They’re semi-permanent falsies, which are hand-glued to the top of your actual lashes. "With classic extensions, individual lashes are applied 1-on-1 to your natural lashes to add depth and length," explains Law. "You can also go for hybrid lashes, which involve applying multiple extensions to a single lash to create the illusion of more lashes in that area," she adds.
What’s the process?
First, you’ll choose your shape, curl and length for your desired effect. The longer and more curled, the more dramatic they’ll appear. Your first appointment could take anywhere between an hour and a half to two hours, depending upon the look you’re going for. You’ll lie down on a table with your eyes closed and a technician will apply silicone patches underneath each eye to keep bottom lashes out of the way. They’ll then fuse each of the extensions to the base of your own hairs, one by one.
What’s the upkeep?
You’ll have to go back in for a fill every two to four weeks, depending on how skilled your technician is and how careful you are with your eyes. To make them last, avoid steam or water for the first 24 hours and keep any oil-based makeup (and skincare products) off your lids and lash line, which could break down the adhesive and cause them to fall off faster.
Pros and Cons of Eyelash Extensions:
First, the pros: “Whether prefer a more natural look or like to go all-out glam, extensions can really elevate your lashes and put your eyes center stage,” shares Law. Similar to lash lifts, extensions can save time when you’re getting ready and can last up to a month when cared for properly.
Now, the cons: On that note, lash extensions do typically require more maintenance than lash lifts. To keep them at their fullest, most people get fresh infills every 2 to 3 weeks, so be prepared for more frequent trips to the salon.