What are eyelash extensions?
Not to be confused with the self-stick strip lashes or individual clusters of lashes knotted together that are a single-event accessory, these semi-permanent extensions are glued one by one onto the natural lash (not the skin) by using a specially formulated glue that lasts about to 2 months, or for the life of the natural lash. Eyelash extensions originated in Korea. Single synthetic or Mink eyelashes are applied to your own natural eyelash to achieve a beautiful, full, luscious, and long set of lashes that are natural and you won’t even know they are there.
Should I be careful who applies the eyelash extensions and should they be trained?
Absolutely, we cannot stress the importance of choosing an eyelash technician who has been taught by a qualified and experienced person. Georgia state law: An eyelash technician must be a GA Board Licensed Esthetician and/or Cosmetologist. At SKYN & My Lush Lashes, we go a step further and are certified through reputable companies to do eyelash extensions. Therefore, all of our specialists hold GA Board licenses and have completed an advanced certification course. There are many eyelash extension operators who are claiming to have been professionally trained but have been self-taught via the internet, and these operators are also using poor quality products. Please do your research thoroughly and ask many questions.
A friend said she has permanent eyelash extensions. Is this what SKYN and My Lush Lashes does?
There is still a lot of confusion about what eyelash extensions are. All eyelash extensions are semi-permanent. The only permanent eyelashes are eyelash transplants which are performed under anesthetic by a doctor and will cost approximately $5,000.
Who wears eyelash extensions?
You don’t have to be a celebrity or model to wear eyelash extensions! Normal everyday ladies love eyelash extensions and can’t bear to be without them! SKYN & My Lush Lashes clients include nurses, beauty therapists, surgeons, dentists, lawyers, homemakers, police offers, dancers, business owners, college students, hairdressers, and many more wonderful people. The age range of our clients is 16 – 99. You are never too young or too old to have Lush Lashes!
How are the eyelash extensions applied?
A single natural eyelash is isolated and a synthetic or mink lash is glued to the top of your own natural eyelash approximately ¼ away from the eyelid so neither the glue or the lash has contact with the skin.
How long does the application take?
The procedure can take a minimum of 1 hour up to 3 hours depending on what full set you are getting, and 45 minutes to 1 hour for a fill-in. It is a meticulous procedure that requires patience and concentration, therefore it should not be rushed so that clients can leave with a perfect set of lashes. You relax with your eyes closed and there is no pain as this is a non-invasive procedure. Often clients are so relaxed they fall asleep!
Can I do eyelash extensions myself?
Absolutely not. Eyelash extensions can only be applied by a trained professional.
How are the lower lashes held down?
We use soft under eye collagen pads specifically designed for eyelash extensions. The lower lashes have to be held down so that they do not get stuck in the glue from the top eyelid.
Do eyelash extensions make my own lashes fall out?
No, definitely not, this is a myth. Often we see natural eyelashes grow fuller because of the break they get from mascara that contains chemicals and glycol. Your natural eyelash has a cycle and is constantly being replaced, like your hair.
Can I still wear eye makeup?
Yes, but you won’t need mascara and you may even find you won’t need eyeliner, but you can still use eyeliner and eye shadows as usual. Remember to remove makeup with a product that does not contain glycolic or oil of any kind, as this will affect the glue. To remove eye shadow, wet a cotton wipe with eye make-up remover and gently remove eye shadow in a side and upward movement, not down onto the eyelash extensions. Wiping down towards the lashes will cause a build up of makeup on the lashes and may lessen the life of them.
Can I wear mascara?
You won’t have to! You can roll out of bed looking great and best of all it will make your lashes look like you’re wearing mascara 24/7 without the clumping, streaking and smudging look that you get with mascara. No more running and streaking mascara, which is especially fantastic for brides on their special day! If desired, you can wear a non-waterproof on the lower lashes but remember to use an eye makeup remover that contains no glycolic.
