The Ultimate Guide to Eyelash Extensions: Styles, Types, and Maintenance

Are you thinking about getting eyelash extensions? Are you looking for the best ways to maintain them? Then we’ve got just the guide for you. 

This guide provides all the essential tips and information you need to know about eyelash extensions, including the various styles and types available, as well as proper eyelash maintenance tips. We'll take you through the process step-by-step so that you can get the most out of your eyelash extensions and make them last as long as possible. 

Different styles of eyelash extensions

A tray of eyelash extensions

Easy Fan Lashes

Easy fan lashes are ideal for anyone looking for a more natural look while also saving some time during application, as easy fan lashes contain glue at the bottom of the lashes that help you make fans easily. 

Velvet Super Mink Eyelash Extensions (Synthetic)

Velvet Super Mink eyelash extensions are the perfect choice for those looking for a luxurious and glamorous lash look. These extensions are made from high-quality synthetic mink hair, which gives them a soft and silky texture that adds an extra touch of glamor and style.

Flat Lashes 

Flat lashes are great for anyone going for a ''mascara look'', but who don’t possess a lot of natural lashes; flat lashes will be able to provide more density with their wider base.

YY Lashes

YY lashes are a popular choice for anyone looking for a more dramatic presentation or for lashes that pop. These lashes are uniquely shaped like a “Y” and make them the perfect choice for those looking to make a statement with their lashes. 

The different types of eyelash extensions

Synthetic Eyelash Extensions

Synthetic eyelash extensions are made from synthetic fibers and are the least expensive option available on the market. They come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, and colors to choose from. One advantage of synthetic extensions is that they are super easy to apply and remove. That being said, they are also less durable than other types of extensions and can irritate the eyes and eyelids. Synthetic eyelash extensions are important to consider as they do not cause allergies. 

Silk Eyelash Extensions

Silk eyelash extensions are made from high-quality silk and are slightly more expensive than synthetic varieties. Silk provides a softer and more natural look but still offers commendable durability. However, unlike synthetic extensions, silk eyelash extensions are not as easy to apply or remove; as such, they are best suited for those with some experience in eyelash extension application. There are also synthetic silk extensions on the market, which provide a more shiny look. 

Synthetic Mink Eyelash Extensions

Mink eyelash extensions are made from the highest-quality synthetic mink fur and are considered the most luxurious option on the market. These lashes are super light and soft and give your lashes a more natural look and feel, while also providing a matte look which is darker.  

No matter which type of eyelash extension you choose to flaunt, proper care and maintenance are essential to keeping them looking their best every day. Some real fur and real silk options exist, but they can be very hard to work with because it is difficult to control the quality, and some individuals may be allergic to them. 

Make sure to use an oil-free eye makeup remover when removing your eyelashes, as oils can weaken the adhesive that holds them in place. Additionally, remember to only use water-based mascara when styling your lashes, as oil-based mascaras can damage them.

How to take care of your eyelash extensions

A close-up picture of a woman’s face with eyelash extensions attached.

If you want your eyelash extensions to stand the test of time, it’s important to take all of the necessary steps to take care of them. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your eyelash extensions looking perfect.

Clean Your Lashes Daily

It is important to clean your lashes daily to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Use a lash shampoo that is specifically designed for eyelash extensions, as regular cleansers can damage the extensions. 

Brush Your Lashes

Brushing your hair is one thing, but did you know that it’s also important to brush your lashes daily? Gently brush your lashes with a lash comb or spoolie twice a day to keep them looking neat and tidy. 

Try to Avoid Cosmetics That Contain Oils

Did you know that oils can damage the bonds of the adhesive and shorten the lifespan of the extensions? To avoid any unnecessary damage to your lashes, be sure to use only oil-free cosmetics and removers when you’re wearing eyelash extensions. 

Avoid Sleeping Face Down

Sleeping face down can cause your lashes to become tangled and pull on your natural lashes, which can cause further damage. To avoid this, try to make sure to sleep on your back to keep your lashes looking their best each and every day. 

Don’t Use Waterproof Makeup on Your Eyes

Waterproof mascara and eye makeup can be difficult to remove, but did you know that it can also damage your eyelash extensions? To keep your lashes looking their best, it’s best to try to avoid applying or using waterproof products when wearing eyelash extensions. 

Get Regular Refills

Let’s talk about eyelash extension maintenance. If you want to keep your extensions looking full and beautiful each day, be sure to get regular refills. Depending on the type of extensions you have, refills may be needed every two to four weeks. 

How often should you get your eyelash extensions re-done?

A woman getting her eyelash extensions re-done.

It’s typically recommended to get lash fills done every two to three weeks. This helps ensure that your lash extensions are well-maintained and that your natural lashes are not being damaged by the process. The length of time between each fill may vary depending on how quickly your lashes grow and how many of the extensions have been shed. It’s always best practice to follow the advice of a trained lash technician, as they are qualified to assess the condition of your extensions and determine the best course of action for you. 

Like any beauty routine, it’s important to remember that getting lash extensions is an ongoing process. By following the advice of a professional and making sure to clean your lash extensions regularly, you can ensure that your extensions remain in tip-top shape for as long as possible — this way, you and your lashes will always look their best. For more eyelash extension pro tips and general beauty pointers, be sure to check out future blogs from LLBA Professional!