Have you ever noticed a friend or coworker’s lush fringe and wished you’d been born as lucky? If so, there’s a good chance they’ve had help from extensions. “When I first started back in 2007, eyelash extensions were mostly worn by celebrities—Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Capshaw have been coming to our studio for years,” says celebrity lash expert Clementina Richardson, founder of Envious Lashes in New York City. “Now they’ve become very mainstream.” Richardson chalks up the increase to the rise of social media. Everyone wants to glam up their selfie!
They should be customized
There’s no one-size-fits-all with lash extensions, so good lash artists will start by asking about the look you’re after, whether it’s soft and fluffy, long and leggy, full-on beauty queen, or your own variation. “Lash extensions come in different lengths, widths, and curvatures,” Richardson explains. Lash artists will also evaluate your face shape, bone structure, and existing lashes to determine which extensions will best enhance your eyes. “Extensions that are too heavy should not be applied to natural lashes that can’t support the weight,” she says, or you’re asking for breakage. Another styling option is almond shaping, which use three to four different lengths, along with one to two different curvatures to create an ideal shape. Use these makeup tricks to make your eyes look bigger.