Beauty Ideas That Save Time, Money, and Sanity
The Solution: Lash Extensions
Think of lash extensions as falsies that don’t come off with the rest of your makeup.
How they work: An aesthetician (preferably one with an aesthetician or cosmetology license) applies individual hairs to your lashes one by one, giving you dramatically fuller fringe and negating the need for mascara.
Where and how much: Lash extensions are available in hair salons and spas. Prices vary around the country but generally start at $150.
Results last: Four to eight weeks. Your add-ons will shed naturally with your lashes; they’ll last longer if they’re touched up by a pro (who can also remove them).
A word to the wise: To avoid the Snuffleupagus look, ask for just a few pieces at the outermost corners of your lashes instead of getting a full set. “Lashes are thickest in the middle of your lash line, so emphasizing only the outer corners can enhance your eyes in a more natural way,” says Courtney Akai, the owner of the Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, in New York City. Plus, it can cost less.
Try this at home: For a cheaper way to boost your lashes, try the new and improved drugstore falsies. Kiss Premium Eyelashes ($4 at drugstores) have strings on their outer corners so you can place them right along your lash lines, then slide the strings out.