A beauty expert, who works with TV stars such as the Strictly dancers, has revealed how you can keep natural looking lash extensions or lifts intact for longer than you’d expect.
Elizabeth Chandler, a lash expert from London, warns that there’s no point in splashing out £50 or more on extensions if you don’t take the right steps to look after them.
While lashes should last three to four weeks, they can fall out straight away without proper care.
She revealed that some beauty products should be avoided – especially face oils, while steams rooms also could compromise the adhesive.
‘In order to get the best out of your lash extensions you should avoid using any oily products, anything oily or highly perfumed will compromise the adhesive,’ Elizabeth said.
‘Lashes do not like steam, steam rooms and saunas are a definite no go, but also long hot steamy baths or showers must be considered.
‘For the first 24 hours your lash technician might ask you to keep your lashes dry, this will depend on the adhesive they have used.
‘Adhesive does not dry, it cures. This means that as soon as the extension is applied to the natural lash, it starts to cure as the moisture in the atmosphere will start the process.’
Revealing other tips to extend the life expectancy of your lashes, the expert said: ‘You can wear makeup but its really important you remove anything from around the eye area.
‘Eye shadow will naturally collect in the lashes and as long a non oily makeup remover is used you’ll be fine. Gel eyeliners can collect in the lashes and be quite ‘gluey’ so try to avoid gel. Pencil liner is preferable.’
While she also said that brushing your lashes is important: ‘When you’ve started getting your lashes wet after the initial 24 hour period, you will need to dry your lashes carefully after your shower.
‘There’s a certain technique to brushing your lashes, you must support them from underneath with one finger and brush through, this will separate them and stop them from tangling just like your hair.
Talking about why she got into the lash business she admitted: ‘I saw a full set on a family member and I was fascinated with how natural they were. They were applied by a Nouveau Lashes Technician so I signed up for the course almost immediately.
‘I already had a beauty business so introducing lashes was a huge benefit to my clients. They were not in the least popular yet. I was hooked almost straight away and I decided to specialise within a year. I rented studios in Mayfair and Belgravia in the early days.
She opened her own salon named simply LASH, in 2014 in South East London, ‘We were one of the only lash only salons in the country at the time and we became extremely popular.
‘I taught everyone that worked for me to develop a style that was unique to LASH. I had decided early on that I needed to be developing my own brand of lashes.
‘I trained to become a teacher of lashes and I am a full member of the Guild of Therapy Lecturers and I am an accredited trainer. I love to mentor and I really enjoy seeing my students thrive.’
In 2017 she sold LASH to build a more accessible business on a personal level, with high profile clients and started a residency at The W Hotel.
Elizabeth, who believes that lash extensions or lifts, will ‘completely change your life’ said: ‘My brand has developed, as has my reputation for being a perfectionist and for being completely devoted to delivering styles my clients love, but also for looking after the natural lash as my number one priority.’
Talking about her high profile clients, who range from lawyers to fashion designers, and influencers to Strictly dancers, she said: ‘I’ve been very lucky to have amazing clients over the years that trust me. Its important to me to be the absolute best I can be.
‘I still get so excited at the end result and I love working with new clients that might not know what they want from their experience but leave feeling refreshed and fabulous.’