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Beauty Etiquetter: How To Keep It Classy With Eyelash Extensions


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, email celia

The Quandary: I want to try eyelash extensions but I’m somewhat intimidated by the menu of options—and myriad opportunity for mishaps. What should I ask for to get the most natural look?

The Expert in Residence: Soul Lee, eyebrow and eyelash specialist at Kiehl’s Spa 1851.

The Advice: “If you’re a first time client, it’s best to do a quick consultation ahead of time to discuss the look you want and to make sure you don’t have any reaction to the lash adhesive. It’s rare but happens sometimes. To create a natural effect—so it looks like you’re wearing mascara even when you’re not—your esthetician should mix about three or four different lash lengths on each lid. Doing all one length will definitely look fake. I like to start with an eight-millimeter length in the inner corners and then gradually increase tonine in the middle and ten or 11 at the outer corners. Also pay attention to the specific type of curl on the extension. A “J” shape is low and best if you have straight lashes while the “C” shape is more dramatic and better for who have a natural bend and don’t normally need to use an eyelash curler. As for the material, I always work with a blend of silk and synthetic extensions, which hold their shape well and have a medium weight. Mink lashes tend to be thinner and suited for those with very fine lashes. But keep in mind you’ll need to add a lot of mink lashes to build volume, so the cost will be higher.”

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