One of the most common questions people ask me is, "how long do eyelash extensions last?" While it varies for every person, they typically "last" about 3 - 4 weeks. However, to maintain them well and keep them looking like you just had them done, I recommend going in for a "fill" every 2 - 3 weeks.
Since not everyone has the time or money to get them touched up constantly, there are some tips that I live by, to help my lashes look amazing for as long as possible! They're basic, but oh so important. So, without further with-do, here's my top five tricks to keep your lashes looking fresh for longer...
1. Avoid getting them wet for the first 48 hours
At your appointment, your lash artist will tell you to keep your lashes dry (**no shower, sauna, workout...) for the first 24 - 48 hours. Even though you can get them wet after 24 hours, to make double-sure the adhesive is dry through and through, I wait at least 48 hours to get them wet. This sounds nasty pretty quickly when you realize it means no shower for 2 days! So, this leads me to point number two...
2. Shower the night before/morning of your lash appointment
One mistake I made my first time, and will NEVER make again, is not washing my hair the day I had my lashes done. I thought that I'd do the good ol' dry shampoo fix for one more day, and wash it the next without getting my eyes wet. What I didn't think about was that a shower means steam and steam can loosen the adhesive.
3. Avoid wearing eye makeup
This might seem a little dramatic because you can wear eyeshadow, eyeliner and some people even say very light, non-waterproof mascara. However, with lash extensions on, my eyes look amazing without anything else. And, who doesn't love taking less time on their makeup in the morning? I know I do!! Having lash extensions cuts my makeup time in half... No, seriously! And I am not complaining about it :)
4. Brush your lashes morning and night
Just like you brush your teeth or your hair (at least) twice a day, brush your lashes in the morning and at night. When you get your lashes done, the last artist will send you home with a mini lash brush. It looks like an eyebrow brush, but for your lashes. I make it part of my beauty routine and keep my lash brush near my hairbrush and toothbrush, so I remember at least twice a day. This is so important as it will keep them detangled and looking like you just had them done!
5. Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your back helps the lashes to stay in place and not become deformed and clumped as you sleep. If you don't usually sleep on your back, this one might be the hardest of them all. Since I'm 50/50 between being a back and side sleeper, I've had to work with this trick a bit to make it comfortable and still safe for my lashes. One way to cheat sleeping on your side is to ensure your eyes hang off the pillow. Sounds uncomfortable, right? I thought it would be too, but I don't even notice the difference!
So, those are my top 5 tricks to making eyelash extensions look fabulous between fills. Do you have any tips and tricks to making your lash extensions last? If so, I'd love to hear about them in the comment section below!
Winking at you,
(Inside Salon 47)