TWIGGY INSPIRED HALLOWEEN MAKEUP

Processed with VSCOcam with b4 presetOkay, babes, we are in for a real treat today! As an adult Halloween can get a little…iffy, but thanks to our stellar Beauty Editor Breann, we are kicking off the first (of many!) adorable, totally-doable, office friendly halloween makeup tutorials! First up, the classic Twiggy! – xoxo, LK


October is finally here! It seems like fall is in full force as all the pumpkins begin to arrive at local markets and my pantry becomes stocked with bags of fun size Reese’s! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up and having the opportunity to experiment with new makeup, hairstyles, and costumes. For the entire month, I will be sharing a new Halloween look every week with tutorials! To kick us off in the right spirit, I wanted to start with a super easy makeup look that anyone can pull off with the products currently in your cosmetic bag.

Twiggy has long been a major icon in the modeling world, and a symbol from the swinging 60’s! This look is perfect for anyone who needs a last minute costume, or simply doesn’t want to spend too much time getting ready for a party.

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To start, you’ll want to do your face makeup as usual by applying foundation, filling in brows, and concealing under your eyes.

STEP TWO:

Skip the bronzer and sweep a peachy blush across the apples of your cheeks.

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Next, apply some black eyeliner across your lids near the lash line. Instead of curving up like a cat eye, you’ll direct the curve downward slightly. Following this step, you’ll want to apply a line with either your liner or black eyeshadow along the crease of your eye from the inner corner to the outside.

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Apply false eyelashes if needed, then take your liner and apply little lines mimicking lower eyelashes along your bottom lid.

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Top off with faux freckles (I used my gel brow filler), and a touch of some sweet pink gloss.

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For your hair, simply take a deep side part and slick back into a tight bun. That is unless you really want to commit and get a pixie haircut!

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You could easily pair this look with a simple sheath dress and bold jewelry, or pay homage to Twiggy’s London roots like I did with a classic trench coat! You know the drill – try it out & tag us! We (seriously!) would love to see your Twiggy looks, so make sure to use #LKBeauty and/or tag @laurenkelp

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Stay tuned this entire month for more Halloween Hair and Makeup Tutorials!


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PSL BODY SCRUB

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Well, if you can’t drink it, use it as a scrub? Just kidding, but seriously – we might have just completed the perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte circle with this new DIY body scrub. It’s amazing, it does an amazing job, and you basically smell like Autumn all the time. Don’t hate the PSL until you’ve tried it 😉 – xoxo, LK


Hooray! Yesterday was the first official day of Fall! I couldn’t be more excited for the season of changing leaves, sweaters, and of course hot Starbucks! The Pumpkin Spice Latte is surely the biggest hit once September arrives. It’s warm flavor mixed with just the right amount of spice is the perfect addition to the changing season. While I myself am not a coffee drinker, whenever a friend orders a PSL I can’t help but want to bury my nose in their cup and keep the scent with me all day. Of course as a beauty junkie, I had to figure out how to replicate the scent in some sort of skin product. I am a huge advocate for scrubs, and making homemade ones is one of my favorite things to do! So after a bit of experimenting in the kitchen, I finally found the perfect balance to making your very own PSL Body Scrub!

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1/2 cup ground coffee beans

– 2 tbs coconut oil

– 1 tsp pumpkin spice

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

*Makes enough for one full body scrub use.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon.

2. Make sure your coconut oil is room temperature. It may not look all that appealing, but it smells like heaven!

3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until use

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO USE:

1. For best results, take a hot shower so that your pores can open up and be ready for cleansing.

2. I recommend stepping out of the water or turning it off to apply the scrub. Apply in circular motions all over your body, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes so it can soak up all the goodness from the coffee and coconut oil.

