. Getting them damp, whether due to extreme humidity, exercise, or frequent face washing, can cause the lashes to come off as the glue has not had time to fully dry and set. Customers often get upset because their lashes come detached, so remember - wait at least 24 hours before you get your lashes wet!
Ready Glam Up Your Mask?
Wearing a mask every day protects us from contracting COVID. Thanks, masks! Masks are also transforming the way we think about beauty by making us look outside of the box to achieve soft glam looks. Instead of relying on a full face we only have the natural beauty of our eyes to smile. Smize with your eyes by grabbing your favorite style from the shop. Each pair is named for a Hollywood Diva that embodied the air of style and sophistication in her own unique way.