Trends come and go and no-one can predict what’s around the corner. Sometimes, fashions stick around for long enough to be named. Whole decades can be known by one or two long-lived styles. Other times, what seems like a good idea one weekend is last season’s news within the month (think of the silver and gold beachwear phenomenon of 2008).

What never goes out of fashion is eyes framed by killer lashes – for example, look at the success of the London based Jiemao Lashes. If it’s been some time since you last applied lash extensions, perhaps a refresher course is in order. Let’s cover some of the basics…

1. The choice is vast – know your options

When looking into eyelash extensions, it’s important to remember that you have a choice between three main materials: mink, silk, and synthetic. Each type offers variances in the overall shape and image, with different weights depending on length and layers. Be sure to experiment with the available options to find the lashes that suit your personal preferences in characteristics and finish.

2. Application – results take time

If you’ve never experimented with developing your look through eyelash extensions before, you need to know that they aren’t the kind of thing that you can slip into like a new pair of heels or earrings. There is a process. Your natural lashes must be prepared. Semi-permanent glue must be applied safely. The extensions must be carefully fitted to the lash line for a clean finish. How long does all of this take? You should probably put aside two hours for the complete process.

3. Aftercare is essential (or you’re wasting your time)

There’s very little point in investing your time in eyelash extensions if you don’t plan to maintain the work. For example, the semi-permanent glue is susceptible to losing its integrity if exposed to direct heat or if submerged in water during the first 24 hours after application. Likewise, rubbing your eyes or sleeping in a way that involves contact between your eyes and the pillow can result in your lashes coming loose.

4. Remember that eyelash extensions only last as long as…

In the same way that the tallest and most healthy-looking trees are supported by a secure root system, the longevity and appearance of eyelash extensions depend upon the stability of your natural eyelashes. This means that extensions fitted to even the most determined of natural eyelashes will only last for the lifetime of the natural lash, which you can expect to come to an end at around the six to eight-week mark.

Final thoughts

Once you have taken the time to experiment with the right blend of materials to deliver your desired look, aftercare and maintenance are paramount to ensuring that your efforts last as long as possible. That being said, maintenance won’t make your lashes last forever. You should probably anticipate needing to have your lashes refilled roughly once every four weeks. This will ensure that your look is kept as full and wholesome as the unfailing celebrity styles we all love to try to emulate.

For more information, check out All you need to know about eyelash extensions

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