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I Tried It: Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

Have you ever gotten eyelash extensions? They’re fake eyelashes that are individually attached to your natural ones at a salon. I’d always heard such rave reviews, so for “Tried” series, I recently headed to Lashes on 5th in Manhattan to try theirs out. Here’s the before and after…

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

Holy smokes, they made a huge difference! It was like mascara x 100. I felt like Bambi.

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

When I showed up at the salon, the receptionist brought out a thick book featuring photos of different lashes, from which you could choose:
* the number of lashes (most people add 90 to 100)
* varying lengths
* varying widths
* a “J” curl (straighter) or a “C” curl (curled, as if you’d used a eyelash curler)

Normally I prefer a very natural look, but since we were going for it with this post, I went big: 100 silk lashes, 10 to 12 mm length, a “C” curl and extra thickness for that “mascara look.”

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

A little nervous, I headed into the main room, filled with single beds. I crawled under a soft blanket and put my head on the pillow. The technician instructed me to relax and close my eyes, as she glued the lashes on one at a time. As a life-long claustrophobe, I thought that keeping my eyes shut for an hour might make me feel panicky, but I distracted myself with the Moth podcast and even dozed off for a while (and then jerked awake with one of those embarrassing jumps).

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

Afterward, the technician gave me strict instructions: Don’t get them wet for 24 hours; don’t wear mascara; don’t use oil-based cleansers or lotions; don’t rub your eyes; don’t sleep on your lashes (not easy for stomach-sleepers!). If you take good care, extensions generally last about 3 to 6 weeks. They’re definitely a splurge — a full set of lashes generally costs around $150 — but you can get Groupons for around $40.

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

While walking home, I felt like passersby were doing double-takes, although I knew it was in my head. (Don’t you have the same feeling after a dramatic haircut?) But for the next few weeks, it was amazing to wake up and not do ANYTHING to my eyes. I’ve never been great at doing eyeshadow or liner, but now my eyes look big and bright regardless — you can just wake up and go. (As my friend says, extensions are “high maintenance to be low maintenance.”) The only catch is that when they start falling out, they can look a little wacky and stick out in different directions. But that’s a small price to pay.

Bottom line: I loved it.

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After

Have you tried them? I’ve also heard great things about eyelash serums (look at those before-and-afters!!), have you ever used one? Any other experiments would you like to see in this series?

P.S. How to do a messy side ponytail, and how to blow dry your hair like a stylist.

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Liz says...

    Joanna, would love an update on the extensions! Did they last? How did they wear? Have you continued to get them? Any tips or advice for somebody on the fence?

  2. Your lashes are looking great! I had a rather unpleasant experience when searching for an eye lash studio that pertains it’s quality, my lashes fell out the night after…the whole experience led me to an amazing studio that was referred by a friend of mine, they are much more professional that what I was used to due to their After Care procedures http://www.selenaslashstudio.com/after-care/

  3. Marissa says...

    Hey Joanna,

    Have an appointment tomorrow for eyelashes, but getting cold feet!

    Just wondering if you could give an update on whether you had any damage to your lashes after? Any update on the whole experience? Would you do it again?

    Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hi marissa! thanks for your note. i didn’t notice any damage on my eyelashes, and i have to say, i really loved having the fake ones:) i felt so “awake” even when i didn’t have any makeup on. i’d love to do it again for a vacation or special occasion!

    • Marissa says...

      wow, thanks for the amazingly quick reply! Going for it! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yay, i think you’re going to love it! keep me posted :)

  4. Rodan + Fields Lash Boost is amazing! The best part is that your lower lashes get longer too, giving a much more natural look. And those of us with blue eyes don’t have to worry about the side effect of changing eye color with Latisse. I’ve seen some crazy allergies to the glue with extensions . . . I’m afraid to try that on my eyes!

  5. This procedure is really a no-fail confidence booster. As they say, the eyes are the windows to our soul.

    • I love that quote!

      Your lashes turned out amazing Joanna!

  6. JoAnna says...

    Oh my gosh they/you look gorgeous!!!

  7. I loved getting lashes when I was pregnant! Such a great way to be low maintenance and feel pretty!

  8. I think they look great. Half of me wants to try them, half of me wants to draw the line and say, really, isn’t anything natural enough? But they look soooo good. Inner conflict!

  9. Kristina says...

    I decided to get my lashes lifted/permed instead of extensions (because I heard too many stories about the glue & extensions pulling out your real lashes) and I absolutely loved it. It made such a difference and definitely felt like I could just wake up and go. Lasts about 6 weeks and cost about $65 give or take and the fact that it is actually your real lashes makes it look much more natural.

  10. Rachel says...

    I got extensions for a few months and absolutely loved them. I went to She Winks Lash Studio in NYC and Luanne was my technician. LOVED them so much. I am 48 so being able to wake up in the AM and not look like I had an all-nighter was awesome. Unfortunately, after months I started to develop a reaction, and I would wake up the next day after a touch-up with really red eyes – like pinkeye, but no oozy/crusty discomfort. I decided to stop and let them all fall off. I miss them so much though… am wondering if it was a specific glue they used that caused the reaction. Yes, you DO have to maintain them and be careful. You can’t sleep on your face, and you also have to avoid getting them wet or crying esp the first 24 hours. I avoided getting my face wet and removed makeup with Qtips, and never let my face hit the water in the shower, which I missed (that was the only major hassle). Since they do randomly fall off, I got a set of false eyelashes that came in small clusters (not the full lash) and would use those where there were gaps. Once they all fell off, my eyelashes WERE still there, but it took a few weeks for them to grow. I also bought Vegalash, but I’m not sure if that did anything.

