Wedding Day Lash Extensions - Are They An Eye Do?
Sorry couldn't resist. After a recent interview with The Knot Magazine, I thought I should blog in detail about what you need to know if you are going to try lash extensions for your big day!
To be clear, I feel that lash extensions should be an essential part of everyone's pre wedding beauty prep.
The more beauty prep is done before the day-of the less stress and more beautiful you will feel.
This photo is from my destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and I can attest that these babies looked perfect from wedding right through snorkeling, a the booze cruise and a honey moon in Panama.
How does it work?
Brides typically come in 2 weeks or more before the big day for the initial set of extensions. This process involves faux mink hairs being bonded to each natural lash with a surgical grade adhesive. The service takes about 90-120 minutes initially. We like to do the lashes a couple weeks before the wedding just to make sure they are perfect. This also allows the bride to change the style a little as they get used to them before the actual day. Then the bride does a touch-up right before the wedding day.
How do you maintain them?
In order to maintain the lashes for 6-8 weeks before a touch up the bride will use the LAshX Lash Cleanse to wash them and avoid oils. The ProLine eye liner or treatment is used to improve the natural lashes and brows and retain the extensions longer. Aftercare is just as important as picking a great lash artists, because how you care for the lashes will effect how they last and look on the big day.
How to choose an artist?
Make sure your artist comes with great recommendations, uses healthy safe products and educates you on aftercare. There should also be a consultation around the look to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Lashes come in different curls, lengths, volumes and styles so come ready to discuss what your vision is. Do not have your lashes done with someone who doesn't do a thorough consultation and offer you multiple lash options. Lashes need to be customized for each persons eye shape, lid, and natural lash health.
LASHX has a locator of artists that are certified by us and using our products HERE.
How much does it cost on average?
Full Sets of quality lashes run anywhere from $250-$500 depending on where you live. Don't try and bargain hunt when it comes to lash extensions, as there is currently not much regulation in the industry. You will be getting very different products and services if you try and go somewhere cheap. I always tell brides that if its not in the budget to get quality lash extensions opt for a different type of lash all together. This is your eye area and its better not to risk any problems before your big day! Many salons do have packages. For example, at Makeup Mandy we have discounted bridal packages as well and include the first touch up free with a full set.
Are there any other expenses with having lash extensions?
Plan on buying a little aftercare. The Lash Cleanse is $35 and should be considered crucial. Skipping cleansing can lead to bacteria, infection and the lashes not lasting. The ProLine Treatment is $120 and lasts a year. It can be used on lashes and brows to increase volume, length and fullness, with or without the extensions.
For more on the after care instructions check out: What To Know Before You Leave The Chair
Is there any recovery time?
There is no down time with lash extensions you will leave looking fabulous! The ProLiner takes 3 weeks of daily use to see lashes or brows triple.
How far in advance should a bride get them before her wedding day?
Brides typically do the full set 2 weeks prior to the big day and a final touch-up a day or two before the wedding. For Destination Weddings we like to do it as close as possible to when the bride is leaving town.
What problems do lashes address?
Brides are obsessed with lash extensions for a few reasons. The first is that they do not have to worry about their mascara running if they cry during the ceremony. No one wants to have raccoon eyes in all of their photos. The second is that they are so effortless. You wake up looking younger and brighter and who doesn't want that? Your groom will think he married the most low maintenance beauty ever. Third, the day of the wedding can be hectic and stressful. Getting ready is that much easier with the extensions already looking great. Lastly, because they are waterproof they are perfect for looking hot while in tropical locations like a honeymoon or destination wedding. Strip lashes or other temporary lashes do not handle moisture well. Can you imagine if you had half your strip lash hanging during your wedding ceremony?
Lash extensions not for you? Try our DIY approach with Eye Do's at home extension kit:
for more answers on what to know before getting lash extensions, check out our other blog Everything Eyelashes
Have a wedding day extension story? Please comment we would love to hear about your big day!