​​Semi-permanent Mink Eyelash Extensions

​​​Who can wear them? As long as your own lashes are at least three millimetres long, you can get extensions.

Cost and materials: Price is $99+ HST for a full set. Most lashes are synthetic mink made of polyester. 

Lengths: You can double the length of your lashes. But any longer and the extensions and your natural lashes may fall out faster. Lashes come in widths of 0.10 to 0.30 millimetres.

Process: You should be lying down, with pads placed over your lower lashes, eyes closed. Using fine tweezers, the technician dips a fake eyelash in adhesive and then applies it to a natural lash, one millimetre above the root of your lash. A full set for both eyes’ upper lashes takes about one hour and a half. 

Safety: Extensions pose no known health risks if they are applied professionally.

Upkeep: Extensions can last a month; they simply fall out when your natural lashes do. Oils from makeup will shorten the life of the glue bond, as will rubbing, which might pull off your natural lashes, too. You don’t need to curl them or even wear mascara, but if you want mascara, apply a water-based one to the tips only (don’t use waterproof). ‘Use water- or gel-based cleansers and a sponge-tip applicator or lint-free cloth to remove makeup around the eye,’ You can also use a baby wash to keep your lashes clean. Keep lashes dry after application’no sweat-inducing exercise for the first 24 hours, and avoid swimming, and saunas, for the first 48.