3. Rinse off and pat dry.

4. There will likely be some oil on the bottom of your shower, so take caution while stepping out not to slip!

5. Feel how amazing & soft your new PSL kissed skin feels!

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The other great thing about this scrub is because of the amount of coconut oil, it isn’t dry, and can be easily be applied to dry skin as well! Just be sure you do it in the shower to avoid coffee grounds all over your floor. Again, apply in circular motions, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off.

After my initial use of the PSL Body Scrub, I found myself back in the kitchen making more. Not only does it smell divine, your skin will fill silky smooth afterward. I am so excited to use this throughout the dry fall and winter seasons – I may even make some as little gifts for my girlfriends!


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THE HAIR CARE "MUST HAVE'S" FOR WHEN YOU ARE ON THE ROAD

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If you’ve been following our babe-town Beauty Editor on instagram, you know she has been taking the East Coast by storm on an epic road trip. This makes for some prime “beauty in a pinch” situations and I for one need all the advice I can get on travel beauty! Hope you enjoy – xoxo LK


 

When I travel, I like to pack as little as possible. The mere thought of checking bags at the airport, lugging them back and forth between hotels, and dealing with any additional weight on my weak shoulders irritates me. I tend to pride myself on the fact that I can travel with only a carry-on bag. As a beauty junkie, it took me a while to figure out what my hair care necessities are while away from home. I’ve narrowed it down to travel size shampoo and conditioner, a round brush, blow dryer, and a just few accessories and products. For the last eight days I’ve traveled to Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C. with only a few beauty products in my bag.Today I’m sharing my hair travel accessories – particularly the ones that have saved my life here on the east coast.

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I know I’ve talked about it a million times, but the entire LK Team is in love with Living Proof hair products. After having been in the beauty industry for over 7 years, I can honestly say they are the best I’ve ever used, and you really do get the most bang for your buck. Anyway, their Flex Shaping Hairspray has been my go-to when trying to fight the heat, sweat, and humidity. Whether I’m going for a sleek bun, textured braids, or a basic blow out this hairspray keeps my hairstyle fresh throughout the day, without losing volume.

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Another favorite that I packed are these adorable little Zodiac sign pins from Anthropologie. They’re great for adding a little sparkle, as well as distracting from all my fly-aways! I’ve loved laying these above my buns, or integrating into my braid up-do’s.

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Lastly, my most recent obsession has been withe these ribbon hair ties. What’s so great about these little guys is not only do they make the most messy bun or ponytail chic, they also look pretty cute sitting on your wrist. Not to mention, they don’t leave creases in your hair! Ribbon hair ties were my best friends in NYC. I always started the day with my hair blown out, then would put it in a bun when it started to get a little too warm. Towards the evening when we were out to dinner, I’d let my hair down and it still looked great! Total game changer!

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Traveling brings forth such enriching experiences and memories, but can be easily ruined or missed by spending too much time on what you look like. When you simplify your packing, it leaves more opportunity to get out the door quickly and into great destinations!

Plan on packing any of these products on your next vacation? Snap a picture and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


 

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BLUSH IS HERE TO STAY

jami0067Hello, hello! Breann here and it’s time to talk beauty transition! It seems like the transition from summer to fall is always finicky. While most of us are still experiencing warmer temperatures, there are moments of reprieve that leave us hungering for the changing of leaves and PSL’s. Typically, Fall is host to berry lips and smokey eyes.

While some might consider blush to be a member of the spring/ summer palette, I believe it’s a color for all seasons. There’s nothing like a pretty blush cheek mimicking what it’s like to take an evening walk in chilly breezes. On the same note, a nude or pink lip is the perfect companion to a darker eye-shadow.I recommend this e.l.f. blush and bronzer duo palette. Sweep the bronzer from the temple in towards the cheekbones. Then add a touch of blush to the apples of your cheeks, and maybe the tip of your nose for a flushed look.

My favorite blush lip color is the e.l.f. matte lip shade in Natural. It is my go-to lip color and wear it daily!

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How do you plan on incorporating blush into your fall palette?


