First there were false eyelashes, then extensions, but the latest flutter-booster everyone’s talking about is the lash lift. Not sure what it is? Here’s everything you need to know about this effective beauty treatment. Hint: you won’t need to apply nearly as much mascara!
What It Does
As the name suggests, a lash lift makes you look more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed — much like the effect you get from using a hand-held curler.
How It’s Done
A lash lift is a lot like a mini-perm for your lashes — with being safe for the eye area, of course. A specialist curls your lashes over a silicone shield. But there’s no one-size-fits-all method. You’ll need to have a consultation to determine the correct shape to customize the amount of curl you’d like to achieve. After cleansing the lashes, the technician will apply the silicone shields behind your lashes and on top of your lids. Next, the lashes will be combed up so that the shape takes place. An eye-safe lifting solution is then applied and left on for anywhere from six to twelve minutes depending on your lash type (think straight, thick, sparse, etc.) A setting solution and oil complete the treatment.
The eye area is extremely delicate, so if you’re prone to sensitivity and allergic reactions, you’re going to want to request a patch test before diving into the full procedure. Remember, a lash lift does involve using chemicals near your eyes, so anyone could be at risk for a reaction. Make sure you do your research before selecting a technician to ensure she/he is qualified.
Like a perm for your hair, you can’t get your lashes wet for at least 24 hours — that includes applying mascara — so that the shape can set. So no cleansing, sweating at the gym, or crying, so save those tearjerker films for the next day. To keep your lashes healthy after the application of a chemical, apply a nourishing lash oil nightly and give yourself a break in between treatments.
An eyelash lift will set you back approximately $75 to $100 and should last for six to eight weeks.