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7 Things You Need To Know Before Extending Your Eyelashes

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There are some Basic things You Need To Know before getting (and totally falling for) eyelash extensions:

1. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are way different from temporary strip or individual lashes. Semi-permanent ones are applied by hand one lash at a time by a technician who glues extensions on top of your actual lashes, according to an eyelashes extension technician who has more than 12 years of experience. They can last for six to eight weeks with proper care and remain on your natural lashes until they naturally fall out, as all lashes do.

2. Eyelash extensions aren’t a one-size-fits-all-eyes situation. After you decide to get extensions, you have to make a whole lot of other decisions, beginning with the lash material, such as mink, silk, or some other kind of synthetic. (Mink is usually pricier, feels softer, and looks more natural; however, some synthetics, which are highly customizable, can also look and feel natural and end up costing as much as or more than mink.) Then, you’ll have to pick your density (more lashes create a fuller look); curl (the steeper the slope, the more dramatic the effect); and length (a matter of personal preference, really).

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3. The longer the extensions, the more lashes you’ll probably need. Super-long lashes appear to spread as they extend away from your lid, which can make them look less full than your natural lashes. It’s why I thought my first set looked sparse and spidery, so I went back to my technician two days before my wedding to get 30 more lashes per eye at $0.50 a piece. But when I opted for slightly shorter extensions the second time around, I got away with purchasing fewer of them.

4. You have to lay low for at least 12 hours after application. Most technicians will tell you not to sweat, cry, swim, or wash your face for at least 12 hours after getting extensions to give the glue a chance to dry. When glue doesn’t dry, it can dissolve and invade your eyes, or vaporize in response to your body temperature,These scenarios can trigger eye redness and irritation that’s unflattering and uncomfortable.

5. Extensions are expensive and time-consuming to maintain. While extensions are typically dramatic enough to give you the same effect as mascara, which isn’t recommended for use on top of extensions because it can damage them, don’t kid yourself into thinking extensions will save you money on makeup in the long run. A basic set (typically 70 to 80 lashes per eye) can put you back at least N1000, but upwards of N4000 for application by the most experienced technicians. And then you also have to tip. Plus, the entire experience can take up to two hours.

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6. Extensions make everyday eye makeup pretty much unnecessary. When you first get extensions, I will definitely know they’d stand in for mascara, but won’t realize that the base of each extension would create the illusion of eyeliner too. You’ve never worn a ton of makeup during the day, but  you stopped wearing eye makeup altogether.

7. They get in the way when you do want to wear eyeliner (or remove it). When special occasions have called for more of a dramatic makeup look, I’ve found it incredibly difficult to apply basic eyeliner. The exaggerated angle of the lashes can block your view, making it hard to see where the liner is going. And because rubbing your eyes can loosen natural lashes, removing eye makeup with cotton pads or oil-based wipes can wreak havoc on your lush falsies, accidentally pulling them out or dissolving the glue. P.S. If you do need to apply a full-on eye and eventually remove it at the end of the night, use oil-free pads and gently swipe downward to take the makeup off.

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