Q: Hi Heidi - I was wondering if you can help me out. I have really fine eyelashes and I'm wondering if there is an alternative to putting on globs of mascara every morning? - Lash Challenged.
A: One of the best things about living in 2015, besides having an app for everything are the many options available to us that are lash-challenged. I have had them done a few times previously, but felt brave enough to try them again a few weeks back mostly because a lash extension service GoBlushYourself (GBY) decided to set up shop in my favorite beauty salon in Santa Monica. It helped quite a bit that they had such a cute name for their lash extension service - The Moscow Meow. Yes I'm a cat person.
So my natural lashes usually look like this on most days :
But this is what they look like with lash extensions:
According to Courtney Casgraux, GBY's founder and all-around lash expert, how thick and long your end result is depends on the condition of your natural set of lashes. Because I had really fine lashes to begin with, she could not put on a whole lot more more as the extensions would weight my own lashes down. Here are a few things to know about lashes before getting them done:
1. Not all lashes are created equal. Lash extensions are usually either synthetic, silk or mink. 100% mink lashes are more expensive/superior because they look and feel more real. You can also curl them at home. The Moscow Meow consists of both silk and mink lashes, so they look great and aren't as costly, and are $250 for a full set.
2. Lash extensions can last between 2 to 6 weeks. If you are the kind to rub your eyes frequently, or your own eyelashes shed more, you'll need a refill faster. A Moscow Meow (I will never get tired of saying that) refill costs $150, but normal refill can start from as low as $75.
3. Consider your lifestyle. If you sweat a lot, the sweat and oil from your eyes can make your extensions fall out faster. GBY has an 'Active Lash' service where they use a special adhesive that is virtually sweat proof.
4. Determine what kind of look you are going for. How dramatic the end result is depends on your natural set of eyelashes. Lash extensions won't give me peepers like Kim Kardashian because I don't have 1/4 the volume of eyelashes she has. If you're really not sure, go for a half set first and see what that looks like. I also find opting for more volume but sticking to around your natural lash length is optimal for a subtle yet very sexy effect.
Service takes about an hour plus, and for about 3 weeks, I was the owner of a pair of fluttery lashes that were sexy and smudge proof. Meow indeed.