If you believe that the eyes say it all, then I think I've found the perfect lash for you!
Earlier this week, I met with the lovely Nicole Word, makeup artist and founder of Nicole Word Beauty to try out the popular beauty trend, mink eye lash extensions. Unless you're Beyonce', most women don't have the time to apply fake lashes everyday and so lash extensions have become increasingly popular.
Eyelash extensions are nothing new, but recently there have been several new types of lash extensions being offered, Mink & Sable. Mink eyelash extensions are premium false lashes that are lighter and more flexible then conventional synthetic lashes and range in price from $125- $200. Sable lashes offer the same light and natural look but aren't as budget friendly and range between $300-500. So with mink eyelash extensions, you can achieve the same great look at half the cost!
Before I show you the final product, I asked our beauty expert some questions so that you beauties have all the information you need to know before making the decision to get eyelash extensions.
Jade Nicole: How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
NW: Applying a full set of lash extensions takes about 1.5 - 2 hours with recommended touch ups every three to four weeks.
Jade Nicole: How long do they last?
NW: Lashes normally last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes, typically six to eight weeks. That said, because each person's lash growth is somewhat variable (just hair growth), I suggest light maintenance every three to four weeks to maintain a full look.
Jade Nicole: How are they applied?
NW: After the initial consultation to establish what shape and type of look you are after and any recommendations its time to relax and lay down on the massage table.
The eyes and lashes need to be free of make-up, but I will also clean the lashes to make sure they are free of any protein or oil. This is to ensure the lash extensions bond correctly to the host lash. I will then place small white pads under each eye which are placed over the lower lashes to keep them out of the way. Your eyes are then kept closed for the duration of the procedure.
Using tweezers I will use the pads as a work area by separating out the individual lash that is going to receive the extension. The extension lash is then placed on to the host lash with a specially formulated bonding agent. The application takes approximately 1 ¼ to 1 ½ and anywhere between 50 to 150 lashes on each eye depending on the size and shape of you eyes together with the look you want to achieve. Once all of the lashes have been applied there is usually about a 5 – 10 minute wait for the bonding to dry and voila! Beautiful new lashes!
So here they are.......soft & natural lashes!
For lashes and makeup, starting in August, you can book your appointment Studio with Nicole Word at her new MakeUp and Lash located 401 E. Oliver Street Baltimore, MD 21202 Suite 203.
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