Wedding Day Lashes: Extensions vs False Lashes
Q. I’m thinking of having lash extensions for my wedding. Do you do these? Should I have them applied the day of?
A.There’s a difference between the temporary flare eyelashes, which I apply on the day if you want them, and what they call semi-permanent lash extensions…
Semi-permanent lash extensions are usually applied in a lash/beauty salon with permanent glue, any time before your wedding date. They last around 3 to 6 weeks and fall out with your natural lashes (or you can have them professionally removed or topped up if you wish).
Lash extensions are usually single, individual lashes applied one by one, glued to each of your natural lashes. If wanting long lashes for your honeymoon or for a longer time after your wedding or event, I recommend semipermanent extensions (though I don’t do these). They can take up to 2 hours to apply so this is not recommended on the day!
However, if it’s just your wedding-day look you’re wanting to enhance, I recommend flare lashes (see photos), then if you want you could still get lash extensions applied before you leave for your honeymoon/holiday.
I recommend the temporary flare eyelashes with me ($35) or your chosen artist, as they usually give more volume than semipermanent extensions. With the semi-permanent extensions, you usually don’t get to wear mascara, so you only have your bare lashes plus individual lashes. But with temporary flare lashes, you have your clashes curled, then full mascara, then multiple clusters of lashes applied. Each flare or cluster has about 10 individual lashes, so you end up with way more fullness than extensions, because the flares add dozens more lashes to each eye, as well as having the volume from mascara!
Flare lashes only last until you remove your mascara – so one day, or a week or so if you choose to keep your mascara on and just top it up each day. I’ve had some brides email me three days later asking how to remove them (the answer is just with makeup remover), so they can last for longer than a day with care. I recently applied them for a hairdresser friend. Three weeks later (3 weeks!) she was still wearing them!!! I don’t recommend any more than 2 weeks, as they are not separated when applied so if left to grow out, they may cause irritation.
Note: Both kinds of lashes do not negate the need for mascara. With extensions, mascara will still be applied to your lower lashes, and with flares, they are applied after mascara. Dont’ worry, my mascara is very waterproof!