Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning with perfect eyelashes? Natural long lashes bring out the eyes and make us look more beautiful than we already are.
Sadly, NOT EVERYONE is born with natural lashes that are long enough. Sure, we can always put on falsies or slap on mascara, but it doesn’t beat a good pair of eyelash extensions.
While we might not be as glam as the Kardashians and the Jenners, eyelash extensions are a good way to amp up our looks―all without having to remove anything at the end of the day.
And, luckily, you’ve come to the right place.
Everything You Should Know About Eyelash Extensions
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably considering getting eyelash extensions yourself. Before you do, however, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER the different types of eyelash extensions and choose the types that suit you best.
By the end of this article, you’ll be convinced to get an eyelash extension, and not just any lash extension, but the perfect pair!
What are Eyelash Extensions?
If there was one beauty secret we can easily steal from our favorite celebrities, it would be this.
These days, eyelash extensions are all the rage. Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Bella Hadid all sport beautiful and natural-looking lashes. And, it’s all thanks to lash extensions.
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent lashes that are individually glued by a professional lash artist to the top of the upper eyelids.
Because the lashes are put on fiber by fiber, they’re EFFORTLESSLY customizable and look real.
You can opt to get them in a full set or a partial set. The difference?
- A full set means the extensions are applied on each and every eyelash
- A partial set means the extensions are attached on the middle of your lashes to the lash line in the open eye
Types of Eyelash Extensions
It’s always good to do research and be informed before committing or doing anything. The same goes for eyelash extensions.
One of the commonly asked questions we get is, “what are the different types of eyelash extensions?”
Well, you’ll be glad to know there are MANY options to choose from. Here are 4 types.
The first one on our list is the mink eyelash extensions. By far, mink lashes are the MOST WELL-KNOWN and controversial among the different types of lash extensions.
Yes. You read it right.
It sparked controversy when Kylie Jenner first appeared wearing the mink eyelash extensions in the famous reality show.
Important Facts About Mink Types
The lash extensions look very real, almost like natural lashes, but fuller. Because of its thin and feathery nature, it’s easy to layer and lasts longer than other types of eyelash extensions as the lashes don’t weigh as much.
That being said, mink is perfect for those with thin and sparse lashes!
Something to Think About
Mink lash extensions mink lashes actually come from mink fur. Minks are mammals that look like weasels, otters, and ferrets.
Cute! But, animal cruelty isn’t.
Minks are taken to fur farms, caged, and skinned alive―all at the expense of making the perfect mink eyelash extensions. Although PETA has not completely banned it, the organization HIGHLY DISCOURAGES using mink lash extensions mink lashes.
So, before you get this type of eyelash extension, try looking into lash boutiques that offer cruelty-free mink eyelash extensions.
Cost: $500 to $1,000 (would depend on the lash salon you’ll be going to and the expertise of your lash artist)
- Most natural-looking lashes
- Suits those with thin and sparse eyelashes
- Not cruelty-free
- Not vegan-friendly (uses real animal hair or fur)
2. Faux Mink
If the first option (Mink) didn’t sit right with you but you still want to get that NATURAL LASH LOOK, then give faux mink extensions a try.
Unlike mink lashes, no minks or any animal fur were harmed in the making.
Faux mink extensions are a good substitute to mink lash extensions, because they give you the same look and feel of mink eyelashes but at a lower cost and without the guilt of using animal hair or fur.
Faux mink eyelashes are made out of polyester material, and like the original mink eyelashes, they’re highly customizable and feel VERY LIGHT.
It’s also reusable and the curls stay longer than real mink eyelash extensions.
Cost: $150 to $350 (would depend on the lash salon, the lash expert, and his or her skills)
- Animal cruelty-free
- Gives off a natural look
- Long-lasting (with the proper aftercare)
- Does not easily lose its curl
- Has a slightly noticeable sheen on the fiber when compared to real hair
Another cheap option is synthetic eyelash extensions.
They’re easily the CHEAPEST lash extensions available in the market.
Like faux mink extensions, this type of lashes is made out of synthetic material that is durable. Because of it, synthetic eyelash extensions tend to be a BIT HEAVIER than the other eyelash extension types.
If you have thinner eyelashes, it’s better to stay clear of silk eyelash extensions. On the other hand, if you have thicker natural lashes, then this type is perfect for you.
Comparing it to minx extensions, synthetic lashes give a more glammed-up look rather than a soft luster effect. If you’re into dramatic flairs and a big doll eye, synthetic lash extensions will suit your tastes.
These can be heavy once on the eyelids. People and many others have complained that synthetic lashes are not as comfortable as minx and faux mink extensions.
Cost: $100 to $200 (would depend on the lash salon, the professional lash expert, and his or her skills)
- Animal cruelty-free
- Gives you a volumized and dramatic look
- Can be uncomfortable at first
For a more subdued look, we turn to silk eyelash extensions.
Silk lashes are pretty similar to faux minks. It’s also made from polyester material. Silk lashes are soft and give you a slightly glammed-up natural lash appearance.
What we love about silk eyelash extensions is that the silk is very GENTLE to the eyes, meaning it won’t irritate eyelids nor cause you any allergies from animal fur―as some people have discovered midway through.
One of the differences that make silk lashes different from faux minx is that it’s a bit thicker although not by much. Silk eyelashes are mid-weight and stand in between faux minx and synthetic lashes.
