Lash Lift: The Ultimate Guide

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on May 28, 2024

Here’s everything you need to know about the eyelash lift or perm: results, technique, cost, side effects, and more.

Lash Lift - Everything You Need to Know

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Curved, dark, and lush lashes are always in style, but only some are naturally blessed with fabulous fluttery ones. One popular method of enhancing their appearance is through an advanced, semi-permanent procedure – the lash lift.

PMUHub presents the ultimate guide to this eyelash enhancement – how it’s done, how long it lasts, what it can do for your eyes, how much it costs, and whether it’s safe.

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What Is a Lash Lift?

It’s a natural-looking, semi-permanent lash enhancement that makes the most of what you’ve got.

The treatment uses chemicals to curl natural lashes, giving them a longer, fuller appearance. The most prevalent version includes the lift and tint, lasting up to 8 weeks.

How Long Does a Lash Lift Last?

The results of an eyelash lift typically last 6-8 weeks, which aligns with the length of your lash growth cycle. The curl will gradually loosen as more lashes fall out. After 6-8 weeks, you can repeat the treatment.

Lash Lift or Lash Perm for natural eyelashes
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How Long Does a Lash Lift Last?

It usually lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour. However, adding tint will take an additional 15 minutes.

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What Is a Lash Tint?

It involves adding a special dye to darken eyelashes permanently. It’s essential to have a certified professional for this procedure, especially if you have sensitive eyes or allergies.

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Lash Lift Process: Step by Step

This is a simple procedure and involves the following steps:

Step 1 – Consults and Cleaning

Before the treatment, consult the technician to discuss allergies and choose the curl type.

The technician will clean your eye area thoroughly. Your lashes must be free of makeup and oils, as residues can affect the treatment.

Step 2 – Placing Pads onto Eyelids

Silicone pads are placed on the lower eyelids for protection, and a rod-shaped pad is glued onto the upper eyelids to determine the curl’s intensity. Keep your eyes closed throughout the procedure.

Step 3 – Lashes Glued onto the Rod

Your lashes are brushed upwards and glued onto the silicone rod.

Step 4 – Perming

The first step is applying the perming solution, which softens and straightens the lashes. A technician uses a brush to apply the solution and leaves it on for about 10 minutes.

Step 5 – Setting

After removing the perming solution, the technician applies the neutralizing solution to set the lashes into the desired shape. A brush coats the lash hairs with the solution, which is left on for about 10 minutes.

Step 6 – Cleaning Off the Chemicals

The neutralizing solution is cleaned off, and the silicone pad is removed.

If tinting is not part of the treatment, your treatment is over; you can finally open your eyes!

Step 7 – Tinting (Optional)

After applying a slightly darker tint, it is left on for up to 20 minutes. The area is then cleaned, and you can open your eyes. Some salons offer a nourishing keratin treatment known as a keratin lash lift.

What is a Lash Tint?Image Source: Instagram @anastasiabeautyart_

What's a Keratin Lash Lift?

A Keratin lash lift uses a Keratin-infused solution which is said to be gentler on the lashes and give a somewhat longer hold. It requires slightly less aftercare and many lash techs are switching to this version.

Learn all about the Keratin eyelash lift here.

Is an Eyelash Lift Painful?

No, it’s a completely painless procedure. The only discomfort you can experience is that you must lie still with your eyes closed for up to an hour.

How Much Does a Lash Lift Cost?

The average lash lift cost is $105, according to PMUHub’s research across 22 US cities, but it can vary based on the following:

  • Location
  • Exclusivity of the salon
  • The brand of products they use
  • Whether tinting is included or charged separately.

Remember, prices at top salons can reach $250, but you might find the same treatment for as little as $50. Be cautious of very affordable services, as inexperienced beauticians may offer them.

Lash Lift Aftercare

After your lash treatment, avoid getting your lashes wet or wearing eye makeup, especially mascara, for the first 24 hours.

Also, avoid oil-based products for about 20 days, and use an oil-free nourishing serum if recommended. After 3 weeks, you can use oils as well.

Can I Use an Eyelash Curler After a Lash Lift?

This is not advisable. Your lashes are hardened with the setting solution and a lash curler might damage them.

Do I Need a Lash Lift Touch-Up?

An eyelash lift does not require any touch-ups.

As your natural lashes grow, they take their natural shape. You can repeat the treatment after 2 months. The shortest period after which it can be redone is 6 weeks.

Are Lash Lifts Safe?

It’s a safe treatment; however, there might be some side effects, such as:
  • Allergies: Manifested by redness and blistering. Therefore, do a patch test beforehand.
  • Skin irritations: Eyelid skin is fragile and sensitive and can be irritated by chemicals.
  • Damage to your lash hairs: Your natural lashes might get damaged or become brittle if the chemicals are left on for too long.
  • Damage to the cornea: The chemicals used during a lash lift are harsh, so if they get into your eyes, they could hurt your cornea.
Just make sure you keep your eyes closed throughout the lash lift.
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Lash Lift VS Lash Extensions

The table below shows the main differences between the two most popular lash enhancement options: lash lift vs lash extensions.

To find out more about lash extensions, head over to our Eyelash Extensions Guide.


The eyelash lift is a popular and affordable treatment for enhancing eyelashes. It involves applying solutions to shape the lashes into an attractive curl, lasting about 6 weeks.

Opting for a lash lift and tint darkens the lashes for an extra effect. It requires minimal aftercare and is a practical and cost-effective alternative to lash extensions.



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