    • Kristina says...

      once your lashes fully grow back in, may want to consider a lash lift instead

  11. You are a mind reader, Joanna. I’ve got a newborn and I look awful and have no time so I was thinking I may try this out soon. A friend of mine used to get them and she especially loved the application process. She used to fall asleep too! #tiredmamas

  12. Anne says...

    I live in Vietnam (moved here for work from Washington DC) and I am so impressed by the beauty options here. A co-worked found someone on Facebook who will come to your home and do the eyelash extensions for you there. I paid 200,000 VND (around 9 USD) for the initial extensions, and each fill-in is 100,000 VND (about 4 USD). I’m obsessed with them, and they have really limited my morning makeup routine. Main point, come to Vietnam!

  13. Esther says...

    If you’re looking for a more affordable option, try some Korean salons! Eyelash extensions originated from Korea and Korean salons tend to do them for cheaper. My Korean friend was shocked when she saw that one salon here was charging $80 for extensions because they’re so much cheaper in Korea!

  14. carissa says...

    I’m a lash extension stylist and a great way for extending their wear is to shower with goggles on (i know a little wacky) but it keeps them away from the heat of the shower which can really degrade the glue

  15. Interesting to learn about how these are applied. My boyfriend has the longest eyelashes, longer than mine and it is just not fair haha. You look really pretty with or without!

  16. I did extensions about 5 times and then stopped. First time, you absolutely love it. But as others have mentioned, when lashes fall out you get gaps, you can’t rub your eyes (which i like to do when I wash my face), and i saw definite thinning with my lashes. It started looking worse.
    What I do now is use false lashes! Andrea 92 or 93. I only use the inner portion which tends to have the shortest lashes, cut to fit (about a third of the lash). Then use glue (blow for 10 seconds), and gently lay on top of the lash roots, not the skin. I position it so that i have my own lashes before and after the false lashes. Then I use a mascara wand’s end (those throwaway spoolies) to gently tap it down, and use the wand to fluff up when it dries. I use mascara on the lashes on both sides of the false eyelashes to blend in, and an eyeliner to smudge (rimmel scandaleyes is great). They look thick and less “fake” even though when you do your lashes, people always are looking at them!

  17. Ruby D says...

    I go every 3 weeks! I can’t imagine living without them now! Especially since my friend completed her training a few months back and only charges $40 for fills! I can’t wear mascara as it burns my eyes. And, people totally were checking you out, they’re that good!

  18. Megan says...

    The GIF of Joanna is too cute!! I’m heart-eyed emoji.

  19. Sandi says...

    I had extensions done 3 weeks ago. They have thinned out a little. I need to get fillers. For me, this is the way to go. I get up at 3:30 am & work a 12 hour shift, then take a 3 hour classes. I don’t have the extra time for mascara. I bought the one two cosmetics eyelashes with the magnets. They’re ok but extensions are less hassle. ?

  20. Robin says...

    Joanna, have you ever considered revising the format of the comments so that we can like them, with comments with more likes sorted to the top? I love the comment section here so much, but often discussions get lost in the overall volume. The Toast (RIP!) had that type of comment section and it was great. I learned so much from the community on that site.

    • Robin says...

      For the record, I’m another vote in support of a menstrual cup trial! I’d be interested in other experiments to reduce personal waste, too (buying food/other products in bulk/using your own containers/other reducing/reusing experiments). The dating app for girlfriends also sounds really neat.

  21. Another Try It suggestion…how about taking a training to run for office? There are different organizations that have trainings specifically for women. Of course, the next step would be running for office, which isn’t such a bad idea! Or, if that requires too much of a commitment, how about a post on meditation?

  22. Laurie says...

    I would love to see one of you try one of the dating apps for girlfriends. I’m not super familiar with how it works but I think Bumble has a setting where you search for friends instead of dates. I don’t have any close girlfriends where I live and have thought about using one of these apps to see if they actually work! I’d love it if you would try it out first :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a great idea, laurie, thank you!

    • Caitlin says...

      I’d love this too! I’ve had the same issue and considered trying something like this out.

    • Karen says...

      I’ve used Bumble and have met so many cool girlfriends this way! You should really try it!

    • Laurie says...

      Thank you for the responses ladies! Karen, I’m so happy to hear you have made friends this way!

      Joanna, I am a long time reader and love, love the community you have created here. I love reading the comments section almost as much as your posts and I always think how proud and happy you must be to have created something so wonderful in your sweet corner of the internet. Seeing you respond to my comment is so exciting for me :) Thank you!!

    • Kristina says...

      I met two of my very good friends using the Bumble BFF app! I have lived in San Francisco for almost 5 years and after 3 years in, was still having trouble finding girlfriends that I really had a connection with especially since I work from home. My lack of a social life (outside of my boyfriend) was bumming me out since I am a fairly social person so I was super excited when Bumble came out with the BFF feature. My life is balanced again and I am so thankful.

  23. I would love to get these, but I don’t get the cost-benefit analysis of spending the time/saving the time. It only takes me about a minute to put on mascara in the morning, so 3 weeks = 21 days x 1 minute a day = 21 minutes, which is less than an hour. Even if it lasted six weeks, that’s still only 42 minutes vs. an hour. I dunno, maybe if you take TWO minutes to put on mascara and you get six weeks’ wear… or you equate them to wearing false lashes instead of mascara…

    • Kari says...

      I think it depends on how much time you spend on your eye makeup. Lashes and eyes are kind of my “thing”…like, I could give a damn about my hair, but the lashes need to be right.

