Luscious lashes have always been trendy and will never go out of style. When we decided that mascara was not enough to make them stand out, fake lashes emerged on the market. They came on a strip that is attached to your lash line with a temporary adhesive. But, since it doesn’t always give the most natural look, new versions and spin-offs have been developed.
Hence, individual lashes and lash extensions. They are quite similar, yet, there are some differences.
Let’s see which.
Individual Lashes vs Eyelash Extensions
Individual eyelashes are actually fans of usually 3 thin lashes attached together that you dip in lash glue and attach to your lash line. They shouldn’t be worn for more than one day, i.e. you should remove them before you go to sleep.
Eyelash extensions are usually done in a salon, by a lash technician. They are also called semi-permanent because they last 6-8 weeks since they follow the growth cycle of your natural lashes.
The difference between individual lashes and lash extensions is that extensions are applied to your natural lashes, while individuals are glued to the skin on the lash line. Also, eyelash extensions use a stronger glue that lasts longer. You can choose between classic, volume, hybrid, and even wispy lash extensions.
Are Individual Lashes Better Than Lash Extensions?
If you need great-looking lashes for a special occasion and don’t want to be bothered with extensions every day, individual eyelashes are a great choice, not to mention that they are a much cheaper option.
Eyelash extensions are great for those who want their lashes to look awesome for weeks. They add density and volume and are still there after sleeping, swimming, or working out. They won’t fall off easily, but they are not entirely low-maintenance – you will need infills every 3-4 weeks and you need to brush them and wash them every day.
What Do You Need to Apply Individual Lashes?
To apply individual lashes at home you will need:
- A set of individual lashes which you can buy online. Check the reviews and recommendations.
- Lash glue – it usually comes in black or white, and the choice comes down to your preferences. The white one is supposed to dry transparent, and the black or gray one is also good if you decide on a more dramatic makeup look.
- Tweezers – you need these to apply individual lashes precisely. The best option is to use angled tweezers.
Applying Individual Lashes Step by Step
Step 1 – Wash your face and eyelashes properly, so all the traces of old makeup and oils are removed.
Step 2 – Apply mascara first. Mascara will create a stronger base for the individual lashes. Also, other eye makeup should be applied before the lashes.
Step 3 – Squeeze out a little bit of lash glue you will dip each individual fan into. Wait for about 1 minute – the glue should get tacky, not runny because the lash needs to bond instantly.
Step 4 – Pick up an individual lash from the package with tweezers, dip it in the glue and place it where you think it should go, but as close to your lash line as possible. It’s easier to start from the outer corner of the eye and move towards the inner corner.
The packages usually contain lashes of 3 lengths – long, medium, and short.
Place the long ones in the outer, and the short ones in the inner corner. If you want to achieve the wispy lashes look, you can mix the lashes of different lengths. Count the lashes and remember what you did on one eye and do the same for the other eye to make sure they look even.
Give them some time to dry.
How Long Do Individual Lashes Last?
Individual lashes are meant to be removed with your makeup, just like cluster lashes. It is not advisable to wear them longer or sleep with them. Since they shouldn’t be washed, you can get an infection.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, then go for eyelash extensions.
Removing Individual Lashes
Removing individuals is quite simple. The best option is to use an oil-based makeup remover, dip a cotton pad in it and gently go over your lashes to loosen the glue bond. You can also use coconut oil or olive oil. It is important to be gentle, not to damage your natural lashes, and make sure all the traces of glue are removed.
Never reuse individual eyelashes – they are meant to be used one time only.
Individual lashes have many advantages – they’re really simple to apply and look more natural than strip lashes. They’re also pretty simple to remove. However, they should be removed before bed. If you want to have great lashes for weeks, eyelash extensions are the way to go.
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