A quick confidence-booster and dramatic eye enhancer, false lashes are already one of the hottest trends in 2019. This beauty hack has come a long way in the last few years, and now it’s easier than ever to apply and manage longer lashes. There are several types of false lashes on the market, each requiring a different care routine. If you’re looking to get into the world of false lashes, read on to learn more about the variety of styles and which one will best fit your lifestyle.

 

Lash Extensions Instead of False Eyelashes

Lash extensions have been a staple style among celebrities for many years. The extensions are available in three materials–mink, silk, and synthetic. Mink is the gold standard, but silk is by far the most common (due to its lower cost). Once you decide on a material, you should seek out a reliable and well-rated salon that specializes in natural looking lash extensions. The specialist administering the treatment will carefully apply single eyelash strands to your existing lashes. You shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure. The procedure itself lasts about two or three hours and you shouldn’t touch the lashes or get them wet for 24 hours after application.

The care regimen is simple–do not rub your eyes or wear waterproof mascara. The main downside to this approach is that it only lasts for about 6 weeks, and professionals recommend getting the lash extensions “filled out” every 2-3 weeks to prolong the life of the treatment. Classic lash extensions are best suited for those who are interested in trying out fake lashes but don’t want to spend too much money up front. It’s also a good option for those who don’t mind some routine maintenance.   

 

Magnetic Lashes

A subset of eyelash extensions are magnetic lashes. Magnetic lashes are similar to lash extensions, but have a couple of notable benefits that lash extensions don’t–they are reusable and they don’t require as much glue because the strands bind to each other through very small magnets. The application is also much faster.

This option does have a few downsides. Anyone with an allergy to nickel should steer clear, as nickel is part of the makeup of magnetic lashes. This style is ideal for anyone looking to save on time and maintenance for the same price range as lash extensions.

 

Lash Lifts Instead of Extensions

The final false lash option is called “lash lifts.” The procedure is slightly different from the other two options. Rather than adhering strands of false lashes, your existing lashes are treated with a silicone shield and perming solution that curls the lashes. The emulsion is applied for 6-12 minutes (the length of time depends on the client’s type of hair). After the lashes are curled, the solution is removed, and the lash professional applies a setting solution to help the lashes maintain the new shape.

Maintenance for lash lifts is similar to the protocol for lash extensions–you should not wet or the lashes and avoid applying mascara for 24 hours. This technique is more expensive, but it requires less maintenance in the long run. You can also continue to apply mascara to your normal eyelashes after the first 24-hour period. The main perk is that the treatment only takes about 45 minutes and lasts for 6-8 weeks. If you are willing to spend more money up front but want a more natural look that requires less routine care and touch-ups, opt for lash lifts.   

In general, if you’re considering false lashes but aren’t confident about which style would suit your lifestyle best, consult with a lash extension professional today. A lash expert can advise you on cost, tips and tricks, upkeep requirements, and fill you in on all the latest trends!