      I probably spend 10 minutes at least getting my eye makeup right- a couple coats of mascara, a curl or two with the lash curler, comb through with lash comb, and maybe eyeliner. I got these last summer, when my son was almost 2, and it was a lifesaver for time in the morning. I didn’t feel the need to wear liner and/or shadow, except for really special occasions. We also went to a music festival, it rained, and no runny makeup was fantastic.

    • Sandi says...

      I agree. I wear a hair net so hair’s not an issue. I have a tan so that’s not an issue. Eyelashes complete my look.

  24. Amanda says...

    I like where this is going! I think this should be a new on-going theme of “I tried it” !! You and your staff can try all the things and tell us all about it !! :-}

  25. Amanda says...

    I would love to read a post about trying a Diva Cup and one about microblading!

    • Melanie Price says...

      Yes!!!!!! I second this ‘Tried It’ post!

    • Yess to microblading! Been thinking of trying it out

    • Vee says...

      Yes! Using a diva cup has truly changed my life.

  26. Liz says...

    girl, you’re beautiful with or without.

    • Elena says...

      I agree with u ;)

  27. GFY says...

    I love the look but the downsides are off-putting. I also thought about lash serums but after seeing so many women with unnaturally long, thin lashes, looking like starved plants straining for the sun, I realized it was just opportunistic chemists milking vanity for money! Seriously thick luscious lashes, with the proper length ratio, only come from the amazing falsies they have now. People are silly. I think a simple line of kohl in a color that matches your lashes is the best way to go for a natural look.

  28. yael steren says...

    I’ve never gotten extensions on my lashes because they are so long but I have gotten them tinted and permed. It was amazing but then they started to grow out and they looked absurd. Let’s just say I won’t be doing it again! xx yael
    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  29. I’ve been using a combo of castor oil and aloe vera juice (50/50 in an empty mascara bottle I bought on amazon) on my eyebrows and lashes to stimulate hair growth. I put it on at night right before bed and by the time I wake up, it’s all soaked in! I’ve always had really sparse eyelashes and eyebrows and while I wouldn’t say that this has dramatically changed that like extensions would, I do feel like my eyelashes look a little fuller and longer (and also hold a curl better!) when I’m regularly using my lil serum!

    • Liz says...

      oo, never heard of this. sounds interesting. do you think that would work just as well on your scalp if you’re trying to grow out your hair?

  30. You look so cute! I have family who lives by this lol. I have enough to share but I have had it done just for the fun of it. . I love how they look on you. A subtle change makes all the difference. I am so glad you like them.

  31. mt says...

    I’ve gotten my lashes done a bunch of times. I love the way it looks! The upsides are obvious, so here are a few downsides I wish I knew before I did them: As they fall out, your lashes go with them (the commenter who said they must have cut her eyelashes – it seems more likely that she was left with stubble because her lashes fell out). If you are a person that touches your eyes a lot (allergies, nervous tic, whatever), you will accelerate this process. It can take about a month for the follicle that you lost the lash from to even start growing a new lash, so the lash loss can be a real bummer. They look awesome for the first week or two, but once you have shed a fair number, you have to use mascara to get the full look. Is 3-500$ worth it to not wear mascara for a week or two? I guess it depends on your income/priorities. I found that sleeping such that your lashes don’t contact the pillow is awkward (otherwise you progressively lose the ones on the eye that touches the pillow). Each time you get them done ‘in a row’ they will last less time and you will have less eyelashes to stick them to. Let them grow back in between!

  32. kay says...

    You look gorgeous.
    Has anyone on the Cup of Jo team tried using a menstrual cup? I’ve been using the Lily Cup from Intimina for almost a full year now and LOVE IT. It’s changed the entire period game for me. I think I paid 40$ for it, but I haven’t spent a dime on any other period stuff since then (I wear a pantiliner for the first day of my period just in case, but don’t even need it, really). It took me my first period to get used to, and it’s definitely a bit more involved than a tampon, BUT! It’s better for vaginas, the planet, and the bank account — win, win, win! TRY IT! :-)

    • Nerissa says...

      I fully second this request! I have been so curious about Diva cups for years, but haven’t had the guts to try it out (what do you do when you’re at work/traveling/out to dinner??). Especially because the slightly more eco-friendly cardboard applicator tampons seem to be going the way of the dinosaurs… I went to stock up this past week and all they had were plastic! WTF

    • Ellen says...

      I’ve been using the Diva cup (and its predecessor, the Keeper) for fifteen years now. I love it. In addition to the environmental benefits & the fact that you save a lot of money in the long term, I’ve also found that the Diva cup is way less hassle than tampons. (I don’t have to empty it very often–maybe once midday, plus once at the beginning & at the end of the day? I’m sure that varies from person to person.)

    • Ellen says...

      As far as “what do you do while you’re at work,” etc….well, empty it into the toilet if it needs emptying and then just give it a wipe with toilet paper. (You can wash it properly at home.)

    • Randi says...

      Joanna, I’m so totally your girl for this story ;) Just ask liz/Erin/linsey hahaha

    • Allie says...

      I would LOVE a post about this! I have been using a Diva cup for about 3 years, and it has seriously changed my life. I used to hate getting my period – I found tampons and pads to be bulky, uncomfortable, and would require me to change them almost every time I went to the bathroom. With the Diva cup, I clean it once when I wake up and once when I go to sleep, and completely forget about it the rest of the day. I agree it is more “involved” – they require a little more work to put in and if you don’t like seeing blood I don’t know if I’d recommend it – but it is pretty easy to get used to and SO much less maintenance. They might not be for everybody but they are something I think everybody should know about!

    • Leslie says...

      I use a Me Luna cup in combination with Thinx underwear and I will never go back to disposable products! A bit of a learning curve in the beginning, but worth the effort to master the process/get used to it.

