Everything You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions
We’re going to let you in on a not-so-secret secret: almost every celebrity who walks a red carpet or appears on camera is wearing faux eyelashes. That lash envy is probably why so many people are thinking about getting eyelash extensions right now—including us! To appease our own curiosity, we sent three staffers to lash expert Linda Luu at Luxe Flair Lashes in Los Angeles to give them a try. What did we learn? Click through our slideshow for everything you need to know!
“Don’t let anyone tell you that lash extension are pain-free!” Luu told us. While not painful per se, some techniques can be more uncomfortable than others, depending on how close the technician gets to your lid and how sensitive your eyes are in general. Some find the process of having someone close to their eyes with metal tools the most stressful part.
In general, the less you touch them, the better. “Don’t wet your lashes for 48 hours to ensure the adhesive sets properly,” Luu told us. Then use a clean spooley brush to gently comb through your lashes as needed, or about twice per day. You can wash your face as usual, but avoid anything oil-based (more on that later).
While not common, it can happen. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years and I’ve had three clients have allergic reactions to the adhesive,” Luu told us. If you’re worried about a possible reaction, follow Luu’s advice. “Swing by the boutique a few days before and have a spot test done with the adhesive,” she says. If you have a silicon allergy—which isn’t uncommon—make sure your lash artist uses medical tape instead of a soft pad during the process.
Luu doesn’t recommend wearing mascara—and you really shouldn’t have to—but you can. “You can use an oil-free mascara once they grow out a bit,” Luu says. “Just brush through your lashes with a clean spooley brush to avoid them sticking together—and never use an eyelash curler if you have extensions!”