How to choose the best lash artist and keep your lashes looking fresh.

DO your research. Choose a reputable eyelash extensions only establishment. The lash artist should be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist. Ask what type adhesive is used (assure it is  non-formaldehyde), and if they have a variety of lashes for customizing. Always make sure they are not applying cluster lashes as lash extensions are one single lash applied to each one of your own.

DON’T get your extensions wet for 24 to 48 hours after application. Avoid working out, steam rooms or hot yoga. The steam, sweat or heat may reactivate or break down the adhesive. This can cause the extensions to stick together, looking like caked-on mascara or dissolve the bond and cause premature shedding of the lashes.

DO resist the urge to pull. If you pick, tug, twist or excessively touch or brush your extensions, it could damage your natural lashes. If at any time you don’t wish to continue, always have them professionally removed.

DON’T let moisture-rich products get onto your lashes. Shampoo, conditioner, heavy creams or anything oil based will eventually loosen the bond. Always resource oil-free products for the eye area.

DO reshape your extensions after you shower. Gently comb your lashes to fan them out or use a blow dryer set on “cool” to fan them back in place. Hold it arms length away from your face.

DON’T neglect your own lashes. Keep them clean, free of debris, makeup and dead skin build up. I recommend using baby shampoo to gently wash your lashes a few times a week.

DO get them filled regularly. Proper maintenance and fills of your extensions will not only keep you looking beautiful, it will also assure your own  lashes are healthy and clean.

DO have fun. Flaunt! Flirt! The best thing about lash extensions is that they are versatile and can be styled differently at every touch up appointment. For example, if you’re going to Vegas, ask your lash artist to glam ’em up!