    • kay says...

      Wow! So glad to see there are so many other cup converts out there!

      I was so nervous about changing my cup in a public bathroom before, but honestly it’s no big deal (and no, there is no pop sound when you take it out — you’d be surprised how many of my girl friends asked me when I told them about it). And once you do it is SO LIBERATING. Seriously. I flew from London to Toronto on the heaviest day of my period and didn’t have to clean out the cup once. COJ team you gotta get on the cup bandwagon ;)

      xox

    • Chelsea says...

      LOVE this comment! I have been using a menstrual cup for about 5 years or so and it is the BEST! It’s a bit involved as mentioned, but it’s comfortable and truly worry-free. It really depends on your flow and what day you’re on etc., but I usually change mine in the mornings (during the usual morning routine) and then again in the shower at night. I have a low cervix so tampons always gave me issues. When I found my menstrual cup it was honestly life-changing. And like Kay mentioned, you spend the money once (or twice, I have 2 in case I misplace one), you feel much cleaner overall, and the best part, no more tampons/pads in landfills!

  33. Allison says...

    For the Tried series, it would be fun to read a post about going to a spin class or some other studio fitness class.

  34. Makenzie says...

    I use an eyeshadow serum called Babe Lash ($30ish on Amazon) and I love it! I was skeptical at first but two of my three sisters started using it a few months before I did and they both have these ridiculously long, luscious, beautiful eyelashes now so I gave it a try. Holy cow! I swear my lashes look fake. Total strangers will ask me about them and I had a close friend last week ask me if I got extensions. I love it.

  35. These look awesome on you! I’ve been wondering for quite a while if it was worth experimenting with lashes. Lot of bloggers use falsies everyday and I was thinking about doing that, but it just feels so excessive to me. However I’m terrible at beauty maintenance, so while I would love the results, I fear I would neglect getting them done on a regular schedule. Then again, I applied my mascara this morning and sneezed while they’re still wet (this happens a lot to me), leaving my recently finished eyes striped with mascara. Perhaps it’s an investment worth making…

    http://www.shessobright.com

  36. Lilly says...

    They look SO good!

  37. Jennifer Williams says...

    Love it! I get lash extensions when I need a little boost (especially during a long winter that brings on dry skin, dry hair & general winter blues!). It’s a fun way to add a little glam to your everyday look. When they fall out, I’m always happy to have my natural look back, though. Why not switch things up a bit?? Whatever makes you happy & adds a little bounce to your step. Wink on, Joanna! xo

  38. Jennifer says...

    I love this post. It got me thinking about my husband’s reaction whenever I wear eye makeup – he really prefers me without anything on my eyes! I have basically zero/blondish eyelashes, but he thinks my eyes look bigger without any makeup. It would be funny to do a post combining a before and after (either of eyelash extensions or something else) and then somehow incorporating reactions from significant others (i.e. can they tell a difference or care one way or the other?). I know that all of my beauty regimes are for myself, but I think it would make for a fun post.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, what a fun idea! we actually have a perfume post coming up that’s kind of like that. excited to share :)

    • Excited to hear there’s a perfume post coming up! I’ve been searching for a new one to add to my stash…my go-to is Fresh (Brown Sugar scent) but I came home with a swatch of Nest’s Citrine on my wrists today and am enjoying that! Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

    • Emmanuella says...

      Oh my gosh that is such a funny/great idea!

  39. I got them done twice. The first time around just felt odd because I’ve been cleaning my face with a cleansing oil for years so I had to change my routine. And I once made the mistake of touching my eye a few days after and the lashes felt so superficial that it bothered me.

    On the 2nd attempt, years later, I must have grown allergic to the glue because I looked like I had entered a fight club a few hours after having gotten them done. It was awful. And when the lashes were taken off some of my normal lashes had come off with the fake lashes so I felt awful and looked very odd.

    I started using a lash serum after that but didn’t see much success. Switched to Rimmel’s lash accelerator and WOW my lashes grew big time. Now every night I just apply a little dark castor oil with a mascara spoolie to my lashes and eyebrows and they’ve thankfully become more lush. As much as I enjoy the before and after on lash extensions and think they do really make a difference I just won’t ever go there again. However I have gone for lash tinting and lifting and that’s made a HUG difference. (When I get both done I don’t even wear mascara for weeks!)

  40. I got them for our wedding. I felt like I was lifting weights with my eyelids for the first hour or so! lol. After that, they felt so natural!

  41. AB says...

    Wise to bring headphones! I did not think about that and it was absolute torture.

  42. Ali says...

    Eeee! They look great, but after two major eye surgeries, the thought of anyone coming near my eyes for an elective procedure makes me very nervous. I have lived with limited vision and it’s not worth it for longer eyelashes, in my opinion! I do agree with the others, though–your skin looks fabulous!

  43. Laura says...

    I personally know too many people who’ve had their regular lashes fall out to even try this one. Also, for me this is on the slippery slope of things that change the beauty standard for women in an insidious way, kind of like hair extensions (as pointed out in Mindy Kaling’s book) and laser hair removal, where women are trying to keep up with a standard that they don’t even realize isn’t “real”…and then teenagers are lasering their privates because they don’t think women should have hair down there, because they’ve never seen it on any other woman. I realize I sound a little bananas (and I do wear some makeup and have dyed my hair in the past, so I am also aware I’m a hypocrite), but basically if every woman who doesn’t have $500 lashes and a $300 dye job + $200 extensions in her hair and $1000 laser hair removal and a $50 spray tan is wondering why every other woman is so “naturally” beautiful, then we have a problem.

