I have not been blessed with long lashes. I've tried everything: Latisse, Rapidlash... even drugstore brands like Rimmel Lash Accelerator and Wet 'n' Wild MegaLash Clinical Serum. Although they gave me some length and additional volume, nothing made me feel more feminine than eyelash extensions. From the moment I glanced at myself in the mirror I knew that I could never go back to my stubby "Asian" lashes. But extensions are expensive. And after I had somehow grown allergic to the process I was back to square one.
Until a girlfriend introduced me to Ardell Individual Eyelashes (which retails for $3.99 at drugstores and comes with 54 lash bundles). I usually buy the knot-free medium length. This coupled with Ardell Lashtite Eye Lash Adhesive Dark ($4.99, I've only been able to find the Dark version at Sally Beauty) I had lash extensions I could do at home on my own for a fraction of what I used to be charged for my lash extensions. Furthermore, I was able to replace any lashes that fell out in the comfort of my own home whenever I had the the time to. (Anyone who has had lash extensions knows how painful it can be to walk around with lashes missing in between lash "fills".)
So how do I apply these? On a clean, dry face using my tweezers (I use Tweezerman) I:
- Brush the cluster against the glue, making sure at least 1/3 of the cluster base has glue. (This ensures the cluster will adhere properly and securely.)
- Then I place the cluster between my natural lashes, making the cluster adhere to my natural lashes
- Voila! Instant lash extensions!
When applied properly I can wear these lashes for 1-2 weeks with minimal touch up. I shower, sweat, and swim in these without any issues. I love 'em. They look natural, and minimize my morning routine.
- This does take some practice. Be patient. Perhaps you may want to use non-permanent glue while practicing. But if I can learn how to do this, trust me, anyone can learn!
- Lashtite is semi-permanent glue. Do not, I repeat do not, pull at the lashes to remove them. Trust me, I've tried everything from makeup remover to olive oil to remove Lashtite and nothing works better than Ardell LashFree Adhesive Remover.
Before lash application and after