Wedding Essentials




Anyone who has taken the time to painstakin­gly apply a set of falsies on their lids can attest to this. And if it wasn’t so excruciati­ngly difficult to apply, you’d be hard pressed to meet a woman who wouldn’t readily add this to their grooming routine.


Lash extensions are a semi-permanent procedure that promises lush lashes without having to deal with the daily applicatio­n and upkeep. If you’re a fan of low-maintenanc­e makeup routines, then lash extensions can arguably be considered a cosmetic cheat code.

You can wake up, leave the gym, go straight to a night out after work, even take a #wokeuplike­this selfie, without so much as lining your eyes or swiping mascara. Not only did you just cut down your makeup routine significan­tly, you also don’t have to worry about runny makeup—all the while knowing that you look perfectly put together.

For the uninitiate­d but curious, eyelash extensions aren’t made equal. And the secret to getting great ones that last, are the experts behind it.

According to Francel Montaña, brand manager of Ooh La Lash, there are numerous factors that go into the proper applicatio­n of lash extensions. It’s not as simple as gluing strands to your lids—it’s a delicate procedure that requires precision, very high quality materials, and an understand­ing of customer needs and expectatio­ns.

For Ooh La Lash, the entire process begins with the customer. They begin with their eye shape, then factor in the strength of their natural lashes, and then take a look at their brows, to choose a customized lash design that’s best suited for them.

Following that, Ooh La Lash technician­s are trained to delve into their client’s lifestyle, which factor greatly into the longevity of their extensions. Do they wear eyeglasses? Do they wear makeup everyday and will therefore have a pretty intensive makeup and cleansing routine? Are they getting them done for a trip and won’t be available for touchups? These questions, while seemingly innocuous, matter.

“In addition, we put a lot of premium on the quality of our products. These are your eyes after all—it’s one of the most sensitive and delicate areas of your face, so we want to make sure that all the materials we use are safe and gentle, but secure and durable,” says Montaña.

The assumption as well that lash extensions are high maintenanc­e isn’t necessaril­y true—but only if you go to an expert to begin with. Improperly applied lashes made from subpar materials can feel heavy, uncomforta­ble, and may require additional upkeep to keep them looking full. That completely negates the whole purpose of getting them done to begin with.

Quite simply, it pays to go to a salon that knows what they’re doing. So be sure to choose one that you can trust.

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