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      Thank you for saying this. I erased my previous comment because I felt like the minority. I do highlight my hair and wear minimal makeup, so maybe I’m a hypocrite too. But I don’t understand the fake nails, the fake eyelashes, the hair extensions, cosmetic procedures and yes, all the effort and money to make us look perfect. Too hard to keep up and too unrealistic for me.

    • Ruth says...

      Agreed, we’re definitely making things harder for ourselves ?

    • Agree. I felt like a party pooper for wanting to say the same thing, but the thought of my 8-year-old daughter seeing this as normal or expected makes me cringe.

    • S says...

      I agree. It’s hard for me to leave this comment, because just as I don’t want to be judged for not partaking in beauty practices like this one, I also don’t want to judge other women for taking part in them. But it does make me sad when trends like this pick up speed and then become the norm. It would be so nice if we sliced away at the “norms” that dictate how we “should” look instead of adding yet another to the pile–and after reading the comments on this post, it seems like this practice, which is time consuming and perpetuates an impossible and unnatural standard, is pretty mainstream.

      As a high school teacher–and just as a woman–I want to tell teenagers that the only reason it’s normal for women to shave their legs is because razor companies aggressively marketed to women when they realized they were missing out on half of the possible consumers in the world. And I want to remind them that it’s ok to have pubic hair–in fact, it’s totally normal for a human adult. There’s just so much to be ashamed of, but we shouldn’t be. We shouldn’t be ashamed to simply have the faces and bodies that we do.

      I do want to add that I love this blog and read it nearly every day, and I’m glad the comments section is a place where these sorts of meaningful conversations can be had.

    • Hannah says...

      Great point. I think we have a problem, indeed!

    • Nahal says...

      Thank you for posting this, I agree with everything you wrote and you don’t sound bananas, you articulated the beauty standard problem for what it is.

    • AK says...

      Right there with you. I can’t imagine spending $150 (or even $40) and an hour of my time so I can feel like my lashes conform to what Maybelline has taught us is supposed to be beautiful.

    • mary s says...

      I’m glad I scrolled down to see if anyone had expressed reservations like mine. I’m an oldster (in my mid-fifties) who has never worn makeup or had any kind of beauty regime other than washing my face and occasionally paying to get my hair cut. I’ve never been able to see the point of making myself look different than I actually look. I’m not interested in judging others for wearing makeup or shaving or anything else. I can even see how making yourself look different could be fun. But I often find myself thinking about the cost (in terms of money and time and energy) of doing all this stuff in order to go out into the world every day — it seems exhausting.

    • Annabelle says...

      Totally agree. It’s a very small minority of women who can spend $150 on something that lasts 3-6 weeks — there are so many issues with normalizing this behavior.

    • Michelle says...

      I had the same troubling thought. No judgment at all to women who do it, just something to be thoughtful about in the big picture. Thank you for saying it.

    • Lisa says...

      I can’t tell you how happy they make me after cancer and chemo destroyed my eyelashes. The joy I have from looking in the mirror and seeing them is priceless!

  44. Stella says...

    This is neat! I am going on my 3rd week without any makeup except mascara and liner. I could see how getting extensions would help me go “all the way” fresh face. My desire to do this was partly Cup of Jo, partly Alicia Keys inspired. Thank you for writing so many things about self-care and inspiring each of us to feel good in our own skin.

  45. jennifer says...

    I would love someone at COJ to try eye lash tinting–is it worth it, is it safe?

    • Ailidh says...

      As a blondie, I do tinting often. Go somewhere you feel comfortable, it can sting so ask lots of questions about the formula, but I have found it safe so far!

    • Em says...

      I tried it. It definitely made a difference, my lashes were much darker. It was a subtle difference but I could tell for sure. However, I never did it again because I felt like it didn’t last long enough to make the process worth it. It was a little unpleasant, like it stung a little and you had to sit there waiting with your eyes closed for a bit. And then it hardly lasted two weeks so I was like, meh.

  46. Ali says...

    Gorgeous! Been wanting to try them but I rub my eyes all the time so I’m worried I would mess them up! And by the way, your skin looks phenomenal!

  47. Heather says...

    I’ve never even heard of eyelash extensions, and so many readers have already tried them. Joanna you look very pretty – love the wink at the end.

    So here’s what I would love for COJ to try – but you’ll need someone brave!. I’ve been reading lately about how shampoos – even natural ones – have detergents that are bad for our hair and scalp, and that switching to shampoo bars returns your hair to its shiny, healthy, natural state and you don’t even need conditioner or products. The tough part is that it can take 1-5 weeks of using a shampoo bar before your hair and scalp get back to normal, during which your hair might look really bad. I can’t think of when I’d be willing to go for 5 weeks with bad hair just so I could have healthy, shiny, low-maintenance hair. But if one of you were doing it for work…? Please! Someone try this!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i’m so curious about this too! we will see who’s up for it;)

    • Lilly says...

      I’ve done this! I switched about 7 years ago while traveling by accident: I was bumming around France and Morocco and having a bar in my carry on was so much easier than leaky bottles. Cheaper, too, for the six months I was traveling, since I only went through one 6$-bar.
      I was leaning into the travel bum look anyway so I didn’t really notice how bad it got*. (* looking at photos: oh lord I was a grease ball. But also didn’t have regular shower access sometimes, so.)
      When I came back, I was a student, so I figured I’d keep going with the cheap/easy option, and I haven’t switched back since. (A pretty new bar became a standard stocking stuffer from my mum! That does me for 6 months now with a lob, so I spend maybe 10$-20$/year on shampoo&conditioning bars.)
      In terms of a difference: it has been a while, but I don’t remember the change being too drastic. I think I chalked up the initial betterment of my hair to no longer traveling? The difference meant I could give away my straightener and tone down the products, which was lovely. Also, my hack since high school has always been to use that Loreal Kids strawberry 2-in-1, so I’ve always gone for gentler products which means the change probably wasn’t as dramatic as others have seen.
      Now I’ll add a bit of hair oil in the winter but otherwise it’s wonderfully low maintenance. (Caveat that I never use heat tools and really like my natural wavy texture, so if you use styling tools it may be quite a different experience.)

