I Tried DIY Eyelash Extensions for a Month and Mascara Is Dead to Me Now

I’ve always been a lash fanatic. Pro eyelash extensions, strip falsies, individual lashes—I’ve tried them all. Mascara has been my biggest priority when it comes to my makeup routine. I swear by formulas that make my lashes look long, full, and nearly fake. In college I never left my dorm on a Friday or Saturday night without a strip of Ardells rimming my eyes. And in recent years I’ve sworn by in-salon lash extensions to achieve the fluttery lash look I so love. Honestly, there’s simply nothing better than waking up with a little eye drama.

But after a year of going to the salon for lash extensions every few weeks, I was over it: I started to notice that my natural lashes were becoming sparse. And I got sick of the application process, which was long and, well, a little scary. It involves getting your eyelids taped shut while a technician glues false individual lashes to each of your real ones. If, like me, you suffer from anxiety, it’s an hour spent freaking out about whether or not you’ll still be able to see once the application is complete. I was also dropping $100 a visit. All said, I still missed them Every. Single. Day.

So when I first heard about the at-home DIY eyelash extension system, Lashify, I needed to try it. It’s a set of extensions that, if applied properly, can last anywhere from three to five days. Here’s how it works: You receive a control kit ($145) with two sets of lashes, two types of adhesive (clear, which I prefer, and black), a tweezer-type applicator, and an adhesive sealant that magically removes residual stickiness on the glue. The lashes, or “gossamers,” come in tiny little pods with a set for each eye; they’re cut into small strips that are about one fifth of an inch long. Depending on your eye shape and size, you’ll need around four to seven little strips—I typically use five. They’re each applied with the special glue, which is similar to (but not nearly as strong as) the adhesive used for in-salon extensions. Then you clamp them into place with the included tweezers, and clean up the glue with the sealant.

The difference between these DIY eyelash extensions and regular falsies lies in two things: the adhesive, which lasts much longer than typical lash glue, and where you apply them. Regular lashes are affixed on the top of your lash line, whereas Lashify lashes are glued to your actual lashes, but on the underside. This is the key to making them appear much more natural and basically undetectable. The best part? Once they were applied, I could barely feel that they were there.

Now, I’ll be honest: My first foray in applying the lashes didn’t go smoothly. Similar to applying regular strip lashes, it took a lot of time and practice to get it right. And if you’re someone who doesn’t have experience wearing contact lenses, tugging at your eyes for a stretch isn’t easy. But after about 30 minutes of trial and error, I got the hang of it. I’d reapply them every few days, cleaning the adhesive off my lashes with an oil-based makeup remover in between. The only struggle: not being able to fully wash off my eye makeup when I had lashes on. But for a full set of fringe that didn’t cost me a ton of time or money, it was worth it. Here are a few tricks I picked up after a month of trial and error.

Published at Tue, 16 Apr 2019 21:45:00 +0000