Ever since arriving in Taiwan, I’ve been enjoying a variety of beauty services on offer here. Like a lot of things, they’re relatively inexpensive here (but remember our average wage is 1/2 of Australian wages) and the ease of access make them even more enticing.
One of these services is eyelash extensions, which I didn’t venture into whilst living in Oz. Partly to do with cost, but partly to do with a few reasons I’ll go into later.
The process of lash extension is pretty universal – individual strands of hair is attached to your existing lashes with semi-permanent glue. The whole process takes around 2 hours, and refills are generally required every 3 weeks if you want to maintain the look.
If you have Asian hooded lids and are considering having eyelash extensions, here are my thoughts listed in Pros and Cons:
Even though I’ve maintained my eyelash extensions, I can think of only one positive thing about getting them, but it’s one big positive:
It gives you long, lush eyelashes with no effort required on your part
Being Asian I have naturally short straight lashes, that required curling and coats of mascara to make them decent looking. That takes time to do, to remove at the end of the day, and even then doesn’t give me the length that most Caucasian people enjoy naturally
Since having eyelash extensions, I save a good 10 minutes from my everyday makeup routine, as I no longer have to worry about doing my eyelashes or eyeliner, and can simplify my eyeshadows to one or two washes of colours on my top lid and bottom lashline.
There are a number of cons, and these are the reasons why, especially in Oz, that I just didn’t want to even try eyelash extensions.
The obvious con with eyelash extensions is the time and money required to upkeep. As mentioned before generally you need to refill every 2-3 weeks, and even with that you’ll need to get them re-done every 3 months (Note: there may also be extra costs for removal).
In order to keep the eyelash extensions for as long as possible, you need to take extra care when cleansing around the eye area. Water is advisable as oil can dissolve the glue, but as you may gather, this is not as effective at removing eye makeup so at least twice the time is needed to ensure proper cleansing of the area.
Another rather annoying thing is that eye “goop” gets caught up in the lashes, and I wake up with half crusty eyes every morning *yuck*.
No Eyeliner or Heavy Eye Makeup:
This is the main reason for me not to get eyelash extensions in Oz. I love my eye makeup and with hooded lids, eyeliner and smokey eyeshadows are the key for dramatic looks, which I do for nights out on the town and FOTD posts. Since lash extensions doesn’t allow the use of oil-based eye makeup removers, it’s best to just avoid heavy eye makeup and eyeliner totally.
Here in Taiwan I have a much less active social life so no need for heavy eye makeup, and the humidity makes eyeliners impossible for everyday wear (it smudges after an hour). I do miss eyeliner though… :/
It doesn’t prop up hooded lids like fake lashes
This is a major disappointment for me. I love fake lashes not just cos they give me fluttery lashes, but also cos they prop up my hooded lids and give me wide, open double eyelids.
I was hoping that eye lash extensions would do the same, but without the spine that strip falsies have, it doesn’t have enough strength to push the eyelid upward unless I’m sleepy (as in above pic, but the double lids are not as deep or wide as when they’re propped up by strip fake lashes).
Some length gets “swallowed” by the hooded lids
Partly due to the fact it doesn’t prop up the eyelids, and partly because lash extensions are, well, extensions of the natural lashes, the first few millimetres of the lash extensions are not very visible. They follow the direction of the natural lashes (downwards), and is covered by my hooded lids just like my normal lashes are.
All in all, I like eyelash extensions but I don’t love them. I like them enough to maintain them for the time being, as I can afford the fairly regular refills and they suit my sedate lifestyle. But for hooded lids, they don’t looks as good as fake eyelashes, and can be a hindrance if you like playing around with your eye makeup.
What do you think? Do you have eyelash extensions regularly? Do you love them or feel a bit “meh” about them like me?
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