I don’t have a huge circle of friends here in Seattle but the few I have are dear to me. I was blessed to meet Bao at Engaged Encounter in 2009 and after she returned from a year of living in New York in 2011, our friendship really grew. Bao is my go to person when it comes to beauty and fashion. She used to work in the cosmetic industry while in New York and in retail in her younger days. I was her model/dummy while she was training to become a certified esthetician and we had discussed doing a blog or even YouTube videos before but everything has it’s timing. Bao became a mommy this year and I started this blog at the end of last year. Instead of just rambling about my purchases and giving reviews here and there, I asked her if she’d be interested in giving me info for guest posts once a week or whenever possible with a new baby in her life. This is why we’ve started “According to Bao”. Here, I will be her mouthpiece and share tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts and maybe some insider information that will help all of us in our beauty routines.
Her last job prior to becoming a mommy, was doing eyelash extensions (applying single lashes with glue that can last for up to 6 weeks). Since wearing false eyelashes are still a major trend, I thought it would be nice to pass on some information from someone who is in the beauty industry and worked in this area to give some pointers for wearing eyelash extensions/falsies.
Eyelash Extensions and Falsies
Lash extensions are good for an occasion but not for everyday wear. For example, if you’re travelling for a destination wedding, Spring Break or even a little vacation, they would be good. It is important to remember than during their wear, you refrain from using oil based makeup removers or applying anything oily around your eye area as it would break down the glue. To wear them everyday and not give a break in between fills would be very damaging and weaken your natural lashes. It should noted that if you have thick eyelashes you can get away with doing them on a regular basis but over time they will become weaker. If you have thin, weak eyelashes it is not recommended that you do it regularly. Investing in a really good mascara would be your best option. Lash lengthening serums are only a temporary fix because as you stop using them, your lashes return to how they were before. With that said, natural is best!
If you prefer to wear falsies, there are a few things that you should take note of, mostly for sanitary reasons. When it comes to wanting to reuse your lashes, do not apply mascara to the falsies. It would be like reusing mascara from yesterday on fresh, clean eyes. Also, you should always remove glue when you get home or first thing in the morning.
Here are some of Bao’s favorites:
Eyelash curler: Shu Uemura (nordstrom online) Kevyn Aucoin
Lash Glue: Duo (best on the market, doesn’t irritate eyes and it lasts)
Lashes: Ardell, MAC Cosmetics #33 (natural), #7 (more dramatic)
Mascaras: Lancôme Définicils, Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes, L’oréal Voluminous Mascara
If there’s anything we’ve left out or that you’d like to know feel free to leave it in the Comments!