    • RBC says...

      haha your comment made me laugh. But now I’m totally intrigued! So yes please to the shampoo bar! :)

      Also, can someone try eyebrow microblading? I’m sooo tempted to try this one since it lasts months (and coloring in my brows is my one daily must-do). Thanks! :):)

  48. I have wanted to try a pixie cut forever and ever. Can someone try that? I feel like there’s no pixie cut that would work with my face. I’ve had long hair my entire life, and recently went with a short bob, but now I feel like a generic “Mom Cut” and just want to feel….sexy again.

    • Emilie says...

      Lesley, I second this! I have curly hair and large features but have always longed for a pixie cut. Can it be done?

    • Talia says...

      I’ve worn a pixie for years and I am over 50 and a grandmother! I love how low maintenance it is, however it does require regular haircuts. (which is fine by me!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a fun idea! i will see if we have any takers :)

    • I just told my family last night that I wanted to go back to a pixie cut. I had one when I was younger and loved it. I felt stylish and chic. But now, at 44, I worry that I will have a “Mom cut” (though I am a Mom and love it so maybe it’s not so bad :).

    • Deb says...

      Do it I say!! At 43 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and after my chemo treatment I had no choice but a pixie. And guess what? I loved it!! And platinum blonde no less! I probably would have never been brave enough to wear my hair that short before but when choice goes out the window we find ourselves open to new possibilities. Four years later I still have a blond pixie. It’s low maintenance styling (no more blow dryers, straightening tools or curling irons – so liberating! – although it does require frequent trims and color if you go that route) modern and chic. I say, take the plunge! You might wonder why you didn’t do it earlier. And if you don’t like it – it’s just hair and it will grow back!

  49. meredith says...

    They look great! I think it would be fun to get them before a beach vacation, or a baby , so that you still look great with no effort. When I was at the salon for my wedding I was chatting with a lady who was there for a fill on her false lashes. She looked so low maintenance that I was surprised she regularly got something that seemed so extravagant to me. I thought the lashes were only for the fancy ladies! She was a nurse and said she was hooked and liked wearing them at work and I thought that was exactly the kind of job where you’d want to wear as little makeup as possible and I’d probably want them then too!

  50. I had them done and liked them, but I’m a photographer and about a week later they had all come off on my shooting eye and the other eye still had them and I looked nuts. So if you are a photographer, this might not work (lesson learned the hard way!).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s fascinating!

    • Lauren says...

      Oh woah, thanks! I’m a photographer too, and have been thinking of his, thanks for the heads up!

  51. Blair says...

    I got this done about a week before my wedding! And of course I looked amazing. My (then) fiancé even said I looked like a pretty camel.

    BUT. Two days after having them put on, I woke up with my eyelids so swollen, I couldn’t see. It turns out I’m allergic to the glue. I had to rush to the salon and have them taken off, then to the doctor for special treatment. Three days before getting married…what a nightmare! My eyelids were red and flaky and itchy for a month afterwards.

    So now to everyone I meet, I say, DON’T do it!! It was such a terrible, painful, and stressful experience. It made me realize that nothing is worth the risk to my real lashes, or my eyesight. We put all sorts of things on our faces that we really know so little about, and it totally freaks me out that this stuff all goes so close to our eyes, and what if something terrible happened because I couldn’t resist the look?

    I basically stopped wearing makeup after that, because I was so thoroughly freaked out. Except for my wedding 18 months ago, I haven’t worn mascara, which has been a bigger, longer-term confidence boost than the extensions ever could have been.

    • Dorie says...

      Yes!!

    • Sasha says...

      Emilie, I think curly hair and bold features are perfect for a pixie. It would probably be short enough for your curl to just give lovely movement. It’s all about the right details in the cut for your face, you need a great stylist. Like longer on top, or super short, or wispy on neck, longer by ears, side swept or tiny bangs. I have delicate features, a big head, wavy thick hair and love how I look in a pixie. But I hate getting cuts, which you need every six weeks, and it’s hell growing out. I love it for a bit, then miss my long hair.

  52. Caroline says...

    I used to get eyelash extensions and loved them – “high maintenance to be low maintenance” is exactly right. However, make sure you go to a very reputable spot (like Lashes on 5th) and BE SURE TO EXPLICITLY TELL THEM NOT TO CUT YOUR NATURAL EYELASHES. It never occurred to me to do that, but one time I had a sad little surprise when all the extensions fell out and my eyes were nearly bald!

  53. Kelly says...

    As someone who lives for face oil and stomach sleeping, I’m reconsidering getting these done….

  54. Julie says...

    Got them done for a black tie event. Loved them and still do. I have very sensitive skin so wearing makeup is a drag. Lash extensions gave me the ability to wake up and go! Thanks for posting

  55. Tiffany says...

    Nice!! Definitely a treat, I might have to indulge myself soon.

  56. keri says...

    Im surprised they let you choose the number, width etc…. I’ve had lashes done a couple times and my technician was always very adamant that these things be dictated by the lashes you already have – Too heavy and they will cause your eyelashes to break or shock the follicle and your lashes will fall out…

    But they look great! And high maintenance for low maintenance is a good way of putting it. I’ve always found mine only last about 2 weeks before they look a bit wacky…

    Also don’t try and take off the remaining ones yourself. Your lash technician will get mad at you.

