Updated: Oct 17, 2021
What’s the Application Process Like?
Lash extensions are carefully applied one by one or multiple for volume lashes or mixing one to one with volume for hybrid set at a time on one natural lash (typically 80-140 per eye) using a specially-formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate or damage the natural lash. The lash is only applied to an existing lash, not to the skin. While the exact process varies from salon to salon, here’s what you can expect:
Evaluation: “Prior to application, the technician should go through all the risks and benefits of having eyelash extensions before applying them, and also ask about any conditions you may have that would make eyelash extensions unsuitable for you. They'll also ask you to remove your contacts if you wear them.
Decide on Extension Length and Curl Strength: Your lash artist should start the process by asking you what kind of look you’re going for, whether that be more glamorous or more natural. Based on your desired look, technicien choose an ideal length and curl strength for the extensions. Keep in mind that your artist may decide to use different extension lengths, concentrating longer extensions on the outer corners and shorter extensions on the inner eyes.
Cleansing the Eye Area: Your lash artist will have you lie down and ensure that you are in a comfortable position. Then, they will cleanse the area to remove any makeup, oil, and germs from the area. It’s helpful to your artist if you arrive makeup-free to your appointment.
Applying the Eye Gels: Your eyes are closed for the duration of the process, which typically takes 1-2 hours, depending on the number of extensions your lash artist is applying. To prep for the actual application, you lash artist will apply an under-eye gel to your lower lash line to keep your lower lashes out of the way.
Application: Using tweezers, your lash artist will dip the end of each extension in the lash glue and then apply it to your individual lash. In most cases, one eyelash extension is applied per natural lash, however, more voluminous looks can require multiple extensions per individual natural lash. The application isn’t painful, although you may feel anxious having tweezers operate so close to your eyes while they’re closed.
Drying: The lash glue dries very quickly, but your lash artist will likely have you sit for around 10 minutes once all of the extensions have been applied. Some lash artists like to point a small, handheld fan at your extensions to speed up the drying time, while others prefer to let the glue air dry. During this stage, your eyes are still closed. Removing Gel pads: Once your lashes are completely dry, your lash artist will remove the under-eye gels (this doesn’t hurt at all, but let your lash professional know if you tend to experience sensitivity in this area so they can practice extra caution). Once removed, your lash artist will likely brush through the lashes with a spooly, then you’ll be asked to slowly blink your eyes open. Et voila