With a bewildering array of eyelash extension products available, it can be hard to know where to start when considering a new look for the eyes. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing eyelash extensions, but the following factors will help you know what to discuss with your lash stylist.

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are not to be confused with false eyelashes, which are bought and applied at home. Eyelash extensions are applied to each individual eyelash using adhesive. This is carried out by a professional lash stylist such as those found at misencil.com which also offers an eyelash extensions class in various techniques to ensure the technicians reach the highest standard.

What material to choose?

The choice in material is between animal fur or man made. Mink creates a natural look with a light texture, while sable is finer and may not be suitable for everyone. Fox fur is another animal fur used in eyelash extensions products but is not as commonly found. The advantage of animal fur lashes is that they have a soft, natural appearance, but they do require some maintenance to retain a curl. Fur allergies, ethical objections to fur and the price are other reasons why many prefer man-made lash extensions. Fake fur has improved considerably over the years, giving the same natural look without the expense, while silk provides a flattering appearance, although may feel heavy.

Length, curl and volume

When choosing extensions, the eyelash stylist will consider many factors in their advice. These include eye shape, size, the natural length of lashes as well as the desired effect, which may range for subtle to dramatic. Length usually ranges from 9 mm to 15 mm, with the longer lashes being more suitable for those with existing voluminous lashes. Volume will be affected by whether you choose a full set or a partial set where eyelash extension goes from the middle to the outside of the lash line. Additional volume can be created with XD lashes, which is the application of between two and six eyelash extensions to each eyelash. The curl choice is simpler with the option of a natural-looking “J” curl or a dramatic “C” curl.

Color

The standard color choice for eyelash extensions is black. It looks classic and elegant and never goes out of style. This color can be changed when required for special occasions with mascara for eyelash extensions brands. But there is no need to limit yourself to black and eyelash extensions products come in a wide range of colors, from browns and beiges for a natural look to vibrant purples, blues or reds. You can even go for a multi-colored rainbow effect throughout the lashes or dot just a few bolder tones throughout the more natural shades. With a good stylist, it has never been easier to customize a look that is unique to you.