10 things you need to know about getting eyelash extensions
We head down to Lash Perfect’s PMU Studio Manhattan to find out if Christmas miracles do exist
While most people spend December wrapping gifts and rocking around Christmas trees, some of us are instead busy meticulously planning our festive look.
But even the most precise plan often misses off one very vital aspect: is there any make-up in the world that can withstand 16 hours of merriment?
The simple answer is no, and if you – like us – aren’t interested in the mad dash upstairs for a fresh flick of mascara then it’s time to get serious. Lash extension serious, to be precise.
If waking up with natural-looking fluttery lashes that need not even glance at a mascara wand sounds too good to be true, then two weeks ago we would have agreed with you.
We headed down to Lash Perfect’s PMU Studio just off Regent Street for a half set of original lash extensions to find out if Christmas miracles do exist.
Here are 10 things we learned:
1. There is an abundance of options
Luna lashes, Russian layered lashes, Tahitian feathered lashes, Express lashes… make sure you do your homework beforehand or ask your technician’s advice as to which style will suit your eyes and face shape best. There is also the choice of full sets, half sets and corner sweeps as well as a whole host of colour options.
2. It takes a long time
The appointment itself is at least hour (often more, depending on which style you opt for), 50+ minutes of which are taken up purely by the application process. Save time if you’re in a rush by removing any eye make-up beforehand and knowing what style you’re looking for.
3. It’s surprisingly relaxing
If you’re concerned that having someone apply fiddly lashes to your eyelid with tweezers for the best part of an hour may be uncomfortable, then relax – both now and when you get there. We found focussing too much on what was happening made our eyes twitch and flutter, whereas when if you let yourself drift off and daydream your eyes will relax too – many people even fall asleep.
4. They do not damage your natural lashes
The lash extensions only fall off when the natural lash that they’re attached to fall out. Natural lashes renew themselves in a continuous cycle and grow back relatively quickly, so providing you refrain from pulling out the extensions – which will in turn pull out your natural lash – your own lashes will remain unaffected.
5. They last a long time
The simple ‘Lash Perfect Eyelash Extensions’ can be worn for as long as you want to wear them. As they’re relatively natural looking, you are not left with obvious gaps when they begin dropping out, but the Lash PMU Studio reccommend returning every 2-3 weeks for 15 minutes of maintenance to check the lashes and replace any that have fallen out.
6. You can’t feel that you’re wearing them
Unlike strip lashes which noticeably weigh down your eyelid, these extensions feel identical to your natural lashes due to their ultra-fine thickness (0.05mm, 0.07mm and 0.10mm).
7. You can wear mascara
…but you won’t need to. As long as the mascara is not waterproof, you can add it to the ends for extra impact but we find it’s only needed on the bottom lashes.
8. They’re high-maintenance for the first 2 days
You’ll need to avoid water for 24 hours, and any steam – saunas, hot showers etc. – for the first 2 days. After that, they require nothing more than a quick brush through with a spoolie – provided at the appointment – every morning and whenever they’re looking a little untidy. You’ll also need to avoid oil-based make-up or skin products as they will loosen the lash adhesive.
9. They can withstand cold temperatures
-25°C to be precise. After spending a week in Lapland and having them freeze on the back of a husky sleigh, we can confirm that they are fully Christmas-proof, defrosting in seconds and showing no sign of damage.
10. You will become addicted
While many beauty treatments are a indulgent one-off, eyelash extensions are more difficult to let go of. We’ve already been back for maintenance and intend on making lash up-keep one of the few 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that we stick to.
Price: From $130 for a full set and $75 for half with $25 cost for 15mins maintenance. Other styles cost more.