“Have you ever gotten extensions or a lash lift?” As a frequent wearer of false lashes (pictured above so you can compare), this is a question I got ALL the time. I’ve never gotten extensions before as they seem like they may be too hard on my overly delicate/sparse lashes and they’re pretty pricey, but a lift and tint sounded like something that might benefit me, so I decided to go for it.
After hearing a lot of great things about this technique, I decided to get my lift and tint done at Anastacia Skin Studio here in Nashville, Tennessee. My tech, Leslie, was awesome and explained everything to me in depth before she started the treatment. Start to finish, it was about 20 minutes. One thing she told me is that a lash lift is essentially a perm for the eyelashes—I had little rods on my eyelids (my lashes were glued down to them) and perming solution was applied.
The perming solution was only on my lashes for a few minutes, as well as the tint, and in what seemed like no time my lashes were quintuple their original volume. This honestly isn’t saying A LOT for me, because I have very short lashes, but on someone with more length and volume, the outcome could be VERY dramatic, probably false lash territory. By the time I had mascara on, I was in the realm of having small false lashes on. I was pretty impressed with the results overall! I was very realistic about what my natural lashes were capable of, and because of that I think I was able to appreciate the results more fully.
One of the best things about this process is that it lasts a really long time without any maintenance (the one thing Leslie recommended is that I not use oil-based products on my lashes to prolong the results). My lashes stayed how you see them in the “after” photo for a good 7-8 weeks, and then they started to fall flat pretty quickly.
I think this treatment is good for people who:
- are looking for a less expensive option than extensions (this cost $100 where I went, and it lasts for eight weeks);
- are looking for a less time-consuming option than extensions since there is no need for fill-ins;
- want to look like they’re wearing mascara all the time; and
- have reasonable expectations on what this treatment can do for their natural lashes.
The final verdict: I don’t think I would do this treatment again because I like more drama in my lashes and applying falsies is just the most convenient way (for me) to achieve that. It was also VERY hard to apply false lashes with the lift and tint because my lashes were so curly, I couldn’t really reach my lash line as easily. However, for someone with longer and thicker lashes, I think this could be really beneficial, especially if you’re trying to give yourself a break from extensions or have a special event coming up. If you’ve been on the fence about this treatment, I hope this has been helpful. Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