Everything You Need to Know About Lash Extensions

Sunday, 28 January 2018

        Lashes. Those tiny hairs lining our eyelids that we all wish we had a little bit more of. It's crazy how much of an impact lashes have to your overall look. And for a lot of my fellow asians out there, let's face it. We aren't blessed with the longest and fullest of lashes. That's why I absolutely love lash extensions! Lash extensions make your no-makeup face look like it has makeup on. The extensions can darken the lining of your eyelids, making it look like you have larger and more defined eyes. What normally takes me 45 minutes, turns into a 15 minute makeup routine. Imagine what you could do with that extra 30 minutes every morning!

       However, that being said, lash extensions are a commitment and you should know what you're getting yourself into! There are a lot of people who want lash extensions but don't know much about it/want to learn more. So, I decided to make this post a Q&A, featuring the talented and skilled lash technician who did my lashes this time: Jenny Du. 

       Here's a little background info on Jenny. Jenny took a classic lash course in Toronto, and then travelled to London, England to pursue advanced education. There, she became a certified advanced lash technician and has been in the lash industry for 2 years now. 

Alright, so let's get started with some FAQs! 

Just for reference, the lashes I got were 6/7D Russian Volume, length of 9-14mm, CC curl. 

Natural lashes

One eye with extensions

Both eyes with extensions


Q: How long do lash extensions last?
A: Your extensions last depending on the adhesive used. I can't speak for other technicians, but for my glue, my clients' lashes usually last from 3-4 weeks with proper care. It also depends on the volume of your lashes, because the more you have, the more you can afford to lose. 

Q: Can I wear makeup while having lash extensions?
A: Yes, you can definitely wear makeup with extensions on. Just as long as they are not waterproof cosmetic products, because these are harder to remove and can get stuck between your lashes. Waterproof makeup usually require oil-based makeup remover, and oil-based products can't be used with extensions. 

Q: Can I wear mascara?
A: It depends on the material of the lashes. I know some places let their clients use mascara, or a special type of mascara. But I believe it's mostly mink or classic lashes. For the way I do extensions, I highly suggest clients not to use mascara because there are multiple lash extensions fanning out from one lash. So, when you apply mascara, it can form clumps. Also, I use silk lashes and mascara should be avoided for this kind of material. 

Q: What's the best way to remove makeup?
A: As mentioned above, do not use oil-based makeup remover. You can use makeup wipes to remove face makeup, but avoid the eyes. The wipes can tug on the lashes and pull them out. Also, do not use Q tips! They will get caught and tug on lashes. Instead, you can use a cloth dipped in non-oil makeup remover to carefully remove the makeup around your eyes!

Q: How do I take care of my lash extensions?
A: Do not take a shower/get your lashes wet for the first 24 hours after getting extensions. After the 24 hours, you should clean your lashes every day.  To wash your lashes, you need a soft eyeshadow brush and lash cleanser (a good one is Chrissanthie), or alternatively you can use tear-free baby shampoo. With baby shampoo, make it foam and then using the eyeshadow brush, gently wipe your lashes with shampoo. Then, gently rinse the shampoo off with water (make sure the water isn't hot because hot water can make your lashes fall off easier). After rinsing, gently dry your lashes using a fan/hair dryer on low pressure, cold air. Hold the dryer under your eyelashes, facing upwards so the lashes get blown upward. Using a spoolie, gently brush your lashes in an upward twisting motion (see below photo), to keep the curl. Cleaning your lashes is extremely important because it prevents infection and clumping. 

Q: Is there something else we can use instead of baby shampoo?
A: Face wash that doesn't contain oil or fragrances can work too. It is going very near your eyes, so the less chemicals the better. 

Q: How can I get my lashes to stay on as long as possible?
A: Avoid all oil-based products. Avoid saunas. Avoid hot water. Don't sleep on your stomach, and try sleeping on your back to avoid pillow contact on your eyes. Avoid rubbing your eyes. Clean your lashes. Properly remove makeup. 

And that's about it! Hopefully we covered most/all of the questions you had regarding eyelash extensions. If you have any other questions, drop a comment down below or message Jenny Du on Instagram @jdu_londonlashes.

Here are some photos of me wearing only foundation and a bit of eyeshadow!! No mascara or eyeliner was used. 

Love, Lena

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