Let's Talk Lashes
I’m pretty over articles that simply tell me which mascaras to buy. Or in a more recent case, as the Man Repeller discussed, not wearing mascara at all, a la “I (Actually) Woke Up Like This: Bare Eyelashes Are Trending.” Yeah, okay. For many, especially us blondes, this trend isn’t something we’re ready for, or particularly care for. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved and embraced a tastefully chunky lash. Coating my top lashes in layers of thick, black, Lancôme mascara was, and still is a daily ritual I look forward to. A sign of the “finishing touches” before long day of work, or a girl’s night out, a lash-obsessed gal knows, knows, that there is such a thing as having a Good Lash Day. And it can make or break your hour of previous grooming antics.
While make up artist Dick Page has written off thick mascara as one of our “little beauty crutches”, I’m fully willing embrace my mascara “crutch” over rocking a nude lash. The trend does have me thinking however, what does all that mascara wear and tear do to the longevity of these precious little hairs on our lids? Let’s discuss different methods, products, and then, best practices for keeping your lashes long, and strong – because we all want that, no? Let’s start with the method I tried most recently, lash tinting.
I’ve thought about getting my lashes tinting for a few years now. My lashes aren’t super faint, but they have almost an ombre to them (dark at the root, light at the ends.) I love the idea of not wear so much mascara during the day or at all while swimming. I started using a semi-permanent lash tint at night sent to me by Rimmel London. It’s proven to darken bare lashes in two weeks and give the appearance of instantly fuller and longer lashes. I loved this product for nightly use (before bed), but as my everyday mascara, it didn’t quite do what I wanted. So then I consulted the professionals at Elle Lash Bar here in Washington, DC and scheduled an appointment.
The lash tinting process was surprisingly quick and easy thanks to Paula at Elle Lash Bar. We started by removing my mascara and eye makeup. Paula then put Vasaline on my eyelids and under eyes to prevent the lash dye from staining my skin. She then put thin cotton pads under my eyes and tinted my lashes gently with a small brush and let the dye sit for six or so minutes. After, the dye was removed Paula give me some cooling eyedrops to help with the small burn from the tinting.
Overall, I highly recommend getting your lashes tinted, especially if they are blonde like mine. My lashes look so much longer now that they are darker and I love the results. Lash tinting typically costs around $35 - $60 depending on where you live and lasts about 4-6 weeks.
Lash extensions fascinate me. Every time I see them on a stranger or a friend, I feel like I want to ask them 100 rapid fire questions. Can I touch them? Do they itch? Are they like, suuuper expensive or just kinda expensive? Can you put mascara on them? What about showers and washing your face? Are they worth it? Are you forever addicted? So finally, thanks to this post, I asked a friend with lash extensions these exact questions. Here's what she said:
Tell me about your lashes. I won't ask to touch them but, I will probably stare at them this entire time.
Friend: "I got my lash extensions a long time ago - about two years to be exact. The process is actually really calming. I go to my lash lady, lay on the bed with chill music playing, close my eyes, and let the beautifying begin."
Can you explain the process?
Friend: "Each lash gets its own individual lash put over the top. My lash lady dips each individual extension in glue and bonds it to my natural lash. At the end, she goes through and feathers my lashes and checks for spots she missed. I like it because they're custom to me, and I can pick how long or thick I want them depending on my mood."
How long are you laying there for?
Friend: "Typically about an hour and a half give or take. She's pretty fast."
How long do they last?
Friend: "It depends on the month. In summer when I'm at the pool or working out more often, I need to get them filled in or redone more often. On average though about 5-6 weeks. I've learned not to touch or play with them. The first set I had done didn't last that long because I was constantly touching them. They also itched more. I'm better about that now."
So do they itch a lot? Is that the most annoying part about them?
Friend: "No, the price is the most annoying part! [laughs] I'd say, it's more mind over matter. But yes, they do itch sometimes."
You mentioned price. We all know they're expensive. If you don't mind me asking, how much do you pay for yours?
Friend: "Oh gosh. Well, my first set was around $300 with tip and my refills are typically around $40-$50 a visit. I know that's a steep price but look, I never buy mascara anymore. When I was, I was paying about $45 a tube and going through 14-16 of those a year, so you do the math. I also stopped coloring my hair when I started getting the lashes. It's all about budgeting your beauty."
Bottom line, will you ever go back to your natural lashes?
Friend: "Not likely, well, I'm not sure. Right now I see it as a small luxury that I like to do for myself. It makes me feel great and I love the compliments I get from them. And when people ask me if they're extensions, I tell them the truth. But if they just say, "Wow you have great lashes" I thank them and move on."
Still curious about lash extensions? Check out this article. And I've heard amazing things about the extension services at Elle Lash Bar, here in DC.