If you’ve gotten tired of going through all your almost-finished tubes of mascara, caking on layers as you go, don’t worry—we’ve got your back. We’re here with the 911 on everything eyelash extensions so by the end of this article, you’ll know whether they’re the right option for you.
How much do they cost?
A set of eyelash extensions start at ₹5000—yes, we did a double take too. They’re crazy expensive, so you’ll have to decide how much your lashes matter to you. You may also end up having to pay extra for some of the individual lashes that have fallen out which would mean another ₹2000.
How long do they last?
You’ll be able to revel in the glory of perfect eyelashes for about a month before you’ll need to get new ones—maybe a month and a half if you’re super disciplined about your aftercare. And we’re just talking about a complete set there. Salons recommend getting infills or touch-ups every 2 or 3 weeks if some have dropped off.
Do they damage my natural lashes?
They don’t have to—it’s all about how you treat your lashes when you have the extensions on. If you’re constantly rubbing your eyes from lack of sleep or you know you’ll end up pulling some of the individual lashes off, getting extensions may damage your natural lashes. Also, try not to get too obsessed with this new beauty fad as the long-term damage of getting new extensions every month is still to be determined.
What are the different types of extensions I can get?
Before you walk into the salon asking for lash extensions, you should know what type you want which depends on the look you’re going for. Decide if you want something more natural or dramatic. And then, you have to decide upon the curl factor. There are different grades like B,C,D and J depending on how curly or straight you want your lashes to be.
Does my regular makeup routine change?
We’ll start with the good news first—no mascara! Okay, now for the less exciting part. As products with oil can damage the glue that attaches the extensions to your natural lashes, you’ll have to make sure that your cleanser and other products that you apply to the eye area are all oil-free. Removing eye makeup is also more difficult around the eyes so if a dramatic winged liner is your go to, you may struggle with the minimal approach you may have to take.
What do I need to know about post-application care?
If you were planning to get lash extensions very close to the day of your major event, think again. No makeup or water can touch your lashes for at least 24 hours after you’ve gotten them. If a swim is your daily workout or you’re all about that sauna action on the weekend, you may have to make a few changes. While you can do both, they weaken the adhesive so your extensions will be more prone to falling out. Apart from this, you’ll just have to comb out your lashes every day and use a lash cleanser around once a week.