Eyelash Extensions: How To Keep Them Looking Great Longer
By Alexis Wolfer (Thebeautybean.com)
Eyelash extensions can be quite the eye opener (literally). Unfortunately, they also require you open that wallet up (wide!) too. Sure, you can do the temporary stick-on ones for a night out on the town (if you do, may we suggest Eylure’s faux lashes, which are the easiest to apply that we’ve tried!), but if you’re looking to be more permanently glam (and who isn’t?!) Novalash lash extensions are the way to go. After spending an hour or more with your eyes taped shut and shelling out up to $450 though, seeing even just one of those precious lashes wash down the drain when you wash your face can be nothing short of heartbreaking. Thankfully, Alicia Hunter who is “lashing” with Novalash at Warren-Tricomi in NYC has 5 tips for us to help us keep our lashes looking full and fab as long as possible.
Use Approved Mascara. While your lash extensions should look beyond luscious without any additional mascara (and will last longer if you skip the mascara altogether), if you’re going to coat your eyelash extensions with mascara, which is particularly common for women as they get close to their fill-in date, make sure you use an approved mascara like Novalash’s glycol-free mascara.
The best mascaras if you don’t have extensions!
Go Gentle. Take heed from the mantra of museums: look, don’t touch. If they get tangled, daily brushing is fine, but don’t tug or pull on them or (you guessed it) they’ll come out!
Be Oil-Free. Oils can compromise the bond between the lash glue and your lashes, so keep greasy eye creams off of your lash line.
Have you heard about lash dip? Click here to learn more!
Remove Makeup Carefully. Be careful about how you remove your eye makeup
. Only use approved eye makeup
removers and always sweep up and away from the lash extensions, especially if the makeup contains ingredients that could break down the adhesive.
Maintain Regularly. Don’t wait too long between fill-ins. It’s better (for your lids and your checking account) to get small touch-ups every 2-4 weeks than to wait until they all shed and you have to start fresh. And, trust us, you’ll love the full, lush look and won’t want to wait anyway.
Fall eye makeup is all about bold lashes and definition. To create a defined line, draw slowly with a fine-tipped eyeliner to “ensure maximum control and precision,” says Moani Lee, global brand ambassador for Hourglass Cosmetics. “Gently lift your eyelid and buff ... liner along your lashline and in between your lashes,” she adds. Top off with mascara or false lashes for a very Angelina Jolie look.
(Credit: Getty Images / Anthony Harvey)
Article and photo by AMNY.com
Come into Salt City Lashes today to get a beautiful set of eyelash extensions to finish of this smokey eye look. Who doesn't want to look more like Angelina Jolie!
FASCINATING article on fashionstyle.com today about singer Rihanna's beauty regimen.
We at Salt City Lashes are always fascinated by the beauty habits of celebrities because these are women how have tons of money and can afford any treatment or products and have to look good at all times.
According to the article, Rihanna has a personal eyelash extensionist who travels with her everywhere as she typically gets adjustments to her lashes done daily! How nice would that be?
So there you have it, the real truth. Celebrities are just as obsessed with their lashes as we all are. They just happen to have the money and need to have them professionally maintained 24/7.
I can't decide if I would hate or love that job... Maybe if Rihanna ever comes to Salt Lake City without her lash artist she'll hit us up :)
I'm also curious where this lash artist was trained. So many questions. I'm positive Salt City Lashes offers the best eyelash extension training so I want to see this person in action!
Too many times we at Salt City Lashes will get a new client who has on a bad set of eyelash extensions. Sometimes they are so bad that their lashes are too damaged and short to apply eyelash extensions safely. (To these ill trained lash artists, we implore you to take our training.) For these unfortunate victims we typically recommend they use a lash serum and return in 2-4 weeks for eyelash extension services at Salt City Lashes where we will never damage your natural lashes. We also offer free removal to anyone with lash extensions whether you got them from us or not.
