LASH OUT

IF YOU’RE FLIRT­ING WITH THE IDEA OF FLUT­TERY EX­TEN­SIONS, READ THIS FIRST

The Morning Bulletin - - WEEKEND | YOU - WORDS: CHAN­TAY LO­GAN

It’s all too easy to be­come ad­dicted to the Iwoke-up-like-this im­pact of eye­lash ex­ten­sions. Be­fore you take the plunge, lead­ing eye stylist Monique Deveney (pic­tured right), di­rec­tor of celebrity go-to Amy Jean Brow Agency, has this ad­vice.

CHOOSE CARE­FULLY

Searches for eye­lash ex­ten­sions will get you a heap of hits and prices vary wildly, but they’re not all cre­ated equal. “The mar­ket is be­com­ing so sat­u­rated that it re­ally is im­por­tant to do your re­search, ask ques­tions and have a look at be­fore and af­ter pho­tos,” Monique says. “Prices vary de­pend­ing on the prod­uct be­ing used and the time spent ap­ply­ing the lashes. Ask what type of lashes are used. Find out how many years of ex­pe­ri­ence they’ve had and make sure the tech­ni­cian is ad­vis­ing you on cor­rect home main­te­nance. We use a mink lash be­cause it’s soft on the nat­u­ral lash and gives a very nat­u­ral and fluffy ap­pear­ance adding length and full­ness. We of­fer two types of lash ex­ten­sions, 3D Rus­sian vol­ume (three in­di­vid­ual ex­ten­sions are fanned across one nat­u­ral lash) or clas­sic (one sin­gle strand ex­ten­sion is ap­plied to one nat­u­ral lash).”

LOOK AF­TER YOUR LASHES

Once you’ve waited 24 hours af­ter ap­pli­ca­tion, don’t shy from splash­ing your ex­ten­sions in the shower. “I have seen so many peo­ple not want­ing to wash them be­cause they don’t want them to fall off, but this can lead to all sorts of long-term prob­lems,” Monique says. “Brush them daily each morn­ing with a clean spoolie brush and don’t pull at them as you will dam­age your own lash un­der­neath.” While you’re un­likely to feel the need to wear eye­liner or mas­cara, it is OK to do so if you’re af­ter ex­tra oomph. “You need to use a gen­tle cleanser and wash them thor­oughly to re­move all the make-up so there is no build up left. The only make-up I would avoid us­ing is water­proof mas­cara. Never cleanse the eyes with cot­ton fi­bres as it gets caught in the ex­ten­sions.”

COM­MIT TO INFILLS

Ex­ten­sions re­quire a three-week in­fill — cheaper than start­ing from scratch if you hold off too long. “Ex­ten­sions do not af­fect the nat­u­ral lash if a good, soft lash is ap­plied cor­rectly and your tech­ni­cian is keep­ing an eye on how your new lashes are com­ing through,” Monique says. “It’s only if you pull at them you may do short-term dam­age to your own lashes. It is a good idea to ap­ply a lash serum to the lashes once you have re­moved them to help speed up the process of your new ones com­ing through. I rec­om­mend Lash Envy Serum.” If you can’t com­mit to infills, a ker­atin lash lift is a good al­ter­na­tive — while it is a step down in the drama stakes from ex­ten­sions, you’ll be sur­prised by how much dif­fer­ence it makes. “It is a fuss-free treat­ment for your nat­u­ral lashes,” Monique says. “The main­te­nance is any­where be­tween six to 10 weeks and the idea is to ac­cen­tu­ate your nat­u­ral lashes to go up­wards and out­wards. The lash lift also in­cludes a tint so you don’t need to worry about mas­cara.”

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