What to Know Before Getting a Lash LiftFebruary 24, 2021
What Is a Lash Lift?Lash lifts (also called lash perms) replace the need for an eyelash curler altogether by shaping and curling your lashes to offer semi-permanent hold. According to Starr, this procedure works best for “someone who uses a lash curler daily and/or has straight natural lashes.” Although repeated use of a curler can add wear and tear to natural lashes, lash lifts, says Starr, will not. It’s ideal for someone whose lashes already have a little bit of length, so if your lashes are naturally short, she recommends growing them out with the help of a lash conditioner or serum before attempting the service.
What’s the Difference Between a Lash Lift and Lash Extensions?Lash lifts tend to be more cost effective than eyelash extensions. Lifts will set you back about $75 to $100, and extensions go for about $150 for a new set. Lash lifts also require less maintenance. “Extensions replace eye makeup, but a lift replaces the need of a lash curler and heavy mascara,” says Starr, who recommends the service to someone looking for a lower-maintenance service.
It’s a (Relatively) Easy ProcedureLash lifts generally take 45 minutes from start to finish, are painless and last up to eight weeks. One look doesn’t fit all, though, so prior to application your technician should customize your lash look based on your natural lash length, how you like to style them and your curl preference. Then, your tech will choose a specific silicone pad (which comes in multiple sizes) to achieve the look.
Here’s what you can expect, according to Starr: “The technician will clean your lashes, glue down a silicone shield onto your upper lid, apply adhesive to that shield, lift your lashes up onto the silicone shield, and then apply the odorless, non-damaging lash lift product to your lashes.”