As you’ve probably noticed already, I was born with naturally thin & short eyelashes. Cause for permanent sorrow since I always chose to accentuate my eyes when I was wearing makeup.
And that doesn’t happen too often nowadays, but that’s ok, I’m comfortable with who I naturally am. It took me a while, but that’s another episode we’ll (maybe) get into one day. After trying too many mascaras, too many castor oil masks and cosmetic regenerators on my eyelashes, I finally got to the big question: Should I get Lashes Extensions or stick only to my eyelashes curler? Since some of you are also contemplating the same question, scroll down to see the pros&cons and the eyelashes math!
We all know how an eyelash curler works and although there are scientific ways to curl better, longer, the mechanical eyelash curler has its limitations. And we understand that when we buy our $7 eyelash curler (feel free to belt out more, like the $16 compact eyelash curler from Laura Mercier, but you know it won’t buy you longer lasting curls).
Tips for best eyelashes curling results with the mechanical eyelash curler:
• Heat your eyelash curler with the hair dryer and then curl your eyelashes. Be careful with the temperature, though, the eyes are really sensitive and they may tolerate less heat than, say, your fingertips!
• Opt out mascara or wait for the mascara to dry completely before curling your eyelashes. After you’ve curled the eyelashes, you’ll notice that applying your usual mascara un-curls them in a blink. Don’t fight it, you won’t get anywhere. Wait for the mascara to dry and then curl and you might get the right results (especially if you use a waterproof mascara)
• Coat your eyelashes in Vaseline before curling them. Be careful not to apply excess Vaseline, though, it’s not an easy feeling and it will look slightly odd too… However, the Vaseline before curling really works and the extra shine can mimic the mascara look.
Personally, I rarely use an eyelash curler because I found it’s way too much stress on my eyelashes. I know they grow back, but the thought of going eyelash-bald was unbearable – that’s how many of my eyelashes would fall off after the mechanical curling…
When I first heard about eyelash extensions, I thought I finally had a ticket for Eyelash Heaven! Looking more into the subject, though, I became more reluctant to actually getting eyelashes extensions. Because:
• Eyelash Extensions cost between $80-200 for a first set, carefully choose your salon!
• Eyelash Extensions will last you 3-4 weeks and then you need regular $30-70 touch-ups
• Not all Eyelash Extensions are alike: you can choose between mink, silk and synthetic and from 6mm to 17mm length, various thickness and color.
• Eyelash Extensions are glued to your natural lashes with a special product containing formaldehyde, a widely known human carcinogen.
• Eyelash Extensions need 2-3 hours to apply and sleeping on your back for the many nights after, plus 24 hours of no-water after you get your extensions.
• Eyelash Extensions should not be coated in mascara or they will fall off faster
• Eyelash Extensions will get you addicted!
Now for the math – my favorite mascara is around $30 a bottle (Lancome) and it should be tossed away every 6 months even if it’s not empty. So for a year, that’s like $60 worth of mascara. Add an average of $10 for a good eyelash curler, another $30 or so for an eyeliner (or a Khol crayon) for contouring and you’ll only spend around $100 for one year worth of eyelash makeup enhancing products.
Compared that to say, an average of $100 for the first set of eyelash extensions and then additional touchups of $30 every month and you get a total of $100 + $330 = $430 more or less for eyelash extensions & care for one year. $330 more than what you would normally spend for eyelash makeup (plus sleeping on your back for one year).
I’m still not ready for the extensions: are you?