Makeup Monday: My First Lash Extensions

1. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer / 2. Urban Decay Naked Foundation / 3. Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer / 4. MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Blush Ombre in “Kindergarten Red” / 5. Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in “Luminous”  / 6. MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Lipstick in “Tenor Voice” / 7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil in “Dark Brown” / 8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade Waterproof Brow Color in “Soft Brown”

(Flower crown by Little Dame)

Lash extensions are such a polarizing topic: everyone I talk to either worships at their altar or adamantly dismisses them. Being that most of the latter point to it diminishing the natural lash in length and volume, I felt like I had nothing to lose (except the money, of course). My lashes are short, thin, and tragically straight. I usually don’t even bother with mascara, because it shows nothing. They won’t hold a curl for more than a few minutes, no matter what I do. In fact, they’re so straight, they actually slant downward.

Now, I’m the type of person who will talk and talk about wanting to get something done while simultaneously putting it off (like getting Invisalign – which has been so worth it), so it’s no surprise that I did the same thing with lash extensions. I’ll research and bookmark and take notes and get super obsessive about it, and then just find a reason not to do it. I don’t know what made me finally take the plunge – there was no special occasion or event involved – but I made an appointment at Bling Lash and gave it a shot. If you’ve never had lash extensions before, there are a bajillion different options that will make the whole thing very confusing and overwhelming, if you’re really bad at making decisions (like I can be) and don’t have someone walking you through the process. There are different types of curls, different shapes, different materials, widths, lengths. I went with a very modest look (natural shape, synthetic mink, 10 mm length) , to dip my toes in the lash extension pond. But when asked what type of curl I wanted, I couldn’t remember which was which and I panicked, like a weirdo! I ended up with the J curl (natural curve), and I realized that I should have gone with the B curl (curled), since my lashes are so straight. Without that extra curl, the lashes are still not as visible as I would like. So, would I try it again? Absolutely. But I might go for a little more flutter, next time.

Have you tried lash extensions? What are your thoughts?

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  1. Julie says:

    Hi Keiko, wondering if there’s been any updates since this post regarding lash extensions. I saw another post where you mention that you were on your second one but not much information other than that. Are you still keeping them? How long do they last for you? I got them a couple years ago for a Hawaii trip and swore I’ll never get them again since they tore out my natural lashes, I couldn’t rub my eyes with the salt water in them, etc. After a couple years later…I recently got them AGAIN. It’s been two weeks since and I think about like third or more has fallen out and I was told to go back after week 3. Do they last that short for you, too? Do you do anything to try to keep them longer? How do you deal with trying to not have them fall out and having eye make-up? I have literally had my liquid eyeliner (even though I was told not to wear these…why not though?) from last weekend still on my eyes because I haven’t been trying to wipe them off vigorously. Sorry that I’m commenting on a post that’s so old. Thanks!!

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      I’ve been meaning to do a follow up post…I need to remember to document my next ones! It really depends on a few things: 1) the lash technician, 2) the aftercare, and 3) what lashes you get. I have short, straight lashes and was worried they’d be too weak for the synthetic mink, but now that I’ve found two go-to lash technicians and the right lashes (I get a c-curl 11-12 mm in a “natural” shape) for me, they usually last about a month. However, I try not to wear any makeup when I have the lashes on. That’s really why I get them in the first place, to reduce the time and effort of putting on makeup. I like to just be able to wake up, shower and go! The more you mess with the lashes or use oil based removers, the weaker you’ll make the bond (or worse, risk pulling out your own lashes). So just be very careful when you’re removing your liner. I still prefer oil based removers, if I’m wearing makeup, because it does the job most efficiently…it’s better than rubbing them and pulling off your lashes. Just try not to wear too much makeup when you have the extensions on. If you want more drama, see if you can get fuller or longer extensions, next time!