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Your thoughts, please: eyelash extensions

Not quite like this, but you get it

This is one beauty treatment that’s never much tempted me. Because it’s pricey and doesn’t last long and—like self-tanning and botox—going to a technician who has anything but a super-light hand can result in a dead giveaway. But nobody warned me about the fact that at a certain point in a woman’t life, her eyelashes start thinning out. And I have found this development quite irksome. So on Sunday, at the Flatiron District MAC store (where, BTW, I found the exactly perfect shade of un-sparkly, not at all Heather Locklear-ian dark navy eyeshadow that has been eluding me) when I complimented the girl who rang me up on her lashes, and she gave me a card with the name and number of the place where she got them done, I stuck that card in my bag and there it remains.  It’s half as much as fancy salons charge, and all the MAC girls go there, apparently. And I figure their recommendation would be as good as it gets on this front. But still: not quite sure I can clear this hurdle. Anyone?

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Posted on October 17th, 2012 50 Comments

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  1. mslewis says:

    I haven’t had an eyelash thinning problem so getting fakes has never crossed my mind. (Mind are turning gray, though.) But I have to say, I really dislike the look of fake eyelashes. Always have. I’ve just never seen anyone with good looking fakes. I especially dislike young girls who wear those cheapies from the Dollar Tree.

    Of course the reason I haven’t seen good fakes could be because the really good ones are not noticeable. In that case, whatever makes you feel good.

  2. Kathleen Trail says:

    I wouldn’t, but then again, I’m kinda cheap. I just buy the Mac 7 fake eyelashes and then for more of a daytime option, I trim them into 3 or 4 smaller strips and place one of those on the very outside of each lash line. Takes less than a minute each morning and if you take the glue goop off the lashes each night, you can get tons o’ wear out of just one set.

  3. Jenn says:

    I vote yea. I’ve gotten them done several times (& maintained for several months) and am always happier when I have them done. No mascara needed, which is always nice. The maintenaince is a pain in the butt, but probably worth it. If I worked in an office, I would keep them up. It’s worth a try! And when they start to come out, the change is pretty subtle.

  4. lucy says:

    I am sure they look good but they take forever and cost a fortune. If I need my eyelashes to look long, I can put on a coat of mascara and be done with it. I’m 47 and I’m pretty sure my eyelash length is not going to change my quality of life.

  5. Kathleen Trail says:

    Almost forgot to mention that the Duo glue with the little liner brush applicator is hands down my favorite (and you can get it in the grocery store.)

  6. Adrien says:

    I would do it in a hot second if it didn’t cost a trillion dollars here. When done right, it looks AMAZING but not over-the-top.

  7. Tucson Diva says:

    I turned 50 this year and just was noticing last week that my eyelashes were thinning. My whole life I have never had to wear mascara and it is rather shocking that my eyelashes now seem to be going invisible. I bought fake lashes and have been trying to apply them … very hard to do by oneself! I think I need to have an eyelash-applying evening with some girlfriends to figure out the trick to applying them. My only concern with any of this stuff is over glue, etc. coming anywhere close to my eyes. I really like seeing and would hate to have that impaired by a chemical reaction ….

  8. Marianne says:

    I met two girls at a party in NYC and was transfixed by their gorgeous lashes. Both of them had extensions. They looked both natural but incredible and I want them SO BAD. They are still stupid expensive here, though.

  9. Alison says:

    I did lash extensions last year for a few months up to and just past my wedding. They looked AWESOME, but it takes a long time for them to be applied and I’m not the most patient person. The extensions were a gift to me from the lash artist, but I think they were well worth what she normally changes. On more than one occasion, friends asked me if I had started using Latisse, and it was always fun to tell them they weren’t real lashes.

    All that said, I had them removed post-wedding, because it was too high maintenance for me to keep up with the fill-ins every 2-3 weeks, and I will say that I felt my lashes were in not so great shape for a few weeks after they were removed (they’re back to normal now). Sometimes I miss my extra-long faux lashes, but not enough to get the extensions again. Maybe for a special event sometime in the future…. but not on a regular basis.

