Eyelash extensions are not a new makeup-craze, nor are they unheard of. But, the fact of the matter is, they are more prevalent than ever. So, what are eyelash extensions? There are multiple types of extensions, but the most natural and careful technicians recommend one-to-one application, where a single false lash is adhered on every single natural lash. A full set ranges from 150 to 200 lashes per eye, Tirzah Shirai, founder of Blinkbar tells Refinery29.
The prices for these bad boys range from cheap, to your entire paycheck. Blinkbar charges $120 for a full set, and some salons may charge a couple hundred for your first set. Make sure to be careful of places that charge less than that (this is not the type of thing to buy cheap).
With that being said, there are some things to look out for when shopping for the perfect eyelash extension location. Eyelash extensions aren’t illegal, but the FDA warns users to be careful. “Since the eyelids are delicate, an allergic reaction, irritation, or injury in the eye area can occur,” the FDA website says. It’s how the lashes are applied that may put you at risk. Make sure the adhesive being used is sterile and also approved for use around or near the eyes. There is also the risk of having an allergic reaction to the adhesive used, depending on your own health issues.
Another thing to look for when shopping for the extensions is the weight of the lashes. A good salon won’t offer lashes more than twice your natural length or thickness, for fear of breakage. The style you go with (mink, silk or synthetic) is really dependent upon how much you’re willing to spend, and how light you want them. Rumor has it Beyonce goes for the mink…the most expensive kind…so if you’re feeling your single lady self, go for broke! Literally.