Can I curl or perm eyelash extensions?
No, do not perm your beautiful new eyelash extensions. There is no need to, as the extension lashes hold their lovely shape. Using a clamp eyelash curler is not recommended and will lessen the life of your eyelash extensions and perhaps damage them.
How long do they last?
Up to 2 months or for the life of your natural lashes. Remember this is a semi-permanent beauty procedure. Do not be duped by those who promise “permanent” extensions or attachments that last for 2+ months. A real lash’s life cycle is around 25-28 days, and as yours grows and fall out, so will the synthetic ones that are attached. If your hair and nails grow quickly then that may indicate that your lashes also are growing, shedding and renewing themselves quickly so you may find that your lashes will not last as long as someone whose hair growth is slow. Your life style and what work you do will also make a difference how long they last. A set of lashes on a woman who works in the food industry where there is a lot of heat, steam, and oil may not last as well as a set of lashes on a woman who works in an air conditioned office.
Can I swim, shower, or exercise while wearing My Lush Lashes?
Yes. Our specially formulated adhesive allows you to shower, swim, exercise, and sleep worry-free while wearing My Lush Lashes Extensions. You can enjoy these lashes with little need to adjust your lifestyle.
I had eyelash extensions applied a few days ago and a few lashes have fallen out – why?
As explained above, the lash has a growth cycle, and unfortunately it is hard to determine which lash is ready to fall out naturally so it is unpredictable when applying the synthetic lashes. Each day we can loose 3-5 natural lashes, but often they fall out unnoticed unless they fall into your eye. But, when eyelash extensions are applied, we are more aware of when they shed, as we know the extensions are there, plus they are longer, darker, and thicker. If you sleep on your stomach with your face squashed into the pillow or you favor sleeping on one side, you may notice the lashes may not last as well as the other side.
What are fill-ins? Why do I need them? And how often do I need them?
Fill-ins are when the natural eyelash has fallen out (due to the eyelash cycle) and there has been an extension lash re-applied to it. You will require fill-ins every 3-4 weeks if you would like to achieve a consistently full, fresh set of lashes. At SKYN & My Lush Lashes ,we take the time to remove any eyelash extensions that have either grown out to far or are not sitting correctly.
Can I open my eyes during the procedure?
Yes, but please advise your technician before you open your eyes as two sharp tweezers are used when applying the lashes, and the glue must be dry.
Do the synthetic eyelashes come in different lengths and thickness?
Yes, because we specialize in eyelash extensions and we supply to other eyelash extension operators we carry a large range of lashes. Lengths available are 5mm – 16mm, in black and colored lashes: brown, purple, navy, pink, red, and green can be used as highlight amongst the black lashes. My Lush Lashes also uses “C” and “D” lashes. We apply what our clients request and we tailor make each lash design to suit each individual client. If you have a specific request or look, please discuss this with your eyelash extension technician on the day of your appointment.
Is the eyelash glue and glue remover safe?
Yes, in the right hands and by having your extensions applied by some one who has been correctly trained, it is safe. Beware of untrained people who claim they have been professionally trained with years experience. Because we specialize in eyelash extensions, we take great care to ensure that the adhesive and adhesive remover does not come in contact with the skin or eyes. The glue used at SKYN & My Lush Lashes is a high-quality, fast-drying glue which does not give a clumped look.
Why should I get eyelash extensions?
- It will cut your beauty routine time down in the mornings!
- No running or streaking mascara!
- The good news is that eyelash extensions make you able to flutter your lashes beautifully without mascara!
- Lasts up to 2 months with proper maintenance!
- No operation, no pain – non-invasive procedure!
- Safe in showers, swimming pools and saunas!
- Weightless and very natural looking!
- Eyelashes will appear longer, fuller, and darker!
- Your eyes will look bigger, more defined & gorgeous even with no make up!
- Great for people who wear contact lenses!
- Perfect for brides, moms on the run and busy people!
