Eyelash Extensions: Before and After Photos

Posted on July 1, 2012

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Even on my most natural days, I curl my lashes. Why? I have very straight Asian lashes that point down, and they literally tickle the skin under my eyes. I wish I had naturally long and voluminous lashes, but no such luck… so, I decided to give lash extensions a try (… again).

Before and after pictures:

  1. Natural lashes. Wimpy, sparse, and straight :(.
  2. Curled lashes with a coat of mascara. Making the most of what I have with my curl + mascara routine.
  3. With lash extensions. No curling or mascara. Looks pretty natural, right?

About the session:

  • Application: Each false lash was glued on top of my own lash with a special glue.
  • Glue: The glue fumes can be irritating for sensitive eyes like mine. Although I made sure my eyes were closed during the session, my right eye teared while my left eye didn’t. After the session, both my eyes were slightly red for about 1 day.
  • Lash Choice: I wanted a natural look so I chose 10 mm length lashes. 2 types of lashes were used on me. “J” lashes (slight curl) were used from the inner corner of my eye to about 2/3 rd across the eye line. “C” lashes (full curl) were used on the outer corners of my eyes.

More before and after photos:

Pros:

  • Great results. Much more natural looking than regular false lashes.
  • Quick results. The first initial set took about 1 hour. Refills usually take about 15-30 minutes. Depends on the amount of your lashes and fall out.
  • Love waking up with long beautiful lashes! Not having to use lash curlers and mascaras are great.

Cons:

  • You have to be very gentle with the lashes and eye area. Getting used to not touching your eyes takes some time.
  • I had to discontinue using any oil based products including my eye makeup remover and oily eye creams. Oils will weaken the glue.
  • Unlike regular fake lashes, extensions cannot be added or removed on your own.
  • Refills every 2-3 weeks aren’t bad, but it’s a commitment of time and money. The initial set could cost anywhere from $150 to $250 (refills are $50-100), depends on where you go.

Overall Thoughts:

  • Took some getting used to, but I love them. I really enjoy not having to use a curler or mascara.
  • I can apply eyeliner, but I have to be very gentle when applying and removing (usually with a Q-tip).
  • If you want to remove the extensions, you should have them removed professionally. Trying to pull them off will pull out your real lashes as well.
  • Great for adding length and volume to your natural lashes. Since you can only add lashes to the existing lashes, extensions won’t help with adding more lashes. Having said that, the extensions do make your lashes appear longer and darker, so this will add intensity and fullness.
  • I had extensions done a few years ago and there’s been quite a bit of improvements in the glue and lashes since then. I’m glad I gave them another try. :) If you’ve had them before and didn’t like them… give them another try.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want the contact information for the salon I went to, please send me an email! I’d be happy to pass her information along. I’m very happy with the results, but I have a few new mascaras to try for reviews… so I’ll probably get them removed in a few weeks. Until then, I’m enjoying every morning I don’t have to curl my lashes!~

Have you tried lash extensions? Would you consider getting them?

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