Eyelash extensions are getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason: You'll get a full, defined lash line sans makeup, which means it's easier than ever to look polished and put together without putting in a ton of effort. And when you are putting in effort—say, on your wedding day—eyelash extensions can enhance your overall beauty look. Still, that doesn't mean they're for everyone, and there's a lot you should know about getting, wearing, and removing eyelash extensions before you try them for your wedding day. To get a full understanding, we spoke to the pros—three wedding makeup artists and two lash experts—about eyelash extensions for the wedding. Here's what they have to say about the beauty trend.
Yes, your lashes will look perfect all day long.
If there's one thing that's a given with eyelash extensions, it's that they'll look great all day long, Jasmine Imani, expert makeup artist at White Rose Collective, says. That means no matter how much you cry (or sweat) on your big day, you can trust that your lashes will stay intact. And if you're looking for a fuss-free beauty look for your honeymoon, they might be the way to go. Imani says lash extensions tend to last for a few weeks, so you won't have to worry about packing extra mascara in your suitcase.
But you'll want to get them done early.
Lash extensions usually are painless, but Lora Condon, celebrity esthetician and founder of Beauty Buster, says that application takes a good chunk of time—at least an hour or two—so don't expect to have it done on the morning of your wedding. Timing isn't the only reason why it's a bad idea. Mar R., creative director of Team Hair & Makeup, says it's important to get a trial run first to see if you like how lash extensions look and to make sure you don't react negatively to the glue, which means you'll need to wear them for at least a week first. Depending on the lash set you choose, the pros say you may even need to schedule your appointment for four weeks out from your big day. Then, the week of your wedding, you can visit your esthetician for a fill-in and touch ups. If you've already been wearing extensions, you can work with your pro to time your next appointment right.
Choose a reputable salon.
Katherine McCall, event coordinator at Facetime Beauty Concierge, says lash extensions shouldn't damage your natural lashes if they are applied properly, which means it's important to do your research first in order to find a reputable salon. If a facility is unsanitary or has a reputation of delivering poor application, it can cause major issues (we're talking eye damage) down the road. To avoid any bridal beauty nightmares, McCall says it's best to get recommendations from people you know or read online reviews carefully.
Wear the right makeup.
Imani says it's perfectly okay to wear a full face of makeup with your lash extensions on the day of your wedding, but she also stresses the importance of avoiding mascaras (especially waterproof varieties) that are not made for lash extensions. McCall also notes that the way your beauty products are applied is equally important, as you'll want to be careful about wearing makeup around your eyes. You should also be extra cautious about the eyeliners you use, as these could potentially compromise the hold of the lash adhesive. Even in the days leading up to your wedding, you'll also want to pay close attention to the products you use, especially makeup wipes and removers. Corden says that products with oil only dissolve the glue that holds your lashes together, so they should be avoided. "Oil-based anything has potential to get on the lashes and dissolve the lash glue, so be sure to always use the prescribed cleanser that works with that particular glue," she says.
Remember to take care of your eyelashes.
Once you get your eyelash extensions, it's important to treat them with care. Since some lash sets are applied with glue that takes up to 48 hours to set, Jessica Shin, owner at Flair Eyelashes, advises not getting them wet and avoiding steam for the first day or two. She also recommends sleeping on your back—not your side or stomach—to avoid crushing the extensions. Another pro tip is to brush your eyelashes in a gentle upwards movement with a soft spoolie, as Shin says this keeps your extensions looking long and beautiful.
Plan to have them for six to eight weeks.
According to Imani, eyelash extensions usually shed off with your natural lash growth cycle, meaning you can expect to have yours for about six to eight weeks. Since each lash is on its own cycle, she suggests getting fills every two to three weeks if you want to maintain a really full look. If you decide to remove your lashes, Shin says it's best to go to a pro, as salons and lash studios have special solutions and techniques to remove them without damaging your natural eyelashes.