Lash extensions are all the rage for the perfect low-maintenance beauty look that has you looking like your best self 24/7. Lash extensions are the perfect beauty hack to partake in during this era of the popular “no makeup” makeup trend. Lash extensions don’t require you to put on and take off mascara daily and instead leave you with the perfect “I woke up like this” look that so many women crave. Not only is it convenient and time-saving in the morning to not have to put on as much makeup, but it also allows you to have gorgeous lashes in a semi-permanent state that is superior to what makeup can accomplish. Now more than ever, women are learning to accomplish this beauty habit at home and are saving money by not having to budget for a lash tech appointment every six weeks. By using a quality eyelash extension kit, women are taking this beauty hack into their own hands. We’ve consulted the experts and compiled a list of everything you need to know.
Before you begin, it’s essential to get familiar with the tool. Practice makes perfect, and it’s crucial you practice maneuvering the angles needed for the bonding, applying, and fusing motions. Knowing all the different angles to hold the tool and practicing before you begin will indeed have a better experience.
Prep your lashes by using a cleansing solution to remove the oils, makeup, and dirt from your lashes. These oils can prevent your lash extensions from bonding correctly. Start by taking a clean spoolie brush and dipping it in the cleanser. Coat your lashes with it like you would with mascara. Always make sure your eyelashes are completely dry before beginning the next step.
To start, apply one thin layer of the first bonding solution, which is usually black like mascara. It must go on non-clumpy, so you might want to keep a clean spindle to brush through, just in case. Do not over bond during this step! Once you’ve applied this coat, you must let your lashes dry to the point of being tacky. You can check if it’s tacky enough by seeing if your fingernail sticks to the lash. If it does, you’re good to go.
In the next step of the bonding, you apply a small applicator one to two millimeters above your natural waterline. This will help ensure your lashes aren’t touching your wet waterline or feeling uncomfortable or heavy. Some kits make this bonding agent turn white when applied, so it’s easier to see against the black to create an even line. As it dries, it will turn clear.
Using your fingers take out each of the lash fibers, or gossamers as some lash brands call them, by hand from the cartridge they come in. Take the application tool you practiced in the first step, and grab the top of the gossamer at the tip. Looking down at a mirror so you can see the underside of your lash, begin by following your regular lash line and angle, and apply the base of the lash fiber right onto the clear bond line you created in the previous step. Many women like to apply first to the inner corner of their eye, but you can genuinely start wherever it feels most natural, whether that’s the outer corner or middle section.
The gossamer should delicately stick with a scooping and pull-back motion against your natural lash. If it doesn’t stick well, ensure your bonding solution is dry and tacky. Repeat this step with all the gossamer along your lash line without overlapping or leaving gaps. If the angle is wrong, you can use your tool to detach it and try again. This stage is very forgiving! Many people choose not to apply the gossamer to their eye’s inner and outer lash sections to avoid discomfort, ensure a more natural look, and avoid detachment, as these lashes are often too thin to stick to.
After the bond is officially dry, you can take your fuse control wand and angle it by resting against your cheekbone and clamping down for 3-5 seconds on your water line to seal all your hard work. If the fuse wand and lash stick together, you must blink your lash away instead of pulling your wand away. You may also want to try a reverse fuse motion in which you hold the wand up and down vertically and use just the tip to clamp down onto the outer corners of your lash you may have missed. Wait thirty minutes, then use the sealing formula over your lash line twice.