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.

Lash Extensions Pros and Cons

After seeing a friend with gorgeous lashes recently, and finding out they were lash extensions, it planted the seed of desire to try them for myself. The eyelash extensions looked great – she had no other makeup, and her eyes looked amazing! I decided to research eyelash or lash extensions pros and cons.

Eye Lash Extensions Pros and Cons – the PROS:

  1. They look great
  2. They last a good three weeks before you need to do anything with them (longer than those gel/shellac manicures!)
  3. You really don’t need to wear mascara with them
  4. They look natural(ish). Especially if you’re going out at night, they look great!
  5. Because the good ones are applied one at a time, they follow your lash line and you can’t see where the extension begins and your lash ends. Bulk application or batch application is not recommended by most professionals.
  6. Application is forced relaxation time!
  7. You can wear contacts with the extensions (although you should not wear them during application)
  8. Something about having great lashes makes you look more put together and polished. Little to no makeup needed!
  9. There are great little brushes to take care of your new hair! Be sure to wash them gently and then brush out.

Eye Lash Extensions Pros and Cons – the CONS:

  1. They take time. Application takes 1.5 – 2 hours! The good news is that you just lie there with your eyes closed!
  2. They need to be filled. Lashes fall off, and therefore your lashes begin to look less filled after about three weeks. The best ones stay on for about 2 months, but you will not have nice even lashes between the 4-8 week mark, so you need to plan to get the fills in about 3 weeks after the initial application. Fills take about an hour.
  3. While application doesn’t hurt, it’s not exactly super coEye lash extensions tapemfortable to lay there with tape on your bottom lashes for 1-2 hours. You do get used to it, and for those of us who wax or have children, you will likely still find this time to yourself quiet and pain free in comparison!
  4. If you wear glasses, you’ll likely need to trim the length of the lashes as they will hit your glasses. If you wear contacts, take them out prior to application (and then put them back in after lashes are applied).
  5. They can be a bit dramatic looking. For me, the first time I got them applied I thought they were a bit over the top. The good news is, you can always trim them. I trimmed mine back to be just slightly longer than my natural lashes. It gives my lashes a boost and looks like I already have mascara on.
  6. You need to make sure all eye makeup and other makeup near your eyes is oil free, as oil can loosen the glue and make the lashes begin to detach.
  7. Some people are allergic to the glue. If you are, make sure you respond quickly by getting them professionally removed asap. If you are not able to get someone to remove them professionally, I’ve heard that using a Q-tip carefully along the lash line with olive oil and/or baby oil works well (I have not tried this, and be sure not to get it in your eyes!). Here’s a video of someone who had an allergic reaction and had to remove them asap.
  8. Just like with real lashes, they can get into your eyes when they fall out. Be prepared if you wear contacts to get those out quickly.
  9. Be careful about who applies them! Make sure the person is licensed, and a certified for lash extensions by one of the big-name eye lash extension brands. I use NovaLash, but there are others. Ask the person applying them if they are certified and what brand they are applying to you. They should know (otherwise they’re likely buying them in bulk at a beauty store).

Although the eye lash extensions pros and cons list looks a little long on the cons side, most of the items are more on the disclaimer side, and likely won’t be an issue. Hope you enjoy your new lash extensions if you try it!

Are you thinking about applying them yourself with a friend? Eye Lash Extension Supplies can be found online as well – be careful!