I'm always asked what I think about lash extensions, so I thought I'd bare it all and do a blog post about it. I imagine I may get a bit of flack, but I'm going for it anyways.
I don't like them.
There. I said it. Feels good.
As an artist, I like to be able to control certain situations that I'm in when it comes to a client's makeup. Now, that being said, I am probably one of the most easy-going artists out there. I never really have a 'concrete' idea of what I'll do for any given client, and for a lot of it, I just create as I go. I work with their skin tone and skin type, and I adjust as needed until the desired affect is achieved.
Imagine working on a project, and being told you can only use a black magic marker for the art portion. Even worse, it's a black permanent marker. Ummm, what? I need to sketch something ever so slightly, do some proper shading and I have the darkest, most indelible tool to work with? No bueno.
Now that may have been dramatic.
Depending on how they are applied, lash extensions can be be way long, way too thick, and at times, really unrealistic. They have a mind of their own and can spin or turn - the worst is when you have a rogue lash that cannot be tamed. It's inevitable that shadow will fall on the lashes as you complete your eye makeup, and the lashes will be forever grey, as it's not recommended to apply regular mascara on them. If you do insist on having them, please purchase the mascara that is compatible with them so that we can tweak them as we need to.
I know that most adhesives are safe for the eye area, as well as the lashes. But keep in mind, an additional lash and adhesive on your own natural lash (and I'm talking 1:1 here), is a lot of stress on your natural fringe. While it's 100% true that our lashes shed naturally, and follow the hair growth cycle like other parts of our bodies, losing lashes and extensions is a lot more obvious. It's like a vicious cycle - they will fall out (or break off), but because the neighbouring lash is amped next to it, the gap it's left is all the more noticeable.
Now, I'm not totally hating on lash extensions - I've seen some absolutely beautiful lashes - thin and wispy, delicate and fluffy looking. If you have your heart set on lash extensions - do it! All I ask is that you do your due diligence with research and choose a certified specialist that works with your natural lash to perfect your look with the least amount of damage possible.
I much prefer working with a client's natural lash and apply a false lash when needed. False lashes have come a long way from when I first started wearing them, and can range from the most natural wispy effects to all out drama. The biggest complain we get from clients is that false lashes can be uncomfortable, or they fear them falling off throughout the day. Both very realistic fears. But fear not - we are professionals! I've done thousands… yes, thousands, of false lash applications, and can remember a handful of times when a client asked me to remove them. So I'll take that one for the books that it all depends on how they were applied, how long they were, the amount of adhesive used etc.
At One Fine Beauty, most of us stock two types of lashes in our kit that tend to suit most eye shapes - one natural and one slightly more dramatic. Lyz, our superstar eco-beauty artist, much prefers the individual cluster lashes to tailor her clients looks, so you may get a different application if you book with her!
I (Shannon), have started to explore the idea of offering mink lashes as a higher end option to glam up your wedding day look. Our most popular lashes will still be stocked in my kit, as I do love how they look and feel, but if you're looking for a lash with a really wispy, tapered end (similar to how lash extensions tips look), the Esqido lashes would be a great choice for you. Currently, I'm stocking four different pairs, and am eager to see how my clients like them. Described as the world's most comfortable false lash, as they are handmade with a cotton band that lays at the lash line and the craftsmanship of these lashes allows for many re-wears, up to 25 times! So while they are more expensive than our basic lash, you are really paying for the fact that the materials can withstand many uses, if cleaned and cared for properly. Every set comes in a beautiful box with a magnetic closure and a care card. The natural, wispy ends make my heart flutter and I just can't wait to use these on our luxury brides this season!
I'll post a few photos of our current selection of lashes, for full info and pricing, visit our False Lashes page!
Luxury Lashes - Esqido Mink Lashes