If you’re a beauty aficionado, you are probably obsessing over your eyelashes like millions of women throughout the U.S. I know I am. According to an ABC News story, the eyelash market is expected to surpass $1.5 billion in product sales in the next five years.
The only downside for cosmetic companies is women are buying less mascara. A new Business of Fashion report backs this up. I am guilty as charged.
As mascara loses its relevance, eyelash extensions and false lashes continue gaining popularity. I’m not talking about the spidery, obvious ones you wore to your Halloween party in college (although those were pretty bad-ass, admit it). I’m talking about the ones that look so real; no one knows they aren’t yours.
With lash extensions formally a more exclusive model and celebrity mainstay, the one beauty caveat to this trend seems to be expanding to the masses. Eyelash extensions come in different varieties. You have your pick of the litter regarding length, thickness, curl, and even color. And with prices ranging from around $100 to upwards of $400, there’s something for everyone.
Here, we walk you through the different eyelash extensions, so you can pick the perfect set.
5 Types of Eyelash Extensions
Let’s get one thing straight: all eyelash extensions are not equal. In the world of falsies, there are a variety of lengths, thicknesses, colors, and even shapes to choose from. To help you navigate the lash extension landscape, we’ve rounded up the five most popular types of lash extensions.
The most popular type of eyelash extension, according to Jessica Lee, a celebrity lash artist and the owner of the Lash bar in Los Angeles. Classic lash extensions get applied on a 1:1 ratio; one extension gets attached to one natural lash. One extension is dipped into the glue and attached to one of your natural lashes. Classic lash extensions are called individual lashes or 1-to-1 lash extensions.
Classic eyelashes are a popular style because of their natural look. This means they are light on the eye and, when applied correctly, won’t harm your natural lashes. They come in various lengths, thicknesses, and curl types, as well as different materials, like natural or synthetic materials, usually mink, for fux and sable, fox fur, and faux mink and silk.
A traditional lash extension set typically costs between $80 and $200. The cost is affected by several variables, including the type of extensions you choose (material, brand, etc.), your location, and the popularity of the lash technician.
Because a Russian lash artist created them, volume lash extensions are also known as Russian lashes or Russian volume lash extensions. They are a relatively new lash treatment that’s sweeping the globe.
Russian lashes are a type of lash extension where small fans of 3-6 lashes are applied to one of your natural lashes to make thick, voluminous ones. The fans are made from ultra-fine synthetic fiber, usually faux mink, silk, or cashmere. They are lightweight lashes that are much thinner than classic lash extensions but still create a dramatic look. You can choose between 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D, and 6D lashes. Some artists even provide up to 8D lashes (or more, for super volume lashes).
A complete set of Russian lashes can take up to three hours to apply and costs between $200 and $400. But this depends on the number of lashes involved, the length of the lashes, and the thickness of the fans. The location, the lash technician’s experience, and the type of product used are factors that affect the price.
“Hybrid” refers to eyelash extensions that combine volume and classic lashes. Hybrid lashes combine traditional lashes (1:1) and volume lashes (2–6:1) that add length and volume to sparse lashes. The lash technician expertly applies different extensions to enhance your eyes.
Results? Wispy, textured lash extension appearance that seems more natural than Russian volume appearance.
Hybrid lash extensions are in the middle of classic and volume lash extensions in both application method and final look. They are a good choice for people who want a more natural look with a little volume.
A complete set of hybrid lashes costs between $150 and $350, depending on the number of lashes applied and the experience of the lash technician.
Ellipse lash extensions are a type of classic lash extension that is oval rather than round. They have a flatter base and taper to a point, which gives them a more natural look.
Ellipse lash extensions are a newer type of classic lash extension that is becoming more popular because of their natural look. They come from the same materials as classic lash extensions but are lighter and thinner, which makes them more comfortable to wear. The lashes come in various thicknesses, lengths, and curl types.
A complete set of ellipse lash extensions typically costs between $100 and $250, depending on the number of lashes applied and the location. The experience of the lash technician is also a factor that can affect the price.
Infill Lash Extensions
Infill lash extensions are used to fill in any gaps that may have developed since your last lash appointment. They also replace any lash extensions that may have fallen out.
The frequency of infill lash appointments depends on the person’s natural lash cycle and how well they take care of their lash extensions.
Eyelashes typically fall out and grow back in a cycle. It’s crucial to understand that this process isn’t uniform; parts of your lash extensions get filled before others. Since everyone has a unique eyelash cycle, some people will discover they require an infill at two weeks and some at 3 or 4 weeks.
The cost of infill lash extensions varies depending on the number of lashes applied and the location. However, it is typically less expensive than a complete set of lash extensions.
Eyelash Extensions Curl, Thickness, and Length
The shape, curl, thickness, and length of your lash extensions all contribute to the overall look you’re trying to achieve.
The lash curl describes the curve or arc of the individual lash extension. There are different types of curls, such as;
- B- curl lash extensions – they look natural, with an eyelash curler effect
- C- curl lash extensions- they give your eyes an open and awake look
- D- curl lash extensions – they provide the most dramatic curl, making your eyes pop
- J- curl lash extensions- they are similar to C-curls but with a more gentle curve
- L- curl lash extensions- perfect if you have hooded eyes since they give harsh upward curl;
When it comes to thickness, you can choose regular, thin, or thick lash extensions. The choice is entirely up to you and what look you’re trying to achieve. For classic lashes, techs use 0.10, 0.12 or 0.15 thicknesses, and for volume lashes, they use 0.07, 0.05, or 0.03 thicknesses.
However, 0.15mm thick lash extensions are the most popular choice since they provide a naturally thick appearance that goes well with a classic pair of lashes. The second most popular thickness is 0.20mm; however, it’s preferable to use this on lashes that are thick and healthy naturally.
If you are unclear about your natural lash’s thickness, measure its approximate diameter by comparing it to your lash extensions labeled with their thickness.
You should consider your natural lashes while choosing the thickness rather than just the decorative aspect.
Lash extensions come in various lengths, from short to long. In general, shorter extensions—5 to 9 millimeters—are utilized for the inner corners or beneath eyelash extensions, while longer ones—9 to 13 millimeters—are used for most of the set.
The standard length used in a classic set of lash extensions is between 11 and 12 mm, while the average length used in a volume set is between 13 and 15 mm.
The wrong eyelash extension length could harm your natural lashes. They will also likely make you uncomfortable, and you might even appear creepy.
Most people desire the longest lashes; however, lengthy natural lash extensions do not necessarily equate to beautiful eyelashes; instead, the extension length should be based on your specific lash condition.
Of course, most people prefer to have their longest extension length between 12mm and 13mm.
Unless you already have strong, long natural lashes, to begin with, choosing lashes 14 mm or longer is not usually the best option because they could hasten the early falling out of the extensions. Remember that the lash length you choose will also affect the final result.
For example, you would choose shorter lash extensions if you have short natural lashes and want a natural look. If you have longer lashes and want a dramatic look, you would opt for longer lash extensions.
There are several factors to review when choosing the right eyelash extensions. With so many options on the market, it’s essential to research and find a reputable lash technician who can help you achieve the look you desire.