Long voluminous lashes are having a moment and we are so here for it.
Everyone is doing it, including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and J-Lo. Nowadays, you can do more than use mascara to achieve the same fluttery look, some more permanent than others. We break down what, how and where to amp up your lashes.
With semi-permanent results that can last up to three months, lash extensions are perfect for the low-maintenance woman. A defined eye look without having to wear makeup every day? Yes please.
Extensions are made from three different types of hair in varying lengths: synthetic, silk, and mink – a favourite of Beyoncé. Once you’ve chosen your hair type, each extension is attached to your individual lashes in a cosmetic procedure that can last anything between 1 – 2 hours. Lash extensions don’t damage your natural eyelashes if you take care of them properly, but they do need to be touched up every three to four weeks. This is because your extensions will fall out during inevitable shedding and regrowth of your natural lashes.
Make sure to get yours done by a qualified technician only. There are no risks if the procedure is done properly, but allergic reactions can occur, typically because of sensitivity to formaldehyde that is sometimes found in the lash glue used to attach the extensions.
Urban Beauty Lounge in Cape Town (they also do lash lifts)
Allure Lashes and Aesthetics in Johannesburg
Angel Lash Extensions in Durban
First there was the lash perm, and now there is the lash lift. Lash lifting is a keratin treatment that is quickly becoming the favoured alternative to lash extensions. This is because it lifts and curls your own lashes instead of using extra hair to create length and volume. The procedure involves placing special silicon pads under your lashes directly at the roots. A specially formulated perming solution is then combed through the lashes.
It lasts longer than extensions – anything between 6 – 12 weeks – before your lashes revert to their natural state, no touch ups necessary. But because you’re only working with your own lashes and no extra hair is used, it will work best for those who already have long lashes, but who just need that extra curl and shape.
Flutter in Johannesburg
The Lash and Beauty Room in Cape Town
Good ol’ mascara
Lash extensions and lash lifts can be quite pricey. For those of us who aren’t willing to commit to the cost, there is nothing like a good quality mascara to get the fluttery look you desire. Before applying the product, use a lash curler to give your lashes some shape. An old trick that always works – run your lash curler under hot water, or heat it with a blowdryer, before using it to make sure your curl holds all day. Then apply two to three coats of mascara and you’re good to go.
Diorshow Iconic Mascara