In 2005 I wore fake eyelashes every single day. A bit scary to think about doing that now. With so many people investing in the perfect lashes it’s tough to argue if the — do-they or don’t-they — longterm damage is worth the cost of temporary beauty. After I destroyed my lashes and waited a year for them to grow back it has been fourteen years since I’ve worn fake lashes. I see a lot of people with extra-long, natural looking fake eyelashes and eyelash extensions so I looked into which was the safest choice for me. Just like the good old days I fell right back in love with voluminous lashes. I admit I only wear them for special occasions, but here’s how to decide if fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions are right for you.
The most tedious part of my makeup routine is applying my mascara. I am a perfectionist when it comes to lashes. Sometimes I wish I had eyelash extensions or eyelash lifts so I wouldn’t have to spend as much time on my lashes — or wear mascara. For fuller, dark lashes extensions are one way to go, but they are not the same as falsies. Unlike the glue used to apply a set of fake eyelashes above your lash line, eyelash extensions are glued to your actual lashes. These lash extensions last 6-8 weeks. Depending upon where you have your lashes done prices vary. If you are considering lash extensions keep in mind there’s money involved to maintain the upkeep. In Los Angeles the average cost is between $100-$400 each visit.
If maintenance doesn’t stress your bank account glue containing formaldehyde might scare you. Some salons use toxic glue to apply these lashes so it’s important to confirm with your salon what glue they are using. Butylcyanoacrylate and Octylcyanoacrylate are less toxic. Aside from toxins you might also shy away from extensions for other reasons. If you love mascara it is advised not to wear mascara with lash extensions. And extensions require gentle washing and combing daily for best results. None of which seems unreasonable since there has been little proven evidence that eyelash extensions will permanently damage your natural lashes.
Not all lashes are the same though. Talk to your specialist about what type of material you should use: Synthetic mink or synthetic silk. Mink is traditionally more expensive because it looks the most natural and is softer. However, there are other synthetics that are natural but do cost more so find out which one is right for you.
A good mascara coupled with your natural lashes can be enough. For those who prefer exaggerated lashes and don’t want semi-permanent glued-on-lashes an alternative is eyelash lifts or falsies. I’m on the fence if I want to get extensions or lifts, but Ardell has never failed me. I love using my Ardell fake lashes for special occasions and days I want to get dolled up. They are easy to apply with a 2-in-1 brush-on-glue in both clear and black. I’ve tried them all, but I swear by the ‘Natural’ or ‘Wispies’ for more drama. Ardell now offers magnetic lashes so you don’t need any adhesive.