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OATMEAL & HONEY FACE MASK

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Oatmeal and honey face masks seem to be the most traditional of skincare DIY’s. This is likely due to the ingredients being easily accessed in your kitchen pantry, and the sheer simplicity of mixing up a 3 ingredient concoction. I first had an oatmeal and honey face mask when I was about 10 years old. It was at a slumber party – where almost all beauty discoveries begin. While I didn’t need it for my skin then, I’m glad I learned how to make them for the future of my face.

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Oatmeal is so great for your skin. Not only is it a great exfoliant, but helps with acne and assists your skin in retaining moisture.

Honey is perhaps one of my very favorite natural beauty products. For anyone with irritated skin, this will work as an anti-inflammatory. It also aids in preventing skin aging, and is rich in anti-oxidants. Seriously, it’s up there with the coconut oil craze.

Lastly, milk! Now, I’m pretty convinced that raw milk is the way to go in skincare, but if it’s not available in your area I’m sure organic is just as good! Milk has been used as a facial cleanser for centuries. It has the ability to draw out unwanted oils, and still soothe the skin. Not to mention, it serves as the perfect binding agent for the mask.

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INGREDIENTS:

2-3 tbs of oats

1 large spoonful of honey

1-2 tsp of raw milk

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Grind the oats up in a blender until they become a coarse powder, then transfer to a separate bowl.

2. Mix the honey into the oats, and slowly add milk as needed. You’ll want the mixture to still be sticky enough to stay on the skin, but thin enough to easily spread across.

3. Test on the back of your hand until you find the right consistency.

4. This will make about two masks, so invite a girlfriend over to participate in the fun, or force your significant other to try it out.

 

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HOW TO USE:

1. Remove all makeup from your face and steam with a warm towel for about a minute. This will allow your pores to open up to soak up all the goodness from the mask.

2. Lightly pat dry, then spread the mask on with your fingers into as even of a layer as you can.

3. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes, gently exfoliating your face over the skink to catch the oatmeal as it rubs off.

4. Rinse with warm water and moisturize as normal.

IMG_5366.JPGI recommend using this mask about once or twice a week to start seeing results in skin irritation, moisture, and overall healthy skin!


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HOW TO GET TEXTURED HAIR

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Hello & Happy Thursday! Breann here and let’s be real, I love textured hair. There’s nothing better than looking like you have some natural curl, or like you just got home from the beach. Sea salt sprays are all the rage in replicating that textured style, but a lot of them can easily dry out your hair. With all the damage we get from heating tools, hair color, and the sun, the last thing we need is to dry out our locks. That’s where Bloke Body’s Sea Salt Mist comes in. It’s infused with coconut and other oils to help hydrate your hair! The best part is, you can also apply it to your hair while it’s dry to give you that messy, matte finish. Here’s how I used it on my lifeless hair that needed a bit more body.

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I hadn’t washed my hair for a few days before this post, and didn’t have time to shampoo and blow it out before I left for the day. It was pretty dull and on the verge of being thrown up into a bun.

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Taking the Sea Salt Mist from Bloke, I flipped my hair over and sprayed all over, concentrating on my roots.

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After it was applied, I scrunched my hair and rubbed a bit of the product into my scalp… that way it could really settle into my hair. IMG_5270.JPGAfterward I used the curling iron on a few different pieces to give it a bit more texture. Concentrate on the pieces surrounding your face. I you feel like you need it, spray a bit more of the mist on your ends, and you’re done!

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FLAWLESS FACE MAKEUP

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You know how every once in a while you have a really great makeup day? Like so good that you can’t help but look at your reflection in windows and take an embarrassing amount of selfies? I love those days, but for the longest time it seemed like they just never happened – or if they did it was only once in a blue moon. For most of us, the stars need to align perfectly or we need to spend hours primping to have a flawless face. After years of learning all about skincare and makeup, I’ve finally unlocked a few secrets to having perfect face makeup regularly!

