How to do your own eyelash extensions at home
Going to the salon every 2-3 weeks (1h – 1.5h each time) for eyelash extensions is so time consuming. When I do it at home, I do it once a week (sometimes every 2nd week if Im lazy) and it takes me 20 min. Sure, I’ve been doing this for 2 years now so I’m used to it, but it’s not as hard as you think to learn how to apply individual lashes on yourself – and make them last for 1-2 weeks!
Give yourself some patience and time to practice (and fail a few times) and you will notice how this beauty hack will save you time and money!! (a lot of money if you count how much you spend on lashes doing them at a salon vs. at home during 1 year)
What you need
I buy my lashes and glue from Ebay. I use Hair bonding glue from Salon Pro.
The glue I use is black and becomes like rubber when it dries. The advantage of using this glue:
1. When it dries it becomes black so it blends in with the actual eye lash
2. There are no fumes of chemicals of this glue making it irritation free when you do the application. You can have your eyes open when you do this and it doesn’t harm your own lashes the same way other glue do.
3. Turning in to rubber after it dries is very good as it makes your lashes more flexible than with the usual lash glue. If you by mistake sleep on your eye, you won’t wake up with messed up lashes, same goes after you shower.
4. Removal of the lashes is simple, as in a very hot shower will soften the rubber up and make it easier to pull them off.
The secret of a good “home made application” is to add the exact right amount of glue. If you add too little glue, your lashes won’t last long, if you add too much then it will just look messed up.
If you use a lot of powder on your face (eye shadow, mineral powders etc) after some time your lashes will look “dusty” seen from above. This is easy to cover up simply by “painting them” with some eyeliner or dark eyeshadow.
I buy individual eyelashes in packs of 4 different sizes. As the logic tells you, you mix the sizing of the lashes depending on where you apply them on the eye.
The sizes I use are 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 14mm. (Please note 14mm is very long lashes, and only people like me with big eyes should use this size)
There are many instructional videos on youtube that shows how to best apply individual eyelashes, so just follow a tutorial.
My advice is to apply them one by one next to each other in two layers. First you apply one layer and after the second layer on top of the first to get some more thickness and get an even results with no gaps. If you want a very natural result, then 1 layer is enough.
How to make individual lashes last 1-2 weeks
1. Don’t rub your eyes
2. Don’y sleep on your eyes
3. Don’t towel dry your eyes (let your eyes air dry after you shower/wash your face)
4. Never touch your eyelashes unless you really have to
5. When removing eye make up, remove “around the eye” without touching the eyelashes
Practice makes perfection!
Honestly, don’t expect having salon looking lashes on your first try. You won’t most probably! But after some rounds of practice you will and it will really be worth it. So start practicing and learning the technique, it’s easy and anyone can do it!