Here is one article and review of a lash serum found on The Courier-Journal.com
The Best | Cosmetic eyelash builder
Eugenia Badger, Who won’t blink at buying more 4:13 p.m. EDT September 26, 2014
When I first heard about the prescription drug to grow eyelashes, it caught my attention and made me wonder about my eyelashes.
I have always hated mascara and thought it was painful to wear. My dad has threatened to disown me over the fact that I can get anything and everything into my eyes at any given point in time. So, when I heard the ad, I thought about the purpose of my lashes: They were there to keep things out of my eyes.
I called my doctor. He told me that it was really expensive and that my insurance would not cover it. OK, but I wouldn't give up.
I investigated over-the-counter/cosmetic lash builders. I had never noticed that there was such a thing until I heard the prescription drug ad. I located one and decided to try it.
I bought a tube of eyelash-enhancing serum called RapidLash. It is made in the United States and contains a product called Hexatein complex. It is applied at night to the tops of both the upper and lower lashes with a small brush. It is totally painless.
In about one week, I saw results. I had lashes! In two weeks, I had lashes to which mascara applied easily and looked nice. Mascara was no longer a pain.
The product is available in almost any drugstore for $40-$50. A tube lasts right at 30 days. It never has made my lashes such that I do not need mascara, but it has made mascara easier to apply and gotten me compliments on my lashes.
The best part of it for me is that I have not gotten anything airborne into my eyes since the 10th day of using the product.
It may be worth trying if you get things into your eyes easily or if you hate mascara but feel that you need to wear it.
The hottest trend in makeup right now is a very natural look. You would be surprised at how many of our eyelash extension clients at Salt City Lashes go natural everyday thanks to the confidence they get from having even the most natural looking eyelash extensions. Just look at this article from royalgazette.com
Achieve that natural look with subtle make-up
by Nadia Arandjelovic
Best way to impress a date? Go natural.
It’s the one style that’s a proven keeper, according to New York-trained make-up artist Maria de Braga.
“You can never go wrong with that,” she said. “Always remember the most important tip: less is more.”
The 27-year-old, who has been in the business for five years, says she has seen tons of make-up trends rolled out on the runways at international fashion weeks.
The natural look remains her staple.
Applying too much foundation is one of the biggest mistakes women make, she said.
Her advice? Skip it entirely and use a tinted moisturiser or lightweight foundation that matches your skin tone instead.
Add concealer to any areas that need further correction, if necessary.
She said: “When it comes to buying new products, always try before you buy. Make-up is expensive, so you don’t want to invest in products that don’t deliver the results you desire. And most department stores will give you a sample of the product.”
Most women want their look to be a mix of sweet and sexy when they hit the town for a special night out, Ms deBraga said.
The most requested make-up trend at the moment is the ‘smoky eye’. The make-up artist recommends that women keep it subtle if they want an understated yet polished look.
“I always recommend that a woman sticks to a look that she’s comfortable with by playing up one feature; eyes, lips or skin,” Ms de Braga said.
“If you’re a woman who likes a good smoky eye, substitute the black and grey hues for brown and nude colours. Dust your cheeks with a soft blush colour and pair this look off with a natural shade of lipstick [or lip tint].
“Or if you like bold colours and want a simple yet chic look, opt for bold red lipstick with simple eye make-up, adding a bit of mascara and filling in your brows. If you’re a statement woman, add a winged tip liner for a more classic look.”
She believes that dewy skin, paired with really soft pink or neutral colours can help women achieve a more romantic look.
But she insists you have to invest in the right make-up to pull this look off.
“Use products that have a satin pearly finish, not glittery ones,” she said.
Ms deBraga’s philosophy with everyday make-up is that it should subtly enhance and conceal some features, but not take away from the actual person.
“However, I do believe that make-up and confidence have a reinforcing relationship,” she explained. “I’ve seen first hand how make-up can instil confidence just by looking at my clients faces after seeing themselves in the mirror after a makeover.”