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To start, cleansing your skin with an exfoliating wash will make a world of a difference. Not only does exfoliating help with acne, it also clears away dull and dry skin, leaving you with a smooth glow. I love the Coffee and Sweet Orange scrub from Bloke Body – I use it about twice a week. A good moisturizer is the next step. I typically do both these steps at night so that my face has a few hours to soak up the moisture.

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I always recommend a good liquid foundation for flawless skin. There are so many great options at Target, like Sonia Kashuk brand, but I recently picked up the Studio Fix Fluid from Mac while I was on vacation and ran out of makeup! (My color is Nc20) I love that this has such great coverage and SPF. Sun protection is serious guys! I’m not a huge concealer fan, so if you find that’s absolutely necessary, apply that first, then your liquid foundation, then blend. I apply my foundation with a kabuki brush by first dotting along my face to distribute the product, then I blend in.

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IMG_5195.JPGI got this color earlier in the summer when I had a bit more color to my skin, so blending along my jawline to my neck is critical. Even if your color matches, make sure to blend, blend, blend! I apply my liquid foundation all over my face, except for directly under my eyes for now.

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Next apply bronzer and blush. There are two places I apply bronzer. 1. Along my cheekbones back towards my ears 2. From my temples sweeping upward to my forehead. I’ll then apply blush to the apples of my cheeks.

IMG_5199.JPGAfter blush and bronzer is done, I’ll usually take that time to apply my eyeshadow and eye makeup before putting foundation or concealer under my eyes. (You don’t want dust from the eyeshadow sticking to the foundation making you start your makeup all over again.) When that’s done, I’ll use my finger to apply the liquid foundation all under my eyes in a triangle. Use light taps with the tip of your finger to apply – don’t rub or sweep it on. This can cause streaks, and you don’t want to pull on your under-eye skin. It’s sensitive!

IMG_5203.JPGSince my skin is naturally really dry, I never apply powder. However, if you have a translucent or setting powder you like to use, apply with a fluffy brush. Next, I use the Lalita Facial Elixir from Flora Apothecary to set my make up and give me an extra boost of hydration!

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IMG_5202.JPGLastly, I’ll apply mascara to my bottom lashes and my favorite lip color! I’ve been all about that matte Kylie Jenner lip lately (minus the obvious use of injectable fillers) – this matte lip color from ELF in “Natural” is the best I’ve found!

With help from eyelash extensions, I do all my makeup in under 10 minutes – including my brows and eyeshadow/ liner. The best part is, it lasts for hours and my skin always looks flawless!

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GOING BLONDE?

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I’ve had several hair colors throughout my life. All through adolescence I was a blondie. As my hair began to get darker when I was a teenager, I got highlights. Deep down, I always wondered what I would look like with darker hair. While I was in Cosmetology School, I couldn’t help but change my hair color multiple times! I went from extremely blonde, then colored the bottom section of my hair a purplish-red hue, then to brunette, then darker brunette, then brunette with highlights, all the way back to blonde again with some ombre in between! Having experienced several different shades, I can honestly say that being blonde is my favorite! Today I want to talk about a few things to consider before going blonde – all the way from highlighting virgin hair to coming back from a dark shade!

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The Science:

To begin, one thing you need to understand is no matter what, if you want to be blonde, you will have bleach applied to your hair. I realize this is a scary thought, especially for those who have never done it before. Yes, it is damaging, but you can avoid mass amounts of destruction by going to a colorist experienced in blondes. One question I’ve received several times is, “Can I have blonde hair without bleach? For instance, by using a permanent color instead?”  The answer is, unfortunately, no. Think of it like this – if you have a piece of wood that is already dark, you can’t just put a lighter stain on it and expect it to be that color. Bleach is used to remove the pigment from your hair so it can become lighter. On the flipside, you can’t wash out bleach and expect to return to your natural color. Similar to if you get bleach on a black t-shirt. Washing the t-shirt won’t make the bleach spot go away. While it can be invasive, if you have a good stylist you should see minimal damage. My advice is, if you’re going for a dramatic change, take it slow.

