They say you can never be too rich or too thin, and while I’m not so sure about that, I do believe that a girl can never have lashes that are too long or too thick.
In my quest for said lashes, I absolutely had to try the beauty craze of mink eyelash extensions. Pictured above, I am getting my first full set, applied by Alifa Wong of San Francisco’s Alifa Wong Beauty and Bridal.
The good news: you need zero eye makeup when you rock this look, which gives you the most beautiful, wide-eyed innocence that is simultaneously smolderingly sexy! In general I am not a fan of fake anything–the worst offender, of course, being fake nails…but these lashes are so unbelievably gorgeous that I think I might be hooked! It’s worth noting, too, that if properly applied, eyelash extensions do not damage your natural lashes.
The bad news: a set of eyelash extensions like this can cost $325 and up, and they don’t last forever. Touch-ups, which cost around $125, are recommended every 2-3 weeks. Also, although painless, the initial procedure takes about two hours, but I actually fell asleep while Alifa worked her magic on me.
Alifa told me that eyelash extensions are perfect for brides who want to look naturally fabulous sans mascara on their big day, as well as throughout their honeymoon.
For optimum results make certain that you’ve selected a talented artist for this job. Ask to view their portfolio, for example, and be sure to check online for reviews, because all lash extensions are not created equal.
Explained Australian makeup artist, Susan Markovic, “To all the eyelash extension practitioners out there, please follow the natural way lashes grow on an eyeline. I saw the worst application today where the longest lashes were actually on the inner eye and they were hitting the sides of the nose,” she said. “Apart from them looking wrong, the lady felt uncomfortable every time she blinked…have a little respect in your work and get properly trained!”
Alifa Wong offers package deals at a good price for touch ups, as well as a 20% discount for first-time clients.
Her studio also provides facials, makeup application and nail services, including endless binders of contemporary nail art for you to choose from. They even have a boutique of dresses for the discerning bride! It’s one-stop shopping for the soon-to-be-betrothed and girls who want to look irresistible every day of the year!