Eyelash extensions are the new blue-black

Eyelash extensions are the smart girl's accessory.

Just when I had jumped onto the eyelash perming bandwagon and wowed my friends with curly Betty Boop lashes, the fad moved! (And some people bang on about how fast the IT world changes – guys you want to try and keep up with beauty!)

Eyelash tinting these days is as common as a blow dry after your hair cut, and the next craze was the perm. Takes about 45 minutes and makes even the shortest lashes look long and luscious, curled up like a gerbera. But there have been mutterings in the secret world of Girl Stuff about eyelash extensions so this afternoon I went and checked it out…

As luck would have it Cerise Makeup and Lash Bar is right across the road so I called Rebecca and begged her to squeeze me in today. She did. I high tailed it over, lay on the beauty bed and she tinted my lashes and brows first (that was extra and only what I usually get done so that my blonde lashes don’t make my eyes look like p*ss holes in the snow – as a girlfriend once eloquently described them to me). Then she got a set of 20 sweeping synthetic lashes for each eye (made in Korea) and began to individually glue them onto my own lashes. Most are on the outer edge and a few are scattered across so I don’t look too odd. I love them! I feel like blinking in slow motion and I can see their shadow across my keyboard as I type.

The maintenance might be another issue – no washing face with water all over my eyes (she even suggested washing hair with goggles on). I’ll have to adopt a careful eye makeup cleansing routine and then they should last about 4 weeks. Hmmm, we shall see. I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile if you have any eyelash tips or advice let me know. It’s a whole new day!

Cerise Makeup & Lash Bar, Shop 3/ 386 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland. 09 361 6336

4 thoughts on “Eyelash extensions are the new blue-black”

  1. How much? Is the cost-benefit ratio worth it for only 4 weeks of be-goggled showers? (You can just buy falsies for $10 and reuse them whenever you want.)

    And can you trailblaze something for me and get eyeliner tatoo? V interested to see how that goes :o)

  2. K update: slept without bending them (I hear they don’t straighten once bent).

    Worked out how to cleanse face without rubbing them – mind you haven’t tried to get rid of eye shadow. Didn’t wash hair this morning, that’s tomorrow’s project (sure makes the “I’m washing hair tonight so can’t date you” excuse real!)

    Cost was $75 but the diff to falsies is that they’re not noticebly attached. And not as thick as a full set. You also don’t feel them – and they’re not going to peel off randomly and fall on your cheek like a hairy caterpiller!

    Tattoo eyeliner… hmmmm, you do that Em and I’ll honour you with your very own blog!

  3. I’ve had both eye lash extensions and “tattoo” eyeliner (or permanent makeup as they prefer it to be called) … can highly recommend both! I was told the eyeliner would only last 6 months, but my bottom lid (I had both top and bottom done) lasted well beyond that – and I’m not the gentlest person in terms of makeup routines! My lash extensions lasted well for about 3 weeks before I noticed them starting to need topping up. What bliss – travelling with two less products in the makeup bag, two less steps to take when making up in the morning, and two less steps before bedtime as you don’t have to cleanse eyes so much – no mascara or eyeliner!

    You can get full sets of eyelash extensions done (about 70-100 per eye) – will take about 2 hours to apply, or smaller sets like Megan had. I went for full. You can top up with mascara for special events, but it should be waterproof.

    Eyeliner – application wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be .. I felt quite relaxed during the process. Top and bottom took about 1.5 hours and I just had to apply iced gel packs a few times a day afterwards.

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