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The 411 on Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions are all the rage. Everyone in Hollywood is getting them, and NYC's most fabulous socialites swear by them. They take the fuss out of applying false eyelash with messy glue, and they save tons of time getting ready if you're a fabulous gal with a busy schedule. With so many brands advertised on the market now, here's some helpful information to read up on before you invest in a pair of your own.

Eyelash extensions are applied to your natural eyelashes with a bonding agent, such as an adhesive or permanent glue. Having a full set applied takes about two hours. They are safe to wear with contact lenses; you can sleep, swim, and spa in them; and they're not so long that you'll be batting into your sunglasses every time you blink. You don't have to wear mascara with them, and they last for about two months. Also, the glue doesn't touch your skin, so you won't have any weird remnants when you're finished. Eyelash extensions come in a myriad of colors and lengths. To learn about the different types of extensions, read more

Extensions can cost anywhere from $200 to $500 depending on whether they are made from synthetic or human hair. If you don't want to pay this kind of a price, you can always get semi-permanent lashes applied for about $50 and they last up to 10 days.

Synthetic Eyelashes lengthen and thicken your lashes using single strands of synthetic fibers that are shaped to look like real eyelashes. Synthetic lashes are good because they are less susceptible to oxidation and they won't take to dye if you are getting your hair or eyebrows colored. Xtreme Lashes come highly recommended.

Human Hair Eyelashes are a little bit more expensive, but lots of beauticians believe that there is nothing better than the real thing. They won't frizz, and they can sustain heat and wear and tear a little bit better. A great brand to try are Lavish Lashes, like those offered at La Petite Day Spa's in Los Angeles. Ultimately, you aren't going to be wearing these lashes forever, so the choice is yours.

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