Eyelash extensions look great, but they’re expensive. I decided to learn how to apply them myself at home in order to save money. I purchased a starter kit from J’aime Eyelash Extensions at The Makeup Show in New York this year. Unfortunately they left a few items out of the kit, but they’ve promised to send me replacements soon.
I don’t think my technique is up to par yet, so I’m not going to include instructions in this post. Instead, I’m going to give you some basic pros and cons to at home lash extension application. If you’re not sure whether lash extensions are right for you in the first place, read this post. I also figured I’d include some close up photos of mink and silk lashes in different lengths and weights for comparison:
My First Attempt:
I usually ask for a doe-eyed look (longer lashes in the center and shorter lashes on the inner and outer corners) when I have extensions done professionally, but I thought a winged shape might be easier to do myself. I think you’re supposed to use mink or silk and C curl or J curl, but I was excited so I used a mix of everything. I used silk C curl .20mm x 8mm on the inner corner, mink J curl .15mm x 10mm in the middle, and silk C curl .20mm x 12mm on the outer corner.
It took a long time and the results are far from professional, but I’m pretty happy with the finished look!
You might love applying eyelash extensions at home if…
- You want to save time and money. Once you’ve got the swing of it, filling in your lashes at home is cheaper and faster than going back to the salon for touch ups.
- You’re really patient. It’s is a long process, especially the first few times.
You might want to stick with the professionals if…
- You love a professional looking result. Unless you’ve been professionally trained, your lashes aren’t likely to look as good as they do when you have them done at a salon.
- You don’t have time to deal with the learning curve. The first time I applied lash extensions to myself, it took about three hours longer than it would have at a salon.
- You enjoy the spa-like experience you get at the salon. Applying lash extensions to yourself is more tedious than relaxing.
Purchasing a lash extension kit is an investment, but it will save you time and money in the long run if you’re patient enough to perfect your technique.