For years, you have faithfully applied mascara to your lashes as part of your morning makeup routine. While you have a brand of mascara that you like and don’t really mind using it, you are not wild about the inevitable smudges and bits of black residue that end up on your cheeks, not to mention when you forget to remove your mascara at night end up looking like a raccoon the next morning.
This is why you find yourself thinking about tossing the mascara tube and giving lash extensions a try. But, like most things in life, there are pros and cons to using eyelash extensions. Before making a decision, check out the following points.
Pro: You save time
As InStyle notes, depending on how much eyelash maintenance you do every day, you can easily save 20 minutes a day if you switch to lash extensions. Instead of curling your lashes and applying mascara as well as eyeliner and shadow, many women who wear extensions find they can do away with all eye makeup altogether. And of course, you don’t have to spend the time washing it all off at night, so your raccoon moments will be a thing of the past.
Pro: They look great and take very little effort
Unlike those massive false eyelashes, your mom or grandma might have worn for special occasions, lash extensions look natural and beautiful. As a bonus, they are not hard to apply. You can purchase couture lashes that come in different lengths per row; this will mimic the natural look of your actual lashes. Lash extensions are typically made of sterilized polybutylene terephthalate that is soft to the touch and easy to use. And who knows, you might find the whole process to be so simple, you might end up getting certified and finding a side gig as a lash extension applier.
Con: They only last about 3 weeks
Experts suggest touching up your lash extensions every three to four weeks. While three weeks may seem like a long time at first blush, it will go by pretty quickly. As LinkedIn notes, not everyone has room in the budget to spring for new lash extensions every 21 days. You might also find that you don’t have the time in your busy schedule to remove them and then apply new ones, which may make you pine for the days of mascara again, which does not have to be purchased every three weeks and probably does not cost anywhere near as much as extensions.
Con: They can be high maintenance
In order to keep your lash extensions looking good for as long as possible, you have to take care of them. For instance, if you wear eye makeup with them, you cannot use an oil-based remover as it will loosen the lash extension glue and cause them to fall out. If you have allergies or tend to tear up while watching a sad movie on TV, you have to sit on your hands so you don’t rub your eyes.
After weighing the pros and cons, you will ultimately decide if you want to give eyelash extensions a try or stick with your usual mascara routine. You might find that you love them and end up with a side hustle as a certified lash expert or that you prefer using mascara — no matter what you decide, you can rest assured that you considered both sides.