How They're Applied
Unlike the false eyelashes that stick onto your eyelids, eyelash extensions are bonded to your actual eyelash. During application, a trained esthetician dips individual eyelashes into a medical-grade adhesive, then attaches each to a natural eyelash. The extension is usually placed about one millimeter from your eyelash line so that neither the glue nor the eyelash touches the skin of your eyelid. Initial application generally takes 75 to 90 minutes, and each subsequent touch up which you'll need every two to four weeks takes about an hour. During application, you will lie on a treatment bed with your eyes closed.
Getting Your Lashes to Last
Eyelash extensions usually last from four to six weeks. The exact amount of time you can go without getting a touch up depends on how fast your eyelashes grow and how careful you are with your extensions. Don’t get eyelash extensions wet for 24 to 48 hours after application. Avoid pulling on extensions. Excessive pulling, twisting and tugging not only shortens the life of your extensions, but it can also damage your natural lashes. Use only water-based mascara, moisturizer and makeup remover. Oil-based products can break down the adhesive and loosen the bond. You can still wear makeup with eyelash extensions, but you may find that you want to wear less. Use eyeliner and eye shadow as you usually do, but avoid mechanical eyelash curlers and mascaras. Remove eye makeup using a cotton pad and a small amount of water-based eye makeup remover. Place the cotton pad right above your eyelashes and move the pad up toward your eyebrow instead of down toward your lashes. Swiping in a downward motion can cause makeup to cake onto the extensions and shorten their lifespan.