  57. I’ve been DYING to get eyelash extensions but know that 1) once I do it, I’ll never want to go back, and 2) that’s a luxury I can’t afford, haha. My lashes are long as is, but I would love to have them thicker. I guess I’m just going to HAVE to try them one of these days. ;)

  58. Lo says...

    You look like a sultry sexy woman from the 60’s! I can’t believe the difference they made!

    I’ve been contemplating getting these babies for a while now, but I am an ugly sleeper and I wouldn’t want to waste the time getting them done only to ruin them. Instead, I use LiLash and LiBrow to grow my own out (thanks, Stella ;)

    Lo
    http://www.themixtures.com

  59. Lara says...

    Thanks so much for this, Joanna! Particularly the groupon tip! These have been on my mind and, as a not-really-a-makeup-person, I didn’t really know where to start.

    As a side note, I have been spending a few months abroad for work, and your website is a huge source of comfort, familiarity, and good chuckles amidst some homesickness. Thank you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh that makes me feel good to hear, lara! sending a big hug your way. xoxoxo

  60. tracy says...

    i loved that you tried this (i should be finishing up some work but i’m catching up here! heh). and you look so pretty with them! (and without, obvs). they actually look very natural on you!
    i’ve had lash extensions on and off over the years (my wedding…other friend’s wedding were such a great excuse haha!), and pretty much had them consistently for the last 2 years since having my son. after having baby #2, the level of tired was insane and having lash extensions just seemed to make everything BETTER. at least i didn’t always look how i felt (bone tired) when i was at work! i used to feel guilty about getting them, but now i don’t. they’re too awesome for me to care. your friend’s saying is so true! i opt for the more natural look (8 – 10 mm, and i think about 50 – 60 lashes…i have super thin, short, asian lashes so it looks over the top if i do the mascara look). it’s so much easier to get ready in the morning, wrangles the kiddo & get out the door, and on with life!

  61. Deb says...

    This is so fun for a treat! The lash extensions look amazing! I assume I couldn’t get this done because I’m strawberry blonde and imagine that all the lashes are huge and black and I’d just look really odd with pale-ish brows, big black lashes and strawberry blonde hair. I already worry that I look odd when I just have mascara on! (Oh, to be a brunette…!)

    • Ailidh says...

      It just looks like excellent mascara

  62. K says...

    They look great on you!

    I’m addicted to them. I’ve had mine for approx. 4 years – going for bi-weekly check ups and refills. Sounds crazy, but here in Dubai it’s rather normal. Lots of my friends and colleagues have them, too. As long as you have a good technician and good products they won’t damage your lashes. Yeah, it takes time to get used to washing your face carefully without ripping the lashes off, but I’ve become a pro. :) #firstworldproblems :/

  63. Wow! What a difference! I think they’re amazing. And I love what you friend said, “high maintenance to be low maintenance”. Not sure if I’d try it. I don’t mind applying mascara and I’ve found that a good eyebrow and a bright lip make a massive difference and is about all the maintenance I want.
    So good to learn about what these types of treatments are really like. Thank you for the detail.

  64. Mary says...

    I loved mine for the first few days. But I hated sleeping with them. Felt like I had Tarantulas on my eyes. And when they started to fall out, they took my real eyelashes with them. #fail #neveragain

  65. Lisa says...

    As a Breast Cancer survivor of a little over a year, I took the eyelash extension and eyebrow microblading plunge! I lost all my hair, everywhere, and my eyebrows never grew back. My eyelashes that were once full and long came back thin and very short. To be able to look in the mirror every day and not look like I’m still in treatment by having lashes and eyebrows was lifechanging! I felt feminine and pretty again. I felt confidence I hadn’t had since before I was diagnosed. I full on ugly-cried with my technician because I was so happy. And the cost is worth every penny for that happiness and joy!

  66. misty says...

    You are right when they start falling out they look wonky and that’s why I got sick of them.

  67. Aga says...

    Do they damage your own lashes at all? I always hear about hair extensions ruining, weakening and/or thinning the natural hair.

  68. Gen says...

    They look really lovely on you! Plus they appear very natural, they totally suit you well. And I love getting my lashes done! I feel so pretty in them and yeah, not having to do eye makeup is AWESOME. It’s been a while since I’ve had them done, but I like getting them right before I go on a long vacation so the photos turn out well.

  69. aubrie says...

    I think next you should try a spray tan! Or have you already? I really want to get one, but I’m so fair, I feel it would be too dramatic.

  70. Sarah says...

    Ha! This is great! I’ve always wanted to try them but the cost plus the minimal time that they last has been a turn off.

    I’ve been getting my eyelashes/eyebrows tinted for the last six months and now I no longer wear mascara! I’ve got my make-up routine down to TWO items which is critical as I am a also a mum to two boys.

  71. MM says...

    They look so beautiful on you!!
    I’d be interested in seeing a series on switching to a natural/ organic beauty product regime. I’m learning there are many nasty ingredients in so much makeup/ hair/ skin products – and would love feedback on quality alternatives.

    • Sasha says...

      Me too! Or someone giving up beauty regimes…

    • Jessica says...

      You should google the Top Shelf/Into the Gloss interview that Emma Watson recently did. She says she uses about 80% natural or organic beauty products and gives the entire list of items she uses. Very useful information! Plus, she just seems like a lovely person.

  72. Nicky says...

    I’m impressed with how natural they look! You look amazing!
    I used to get my lashes permed and it makes it look like you’re wearing mascara. It just takes a while and it smells like chemicals, but beauty is pain I guess.