I love this article from Nymag.com because most of my clients who get eyelash extensions at Salt City Lashes wear NO Makeup at ALL! They are so hip and beautiful!
Why Has Makeup Gotten So Minimal?
By Kathleen Hou
By the end of Fashion Week last fall, I had become bored of nude makeup. The first five times, it was interesting — but a beauty editor reporting on nude makeup is like being a weather reporter in Hawaii. Surely, I thought, spring would be different. Spring is light! Spring is pretty! Spring brings lip colors (usually)!
But instead, several shows this month — from New York to Milan to Paris — have again featured next-to-nothing makeup. Nude lips became even nuder — your natural lip color, flourished only with an untinted lip balm. Perspiration was the inspiration. London nails were left notably bare, in the city that practically birthed nail art. There have been a very few lip colors in Milan. Glitter was on the clothing and not on the eyes at Versace. (And then, there was truly no makeup at Marc Jacobs — news so significant that it even popped up in our building's elevator news report.)
As makeup artist Diane Kendal — who created many of this season’s “fresh” and “natural” looks at Alexander Wang and Marc by Marc Jacobs — put it, it's a "weird time for beauty and hair right now." She explained: "I think it's hard to create a look that’s modern and relevant. Modern women don’t wear much makeup. Unless you are doing something with a set like with Marc Jacobs or Prada, it can look a bit gimmicky and doesn’t translate so well, like you are trying too hard."
Backstage beauty, for a second season, felt like 50 shades of nothingness. When makeup artists detailed their inspirations backstage in New York, I found that fresh was a code word to describe next-to-nothing makeup with a slight hint of blush, and natural meant next-to-nothing makeup with a shade of taupe. I wasn’t ready to utter the word normcore, but some hair and makeup people thought there might be a connection. As hairstylist James Pecis told me backstage at Honor, "This whole season has been about normcore, which I think should really be called boringcore.” Boringcore? “You know. Low ponytails.” I counted. On September 5 alone, there were seven low ponytails seen at shows, including Jason Wu and Wes Gordon. In Milan, hair was either sweaty (as seen at Marni) or in a low pony, as seen at Prada, Fendi (with some ponytail ornamentation), and Ferragamo.
Low ponytails and no makeup are hardly cause for alarm, but it’s notable that so many designers and makeup artists have chosen to make this season’s runway beauty so deliberately minimal. Maybe the paring down of everything is a reaction to social media — where color and eye-catching beauty is exhaustively popular, and the right lip color and dip-dyed hair can practically forge someone's street-style identity. Or maybe we're just all suffering collective exhaustion from trying too hard.
For the woman who regularly uses little makeup, let's take this as a sign that we keep doing what we're doing. Not trying hard, after all, will always be cool.
I love everything about this article:
Breakthrough Breast Cancer ambassador Kerry Rubins has her false eyelashes at the ready for next challenge
26 September 2014
by Eleanor Perkins
Miss Rubins, pictured, who has been fundraising and campaigning for the breast cancer charity for more than seven years, will set off for the eight-day challenge on Friday, October 10 in a bid to defeat the 2,430 metre mountain.
While others on the walk have said they will be taking Compeed for blister protection and Batchelors Cup a Soup to keep them going, Miss Rubins said: “The one thing I can’t leave behind is my false eyelashes. If I’m going to collapse with altitude sickness, I want to look glamorous. I would take my hair straighteners but my partner reminded me there wouldn’t be any electricity.”
Kerry Rubins, who conquered The Great Wall of China in 2012, will now take on Machu Picchu in Peru
Miss Rubins has embarked on many personal challenges, dressed in pink, raising nearly £100,000 which has been in support and memory of her dear friend, Julie Mortimer who died in 2010.
She said: “This charity is very dear to my heart. My fundraising is Julie’s legacy and long may it live on.”
Miss Rubins will be one of 24 taking part and joined by five others whom she climbed the Great Wall of China with in 2012.
