The Truth About Eyelash Extensions

A couple months back I took the plunge: I got eyelash extensions.

I had seen people all over social media raving about the non-invasive "procedure" and knew it was something I needed to try. While I love my lashes - those babies are blonde. And as I get older I also get lazier. The idea of ditching my mascara was mighty appealing.

I took the plunge and documented the whole shabang over on my Instagram! Ever since rocking the faux lashes I've gotten tons of questions! I thought I'd round them all up in this one post and let you be the judge - are eyelash extensions worth it?

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are faux lashes applied to the tips of your natural eyelashes to add extra length. There are several different types of eyelash extensions including mink, faux mink, full sets, partial sets, and more. Please note that I choose to only wear FAUX mink lashes (cruelty free!).

Why get eyelash extensions?

People get eyelash extensions for a multitude of reasons. From adding drama to saving time in the morning, there are plenty of reasons to consider extensions. Eyelash extensions add length, volume, curl, and tint to your natural lashes – it’s all about what kind of look you’re wanting!

I personally chose to try out eyelash extensions for two reasons: to darken my lashes and to go for a more natural look. My natural lashes are incredibly long, but also incredibly blonde. Eyelash extensions are my perfect shade of black mascara – meaning I can skip the application in my morning routine. I also love the subtle drama eyelash extensions give. I’ve been able to eliminate eye makeup all together because my lashes are enough of a look for my day to day.

How are eyelash extensions applied?

Alright, honesty time. I effing hate getting eyelash extensions applied.

The process of eyelash extension application involves laying down for about an hour with your eyelids taped closed, but contorted. The artist applies tape to both the upper and lower lid, but you must keep your eyes closed. It’s uncomfortable but bearable.

As for the actual application itself – this is where the full vs partial set comes in. If you opt for a partial set, only one faux lash will be applied per natural lash. A full set includes multiple faux lashes being glued to a single natural lash. I personally started with a partial set and added fullness over time. I didn’t want to look too dramatic right out of the gate!

Do eyelash extensions hurt?

In theory – no. You shouldn’t be able to feel your eyelash extensions. It’s important to find a skilled artist you trust because it is possible to experience pain if a lash is applied incorrectly.

How much do eyelash extensions cost?

It depends. Each salon has its own set of pricing – feel free to shop around but keep in mind that good artists are worth paying for.

For frame of reference, I paid $95 up front for a partial set of faux mink lashes. A 45 minute touchup costs $75 and a 60 minute touchup costs $100.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Again – it depends. It’s typically recommended that you go back to your artist for a fill every 2-3 weeks, as your natural lashes (and thus the extensions) will shed over time. If you don’t properly care for your lashes by cleaning and brushing them out, they’ll last 1.5-2 weeks. If you’re diligent about care, sometimes they can last as long as 4 weeks!

Are eyelash extensions worth it?

I think so! Eyelash extensions can definitely get expensive, but for me I’ve loved skipping the eye makeup routine in the morning and the subtle drama of my extensions. I can’t say I’ll keep them forever, but I’m definitely a fan.

Have you tried or been considering getting eyelash extensions? Tell me in the comments below!

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3 responses to “The Truth About Eyelash Extensions”

  1. Kendal says:

    I’ve definitely considered getting them! My mom has had them in the past and loved them. For me, I don’t think I would want to have to get them filled and such (I’m just too lazy)… But who knows, maybe I’ll get them sometime down the road 🙂

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Honestly that’s where I struggle the most – getting them filled. I drag it out and try to go as far between as possible but then I hate how sparse they look. Lol! Can’t win!

      xoxo Kelsey

  2. Brittany Steinkamp says:

    I’ve been reading about these all over! I love the questions you answered – I’m definitely intrigued. I may have to look into this for winter because I get so lazy during the cold weather!