While eyelash extensions are glamorous and convenient, maintaining them is not exactly the same. In order to make your investment worth your money there are some steps and precautions you can take to ensure they last their full cycle and possibly even longer! These 5 tips have helped me in taking care of my extensions helping them last anywhere from 4-6 weeks.

1. DO NOT Use Oil Based Eye Makeup Remover – Under no circumstance should you use oil on your eyes. This will just loosen the adhesive on your extensions and cause major fall out.

Recommended Product: Make Up Forever Sens’Eyes – Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser. This makeup remover is specially formulated to use on synthetic lashes.

2. DO NOT wear mascara – I have heard from some lash technicians that it is okay to wear mascara however I believe this to be false. The reason being you will have to remove the mascara later on by rubbing your eyes and lashes which just causes fall out when washing the mascara off.

3. DO NOT Wear Waterproof Eyeliner – while this seems like a no brainer I had to make a conscious effort to not use my beloved waterproof Stila Eyeliner and 24/7 Urban Decay Eyeliner on my top lash line.

Recommended Product: Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen – Not waterproof but the tip is perfect for precise lines when having to dodge your extensions.

4. Use Eyelash Serums – While eyelash extensions should not damage your natural lashes, I believe you still need to take the proper steps to ensure your natural lashes remain undamaged. Using a serums encourages growth and can even strengthen the bond between the lashes and and the extensions

Recommended Product: Lashfood Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhance. This serum is gentle enough for sensitive eyes (no stinging/irritation) and it keeps my lashes growing strong!

5. Clean/Blowdry/Brush – In order to keep the extensions in place I have noticed that cleansing them with a gently foam cleanser (without oil), blow-drying them, and brushing them out with a clean mascara wand keeps them looking new and prevents them from tangling. Many people try not to get their extensions wet and while this may be a good idea most of the time, there are times when they need to be cleaned. This is especially necessary if you wear eye makeup with them.

If you are trying to decide whether to get eyelash extensions check out my post

5 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions

I don’t usually enjoy drugstore foundations.

To be honest, I’ve become somewhat of a makeup snob – but for *valid* reasons! Drugstore brands don’t cater to olive-yellow toned women like me and it’s nearly impossible to find a formula that works with my combo-oily skin without making me look super cakey. Also, the enormous list of potentially bad-for-you ingredients gives me chills. So I retreat back to the mothership where I feel safest buying makeup – Sephora.

That is, until I heard about L’Oreal’s Infallible line. The Pro-Matte and the Pro-Glow are talked about so much amongst the beauty community – a yellow toned foundation! Luminous! Matte! Lightweight! Long-lasting! It seemed too good to be true…

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You Are Paying for Convenience

Waking up with beautiful lashes comes at a cost. With a full set of lashes costing around $100-$250 this isn’t a cheap process. It is recommended that you get a refill every 2-4 weeks which costs around $60-100 to keep your lashes full.

Having full lashes in the morning saves me a great deal of time getting ready. I just dab on some concealer, bronzer, and a touch of eyebrow pencil and I am out the door. I also generally feel prettier without any make up on. For ladies who have a very simple make up routine extensions might be your saving grace!

Warning : Lash Extensions do get super addicting so just be aware of the costs!

Before and After 3 Week Refill

Eyelash Extensions Are High Maintenance

So not only do lashes cost a lot, but they also need proper care and maintenance everyday. You should not rub your eyes or use any form of oil based products near your lashes. Removing make up is also a different process with extensions on. You have to rub around your lashes and be very careful not to pull on any. I recommend using q tips and non oil based make up removers to ensure your lashes stay in tact.

When your extensions get wet after washing your face you will need to blow dry them and comb them through with a clean mascara wand. This ensures that they stay in the right place and do not get tangled.

There are Different Types of Lash Extensions

Lash extensions come in different materials such as mink, synthetic mink, and silk. They also come in different lengths in which you can choose to have different lengths placed from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner. Furthermore, there are different levels of curl which range from J, C, SC, and D curls. My favorites are synthetic mink, cat eye shape (length 10-12), and D curls.

A newer option which is not available in all salons are air volume lashes or Russian volume lashes. These are 3 lashes in one extensions that are lighter than 1 regular lash extension. These usually cost a little more but are my personal favorite because they look and feel lighter and fluffier.