She said: “I suggested on the last day of China, why don’t we do Machu Picchu in two years time. So when I got back, I set up a Facebook page and asked who’s in.
“Originally 11 of the 14 signed up but we’re down to six comrades. I never knew them before, but we’ve remained friends.”
Miss Rubins has chosen to complete the climb in October due to the low humidity.
She said she will lead the group in a singalong every day and has already asked them to get thinking about their daily song preferences. She will also keep a diary.
She said: “I’m really excited and nervous. I will be relying on a lot of positive mental attitude because I haven’t really had the time to train properly. I exercise three times a week and I have taken up cycling.
“This one is for everyone who has lost someone and everyone who is going through treatment. I just want it to be for everyone.”
Miss Rubins has already raised a astounding £8,000 for the charity via this challenge but would welcome any donations to the cause. She will be taking small gifts out to the Peruvian children including pencils and pads.
To donate contact Kerry on 07708 913976 or visit www.justgiving.com/kerry-rubins23/
I get so tired of reading articles about eyelash extensions that are quite simply based on one person's bad experience. I appreciate this article and the way it was written.
Eyelash extensions: what you should know
By Patricia Kozicka Global News
EDMONTON – What woman doesn’t want long, luscious lashes? From mascaras to lengthening serums and re-usable fake eyelashes, there’s no shortage of products on the market that promise to do the trick. The solution more and more women are opting for lately, though, are eyelash extensions.
“It really just fills in that eye line and makes the eye pop. And for some women, it really gives a lot of confidence,” says Laurel Sweetnam of Laurel’s Lash Studio.
However, what many may not know is that this is an unregulated industry. Anyone with a pair of tweezers and some glue can put them on; so if you’re not careful, instead of getting gorgeous lashes, you could end up with none.
Having heard the horror stories, Egzona admits she was a little nervous about getting her eyelash extensions. She chose to go to Lash Affair to test them out before her wedding.
After choosing from three different types of lashes (synthetic, mink, and silk) and a number of various styles, she was walked-through the application process.
Courtney Buhler taped down Egzona’s lower lashes with collagen hydrating gel pads, which double as an anti-wrinkle treatment during the procedure. After putting on some lash primer to remove any oil or makeup residue and ensure the extensions stick, Buhler began placing them onto Egzona’s natural lashes, one by one.
“The most important thing with lash extensions is that they’re properly isolated so that when they grow out, and as they’re growing out it’s comfortable for you,” she explained.
The key to that, she adds, is leaving a small space between the extensions and eyelid to give room for the eye to swell.
When it was all finished nearly two hours later, Egzona couldn’t believe her eyes.
“So amazing, can’t stop staring,” she said with a laugh. “I swear I have mascara on.”
Being able to ditch the mascara is a huge draw for many women who get eyelash extensions. For those who can’t seem to live without it, there are special mascaras, eyeliners and makeup removers that are easy on the extensions.
But bride-to-be Sonia, who got her eyelash extensions at Laurel’s Lash Studio, is looking forward to less maintenance. She says the finished product exceeded her expectations.
“They look so real,” she gushed when she first saw them. “Feels like my natural lashes, just more voluminous and amazing.”
“I just put 120 extensions on her and could have kept on going. I have some clients I put on 40 eyelash extensions on and that’s all that they can handle,” explains Laurel Sweetnam.
She worries that others that provide the service aren’t as careful, though, and would like to see the industry regulated.
“Heard about one, she said that she learned it on YouTube,” says Sweetnam. “And this woman came in and probably 60 to 70 per cent of her natural lashes were gone.”
Crystal Grimoldby had a similar experience, except her lash loss occurred after deciding to stop getting the eyelash extension fills due to the cost and time involved.
“I was noticing that when they had basically all come out, I had none of my own eyelashes left,” she recalled. “They were basically just little short stubbies that you couldn’t even tell I had eyelashes. So I had to wait about four or five months before I saw my own length back to normal.”
