What is Lash Lifting? Lash Lifting uses your own natural lashes to lift them at the root and create a natural-looking lift. The lashes will appear longer and the eyes more open. Our technicians are trained in using a special gel and that is carefully applied (30-45 minutes process) to semi-permanently curl the lashes. Think of it like a safe perming technique for your lashes! The results can last up to 12 weeks with proper maintenance. We also offer lash tinting (darkening of the lashes) and semi-permanent mascara (darkening + thickening of the lashes for smudge-proof lashes that last up to 4 weeks).
Some women don’t leave the house without lipstick.
Others have a thing for concealer (you know who you are!) or blotting paper or blush.
Us? Many of us at Artistry have an obsession with eyelashes.
Whether we’re applying mascara or strip lashes, or carefully brushing the lash extensions we have, we believe the window of the soul is through the eyes!
So you can imagine why we’re so excited to share a new service with you!
Lash tinting and curling (also known as “lifting”) can be an easy, maintenance free way for you to have gorgeous, dark, flirty lashes. Why curl your lashes? When you curl straight lashes, they look longer and give your eyes an instant lift. So now you can kiss eyelash curlers and mascara goodbye. The whole service takes less than an hour – and when you’re done, you have maintenance free lashes that last anywhere from one to three months.
To learn more, give us a call, or better yet, ask your stylist when you’re in at your next visit.
Q: Can I wear my contacts with eyelash extensions?
A: Yes, you can. You just shouldn’t wear them when you are getting your extensions put on or for 24 hours afterwards as you don’t want to have any complications while the glue is drying.
Q: Aren’t extensions just for the summer? And why can’t you get them wet?
A: Absolutely not! Eyelash extensions can be worn year-round, summer, spring, winter, and fall. You can shower and swim while wearing them, you just want to keep them dry for the first 24 hours after your initial full set is applied or after a fill so that the glue can set up properly. (If you don’t wait long enough, your new extensions may fall off prematurely — so protect your investment, and wait.)
Q: Aren’t extensions just for the Young and The Kardashians?
A: Seriously? Women of all ages have been getting eyelash extensions over the past few years because they are an easy way to add instant glamour and definition to the eye area. There are certainly no age restrictions and no, you don’t have to be a tv reality star to enjoy them! We recommend starting with a look that enhances or replaces your normal mascara so that you still look like you, only better. You can always add additional lashes over time if you want a more dramatic look.
Q: I heard the glue makes your eyes burn, is that true?
A: Every eyelash technician has a favored set of lashes and glues that she finds works well. High quality glue does produce small fumes, but most people do not have a reaction to it. Obviously, if you were one of the rare people who experience a reaction, your technician would immediately stop the application and you wouldn’t pay for the service. Fortunately, we use high quality glue at Artistry in Hanover, and have not had any problems with irritation to date.
Q: I heard that extensions make your lashes fall out!
A: Each of us have a personal growth cycle for eyelashes. In general it can take up to 45 days for a lash to grow from — out to a full length lash. Each lash can stay in place approximately 100 days before it falls out and is replaced by another lash. Eyelash extensions are glued on to your individual lashes, so depending upon where your natural lashes are in the cycle, your lashes may last a few days or 100 days. Most people lose between 1 and 3 lashes each day and don’t really notice it because the body is always replacing older lashes with new lashes. So, no, extensions don’t make your lashes fall out. They fall out with your natural lashes. Sometimes you may feel like more are coming out than other times, but that’s just your natural cycle. You do have to be gentle with them by using gentle cleansers to whisk away your makeup. Don’t rub them, and use an eyelash brush to detangle them daily. They are low-maintenance!
So you tried extensions and they weren’t for you. That’s okay. If you don’t like your new extensions, don’t try to remove them yourself! Talk with your eye technician and she will use a special glue solvent to remove them for you without damaging your own lashes.
— A first hand experience, by Wendy
Admit it. You’ve had eyelash envy, haven’t you? Well — I did. This summer, I saw a lot of girlfriends with suspiciously gorgeous eyelashes, and I wanted to see what the buzz was all about so I booked an appointment with Kelsey Ward to get a set of eyelash extensions. After all, who doesn’t want to wake up looking good?
While I normally wear mascara and light makeup on work days, the best way to see the difference is to look at yourself before and after without any other makeup on. So, with a fresh face, I arrived at Artistry.
The first thing Kelsey did was bring me upstairs to the spa room, where she examined my lashes and asked what look I was after. Being an extension novice, I left it to her expertise to determine what would look best on me. (I told her I wasn’t looking for a drag queen look — and she agreed that we’d go for something more subtle!)
She took out the extensions and explained that they came in different sizes and that she would use the longer ones on the middle part of my eye and the shorter ones on the inner and outer corner for a light and flirty look. She asked me to lay down and then she used some medical tape to tape my bottom lashes out of her way. It was a little uncomfortable, but she explained that this kept the glue off the bottom lashes.
It took longer than I expected, but I had no idea how many lashes were individually applied. Kelsey estimated about 50 or 60 on each eye — no wonder you’re there for over an hour! She applies a microscopic drop of glue to each lash and then attaches a luxurious mink lash to your lash. The only uncomfortable part of this procedure is when she has to remove the tape from the bottom of your eyelids. I admit, I winced a bit, but I think it was more from anticipation of — rather than actual pain.
When I was done, I looked in the mirror and I was really blown away. Who is that woman in the mirror? I wasn’t wearing a stitch of makeup, and yet, these lash extensions really opened up my eyes and gave me an understated, yet sophisticated polish. Kelsey explained that they would look even better as they settled in and relaxed over the next day or so.
Once we were finished, Kelsey gave me a lash brush to take home and the following instructions:
- Wait 24 hours before you get your lashes wet
- Don’t get in a hot tub, go swimming or submerge yourself in water or take a steam bath
- Don’t wear mascara, but if you feel you must, just add it to the tips of the lashes only
- Use oil-free makeup remover only
- Don’t use an eyelashes curler
- Brush your lashes daily
I’m writing this a week after I had them put on, and can report that I’ve lost about 8 lashes in total but you really can’t tell. I wake up each morning and haven’t felt the need to put on any eye makeup. The nights I did add eyeshadow I used my Makeup Eraser and water (a cloth you can buy at Sephora) and gently washed off the color before going to bed. So far, I’m loving the experiment, I can see why my girlfriends have been doing this and I’m looking forward to getting my first fill in a few weeks.
Note from Staff: Artistry is running a special on a full set of lashes and extensions — what normally costs $150 is just $80 and fills cost $40. Kelsey books up fast, so get your appointment in before the holiday rush — if you, too, want to “wake up like this!”