    • Alison says:

      OH – and it’s also high maintenance in the fact that it’s kind of a pain (literally and figuratively) showering/washing your face and being extra careful around the lashes. I was always told that they were “water-proof” but my eyeballs told me otherwise anytime an excessive amount of water touched the lashes. Ouch.

  10. Lucy says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I was shocked by the thinning of my lashes, tried Latisse with no dramatic results, ran into a friend whose eyes looked incredible. Figured I’d try it once. That was then. What a difference, at least to me. (My husband has yet to even notice which seems like a good thing.) Eliminates the need for mascara completely. Almost eliminates the need for eye makeup. Okay, the money issue: The more often you go the less they charge to “fill” your lashes (duh). I’ve been going every 3 weeks for a year or so and pay $120. On the other hand, I don’t see a therapist and I don’t belong to a gym. (Hmm. I’m not completely convincing myself here.) Okay, it’s a huge extravagance P.S. I do take a certain amount of care but I can still get my face wet and not worry. Feel free to e-mail if you want a good lash specialist.

  11. Emily says:

    I’ve done them here in NYC and they are A. too expensive B. Amazing and I love them and so I spend the money? It’s like, I shouldn’t spend the money, but then they feel like SUCH a treat–you don’t have to do practically anything else to your eyes and they look ready to go and they’re natural, and feminine, and, well–believe the hype. I don’t maintain them though, cause of the price–so after about 2 months I’m back to regular me. so I can only afford to go like once every 4 months or so but man, feels good when I go.

  12. CB says:

    I did it and they looked great and were especially convenient since it eliminated the need for mascara and other eye makeup. However, they feel funky and I was very paranoid about how carefully I was washing my face, applying product, etc. I also am an Eye Rubber. (Not in public…just privately.) And being able to rub my eyes was more important to me than having those lovely lashes. So, I decided that I wouldn’t refill them. And I have to say, the lashes that I believed to be thin to the point of nonexistence seem just fine to me now. Still, when they are done right, they do look darn good! (But you probably don’t need them.)

  13. Debra says:

    MAC girls know their stuff – I say go for it and have fun! If you don’t like them, have them removed and add the experience to your list of stuff you found out you don’t like 🙂

  14. Dana says:

    Yes. Do it. A friend had them done and it was incredible. You only live once, right? Try it and see.

  15. YarnArchitect says:

    FYI I am an optometrist, and I had a patient who had them and they looked so good even with the microscope I use to look at the front of the eyes, that I had to ask where. So I went and I had then done and they looked great….not Tammy Faye Baker. I wanted to see if it was something that I could confidently recommend to my patients. It is. But…after 2 weeks I found them to get kind of dry and itchy. I wanted them off, but they were on there until they fell off about 6 weeks later. I haven’t done it again, and I probably won’t unless it’s for my own wedding….otherwise I’ll stick to really good false lashes for special occasions.

  16. Kiki says:

    I had them applied in Richmond, VA, and they looked amazing. Loved the way it looked as I generally look like I have NO eyelashes at all. However, lying still with my eyes closed for three hours was a bit of torture. Wish I’d taken a Xanax or muscle relaxer before the application. I was told not to shower, not to wear contacts and to sleep on my back for two days which didn’t thrill me. I’m also an eye rubber, which is highly discouraged. I was sad when the last lash fell off after about four weeks. I just couldn’t keep it up, but I’d do it again for a special occasion.

  17. linda says:

    Can you share the MAC girls’ recommend? Will not hold it against you if the place doesn’t pan out.

