It was until the early days of Hollywood, people searched tirelessly for ways to achieve fuller eyelashes. In ancient Egypt, all kinds of substances were used to achieve a darker, richer, longer lash look. Finally, a makeup artist in early Hollywood began experimenting with false eyelashes, which offered a great, albeit temporary, solution. False eyelashes became popular during the 40’s and 50’s. In the 60’s Twiggy made them iconic. Lash extensions became popular more recently and give a super-glam look while requiring extensive upkeep. A fill is required about every two weeks to keep up with the lash growth cycle. A typical fill appointment is about 45 minutes and costs anywhere from $65 to $120. The fills begin two weeks after your first full set, which will set you back anywhere from $200 to $350. Ouch. Enter Lash Lifting!
Lash Lifts are, simply put, a perm for your lashes. They curl your lashes. This adds depth and a touch of glamour to your look. So, depending on the length and condition of your lashes, your preference and your lash tech’s guidance, you will be able to achieve a look that is natural to one that is more dramatic. This permanent curling of your lashes gives your lashes a more uniform and full look, which can be amplified with a tint. The lash lift process usually takes under an hour, and many people come out deeply relaxed. Your lashes are essentially glued to tiny a silicone rod sized small, medium and large, which are affixed to your eyelids. The size of rod determines the amount of curl, with small being the most curled. The two solution processes are each from 4 to eight minutes. Then, your lids are rinsed with clear water and your lashes conditioned. Most people opt for a lash tint immediately after while the hair is still porous and can take color very well, in about five minutes as opposed to the ten minutes it normally takes without the lift.
You will notice more of a dramatic look with a tint if your hair is light to medium in shade. People with darker hair can benefit from eyelash tints as well, but it will be more subtle. The benefit lies in the fact that the tips of our lashes are often much lighter and sometimes white or transparent. So, tinting will cover that colorless tip and give the appearance of slightly longer and lusher lashes.
When I modeled eons ago, a makeup artist told me that I “might as well throw out any mascara that is not black.” While I almost agree with him, some people want a look more consistent with their own coloring and can choose a dark brown tint for their lashes instead of black. You can also opt for a more dimensional look with a blue-black. This is a very subtle hint of dark blue that can be seen in bright light up close, but is not obvious to most people with whom you are conversing while socially distanced. I suggest everyone try it at least once! Plain old deep black, however, remains the most popular lash tint color, and it is suitable for everyone. Tinting helps your lashes look longer since lash tips usually lose their color and become transparent. The tint covers up the clear hair with color making them appear longer and fuller!
A typical lift takes about an hour to complete and lasts from 6 to 8 weeks, requiring no maintenance except for a few rules immediately after your treatment. These include staying out of direct heat of blow dryers, steam rooms and saunas, and avoiding contact with water for the first 24 hours. As your natural lash growth cycle completes, the lashes fall out and straight ones replace the permed ones, and then, in six to eight weeks, it’s time for your next lift.