Imagine a world in which you wake up in the morning, swipe on some blush or lip gloss, and head out the door looking as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as if you spent hours on your makeup. This is the reality of those who swear by eyelash extensions and tinting. A morning routine where eyelash curlers and mascara have gone the way of the dinosaurs doesn’t sound too bad, and an evening that doesn’t involve makeup removers and endless cotton swabs can’t be beat. But what should you know before you decide to follow in other’s faux-lashed footsteps? Here are some answers to the most common questions.
By Candice Graham
How do extensions stay on? Each individual lash is dipped into an adhesive and then attached to your existing natural lashes one by one. This process lengthens lashes and also makes them appear fuller and thicker. Applying a full set can take up to a couple of hours, so make sure you have plenty of time.
How long do they last? Eyelash extensions typically last for a full growth cycle of your natural lashes (about a month or more). They’ll eventually shed on their own, so there’s no need to pick at them or try to remove them yourself.
What about my natural lashes? If applied correctly by a professional, extensions shouldn’t harm your natural lashes. Just try not to rub or pull at the extensions, as this can cause natural lash loss or damage.
After getting extensions, you can prolong the life of your new lashes by avoiding:
• anything that wets your eyelashes, especially 24-48 hours after application
• eye makeup, especially waterproof mascara
• sleeping on your face (if possible)
• rubbing your eyes
• eyelash curlers
How does eyelash tinting work? If you were born with blonde lashes, you’ve probably spent years trying to find the perfect mascara to make them look dark and prominent. Eyelash tinting gives your natural lashes the same definition, but it lasts far longer because it uses dye – dye that can even be matched to coordinate with your hair and skin tone for a truly natural look. Want an even more dramatic look? Use your regular mascara over tinted lashes for a thicker appearance.
How long does the tint stay on? Once it’s applied, your eyelashes should stay pigmented with the tint for around four to six weeks. The tint shouldn’t run with water or sweat, and it doesn’t require any maintenance until your next appointment.
Is eyelash tinting safe? While there have been instances of rashes or swelling, and the FDA does not condone the practice, horror stories are rare. If your tinting is done by an experienced aesthetician, you should be fine. Take out contacts during the procedure, and have some eye drops on hand if you have sensitive eyes.
After tinting, you can make the color last by avoiding:
• oil-based moisturizers, cleaners, and wipes – these can dissolve the tint faster
• exfoliating alpha hydroxy and glycolic acid cleansers – these can strip the color