  18. LisaJ says:

    They may be nice for an event but they aren’t a long term solution. My friends and I went through an eyelash extension phase starting about two years ago. We went to what I believe is the same salon as the MAC girls. The lashes looked amazing. I never had such lush lashes and I was obsessed for about 7 months. Would I do it again? No. The maintenance was relentless. The cost for a filler visit was reasonable as long as your appintment was within two weeks of your last appointment. The appointments lasted a solid hour and they closed from 12-1 for lunch (may have changed since) so, it was always a challenge to make and keep a weekday appointment. You had to carefully wash your face and, showering could be tricky. Water was an enemy and shortend the life of the lash and believe me nothing looked tackier than extensions missing in the middle of one eye. Over time some of the girls wanted lusher (code word for pile them on) lashes and ended up looking like Bambi. They became uncomfortable and much too much work. We were all temporarily left with stubby lashes but they have long since grown in.

  19. nancy says:

    I’ve gotten extensions off and on for a couple of years. I usually get them when I’m traveling. It’s no big deal not doing the upkeep, they just fall off little by little, no dramas, just fill in with mascara. If you try them, be sure to ask for the lightest, shortest lashes they have. I find the procedure quite relaxing. I’d say give it a try.

  20. Andrea says:

    I think they’re awful and almost always Petunia Pig-like.

  21. mary says:

    surprised more people don’t try Latisse—-I’m in my first month of use and lashes are def thicker, and long enuf that when I wore glasses and mascara yesterday, lashes rubbed on my lenses!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I know the thinning-lashes problem well. Use castor oil, applied with a cotton swab to your eyelashes before bed. It’s cheap, and within a month you’ll have noticeably longer, thicker lashes. Trust me, it works. I never go to sleep without my castor oil now.

    • Kathleen Trail says:

      Putting castor oil on my shopping list now… Love tips like this!

    • Viajera says:

      Does anyone know why it works? I’m just curious.

      Just in case this helps anyone: I have chronic blepharitis (if you have it, your eye doc probably told you, but basically it’s when your eyelash roots area gets inflamed … it’s one of the many ways you can end up with dry eye syndrome …) and I have found since using T-Gel (original, from Neutrogena, and make sure you close your eyes tightly!) on my lashes twice a day that I have many more of them now. (Before, the follicles were blocked. Sorry if that’s gross! My doc told me at the time I had half the number of eyelashes I should have.)

      The only downside is, it also seems to make a few drop out when I wash them, but that could be because of the rubbing. Overall, I have way more. And my eyes are sooo much more comfortable than they used to be. I used to have to use eye drops *all* the time.

      Apparently, people back in the day used to wash their eyelids a lot, to prevent things. A contact wearer I told about this says it’s helped her a lot, many fewer infections. (I also had good results with Cetaphil soap, the original *not* the anti-bac kind. Not as good as T-Gel though. But more portable.) I had to stop wearing contacts b/c of the dry eye, but now I could probably do it again.

      Anyway, if you’re missing eyelashes, this might be relevant.

  23. Brett Jackson says:

    Wow! Lots of comments! And good ones! I guess I’d have to say LisaJ’s comment pretty much nails it. I am a makeup artist here in the city and rarely rarely see a model w/extensions but I do have 3 Equinox buddies that all have them and love them but I myself think eyelash extensions are just so artificial looking in general. Forget the maintenance. If something LOOKS good you’ll freaking maintain it at whatever the cost. And ps: MAC makeup girls (27-33) are young and can pull it off. I love this product called “Lash Food”. Google it. It’s amazing and it’s not a medicine for glaucoma like Latisse is/was. It’s simply a super conditioner made expressly for lashes. After using Lash Food for 2 months I actually noticed that when I put my lashes in the eyelash curler & squeeeeze, my lashes brim OVER the curler itself which they never used to do! Give it a try and save your $$$. If your bored, come to my apt and I’ll do your makeup! Sorry for the long post.

