EYELASH EX­TEN­SIONS

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

IA full set of eyelash ex­ten­sions at Skin Sense Day Spa costs R860 and a lash fill (book it three weeks after your ini­tial treat­ment) is R560. Sk­insense.co.za; 011-807-6281 Rivo­nia Vil­lage, 011-803-8887. Gar­dens, 021-462-5942. t is said that ‘our eyes are the win­dows to our souls’ but we aren’t all blessed with the same cur­tains. For those who do not pos­sess long lashes, it can prove dif­fi­cult to find the right prod­ucts to achieve a lav­ish look. Writ­ing from both Asian and African per­spec­tives, nat­u­rally long, curledup lashes aren’t re­ally in­cluded in our gene pack­age. From false lashes to eyelash curlers, and ev­ery mas­cara for­mula in be­tween, we’ve long been on the hunt. Eyelash ex­ten­sions are no longer merely a trend but are con­sid­ered by many to be a beauty ne­ces­sity.

The treat­ment is pain­less, tak­ing up to three hours, de­pend­ing on the‘full­ness’you want to achieve.In­di­vid­ual lashes are ap­plied with the eye­lids closed and the bot­tom lashes taped down with a cool­ing eye pad. Ex­ten­sions are in­di­vid­u­ally ap­plied to the lashes us­ing tweez­ers and an ad­he­sive. De­pend­ing on your de­sired look, lash length can vary be­tween 8mm and 15mm.

After the full lash set is ap­plied, it will last for three weeks, after which a set fill is re­quired to re­plen­ish lash vol­ume.As the nat­u­ral lashes fall out to al­low for new lash growth, so the ex­ten­sions will fall out too. Daily main­te­nance and care is a breeze. Mas­cara isn’t re­quired but it can be ap­plied and makeup can still be worn but should be cleaned off us­ing a wa­ter-based, oil-free make-up re­mover only to avoid thin­ning out the lash glue. Ex­perts sug­gest not wet­ting your eyes for the first 24 hours post ap­pli­ca­tion.

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