Ever since I’ve been a little girl, I remember staring at Barbies and my teen idols in magazines with beautiful, long, curly, lashes. I loved nothing more than a full lash line that really make eyes pop! I continued on into the competitive dance world, and got introduced to fake eyelashes. As you can only imagine, my love continued to expand. They made your eyes look fabulous, and helped instil a sense of confidence. I mean, who doesn’t love to look like they’re in full glam all of the time.
Three years ago I was introduced to eyelash extensions and I haven’t looked back.
What have they meant to me? More confidence, less makeup, more time to sleep in, and a great friendship with my lash tech (AKA my therapist). I can’t remember the last time I wore eyeliner! Now, all I need to do is throw on my five-minute face and head out the door.
Lash extensions are a little high maintenance, yes. But, they will change your life. Once you get used to them, your lash regime becomes as brainless as brushing your teeth. I don’t know about you but the idea of wearing less makeup and still feeling glam is definitely getting the best of both worlds.
I’ve definitely gone through the ups and the downs of getting lash extensions, so I’ll let you in on the DO’s and DON’Ts to keep your lashes full and avoid wasting money on an premature fill.
- Avoid getting them wet after application! Hold off from a good sweat sesh or shower for 24 hours, to ensure the adhesion process is complete. Embrace that #GrubLife. Who’s got time for a shower anyways?
- Are you an ‘eye rubber’? Yea. Well, cut that sh*t out. One, it will give you wrinkles in the long run. Two, your lashes will fall out or get REAL messed up. So, do you want cut down on future botox bills and maintain a full set of lashes? Don’t rub your eyes.
- Try to sleep on your back. I know not everyone can do this, and neither can I most of the time. It’s a good thing to practice since they say that it’s the best way to sleep anyways. However, if you are a side-sleeper, try not to mush your face right into the pillow or perhaps invest in a silk pillowcase for a little gentler sleep.
- Avoid oil-based products. This one takes some thinking. Make sure you take your makeup remover, moisturizers, and other face products into consideration. Oils can be in places that you would least expect. If you do choose to wear some eyeliner and need to get it off with a little eye makeup remover, carefully use a cotton swab to wipe it off, trying to avoid your lashes and much as possible.
- Try to keep them relatively dry. I tend to avoid saunas or hot yoga. Hey, these things were a small investment, we want to get the most out of them. Other ways I try to assure dryness is by gently patting the underside of your lash line and eyelid down after a shower to get rid of any moisture. Even getting a blow dryer set to low and cool on low from an arms length away can help.
- Reach for your eyelash curler instead of mascara. Your lashes should be dark and full enough, and not require curling but if you feel they need a boost, giving them a press with the curler won’t hurt. Just be sure not to tug on your lashes.
- Brush them! This can be done in the morning when you wake up, after a shower, and before bed. They typical pattern is to brush from underneath, then from over the top. This will keep them nice and straight, full, and fresh!