  24. Sue says:

    I go to a salon where they do lash extensions and the techs there all “hate” me because other clients think I have the extensions and I have to say no, it’s Latisse. I can’t say enough good things about it. I buy it from my dermatologist for $125 a package, which lasts me 3 months at least (honestly, it’s like the loaves and fishes, every time you think the bottle’s empty, it isn’t!), but you do have to stick with it. I think it took about 3 months before I really noticed a difference, and now I use it about 4-5 times a week, but not less. They look perfectly natural, just amazingly better. I had been experiencing thinning issues, and it’s such a small thing you can do for yourself. No ill side effects for me, highly recommend it because you can still wear regular mascara, makeup and there’s no upkeep or water issues.

  25. sarah says:

    Oh, great. I’ve never given lash extensions even two seconds of thought, and now I think I might need them. Thanks?

  26. cathyhn says:

    Ok, I will throw in another solution – the last time I went to buy Lancome mascara the sales person talked me into buying their mascara “booster” product. You put it on before mascara and it goes on white and lengthens your lashes. Then you use Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara over it. For me, it’s enough when I really want a lush long lash look. Felt extravagant to spend the Lancome money it cost to buy it, but I’ll probably buy it again. Although I may have to look into the castor oil…

  27. cynthia kling says:

    Groupon has cheapo sessions at good salons pretty regularly. After hearing raves from a few friends, bought a coupon and now plan to do it. Why not, $19.00

  28. ng says:

    Time is money. No man is spending upwards of 8 to 10 hours a month on beauty I can tell you that. And If I’m going to spend 3 hours at a time doing anything, I better be getting something out of it other than cosmetic effects for my face!

    And, time may be money, but money is, well, money! I think the statistic is upwards of 10% of our earnings go to beauty products? And that’s the low end. Maybe Anna Wintour has a general fund for this stuff. Meanwhile regular women are rationalizing expensive but unnecessary procedures because it makes them “feel good”. But really, it doesn’t. It’s inconvenient and uncomfortable. It’s superficial and it’s fleeting, and we aren’t the face of a multi-billion dollar industry either.

    It’s one thing to stand tall and look your best, but it’s another thing entirely to buy in to all this stuff and yet, you don’t look good. You just look like a fool and her money were recently parted.

  29. Kristin says:

    I’ve tried the lash extensions twice now and, honestly, not for me. I rub my eyes in my sleep and you cannot touch your eyes when these things are attached. Plus, if your eyelashes fall out by flipping downward, you WILL get stabbed in the eye. The castor oil trick delivers like Domino’s. Try that instead.

  30. Nancee says:

    I had them and loved them and would never do it again. They look fantastic and you feel glamorous with very little effort. Yes…slightly expensive but the price seems to be coming down a bit more places. And yes…slightly time consuming but also a time saver after they’re attached. But the maintenance issues are a pain in the ass. You have to be careful when you sleep not to crush them. And no matter what they say, water is the enemy of surgical glue to you have to be careful when you wash your face, careful when you shower. For a special event it’s a wonderful worthwhile indulgence. But it adds a degree of difficulty to every day life that I’m not willing to entertain.

  31. Linda Kenyon says:

    Go for it! I wear glasses so mascara does me just fine…my issue is with eyebrows that have thinned at the outer edges!

  32. Mimi says:

    I’ve had good luck with Latisse. After a month or so, my lashes grew much longer and more plentiful. They’re pretty lush, if I do say so myself. Now I’m on maintenance – applying it 2-3 times a week. There are times when you don’t want your lashes to look too fabulous, i.e. hiking or skiing, so I go easy on the mascara then, but they still look good, and natural. BTW, does everyone know the eyelash curling trick? Blow hot air from your hairdryer on your metal eyelash curler, then curl your lashes. The heat helps the curl last.

  33. raegan says:

    Eyelashes? What about eyebrow extensions? I’m still mourning the day in 1971 when my big sister and her tweezers came between me and my luscious brows! Sadly they never grew back. Yes I have tried everything, but am open to miracles.

  34. elizabeth says:

    I second the Latisse option. I put it on my eyebrows also and this helps fill them out.
    I see the eyelash extensions same as hair extensions – expensive and high maintenance but with good results though.

