Every Type of Eyelash Service — Explained

November 30, 2020
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Mascara is the holy-grail makeup product for getting darker, fuller and longer-looking lashes. But it is possible to get the same effect without having to wear any makeup. Yep, that’s right. Getting an eyelash service like eyelash extensions for bolder lashes, eyelash tinting for darker lashes or a lash lift for natural volume can transform the appearance of your natural lashes. To get the breakdown, we reached out to celebrity lash expert Clementina Richardson, founder of Envious Lashes in NYC.

Which Eyelash Service Is Right for You? 

It’s important to note that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all lash service, so it’s important to go to a lash studio or salon with professional lash stylists. “I always suggest doing your research to find the right lash stylist in your city just like you would research a great hair colorist or personal trainer,” says Richardson. Then, even after you’ve found your lash stylist, keep in mind that your specific eye shape or your ideal look might lend itself to a service you’re not familiar with, so rely on the stylist’s expertise. 

Eyelash Extensions

What It Is: “Lash extensions are semi-permanent synthetic, faux mink or silk fibers that are applied strand-by-strand to your natural lashes to enhance your natural eye,” says Richardson. “They are carefully applied one at a time (typically 80-140 per eye) using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that shouldn’t irritate or damage the natural lash. The lash is only applied to an existing lash, not the skin. The process takes anywhere from one to two hours depending on the desired volume. Clients lay comfortably with their eyes closed for the duration of the application process.”

Who It’s For: “For those looking for a more dramatic look, lash extensions are a great option and can be customized much more than other lash services,” says Richardson. “There are so many options to choose from when it comes to extensions, ranging from the size of the curl to the length of the lash. At Envious Lashes, we take the first five minutes to have a detailed consultation with every client. This includes asking them what look or style they want to achieve, showing them pictures from our previous work and discussing their individual needs and concerns.” 

How Long It Lasts: Up to six weeks.

Eyelash Lift or Perm

What It Is: “A lash lift (also known as a lash perm) curls your lash from the base to tip so that you can see its full length,” says Richardson. “It should be done carefully by a licensed and certified professional. It’s a fast service that lasts four to six weeks and can transform your lashes in 45 minutes to one hour. Lash lifts will enhance your natural lashes at a minimal level. They won’t create texture, add color, contour, shape or dimension to your eyes. Disclaimer: You must have at least a 4mm lash to get the service.”

Who It’s For: “Lash lifts are ideal for those who don’t want the maintenance or added volume of extensions. You don’t need to come in as frequently for touch-ups as you do with extensions.”

How Long It Lasts: Four to six weeks.

Eyelash Tinting

What It Is: Eyelash tinting is when a technician will brush dye onto your lashes to make them more noticeable. This is especially beneficial for those with light or blonde eyelashes. “This quick service only takes 15 minutes from start to finish and is a great pick-me-up for those looking to darken their lashes,” says Richardson. 

Who It’s For: “It’s great for those who want to achieve effortlessly awake-looking eyes — they’re your natural lashes, only better.”

How Long It Lasts: Three to four weeks.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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