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Eyelash extensions process

Many people have asked about the eyelash extensions process – how do these lashes get applied, how long does it take, does it hurt, how long do they last, etc. Here’s the eyelash extensions process. Check out our lash extensions pros and cons post for more information.

Eyelash Extensions Process

  1. Find a certified lash extensions person in your area. Make sure they are experienced, and apply lashes one at a time (not batch). A quick Google search should work.
  2. Ask for the cost up front. Usually the initial application is around $149.
  3. The process will take 1.5-2 hours – find the time and book an appointment.
  4. On the day of the appointment, do not wear makeup or contact lens.
  5. Upon arrival, you should be asked to fill in paperwork confirming you are not allergic to glue, medical tape, etc.
  6. After being brought into a private room (similar to the room you usually go into for waxing if you’ve ever done that), you will lie down on a table.
  7. First, you will look up and back so they can apply the tape to your bottom
    lash tape application as part of the eyelash extensions process

    Tape will be applied to your lower lashes as part of the eyelash extensions process

    lashes to keep them out of the way, and so they can see your top lashes better for easier application.

  8. Next you will close your eyes. Be sure to speak up now if the bottom tape is very uncomfortable because you will be lying like this for awhile and you do not want to try to adjust it after they begin applying the glue for the lashes.
  9. Do not open your eyes. The fumes and glue will give you a burning sensation in your eye(s) if you do!
  10. Rest as much as you can and try not to laugh or change your expression too much as it could move the tape around your eyes and make it uncomfortable.
  11. The application is pain-free – you might feel a little pull here and there but no pinches or pain.
  12. The technician will apply lashes one at a time, one eye and then the other, back and forth to make sure the lashes are even across both eyes.
  13. They have a number of sizes and thicknesses to choose from, so the beginning is a little slower as they match up the thickness and length to your natural lashes the first time you go.
  14. Continue to rest as this process takes 1.5-2 hours.
  15. After the technician is finished, keep eyes closed. They will likely use a small fan to help dry the glue that remains, and to get the fumes away from your eyes.
  16. If you also need an eyebrow or lip wax, and the technician does that process as well, this is a perfect time to do it as you have to wait a few moments anyways!
  17. The technician will tell you when you can open your eyes, and will give you a mirror to see the results. If you see anything not perfect, speak up now!
  18. You are now done with the application process!
  19. You can put your contact lenses back in if you’d like, although I waited a few hours to give my eyes a little break and to get used to the lashes. They don’t weigh too much, but compared to what you had before, it’s a bit more work for your eyelids!

Now that the eyelash extensions process is complete, keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not use oils on or near your eyes or extensions, as they can loosen the glue and make your lashes fall out more quickly.
  • If you have an allergic reaction to the glue, you can usually return to the same place for the fastest removal. If you’re not able to return, you can take a shower to steam your lashes, then use olive oil on a Q-tip gently to remove the glue and lashes. I’ve heard baby oil works as well, but have not personally tried either. Contact your doctor as needed.
  • If the lashes are a bit much for you – too dramatic or not natural looking enough – try trimming them before removing to see if the shorter length is enough of a change. Here’s a video on how to trim your eyelash extensions.
  • If your technician didn’t give you a mascara brush, grab one online or at your local store so you can brush out your lashes as needed to keep them clean and lush.
  • You do need to wash your eyelash extensions hair, so when you’re washing your face with a gentle (oil-free) cleanser, be sure to wash your lashes too!
  • After about 2 weeks you will notice your lashes thinning out. Make an appointment for about a week out, and your fills will cost less than doing a full eyelash extensions process all over again.
  • The fills take about 1 hour and usually cost about 1/2 as much as the original as long as you do it about three weeks from when you originally got them done. Fills are usually around $75.

I hope you enjoyed this information on the eyelash extensions process, and enjoy the lashes if you choose to get them applied! Want more information? Read our lash extensions pros and cons blog post.