My eyelashes are too long- said no women ever.
When just using mascara for your eye flutterers doesn’t cut it, and you want something more for that extra Oomph, false eyelashes are your answer. A pair of falsies can instantly amplify your overall look.
These semi-permanent eyelashes are your solution to looking glam, wham, and classic goddamn. Waking up like a diva was never this easy.
But if you are a first-timer in the field of extension, false eyelashes might seem like an alien and tremendous task. But we swear by the end of reading this DKODED version, your eyelash game will be polished to perfection (If you get through it without blinding yourself)
1.) Difference between extensions and fake lashes
While normal lashes are glued to your eyelash line, these semi-permanent extensions are hand glued to your natural lashes which fall out after six to eight weeks just like your natural ones. One of the best perks of adding these into your make up game is that you can sleep in them. (Bet your #wokeuplikethis selfie game will improve for real)
2.) Extensions don’t follow one size fits all strategy
There are types of extensions which depend largely on the muscle power of your natural lashes (basically their length and strength). These extensions can be broken into four further categories namely
- How many lashes (varying from 80 to 120)
- The kind of curl (upward or forward)
- Length (8 to 14 mm)
- Kinds of look (Natural, glamorous, sexy or cute)
- Material (Mink, silk or synthetic)
Did you just take a gulp? Who knew these little pieces of hair came with so much of details. But don’t freak out (yet). A licensed lash specialist will help you make the best decision according to your natural lashes.
3.) Post applying you need to rest for 12 hours
Not because of health hazards, but so that your lashes can get accustomed to the fake ones. Sweating, crying, swimming and washing your face becomes off-limits for at least 12 hours so that the glue gets dry properly. (Even thinking about rubbing your eyes can prove to be precarious so be careful)
4.) Extensions are expensive and come with high maintenance
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that getting extensions will save you money on makeup in the long run. These extensions can cost you up to $400- $500 for the first session and don’t forget about the fill-ins which aren’t easy on the pocket either. (Dolla Dolla bills)
Caring for them also requires lots of care and managing. You might have to think twice before indulging into certain activities like swimming or paragliding. Gently brush your lashes with a clean, disposable mascara wand when you wake up, after you shower, and at the end of the day is also a must. (Whoever said looking pretty is easy can just die)
5.) Everyday eye makeup wouldn’t be required
What’s the use of extensions if they don’t enhance your eye make-up game automatically? Get ready to be selfie-ready even after waking up post a reckless hangover. Your barefaced gym sessions in the morning will also be glamorous. (Waking up in the morning will be like featuring in one of the Ekta Kapoor’s series with decked up eye game.)
6.) Wearing eyeliner will be a task
Sometimes you will feel like adorning dramatic eyeliner for parties or events which require a little extra. But this will be not an easy path to tread upon as exaggerated angle of the lashes can block your view, making it hard to see where the liner is going. Opting for a liner with easy gel based applicator might come to your rescue. Removing eye makeup with cotton pads or oil-based wipes can wreak havoc on your falsies, accidentally pulling them out or dissolving the glue. Oil-free cotton buds must be used if you want them to last longer than your boyfriend.
7.) They can seriously mess your eyes
Red, itchy, puffed eyes and bacterial infections wouldn’t be uncommon to you once you decide to extend your lashes (This just keeps getting scarier and scarier). Reactions to extension applications are pretty common and it’s necessary to follow a well-cared routine for your eyes or you might just have to visit your eye doctor.
8.) No study on the long term effects of extensions
There isn’t much data proving if eyelash extensions cause any change to lash length, growth, or health long-term, although there are some rumours about traction alopecia in which natural lashes fall out as a result of the continuous weight of the repeated eyelash extensions. (Alright you should be really scared right now) But it probably wouldn’t happen this easily as that would require years of extension and reckless care routine by a person wearing them. (This just sucks)
9.) Addiction to extensions is very possible
Despite the cost, convenience, and risks it poses, once you go long you never go back. Once you get used to the longer hair lashes your natural ones will become nonexistent to you. In a crazily insane way, your love for them will never fade away. Once an addict, always an addict.
“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy eyelashes, which is kind of the same thing.”
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