What to expect:

As you become blonder, it is likely that you’ll have a bit more damaged and dry hair. It’s an unfortunate side-effect, but isn’t all that bad if you take it easy and use good products. One effect you won’t be able to change is the texture and volume of your hair after bleach. For instance, my natural hair is pretty wavy and curly in certain spots. As I’ve highlighted my hair, my new blonde pieces tend to lose their curl, and are instead more frizzy than anything. If you have pretty dark hair, you will more than likely experience copper or brassy highlights in the beginning. Your stylist should be applying a toner (or glaze as some call it) to calm down those orange-y hues, and instead turn them into a more natural looking color. A toner is a semi-permanent color applied to wet hair, and will eventually wash out. While all these things seem scary, most blondes will note that they have better volume, and a slightly thicker texture to their hair after highlights. If you have super fine or thin hair, highlights might just be the thing you need for a bit more lift! See, it’s not all bad!

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Maintenance:

Blonde, I would say, is certainly the most-high maintenance color. You see roots more easily, you’re a bit more encumbered by deep conditioning treatments, and you’ll definitely need to take it easy with heating tools. Blowdrying and flat ironing/ curling, creates twice the amount of heat on already dry hair. Be sure to pick up a few styling products that protect your locks against the heat, or have your stylist show you a few round brushing tricks so you can cut one of them out. It doesn’t hurt to give your hair a break once a week and let it air dry – I call this braid day! I deep condition about once a week, and try to schedule my appointments ahead of time to eliminate those pesky roots!

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I know going blonde can be scary. I’ve done it several times and usually find myself a bit nervous about highlighting. The thing is, if you have a trusted stylist, you’ll be okay. Ask them questions! They know what’s going to be best for your hair, and what route to take in order to get you to the shade you want to be.

And, truthfully, blondes really do have more fun. Even if it’s just a few peek-a-boo highlights!


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DIY KNOT BRAID

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Whether you’re a new reader of LK Beauty or have been following along for a while, most of you know I’m all about effortless and simple beauty. After working in a salon and learning the in’s and out’s of hairstyling, there’s hardly anything I can’t stand more than spending an abhorrent amount of time on my hair. AKA, longer than 15 minutes! Braids are my go to, but with all the different styles, learning how to do them can get a bit tricky. Enter the knot braid. If you know how to tie your shoelaces, you can do this!

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STEP 1:

Take a section of hair and split it into two pieces. (P.S. Please pretend that you can’t see my hideous roots!)

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STEP 2:

Take the two sections and tie it into a knot like you would your shoelaces. Bobby pin into place if needed.

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STEP 3:

Grab a bit more hair to add to the two sections, similar to a french braid. Then tie into a knot.

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STEP 4:

Repeat until you reach your desired spot to stop.

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STEP 5:

Tie off with a small clear elastic, and try not to get into a fight with the wind resulting in a tangled mess as shown below! Pin the end into place, and remove any bobby pins you used to secure the knots.

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STEP 6:

Finish off with some hairspray and you’re done!

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Plan on trying out this easy DIY Knot Braid? Snap a pic and make sure to tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty!


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EYELASH EXTENSIONS 101

IMG_4516Eyelash extensions are one of those amazing miracle beauty services. They require zero mascara, and little maintenance between appointments.  They are a must-have service for a lot of women, but there are a few unknown things about having them done that even seasoned lash service clients might not know about. Today I want to give everyone a little 101 class on these babies.

To start, eyelash extensions are individual synthetic lashes that are adhered to your real lashes, piece by piece, for the appearance of longer, thicker eyelashes. They typically last about 3 weeks before needing to be filled. To get the best information possible, I met with my dear friend Laura, a licensed esthetician who has been doing lashes for quite a while. She was kind enough to let me pick her brain, swap stories with, and even do my own lashes.

