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20 Feb

the 411 on eyelash extensions

i’ve been trying to incorporate more beauty posts here on SRL, since these seem to be frequently requested posts! i recently shared how i curl my hair and today i want to give you all the info on eyelash extensions! i plan to film my every day makeup routine in the near future {for now you can read this post, although i’ve switched up a bunch of products}. under my lifestyle tab above i have an entire beauty section. feel free to click around!

back to eyelashes… i’ve had extensions now consistently for four years! so although i’m not a lash tech/specialist, i pretty much know my way around what works and what doesn’t. before that, i got them on and off for big photoshoots {engagement photos}, special events {wedding + honeymoon}, etc. so all and all, i’ve had them for about six years total. i get so many DMs about my last extensions and my best advice is that they aren’t actually for a lazy beauty routine. let me explain! getting lashes definitely makes your makeup routine in the AM a bit quicker, but overall you really have to take care of your lashes to make them last! below i’m sharing how to take care of them in a pros and cons list. let me know if you have any other questions down below! xx

i go to @whiplashqueen here in Arizona and i went to @lashspot_sf and @noirlashlounge in San Francisco!


makeup application time saver
like i mentioned above, cutting out mascara {and maybe even top eyeliner if you get volume lashes!} will definitely save you time during the AM.

always have the no-makeup makeup look
i loveeeee this one. on days when i head to spin class or even am just working at home, i feel put together with no makeup on. most days, i’ll also just throw on face makeup {foundation, powder, concealer, blush} with just my lashes and again, it’s an easy and quick no-makeup makeup look.

perfect for vacations/major life events
is there anything better than when your lashes are on fleek during vacation when you’re living in a swimsuit?! i think not {please note, you just can’t dunk your head under any water}! i got mine for my engagements photos + wedding/honeymoon, too! this was before i was getting them consistently, and it was so nice to have pretty lashes for just a few weeks. you can wait for them all to fall out if you don’t want a fill or even get them removed for a small fee after they start falling out a bit.

nap time
i’m on my phone a lot, as it’s literally how i make my living. a lash appointment is such a great time to unwind because you’re literally forced to have your eyes closed for an hour and a half to two hours. i almost always fall asleep! best cat nap if you ask me! a bunch of my friends who are moms love this little self-care/alone time, too!

photo ready
i always say that the main reason i love lashes is because i love how they look in photos! and since it’s my job to take photos, that’s why i keep getting them and love them so much. i always feel photo ready with them on!


can damage your real lashes
this is probably the question i get asked the most. yes, lash extensions will damage your natural lashes to some degree. if you have a really great lash artist, she knows how much weight your own lashes can hold, and thus won’t put on too many extensions that will make your actual lash break off. i think it’s all about communication, too. i frequently ask my lash artist if my own lashes are looking healthy or if they need a break. so far, in all my years of getting lashes i’ve only done one or two small breaks. you can also use a lash serum {like this!} to help strengthen your natural lashes while wearing extensions. this might sound silly, but the stronger your natural lashes are, the longer your extensions will last! take care of your natural lashes, too! you can take a biotin supplement, use a lash serum, etc. my own lashes are healthy, but they are shorter than they used to be. that’s natural {especially since i’ve been getting them for so long}, but i’m okay with it since 1) i always have extensions on and 2) my natural lashes have been deemed healthy by my lash artist.

you have to actually take care of them 
eye lash extensions aren’t for the lazy beauty routine. you have to be careful sleeping on them, you can’t just dunk your head in the shower/pool/jacuzzi, and you have to carefully clean them, too. i’m a side sleeper, but i sleep on the very edge of my pillow so my lashes don’t touch the pillow {yes, i trained myself to do this haha} or sleep on my back {this pillowcase is my fave for the health of my lashes, skin, and hair}. i pretty much never get my entire face wet in the shower, either. i gently cleanse around my eyes and use oil free {important!!!!} makeup remover wipes for any eye makeup. if you want your lashes to last, you have to take good care of them.

this is probably the biggest con for most people! lashes aren’t cheap, especially if you go every two weeks {i tend to go every three to four with my crazy travel schedule… four weeks is definitely stretching it}. your biggest cost will be the first time you go since your lash artist has to put on a brand new set and that takes a ton of time. from there, a fill fee totally depends on how often you go. usually the longer you wait to get a fill, the more pricey it can be {but not more pricey than a full set!}, since it’ll take longer to put on more lashes. i’ve gotten full sets and fills in four different states over the years {Nevada, Utah, California, and now Arizona}, and the price will definitely vary. Utah was by far the cheapest {i think i paid $40 for a fill back in 2015?!} and California prices are extreme {i’ve seen full sets costing up to $500!!!!}. i would say most fills will cost you about $70-150 though. if you’re going every 2-3 weeks and can’t live without your lashes, it’s just another beauty item/product to budget for! some girls like spray tans, some girls like waxes, and some girls like lashes, ya know!?

  • Betty Jones

    What length do you generally go with?

    February 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm Reply
  • Christine

    Hi Sarah, I have been wearing lash extensions for about a year… but I’m noticing now that one eye tends to fall much quicker than the other. I go every 3 to 4 weeks as well, at the beginning they held like champs, however Im noticing that they are not holding up as well lately. I have been looking into using a lash serum to make my natural lashes stronger as well. Do you use the lash serum even when you have the lashes on? This won’t damage the glue and make them fall faster? Also one problem I have had since the begging that drives me crazy and I find that for me is the most maintenance of my lashes is that don’t all curl the same way so I find myself having to brush them A LOT, to form them. My natural lashes are very straight which is why I decided to put on the lash extensions the first place besides for the volume bitterly my natural lash covered my eyes from how straight they are… I tried the LASH LIFT but after a few weeks my lashes literally curled up it was a disaster! so I feel like i can sometimes see my natural lash sticking straight out form my extension lashes. so again I have to brush them a lot to hide my lash between my extension lashes…. It’s not easy. Just wondering if you had any tips for these issues. XOXO

    February 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Vanessa Suarez

    Yes! This post hits the mark on everything you need to know about lashes. I started getting lashes a couple of months ago and no one told me about how much you have to take care of them. I am currently taking a break to let my natural lashes breathe, but if any girl is thinking of getting them, this post is perfect for them to read.

    BTW I love the whole put together look lashes give even when I am not wearing make-up. MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

    Sunday Mornings by V

    February 21, 2019 at 8:22 am Reply
  • Stephanie hawkins

    Hi!! I just love the celestial hair decorations in your hair at the end of the post, where did you get these ? I was wanting them for my wedding !! Thank you !!

    March 6, 2019 at 10:50 pm Reply
  • Tina

    wow those eyelash extensions look so sexy on you.
    I really love the before after look.

    youre so beautiful


    December 13, 2019 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Amelia Silva

    Thanks for the sharing the down-low on everything eyelash extensions, Sarah! $40 for refills 5 years ago?!?! wow, you won’t find prices like that these days.

    I also love the “no-makeup makeup look” ESPECIALLY when i go to the gym. I never really put makeup going to the gym but this is a nice plus :D

    Appreciate you!

    February 22, 2020 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Arcadia Wynn

    Great post! Appreciate you sharing your journey with all of us – both the pros and the cons.

    My favourite pro was looking great while in a swimsuit when you’re on vacation. I always take a lot of pictures when I’m on vacation and it’d be great to look amazing in all of them :)

    April 13, 2020 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Franziska

    the lash extensions fit you very well. you look so amazing.
    franzi from powder brows

    May 13, 2020 at 7:44 am Reply

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