Cost: $150 to $350 (would depend on the lash salon, the professional lash expert, and his or her skills)
- Animal cruelty-free
- Gentle on the eyes
- Fairly lightweight
- Curls have a plastic-looking shine
How to Choose the Best Types of Eyelash Extensions
Now that we know what are our options―the 4 different types of eyelash extension we can choose from, let’s get right into answering the question of what is BEST for you.
To answer, it depends on…
- The look that you’re going for
- Your natural eyelashes, and even
- Your eye color
When making the choice of which eyelash extension to get, here are some of the things you need to consider.
Eyelash extensions are not one size fits all. If you have two pairs of the same type of extensions , you’ll notice that each varies in length and curl.
When deciding on a type of lash extension, observe the curl. Trust us, it makes all the difference.
- The C-curl is a classic favorite and gives people natural lashes.
- The D-curl is more dramatic.
Professional lash artists follow the golden rule: the THICKER the lashes are, the longer the lash extension.
And, naturally, those with thin and sparse lashes should opt for thinner and shorter lengths.
A good length for eyelash extensions is between 10-15mm.
Volume and Thickness
When it comes to volume and thickness, we have 3 options:
- The Classic Eyelash Extension: This type is known to be simple and chic. It only needs one layer of lashes glued in the lash line and is around 0.15mm thick.
- Volume Lashes Extension: We’re talking about volume lashes here! As the name suggests, expect nothing but boldness. You can have around 3 to 5 individual lashes attached to one natural lash, and each extension lashes can be around 0.7mm thick.
- Hybrid Eyelash Extension: Mix and match different types of lash extensions with this one. It adds volume and texture for a unique look.
If these are a little confusing, the rule of thumb to remember is to avoid anything that is thicker than 0.20mm or 0.25mm.
Did you know that some lash extensions best suit different shapes?
- Typically, mono-lid Asians have straight lashes. Because of this, a curled extension would complement the shape better. This should also go well with your eyebrows!
- While the all-American large doe eyes match a slanted lash extension. This’ll pull back the rounded for that classic cat-eye look.
- Longer lash extensions glue in the middle of almond-shaped eyes brightens it.
Lash Extensions 101: Aftercare Tips
Although eyelash extensions are convenient, they’re high-maintenance. Here are some tips to help you keep your lashes healthy.
Tip 1: Don't Rub Your Eyes
If you’ve just come home from the salon, try not to rub your eyes―at all. It can ruin the glue that holds the extensions together.
Not to mention, it can cause swelling and irritation.
Professional lash experts will also advise you to also to keep it dry for two days in order for the lash adhesive or glue to set in.
Tip 2: Take a Break in Between
While lash extensions do not damage natural lashes, it’s always a good idea to take breaks in between fills, especially if you’ve been getting them for years.
Tip 3: Invest in Eyelash Care
Keep your lashes healthy by brushing them with a clean lash spoolie each time you wake up and finish showering.
Why You Should Get Eyelash Extensions
Despite coming at a cost, we highly recommend getting your lashes done.
Why? Because it’s convenient. For us lazy gals, eyelash extensions are our best friends.
Admit it. There are days we don’t really have the time to put on falsies or when we’re not exactly in the mood to poke our eyeballs with a mascara brush.
With eyelash extensions, we don’t have to worry about those anymore.
Practicality and Longevity
Since they’re semi-permanent, they can last a good 3 to 4 weeks (or even more) before they all fall out and your natural lashes grow.
And unlike mascaras, extensions are waterproof and sweatproof. No more raccoon eyes or runny makeup!
It saves you a lot of time.
To make it sound sweeter, lash extensions give off a natural appearance and are more environmentally-friendly compared to other options.
When it comes to the battle of falsies vs. lash extensions, lash extensions have more benefits.
Eyelash Extensions FAQs
#1 How long do lash extensions last?
On average, eyelash extensions CAN LAST you 3 to 4 weeks before you need to have them cleaned and refilled.
But, if you take really good care of your lashes, the extensions can last up to 6 to 8 weeks.
Take note: You don’t need to have them removed as the extensions will just naturally fall out.
#2 How do they feel when worn?
Lash extensions should feel like nothing. There’s no need to be scared. The process of getting one is simple.
#3 Are lash extensions safe?
Eyelash extensions are not dangerous AS LONG AS you go to the right professionals and keep your natural lashes healthy.
You don’t have to fret about your natural lashes falling away. The likelihood of that happening is far off.
Here are a few eyelash extension favorites of ours!
#4 How much do they cost?
Now, it’s time to talk about the price tag. While it makes our lashes look longer and fuller, it does come at a price.
If you’re considering getting lash extensions, BE PREPARED to spend at least $100. An initial set can cost you around $100 to $300 while succeeding fills can range from $50 to $100.
However, prices can vary according to the types of eyelash extensions.
- The cheapest ones would naturally be made of synthetic materials, while
- The more expensive extensions can cost you an arm and a leg…well, not really, but maybe near or slightly above $500
But, hey, beauty comes with a price tag. You have to be willing to break your wallet a little.
Eyelash extensions are a great option for anyone who wants to save time and level up their beauty put together.
There are many types of lash extensions we can choose from. Finding the perfect type isn’t easy, but it’s all a matter of doing our research and consulting experts.
So, our advice? Find a trusted clinic and go get it, girl! Be it silk, faux, or synthetic!
We also suggest you experiment with using different eyeliner types when wearing your extensions.
They can enhance your look and make you appear more put together!
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