IMG_4513Before booking your appointment, it’s important to find an extensionist that is also a licensed esthetician. Bonus points if they are certified in eyelash extensions as well. The reason being, you want someone who has been educated, particularly with something so close to sensitive facial areas like your eyes. Additionally, they will know all the sanitation processes needed to keep tools and products up to standard. Don’t be afraid to ask your extensionist how long they’ve been doing it for, what products they use, and what their prices are. Be sure to let them know ahead of time if you have any allergies to adhesives, or if you have any concerns about the actual process.

IMG_4518As you get ready to take off for your appointment, there are a couple things to do. First, keep in mind that your initial full set of eyelash extensions could take up to 2 1/2 hours to complete. Remember that the extensions are being glued to each individual eyelash – that takes some time! Keep your schedule open for that amount of time. You don’t want your extensionist to feel rushed to get you out the door, and end up with a poor set of lashes. Also, you’ll be laying on a cushioned table for a long time, unable to move. Be sure to wear something comfortable, and maybe bring a sweater in case you’re prone to getting cold in air conditioning.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, be sure to throughly remove all your eye makeup before the appointment. Any mascara or eyeliner residue can prevent the adhesive from bonding correctly to your natural lash, resulting in extensions not lasting as long. Try not to use any oil based makeup removers as well – perhaps just a warm, damp washcloth instead!

IMG_4514As your extensionist works away, you might begin to get drowsy. Be sure to let them know you might fall asleep, that way they can be prepared if your head dozes off to the side, and also so they don’t try to have a conversation with a sleeping person! Ha!

Now you may have a few expectations before going in, but there are a few things to keep in mind that will save both you and your extensionist a possible headache:

Firstly, your extensionist cannot put extensions where there are no lashes. A lot of us tend to get “bald” spots near the inner corners of our eyelids. While they can certainly try to fan out lashes to give the appearance of a fuller look, they simply cannot just glue an extension directly onto the lid. Not only will it likely not adhere, it would irritate and hurt your eyelid terribly.

Secondly, if you have naturally straight lashes, don’t ask for extensions with a lot of curl or volume. Since your natural lashes are straight, they will eventually begin to separate from the extension. You’re going to want extensions with curl and volume somewhat similar to your natural lashes. While you may not end up with lashes up to your eyebrows like a Kardashian, you will still end up with beautiful thick extensions, that truthfully look more natural.

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IMG_4515Don’t be freaked out when your extensionist tells you they need to tape down your bottom lashes. This is to prevent the adhesive from spilling onto the lower ones and gluing your eyelashes shut! The tape will not pull out your lower lashes as it typically has a very gentle adhesive. After they begin to apply the extensions, it is imperative to NOT open your eyes until you’re told. The fumes from the glue can cause you to tear up, which could make all the extensions fall out. Try not to get the lashes wet for 24-48 hours after you appointment, and do not use any makeup remover on them.

IMG_4512Post Appointment Care:

  • As mentioned, don’t get the extensions wet for at least 24-48 hours after application. Try to also avoid steam rooms, or super hot showers. The intense heat and humidity can cause the adhesive to soften.
  • Do not put mascara over them. Granted, the reason behind getting extensions is partly to not have to use mascara, but you’d be surprised how many people will continue to use it. Doing so can loosen the extension, or completely pull it out.
  • Lightly comb through them if they get tangled, trying your best not to pull one out. It’s normal for you to lose a few extensions as the days go on. Try not to pull out any extensions if they start to droop, and avoid rubbing your eyes if you can.
  • To some, these might seem a bit high maintenance, but the benefit of not having to curl your eyelashes and apply mascara is worth it alone to me. Going swimming without looking like a raccoon, and waking up feeling pretty in the mornings are a great bonus too!

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