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