Like Sweetnam, she would like to see some guidelines put in place.
“In the States, they have to be either a nurse, or have gone to esthetics school for two years. They have serious training,” Sweetnam says. “Here in Alberta, we don’t.”
Health Canada has more information on the only guidelines that do exist in Canada.
Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about eyelash extensions:
What to look for when getting them:
1. The training/qualifications of the person who will be applying the lashes.
2. A guarantee so that if there’s a problem with the lashes within the first few days, you can get a complimentary touch-up or fill.
3. A portfolio – the place you choose to have the service should ideally have a website or Facebook page that shows pictures of their actual work, not images they pulled off Google.
4. A variety of lash extension types so that you can get the ones that are best suited to you.
Avoid what are called “cluster” eyelashes, which are sold as a group of lashes tied together at the base with a knot. The knot is placed on your natural lashes, giving it a very full look. Both Sweetnam and Buhler say the knot being glued onto your lashes doesn’t allow your natural lashes to shed naturally, causing tugging and pulling.
“In extreme cases,” says Buhler, “if women wear clusters or semis for months on end, they can actually lead to semi-permanent follicle bald spots, thinned out lashes and it takes them months, if not a year, to grow back.”
Other than ensuring that you’re getting single lashes, make sure the glue that’s being used when applying your extensions is actually meant for your eyes.
Buhler says she’s seen people come in with nail glue or crazy glue that their normal remover wouldn’t even break down.
How long do they last:
Buhler say lash extensions are designed to shed with your natural lashes; and lashes from the baby stage to the point they grow out do shed every 45 to 60 days.
But the lash extensions will not last that long. Your lash extensions will likely start to look patchy and have gaps after a couple of weeks, so most women have them filled every two and half to three and a half weeks to keep them looking full and natural.
Buhler explains that the durability will differ depending on your lifestyle.
“For example, women who like to do hot yoga every day, or women who like to swim in the pool a couple times a week – they’ll have a harder time with lash extensions than someone who just sits in an office…and is never really hard on their lashes.”
Lash Affair also carries an after-care line, which includes a sealant that’s supposed to extend the lifespan of the extensions. It’s recommended for those who are expect to sweat lots, either from activities like hot yoga, or from being in a tropical climate.
“Oils are the number one enemy of lash extensions so if you use your sealant, every time you put it on, it adheres the bonds,” Buhler says.
Types of lashes:
Synthetic – the most basic kind of lash which is also the least expensive extension type.
Silk – tend to be very popular as they are the “darkest, richest black,” says Buhler. “They provide the fullest overall look and kind of that deep mascara look.”
Mink – preferred by women “who are wanting a really natural lash look, and…a softer black.”
Prices can range anywhere from $80 to $250.
After trying eyelash extensions, Crystal Grimoldby now uses Stimulash, a $90 eyelash growing serum available at most drug stores that she claims has given her longer lashes.
“Within about three months,” she says, “my eyelashes were…quite long, people were asking me ‘Do you have extensions?’ And I don’t.”
With files from Julie Matthews, Global News
This was a funny little article that was on nymag.com I liked it ;) At Salt City Lashes we always like to tell our new clients what to expect as far as reactions and experiences of first timers getting eyelash extensions.
I Got Lash Extensions: How Obvious Do They Look?
By Charlotte Cowles
"You want natural?" asked the lady at the eyelash extension salon. She peered at my short, straight, normal lashes, no doubt sizing up my eyelids' potential real estate. "Yes, please, as natural as possible," I said, terrified that I'd wind up like the woman I'd seen in the waiting room, who looked like she could sweep floors just by blinking. I settled down on the salon's soft table and immediately fell asleep. When I woke up, about 40 minutes later, the aesthetician had gently applied 50 tiny hairs to my existing lash line.
