The Truth about Eyelash Extensions

Which eyelash extensions are right for you?

Firstly, let’s begin by stating, that eyelash extension is the most popular eye enhancements available on the market today.

But there are so many variations and it can be difficult to know which to choose.

Not only are there STYLES, LENGTHS and the choice between Individual Lashes and Strip Lashes but then we also need to think about which materials they have been made from as well.

How do you know what the difference is?

  • Strip or Individual?
  • Round, Cat/Fox, Natural, Squirrel, Doll/Cute?
  • Mink?
  • Silk?
  • Natural?
  • Synthetic?
  • But what does that all really mean?

Let me break it down for you.
In terms of style there are many to choose from (see pic for examples) each style can give your eyes a completely different look.

  • Cat or Fox lashes are pointed upwards towards the sides of your eyes, giving smaller eyes a more pronounced look.
  • Natural Lashes enhance the look and length of your natural lash line, helping them to appear fuller.
  • Doll or Cute Lashes create a doll eye effect (cute) with longer & thicker grouped lashes placed at intervals along the lash line.
  • Squirrel Lashes extend to a point in the mid/ center of the eye, creating a more open eyeliner, this is great for mature eyes and for those with the dreaded hooded eyelids (like me) and helps make your eyes appear larger.
  • Round Lashes help to create a rounder eye shape and open up small eyes and are great for wide set eye shapes to help draw the eyeliner back towards the midline.

Materials

Silk, Faux Mink, Real Mink & Synthetic Lashes – What’s the Difference?

There seems to be a lot of confusion around the different lash materials and varieties on the market today. It’s a subject we receive a lot of questions about, so we decided to put together a quick guide that will hopefully clear up some of the confusion.

When it comes to Silk, Faux Mink (usually just referred to as mink) and Synthetic lashes they’re all just different names for the same thing. These lashes are all man-made, using synthetic fibers.

Some manufacturers still produce the lower quality Acrylic lashes, however, most of the leading brands today use Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) – a high-performance engineering polymer that better emulates a natural lash.

While the materials used to make the lashes are generally the same, the quality and finish of these lashes can vary from brand to brand. Some may have a glossy sheen to them, while others may have a more matte finish.

The glossier lashes will often be branded as ‘silks’ while lashes with a matte finish tend to be branded as ‘minks’.

Real Mink lashes refer to hairs that are actually farmed from live minks. While many people will claim that the Minks aren’t harmed during this process, there is a lot of debate over whether or not this is true. For this reason Mitchy Nails it Beauty chooses not to stock Real Mink lashes.

Let’s talk Length & Curl

Lashes also come in varying lengths and “Curl” but what exactly does that mean?

Most individual Lash extensions come in different lengths; Short, Medium, Long but you may have also noticed that they have different CURLS for example; C-Curl & D-Curl, the below quick guide should help you understand the difference and help you make the best choice for your eye shape and skin type.

  • Short

suits mature eyes and hooded eyelids Medium suits smaller eyes, mature eyes and hooded eyelids.

  • Long

suits larger eyes, media photography, the arts, and creative Makeup Artistry.

The CURL refers to the concave or curls shape of the lash, they are referred to by alphabetical codes.

Below is a list to help crack that code for you.

  • B-Curl

This curl is subtle and suitable for naturally curly lashes.

  • C-Curl

Is a slightly deeper Curl giving volume and depth to the lash line?

  • D-Curl

The D-Curl is very popular for dramatic makeup looks and large volume lashes.

  • J-Curl

The J-Curl is for the most dramatic enhancement giving length, volume and dramatic curl.

We hope this has been helpful and encourage questions relating to all of our beauty services and products, please forward all queries to info@balashes.com

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