  35. Yuki says:

    LASH EXTENSIONS ARE AWESOME but the kill your lashes. I had them done a few years ago by a master ( soul lee of Shu Uemura at the time) and they were incredible. The problem is its a vicious cycle., you keep doing them bc they look amazing but you take them off to give your ashes a break and can’t stand the sight of your scraggly loser lashes so you rinse and repeat. After a few months my lashes were noticeably weaker sparse and almost bald looking. I stopped the insanity . switched to latisse and some good mascara

  36. Nanci says:

    Have your thyroid checked if your brows are thinning at the edges.

  37. belle says:

    Go already!

  38. Lisa says:

    I think the annoyance factor would be just too high. On the other hand I find dangling earrings, rings, and wool other than cashmere annoying, so am probably the wrong litmus.

  39. Anna Svahn says:

    I just got them done two days ago. Looks very natural, only 35 lashes per eye paid for by a coupon deal. I am finding it awkward to shower and it is irritating to have to keep my hands away from my eyes. They look great but I can see myself in a week or so going at them with baby oil to soak them off. Not for long term at all.

  40. Jessica says:

    I’m going to try Latisse instead. I spend enough time on my hair extensions, and I also am a big eye-rubber, so there’s that. AND Latisse can help with my outer brow thinning (which IS because of a thyroid condition, actually).

  41. janet says:

    I did this for a few months last year. They looked awesome. Unfortunately, when it was time for a break, I was temporarily left with baldish eyeballs. Also, and this is gross, it was way too unclean for me. As the lashes wore off, I could see just what I was unable to wash even though every night I’d go at them with q-tips to do my best to clean.

  42. L says:

    I had eyelash extensions for a couple of years. Maintenance was an hour every couple of weeks(fill in and trim) After 2 hour initial application(6-8 weeks). I liked them but now I have a baby so no time. Also when I stopped my lashes were all scraggly and sparse until they grew in again. Worth a try but a hassle. Based on what others have posted may try Latisse after finished breast feeding.

  43. Neva says:

    I had JB Lashes eyelash extensions and I absolutely loved them! There light weight, and feel/look very natural in wear. They are so convenient for everyday wear and reduce time getting ready every morning. I personally use LashFood to help with the appearance of longer thicker lashes, its a non prescription natural alternative to Latisse, and doesn’t make your eyelids change colors. I would recommend it for use during and after eyelash extensions.

  44. silver price says:

    This is one beauty treatment that’s never much tempted me. Because it’s pricey and doesn’t last long and—like self-tanning and botox—going to a technician who has anything but a super-light hand can result in a dead giveaway. But nobody warned me about the fact that at a certain point in a woman’t life, her eyelashes start thinning out. And I have found this development quite irksome. So on Sunday, at the Flatiron District MAC store (where, BTW, I found the exactly perfect shade of un-sparkly, not at all Heather Locklear-ian dark navy eyeshadow that has been eluding me) when I complimented the girl who rang me up on her lashes, and she gave me a card with the name and number of the place where she got them done, I stuck that card in my bag and there it remains. It’s half as much as fancy salons charge, and all the MAC girls go there, apparently. And I figure their recommendation would be as good as it gets on this front. But still: not quite sure I can clear this hurdle. Anyone?

  45. Anne says:

    Peter Thomas Roth makes an eyeliner that really works to thicken lashes-
    Lashes to Die For™ THE LINER
    plus it looks so nice and is easy to use, and gives you excuse to wear liner all the time!

  46. Muireann says:

    Thinning lashes here too. I was seriously tempted by Latisse but I like my eye color, which is pale green, and my derm couldn’t guarantee it wouldn’t darken from the drug. On the rec of a friend in the make-up business, I tried an OTC product called Rapidlash, not expecting much, and have been pleasantly surprised. My lashes are significantly longer, and there may be a few more of them. They haven’t changed in texture or color, so I still have to wear mascara, but I now can get away with one coat, where before it was 2-3.