Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions - What's the Difference? - Flawless Lashes by Loreta

Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions 💭

September 18, 2020

Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions 💭

That’s the big questions on our minds this week at Flawless Lashes & we know you may be wondering the same, so we’d like to share with some of the positives & negatives about each treatment and some detailed information about lash lift, something we haven’t covered here at Flawless before! 

Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions - What's the Difference?

What is a Lash Lift?

A lash lift is a method that enhances the look of your natural lashes with no glue or false lashes, while still leaving a stunning result for up to 6 - 8 weeks! 

But as lash artists, we know that lifted lashes will not achieve the same volume or full effect as extensions do and it all really depends on how your natural lashes are to start off with. 

Lifted lashes are not adding anything extra to what you already have, whereas with extensions we are creating more fans to complete the look. Some clients may still need to apply mascara to achieve the look they would like, especially if they do not get a tint.

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are a great option when wanting less fuss in the morning because they last up to 4 - 6 weeks (with great retention practices😉). This will reduce your time in front of the mirror to get ready & there will be no need for mascara at all! You can achieve your desired volume look when working with a skilled lash artist, they can safely create the style you would like adapted to your eye shape. Adding extra lashes during the extension process will help correct small features about your eyes that a great lash artist can pick up on, i.e. using a D, L or M curl in the outer corner to lift downturned eyes.

But we have to remember that extensions require regular upkeep with infills every 2-3 weeks and if your lash artist doesn’t provide proper aftercare info you are putting your eye health at risk. Lashes need to be washed every day so help your natural lashes healthy and reduce shedding. Not to mention this treatment will cost more than a lash lift and will take a substantial amount of time for you to be laying down.

When deciding between these two treatments the key questions you need to ask yourself are what state are your natural lashes in & what is the look you would like to achieve? Though both treatments enhance your lashes they do it in very different ways. If you go for a lash lift and expect it to look like a full set, you will always come out disappointed and vice versa.

What is Lash Lift and Tint?

A lash tint is similar to a semi-permanent mascara. Just like dying your hair (but safe for eyelashes!), the lashes are tinted a darker colour to give the illusion of longer, thicker lashes.

As the tint is being done so close to your delicate eyes, this should always be done by a trained professional.

How Long Does Lash Lift and Lash Tint Last?

Just like lash extensions, lash lift and tint typically lasts the same length of time as a natural lash cycle, around 6-8 weeks, but this can vary between every individual.


How Much Is Lash Lift?

The time for the treatment is faster when compared to extensions and therefore tends to cost less. The cost is also less when you factor in how often infills are required when having extensions, with a lift you only have to go back after you feel the effect has worn off, there is less upkeep required.

How Long Does Lash Lift Take?

A lash lift is a lot quicker than lash extensions, a session is usually 45-60 minutes. If you are having a lash tint at the same time, this takes another 15-20 minutes.

Can You Wear Mascara with a Lash Lift?

The simple answer is yes! If you want to add a little extra to your lash lift you can wear mascara. But if you need to know can you put on mascara after a lash lift, this is a no! You need to wait 24 hours before applying any makeup after your lash lift has been applied.

Can You Use Castor Oil After Lash Lift?

No! In fact, avoid all oil-based products with lash lifts and also lash extensions! Adding oil to your lash lift will result in too much weight and your lift to fall early, resulting in a waste of your time and money!

How Long After Lash Lift Can I Shower?

The first 24 hours after a lash lift are crucial, during this period you can’t get your lashes wet or apply makeup. You can still shower but be very careful and definitely no facial cleansing!

Does Lash Lifting Damage Your Eyelashes?

With every beauty treatment, there is always the risk of something going wrong if the artist is not properly trained or undertaken a reputable eyelash extension course. Not properly caring for lashes after treatment can also lead to damage and even eye irritation.  

However, it is more common with lash lifts for people to experience dry and brittle lashes from the solution being left on for too long, so always check the training of any salon you are considering. 

What are your thoughts? Are you a lash lift lover or lash extension enthusiast? Let us know!

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