- Ladies who can’t wear mascara!
What do I need to do after my eyelash extension procedure?
- For the first 12 hours avoid getting the lashes wet to allow the glue to completely dry.
- Do not use a steam room or sauna for the first 48 hours to allow glue to cure.
- Be gentle and respect your new lashes. Avoid rubbing your eyes and do not pick and play with your lashes.
- Resist the temptation to touch or pull at your stunning new lashes as this will pull out your own natural lashes.
- Avoid getting them caught on clothes and towels.
- When drying your face, do not rub! Instead, blot your face and apply a gentle pressure to your closed eyes, then allow the extensions to dry naturally. Don’t try to dry them with the towel or hair dryer!
- Do not perm or curl the extensions using a clamp eyelash curlers!
- Avoid wearing mascara as this will lessen the life of your extensions.
- Do not use eye make-up remover that contains any type of glycolic products.
- Do keep the eye area clean. This is very important. Some ladies love their lashes so much they don’t even want to get them wet at all! Avoiding proper hygiene can result in an eye infection whether wearing eyelash extensions or not.
- Try and sleep on your back to avoid crushing your extensions in the pillow.
The golden rule for wearing eyelash extensions is the less you touch them, the longer they will last. However, it is important to keep the eye area clean.
Is there any reason why I can’t have eyelash extensions applied – Contra-Indications?
It is suggested that if you are an “eye rubber” due to allergies such as hay fever, or if rubbing your eyes is just a habit, or in the past you have experienced sensitivity around the eye area after using skin care or makeup, or generally having sensitivity around that area, the extensions may not suit you. If you use prescribed medicated eye drops or ointment this may coat the lashes and cause them to clump. Sometimes eyelash extensions cannot be applied to very curly eyelashes, as it will be difficult to glue an extension on. The eyelashes must be permed first. However, if you are unsure, please contact us to discuss it.
HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE AN EYE INFECTION OR HAVE RECENTLY UNDERGONE AN EYE OPERATION OR COSMETIC EYE SURGERY, IT WOULD BE BEST TO WAIT UNTIL THE EYE AREA HAS COMPLETELY HEALED.
Can the eyelash extensions be removed?
Yes, at any time, for any reason, they can be removed, however, there will be a removal charge. Refer to prices. The extension lashes are easily removed by using a glue remover and is safe. You cannot remove them yourself! You must contact a trained professional to have them removed.
I had my lashes applied somewhere else and they are a disaster with excessive amounts of glue clumping my lashes together. Can I have the lashes removed without getting new eyelash extensions?
Sadly, eyelash extensions are being applied by people who have had no training or have not been trained correctly. We are always happy to remove lashes that have been applied elsewhere without applying new lashes, however there will be a removal charge. Please refer to Eyelash Pricing.
I had eyelash extensions applied somewhere else and I am unhappy with them; can you fix them?
At SKYN, our technicians prefer not to mix their work with other peoples work, so it is advised that you either allow your extensions to naturally come off or contact us to discuss the options of having the extensions removed before your appointment to have a new set applied. If your eyes are red and sore from the incorrectly applied eyelash extensions that were applied elsewhere, we would advise resting your eyes from extensions for approximately 3-4 weeks before having a professional set reapplied at SKYN.
What should I do before my eyelash extension appointment?
Try not to put on any mascara or eye make-up before your appointment. If you wear contacts, bring your contact lens case with you to your appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY HAD YOUR EYELASHES PERMED, EYELASH EXTENSIONS CANNOT BE APPLIED UNTIL 3 MONTHS AFTER THE PERMING PROCEDURE.
I can’t bear to leave the house without makeup – can I wear foundation, eyeliner and eye shadow to my appointment?
Yes, it is fine to wear foundation, eyeliner, and eye shadow, however, your lower eyeliner maybe a little smudged after the procedure from wearing the under eye collagen eye pads.