I first heard about a lash lift when I watched a youtube video of Lisa Eldridge, a very popular makeup artist, getting one. The idea fascinated me and also made perfect sense. Of course we could perm eyelashes! They are hair like (but not exactly the same as) the hair on our head.
If this whole concept is new to you, a lash lift is essentially a perm for your eyelashes. It creates a long lasting curl that lifts your eyelashes and makes your eyes look bigger and more opened! It completely negates any need for a traditional eyelash curler, and can curl even the most stubborn lashes. I’ve heard that it lasts about 6-8 weeks.
My lashes are thin, short and stick straight. I always have had to work really really hard on getting them to stay curled. I’ve tried a few different serums as a way to help them grow longer, and have had some good results and some not so good results.
While I’m talking about serums, I’ll go ahead and share the ones I’d recommend. I had really good results with Neulash. I used it a few years ago and saw a noticeable increase in length and thickness.
I tried Latisse last year but unfortunately it made my eyes really dry. I saw good results but I did have to stop short of the suggested time frame to use it in because the dryness was unbearable.
I used Rodan + Fields lash boost several months ago but found it made my eyes super dry as well. So I gave up pretty quickly. My mom, though, had been using it on her own and after seeing her crazy long eyelashes I was inspired to try it again and use less serum at my lashes. After several weeks, I wasn’t seeing any change and was actually noticing significant lash lost in certain areas, and the lashes on the outer corner of my right eye were incredibly short. I couldn’t keep using it after seeing the loss of lashes, so I quit about 5/6 weeks in.
I immediately started using Grande Lash and have yet to see results with it because it’s only been a few weeks.
BUT BACK TO THE LASH LIFT ALREADY.
My friend got a lash lift and her lashes looked amazing! I booked an appointment with the same technician who did hers the next day.
The process was quick and simple. I experienced a slight bit of a burning sensation, but it was so minor that I almost don’t want to mention it to scare anyone off.
Here is a before shot of my eyelashes, taken the morning of my appointment.
When I arrived, I laid down on the table and she placed large silicone pads under my eyes to hold my lower lashes down, and glued a silicone pad to my eyelid. It was a rounded shape, and she determined medium was a good size for my eyelid and lash length. Next, she glued my lashes to the pad to keep them in a curled position for the perm solution. She then applied the perm solution and that processed on my lashes for about 10 minutes. Next she wiped that off and applied the neutralizing lotion to my lashes. That processed for about 5 minutes and then she cleaned it off. Finally, she applied a hydrating oil to the lashes at the every end to condition them. After a few minutes, she did a final wipe of my lashes and very gently removed the silicone pad.
So here is what my lashes looked like after I returned home from the treatment!
I was initially pleased but was very excited to see them with mascara on. You can see how thin and light my lashes are, so mascara really goes a long way for added definition!
The curl is amazing! I can’t believe how much it opens my eyes up. I love that I have a nice curl all the way to my outer corner lashes as that has always been a challenge with my eyelash curler.
My only wish was that there was a more dramatic bend all the way to the tips. It’s a little straight up for my taste, but I think I’ll ask for a smaller pad next time to get more of a “c” shaped curl, versus a “j: shaped curl. It’s recommended that you wait about 2 months between lash perms, and the perm should last about 6-8 weeks. I’m only about 1 week into my lash lift life but I have a feeling this is going to be a regular thing. I hope, too, that I’ll start to experience a bit more thickness with my lashes since I won’t be squeezing them to death between a lash curler every day. There’s no science to back that up, that’s just my hope!
So would I do it again? Absolutely. Would I recommend it? For sure! It shaved minutes off my makeup routine and is the quickest and most relatively painless thing I can do to achieve a look I want with my eyes. It makes my eyes look bigger and rounder, and I love the openness it creates. At $65 for a lash lift, it’s totally worth it in my mind.
I’d recommend googling “lash lift” in your area to find someone who is doing this near you. More than likely it’s an esthetician, and you may find it being offered at nail salons or hair salons. I had a really good experience with my technician but I encourage you to do your own research and find someone you trust.