Air Volume Lashes (10-12 Length) – C Curl

Wearing Make Up with Extensions

While you can wear eye make up with your lash extensions, I find it harder to put on eye shadow and eyeliner with them on. Its kind of like having falsies on and trying to blend eye shadow. You can’t help but nudge your lashes with your brush when applying make up. Typically, your lashes will last longer if you aren’t wearing eye make up everyday since there is less touching around your eye area. I wear eye makeup around 2-3 times a week and my lashes last me 4 weeks.

The only make you you shouldn’t be wearing is mascara and false lashes. The glue will get stuck in your extensions making them difficult to clean. For me this is a con because I LOVE falsies. They add such drama to make up looks. Extensions can be dramatic but they do not provide the drama that falsies give you which is something to keep in mind!

Your Natural Lashes Will Not Fall Out

With proper care and a reputable salon, your real lashes should stay intact. I recommend going to a salon with good reviews. Each eyelash extension is to be glued to 1 natural lash which ensures your lashes will stay healthy. It is not normal if you notice a lot of natural lash fall out, however some natural lash fall out is okay. Lashes go through shedding cycles and when a lash sheds the extension will fall of with it.

I do recommend using a lash serum when you have extensions in! This ensures proper growth of new lashes and will keep your adult lashes healthy.

Sparse brows & lashes? LashFood has you covered!


PC: Sephora

LashFood Browfood Tinted Brow Enhancing Gelfix

Cost: $24.00

What It Does:
This lightweight gel tints, conditions, and holds brows for up to 12 hrs.

My shade: Dark Brunette

Why I Like It:
– Easy to use, time-saving, fool-proof application
– Gives a natural brow look (soft & feathery, but full)
– Good color (not too ashy or too warm)
– Long-lasting (I wore it for up to 8 hrs with no fading)
– Loaded with fibers so brows appear more full

FYI:
– This works only if you have enough brow hairs for the gel to grip onto!

My Rating: 5/5 – a standout product of 2017!


PC: Sephora

LashFood Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer

Cost: $78.00

What It Does:
An eyelash serum consisting of a blend of organic medicinal herb extracts that have been scientifically demonstrated to activate lash follicles and support the natural growth of lashes.

Back Story:
Since getting lash extensions for a wedding, many of my natural lashes have fallen out. I needed a lash serum to help strengthen the remaining lashes and support the growth of new ones!

Why I Like It:
– Gentle & does not sting my eyes
– Lashes appeared less sparse after 3-4 weeks
– Conditions lashes

What Could Be Improved:
– As with most lash serums, visible changes are difficult to pinpoint onto a specific variable- was it the serum or was it time that made my lashes appear more dense after 3-4 weeks? And for a product that costs $78, not many people will want to find out!

My Rating: 3.5/5

Liquid lipsticks have been a popular make up item for quite some time and with so many brands to choose from its hard to find the perfect one! While liquid lipsticks have that amazing matte finish that is made to last, most also come with the consequence of making your lips dry and flakey. Susan and I have tested many brands on the market and have come to the conclusion that Kat Von D makes the best liquid lipsticks!

Where to PurchaseSephora

Why: Trendy, long lasting matte liquid lipstick –Perfect for eating and drinking without color fading. Our go to lipstick for a night out!

Price: $20

Tips & Tricks: To get optimal results I recommend you moisturize your lips right before applying. This will create a smooth base and keep the lipstick from cracking or crumbling on your lips. To take a step further (this step isn’t necessary), exfoliating with a lip scrub right before moisturizing and application will make your lips look even better.

Michelle’s Favorite Colors: Outlaw, Double Dare (my go to and favorite), Lolita, Mother

Susan’s Favorite Colors: Mother, Lovesick, Melancholia, Requiem

Mother, Lovesick, Melancholia, Requiem

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Super pigmented
  • Long Lasting – Lasts when eating and drinking (if you are eating oily foods you might have to touch it up)
  • Dries Matte
  • Not super drying like most formulas
  • Does not cause your lips to peel
  • Comes off easily with oil based make up remover

Cons

  • Pricey – at $20 dollars each you could buy 2-3 drugstore liquid lipsticks. However we feel the quality does not compare
  • Lack of colors – I love the formula but feel brands such as ABH have a wider range of colors

MY RATING: 9/10 – I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!