I blinked at my freshly lashed self in the mirror. I could still smell the glue, but my eyes felt fine — a little odd, but nothing I couldn't get used to. My new lashes extended quite a bit further than my normal ones, and curled delicately at the ends. I looked vaguely cartoonish, like Betty Boop, or a poodle. After getting a lecture on how to take care of them (in short: don't use oil-based products on your eyes), I went to have dinner with a friend, who, to my surprise and relief, didn’t notice anything different about me at all. I decided that I wouldn't tell anyone about the eyelash extensions, and see if anyone said anything.
Part of the experiment was born out of bashfulness. The fact that I spent money to get extra hairs glued onto my face purely out of curiosity (er, for "work") made me feel a little silly. Vanity is embarrassing! I'd actually bought a voucher for the extensions several months prior when I came home drunk and was clicking through Gilt Groupe; I wanted to try it, but I needed excuses (liquor, and a discount) to do so. Therein lies the catch-22 of artificial beauty: I want to look prettier, but not have anyone know that my looks are unnatural, or that I've gone out of my way to achieve them.
To help you determine how noticeable these things are, here's how long it took people in my life to figure me out:
Boyfriend: Two seconds. The night I got them, he was asleep when I came home. When his alarm went off the next morning, he rolled over, saw my face on the pillow, and exclaimed, "WOAH." The initial shock wore off after a few minutes, and then he told me they looked pretty.
Boss, Stella Bugbee: 30 seconds. "You've got some crazy eyelashes going on," she said, squinting at my face as we walked into a meeting together.
Co-worker, Diana Tsui: Two minutes. “One of your eyelashes is looking a little funky,” she pointed out in the office bathroom. (Note: This was a common problem — some of the lashes had a tendency to flip upside down and point in the wrong direction. Twisting them back around by hand was awkward but effective.)
Female friend: Five minutes. "Are you wearing eyelash extensions?" she asked after we ordered drinks. She then explained that she's gotten them several times before, so she's good at spotting them.
Former college roommate: 43 minutes. She now lives in Chicago, so I only see her once every few months. We were halfway through a bottle of wine at my kitchen table when she asked, "Are your eyelashes real?"
Dad: Two days into a weekend-long family gathering in New Mexico. "So, why are your eyelashes so long?" he asked. He originally thought I was just wearing lots of mascara, but got suspicious when we took a long, rainy hike and my eyes still looked intact.
Aunt: Also two days. As soon as my dad asked, she confessed that she'd been wondering, too.
People who did NOT notice, or at least didn’t say anything: My brother, several co-workers, all of my male friends, and most remarkably, a makeup artist who put eyeliner on me for a beauty story. My mom also didn't say anything, which was surprising, because normally she can spot a new freckle on my face from across a room and immediately asks if I've gone to the dermatologist lately. People seemed most likely to notice when I wasn't dressed up; in other words, when I looked put-together, people probably just thought I was wearing more makeup than usual.
All in all, they were subtle enough that I never felt self-conscious — a success, in my book — and I found myself mourning each little fake lash when they began to fall out after a few days. After a week and a half, things were looking a little ragged, so I got a "re-lash" — basically a booster round that's cheaper than a full set. That was a week ago, and they're still going strong.
I have always been a huge fan of Gwen Stefani. She is a music and style icon. Yet anther example of a celebrity who does eyelash extensions right! Even if they are strips, you just can't go without and get the same effect.
Here is People Magazine's article:
We’ve never been more excited about The Voice, and that’s because we love tuning in to see not only what Gwen Stefani will be wearing, but what beauty look she’ll be going for (and, okay, which hat Pharrell will show up in). Back to Stefani: We knew she would do her signature red lip for her Season 7 debut, but we also loved her eye makeup look, hair … basically all of it. So we tracked down all the scoop on how to get her look
Luckily, we got a breakdown of the singer’s glam beauty moment created by celebrity makeup artist Gregory Arlt. In the clip below, Darcy Gilmore, the head of The Voice makeup department, gives a step by step tutorial on how to achieve Stefani’s dewy skin, winged liner and this amazing lashes. (Spoiler: They’re falsies!)