Lashes and falsies come in all shapes, lengths, and sizes. I have been a faithful lash wearer for years now, and I have tried everything out there. I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, and I know the big, bold, and beautiful brands to stick to! There's all kinds of routes you can take to find your perfect lash look, so here's my guide to help you fulfill your eyelash dreams 💗
Lash extensions were the worst/best thing that happened to my life. I haven't worn them for a few years, but when I did, I loved and hated them. Here's the deal, if you have sensitive eyes, these are not for you. When I got mine, they were so fun and made getting ready so easy. I felt like I could go without makeup or wear natural looks a lot more! At the same time, they were kind of my worst nightmare. They are extremely pricey [starting at around $150-250 and bi monthly maintenance is around $50- $200], high maintenance, and they made my eyes swell up, itch, and hurt most of the time I had them on. I had around 12 lash stylists over the two years I was getting extensions, and some of them were amazing but not all of them were experts yet or used the best lash glue or cleaning solutions for their tools. One stylist didn't clean her tweezers and gave me an eye infection, most all of the glue gave me an allergic reaction, and a lot of lash stylists were simply just new to the game and needed more practice. I worked in a lash salon for about 4 months as a secretary and saw the ins and outs of lash styles, stylists, and the best and the worst of clients. Every single lash stylist will tell you "they won't destroy your lashes, you have a natural lash cycle where lashes fall out so you'll notice that more with extensions", but from my own personal experience and from my time working at the lash salon, your lashes absolutely fall out more and don't grow back as long or thick. Usually, you have to get them fixed up and filled every 2-3 weeks.
Here's my conclusion: If you have sensitive eyes and skin, stay far away. If you have tough skin and can handle harsher products, do a patch test first to see if you have a reaction to the glue. I would absolutely keep getting extensions if I didn't react badly. I so wish I could wear them and so miss them! They are so fun and make life easy breezy. If you decide they're right for you, go the extra mile for more experienced lash stylists and always check the Yelp and Google reviews!
Glue on lashes: everyone has tried them at least once, right? I wore glue on lashes for almost a year. Here's the good news, they are cheap, easy to find everywhere, and they come in a million different styles. They are very difficult to apply when you first start wearing them, but with practice, you'll get the hang of it and won't even think about it when you put them on. My favorite lash brands are Kiss and Ardell. I prefered full lash strips instead of accents or individual lashes, and I used black glue instead of the white glue that shows up everywhere [you can find black lash glue from Kiss and Ardell at most drug stores, Walmart and Target.] They can get sticky and messy and fall off at random times.
If you go for the Ardell individual extensions, be warned to stay away from the glue that comes with the package. It's in a clear, glass bottle and it is THE GLUE WORST EVER. It's basically superglue, so it will make the individual eyelashes stick in place, but they it will pull out your real lashes.
Overall, glue-ons are a great option if you're on a tight budget and like new makeup looks, but they do damage your real lashes over time and can be a mess.
I love, love, love magnetic lashes! I have worn them for over a year and I am obsessed. They are tricky to figure out at first, but just like glue-on lashes, they are easy once you get the hang of them. I am into these lashes because they don't damage your real eyelashes and there's no mess or fuss. Here's my tricks and tips to make them work: don't get them wet, curl them before you apply them, wear mascara or they'll slip, and push the magnets as close to your lash line as possible.
The only downside I've found to these is that sometimes the magnets don't line up correctly or the lashes will slip down and you can visibly notice the lashes. Also, sometimes the lashes will lose their shape and not fit to your eye shape correctly. I like to use Kiss's magnetic lash applicator to apply mine. Another tip is to make sure that you buy lashes that have magnets on both ends and in the middle; if there's only one magnet in the middle, the lashes will stick out on either end.
Fortunately, more companies are coming out with their own version of magnetic lashes and more styles to choose from. Check the online product reviews and it'll be a piece of cake!
Tell me below what your favorite lashes and brands are!