Read this before you get that eyelash extension

FOR the uninitiated, seeing someone pull out their eyelash extension for the first time can come as a huge shock. But this beauty method is not something that should be feared.

Not only does it shorten your makeup step, eyelash extension also helps give you that effortless luscious look. That being said, we understand that getting an extension for the first time can be a scary thought. 

Here are some things to take note of about eyelash extensions before you take that leap of faith and step into the salon.

All about customisation 

There’s plenty of liberty when it comes to choosing the look and feel of your extension. First up is determining the material — whether synthetic, mink or silk. The cheaper option would typically be synthetic ones, with the pricing rising in tandem with quality of material. As for designs,  there is an array of options for every look under the sun — be it natural or sexy. Other things to consider are the type of curl, density and length of the lashes.

Making it long-lasting

Eyelash extensions, when done professionally and in a correct manner, can last from between 8 to 12 weeks. While getting it done at a good salon can ensure a quality finish, aftercare is just as important. A good upkeep will generally make those extensions last longer and save from frequent repeat trips to the salon.

Can your lash get wet?

The general rule of thumb is to avoid coming into contact with water (or any moisture for that matter) in the first 24 hours after fixing them. Keeping your newly minted lash will help the glue to dry off well, which in turn extends its durability. Thereafter, you can afford to come into contact with water. In fact, you should clean the lash line every now and then to avoid dirt and germs from piling up. Granted it will reduce durability — but hygiene comes first!

Thank you for not plucking 

It may be tempting, but please do not pluck your lash extension. We repeat: DO NOT! In the event that you do, it will hurt — real bad. Another con is that you might also risk pulling out your natural lashes. Whenever you need removal or retouching, get them done by a professional please.

The deal with oil

When you got yourself that brand new lash, you should consider the fact that you will be parting ways with oil-based cleansing products for as long as those extensions stand. Using an oil-based cleanser or makeup remover poses the risk of disrupting the adhesive nature of the glue that holds those lashes together. In fact, you probably won’t need an eye makeup remover anyway. More will be explained in the point below.

What’s extensions gotta do with makeup? 

The answer to that is up to two less steps in your daily eye makeup. Getting an eyelash extension removes the need to use mascara and eyeliner. What this means is that you will probably need to change up eye makeup application too to cater to the shape and look of those extensions.