Eyelash extensions seem to be as essential as the red lip this season. With celebs rocking them daily and the rest of us pining to indulge before a big night out, they’ve become to our faces what the little black dress is to our wardrobes: the must have accessory for a glam night out. But a trip to the salon for extensions can be pricey (and time consuming) and doing it ourselves seems nothing short of a disaster waiting to happen. So, we sat down with Monika Crouch, celebrity make up artist and eyelash extension specialist at Pierre Michel Salon, to find out everything we need to know about lash extensions…
First of all, Monika, are lash extensions for everyone?
Eyelash extensions work for every age, ethnicity and lifestyle. I always like to get a little background on what the client does on a day-to-day basis in terms of her job, daily style, or to find out if she is getting lashes for daily use or for an occasion to help determine the style of lashes that she would be most happy with. But false lashes can be applied on all eye shapes and work for anyone.
Lash extensions are incredibly popular in salons, but what should we know before getting them done by a pro?
Lashes have definitely become more and more popular through the years, but people should do a little research before going to the first cheap place they find. Finding out what products are used is a great start. If the company and products are not made here in the U.S., be weary. Foreign products are not FDA approved and can be dangerous. Just because you are told they will stay longer, you never know; they could be using crazy glue! Also, most people that have been doing lashes for awhile have it down to a science with time (repetition makes you quicker), so be careful of places that say it takes 2, 3 or even 4 hours. If it takes that long they are probably not very experienced.
If we want to DIY it, where should we start?
With so many lash choices, it can get confusing as to what to choose. All the different styles are really a personal preference. The ones that are shorter and fuller will give you just that: shorter and fuller lashes. The longer ones will give you lots of length, with less fullness. Whether you prefer strips or clusters or individual lashes is also a personal preference; however, the individual clusters or individual lashes can give you a more natural look.
Are there certain lashes/glues you should use at home that work the best?
If you are putting on lashes yourself whether it be strips or clusters, the brands in the drugstores are great. Ardell and Duo are a couple that I would recommend.
Can we still wear all our favorite eye makeup?
All regular makeup can be used with lash extensions. Mascara can be worn, but is definitely not recommended. Wearing mascara will make lashes clumpy and cause lashes to fall off prematurely
When we’re ready to go back to our natural lashes, what’s the best way to get the falsies off?
Eyelash extensions should really be removed by a professional with professional remover. But, if that’s not an option, you should just let them shed on their own.