Do you know that the false eyelashes market value is expected to reach?
Needless to say, we’re big fans, and we’re not the only ones. Welcome to the world of eyelash extensions, where you can keep your natural-looking falsies on your eyes for long periods of time.
The demand for eyelash extensions has reached a point where you can get a great eyelash extension kit, and do it at home for a fraction of the cost. If you’re interested in getting your own kit but don’t know where to start, no worries. We’ve got you covered.
Keep on reading to learn everything you need to know about lash extensions, picking the right kit for you, and how to apply them at home.
What Are Eyelash Extensions?
Let’s start with the basics, shall we?
So, eyelash extensions are made of semi-permanent fibers that get placed right between your natural eyelashes to give a fuller, longer, and darker effect.
The main difference between eyelash extensions and your common falsies is that the extensions are applied one individual lash at a time, instead of having a dozen of them haphazardly put on top of your natural lashes. Using semi-permanent glue, one extension is applied for each natural eyelash.
As for the materials used, you’ll find those lash extensions come in a wide variety of silk fibers, mink, faux mink, and synthetic lashes. Moreover, there are many different curl patterns to choose from, as well as lash tints, and extension lengths. Basically, the sky is the limit when it comes to customization.
How to Pick the Right Eyelash Extension Kit?
There are many different factors that you’ll need to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for the perfect products to add to your eyelash extension kit.
Let’s explore them one at a time.
Choose the Right Type of Eyelash Extension
Depending on the state, length, and volume of your natural eyelashes, you’ll want to pick the right type of complementary eyelash extensions.
For instance, if you have short and fragile eyelashes, you shouldn’t pick thick and long eyelash extensions. After all, those will weigh your natural lashes down and might even cause a little damage.
On the other end of the spectrum, the healthier your eyelashes are, the more weight they can safely bear without causing you any discomfort.
Our recommendation would be to try applying half of your set the first time, and see how your eyelashes handle them. If all is good, you can always apply the rest to achieve a fuller and more glamorous look.
Pick the Right Eyelash Material
As we’ve previously stated, there are many different types of materials for eyelash extensions on the market. You’ll want to pick the right material for your budget, the shape of your eyes and face, and whether you’re going for a natural look or not.
You’ll want to keep in mind that synthetic extensions are the cheapest ones available, while the mink ones are the most expensive.
Moreover, once you’ve settled on your preferred material, you’ll want to pick the right length. Eyelash extensions can be as short as 6mm or as long as 17 mm. You’ll want to choose a length that doesn’t extend beyond your natural eyelash length too much.
Get the Right Extension Kit Tools
At this point, you’ve made all the core decisions when it comes to the lash extensions themselves, but that doesn’t include your actual lash kit.
Whether you’re all in for DIYing the whole process or you’re looking for better ways to maintain your current extensions, it’s essential to have an eyelash extension kit on hand.
Pick one that includes a high-quality eyelash brush, adhesive, tweezers, and an adhesive remover. Also, you’ll find that most well-made lash kits will come with some instructions and recommendations on how to maintain your eyelash extensions or how to outright apply them to your eyelashes.
You’ll want to follow those carefully.
DIY Eyelash Extensions: How It All Works
Once you have your kit and eyelash extensions at hand, you’re ready to experiment and have fun.
We’ll walk you through the main application methods and preparation work so that you have a firm grasp of the whole procedure. This will either give you the confidence to try this at home, or you’ll realize that the process is too extensive and complex for your tastes.
Regardless of what you decide, it’s always better to know what you’re getting yourself into before making it to your first appointment.
Prepare Your Natural Eyelashes
Before you start laying out your eyelash extensions, you’ll want to thoroughly clean your natural lashes and your entire eye area.
This way, your adhesive will be able to stick correctly, and you’ll be getting rid of any bacteria that might be lurking around your eyes. Then, you should comb your natural lashes and separate them for a smoother application.
Apply Using Tweezers
Now, you’re ready to dip the end of the eyelash extension, one at a time, into the lash glue. Once the glue is a bit tacky, you can apply them to your individual lash.
The general rule is to apply one eyelash extension for every natural lash. But, if you’re looking for a more glam look, you can add multiple extensions for each lash.
Wait to Dry
Most lash glue will dry in no time at all, but you’ll want to give your lashes some time to settle.
Once you have all of your extensions applied, you can get a small handheld fan to speed your drying time. Or, you can just wait 10 minutes for the extensions to air dry on their own.
Remember to keep your eyes closed throughout this stage. Once your 10 minutes are up, you can open your eyes and admire your new eyelashes.
Ready to Get the Lashes of Your Dreams?
We know how overwhelming the world of eyelash extensions can be for the newbies among us. Hopefully, our explainer has shed some light on all the things you needed to know to curate the perfect eyelash extension kit.
Now, you’re ready to give your lashes some love.
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