  73. Layne Dettor says...

    I get them done here in Japan for about $30! They’re the best! I really like to get them done before going on vacation so that I don’t have to bring any makeup with me!

  74. sal says...

    my friend got a painful and lasting eye infection from these things – and more importantly, their glue. months without being able to put anything at all on her eyes and hurting every day. sure they look good but you are adding to the toxic load in your body. as a person with an auto immune disease i just say hell to tha no

  75. Catherine says...

    I’ve had my eyelashes tinted a few times and loved it! It’s quite affordable and only takes a few minutes. It made a huge difference in my overall appearance, especially on my lower lashes, which are very long but blonde.

  76. Laura says...

    I got these eyelashes for my wedding…. it was the best decision ever! (i) I needed very little makeup with my eyes all dolled up, and more importantly (ii) i was allowed to cry all I wanted without smudging anything ;) Dream come true :)

    • Ohh that never occurred to me! Plus I’m sure it’s great to have for your honeymoon – don’t have to bring mascara!

  77. Jessica says...

    I did this for my wedding and it was seriously the best investment! I hardly needed to wear makeup for the wedding and ditched it completely for the honeymoon! Those lash extensions were amazing…I loved them!

  78. Amy says...

    They look lovely on you, but I think it’s an extravagance that is just one more thing to upkeep in life. My sister in law gets her eyebrows “bladed” and it’s a fortune as well when a simple $12 eye brow pencil to fill them in do a great job.

  79. I got eyelash extensions for the first time in September and I haven’t looked back! I am blonde so my eyelashes are naturally light with average thickness. With eyelash extensions my eyes look so good and I feel so much more confident all of the time! I even stopped wearing as much face makeup because they just make you feel so pretty (I have a full eyelash extension review on my blog)!
    Thanks for sharing your experience!
    XX -KK

  80. Thanks for the before and after pics Jo! It’s a great way to see what a difference the lashes make. I have to admit they look natural and really pretty! I need to price them in my neck of the woods (NE FLORIDA). Do you think they will hold up in super hot weather?

  81. They really look great but I’m too chicken to do it. Enjoy them

  82. Libbynan says...

    Tried this about four or five years ago…. Totally NOT worth the cost and upkeep. Since I wear glasses I had to go with the curled lashes and shorter length which was kind of a blessing as they lasted longer. I had trouble sleeping for the entire time they were on as I am a side sleeper and worried about rubbing them off. For a wedding or dinner at the White House they might be worth it, but not otherwise.

  83. Elisse says...

    They look beautiful! I thought about getting extensions, but decided I would be terrible at the upkeep/maintenance. My lashes are pretty long and dark, but stick straight, so I am trying an eyelash perm this week!

  84. Eyelash PERM/LIFTS! These are amazing for straight-lashed asian people like me. Much cheaper than extensions and last longer too – up to two months for some people, depending how much your lashes fall out! It’s amazing how much more bright-eyed and awake I look when I’ve my lashes lifted. Makes applying mascara much more fun, too, because I have such straight hair that most mascara will just weight my curled lashes into little tiny sad downward sticks, even after I curl them with a traditional eyelash curler.

  85. Christina says...

    I’ve really wanted to try this but am so scared of the after effects! I use Rodan and Fields Lash Boost and it has made my lashes longer, darker and thicker! It’s amazing. I’ve also seen Latisse results and they’re even better, but you need a prescription from an eye doctor. Also, I do wear mascara but I door mind, it accentuates them great!

  86. Lindsay says...

    I used to get my lashes done regularly and I LOVE them. They make me feel so effortlessly put together and beautiful.
    But I’m not working right now and they’re too expensive to justify in my shared with husband budget.
    As soon as I’m working again, I’m going to use some of my discretionary income to start getting them again.

  87. I’ve tried eyelash extensions a few times and the results can vary quite a bit depending on what lashes you choose, and the skill of the technician who is applying them.

    The best thing about them? Your eyes pop in photos without needing to wear makeup. The worst part? They can feel heavy and clumpy…

    Also, I’m blonde with very insignificant eyelashes naturally… so sometimes they just look a bit fake!

    Yours look great Joanna :-)

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com

  88. Marlena says...

    I got them and loved it, too. But it would be a to-do to get them refilled – kind of why I didn’t ever get behind gel manicures, besides that I didn’t like the look. But for a special occasion – totally! They make such a difference!

  89. Jenny says...

    How about a post on how to color your own hair, or at least touch up your roots. Getting to the salon is so costly and time consuming, I’m always thinking of how to skip one appointment by taking care of my roots at home. But I’m too chicken!!

    • Melissa says...

      A meet in the middle is to use one of the temporary sprays. They have come a long way and wash out if you hate it or put on too much. Loreal makes the one I use which definitely buys me time (especially if you don’t shampoo every day).

    • I’d love to hear more about home root touch ups too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these are all such great ideas!

  90. Erin says...

    One thing I’d love to see is electrolysis or laser hair removal (is that even the same thing?!) Its always struck me as a bit old school, and expensive, but I’d pay a lot of money if it meant never shaving my armpits again!

    • maria says...

      i had laser hair removal and it is SOOOO worth it!!! i am naturally not very hairy at all, but being fair-skinned, sensitive-skinned, and over time my shaving caused my hair to darken i was ready to never shave or wax again. i had my armpits, bikini line and legs done and the results were/are amazing! i had it all done over 10 years ago now. it took about a full year of treatments (mostly for the armpits – who knew?) for all the hair to disappear – but it’s been great! i got a really great deal but it’s still pricey -=but i’d do it again in a heartbeat. my skin is bay-smooth always, and even when i’m at my whitest, i never have to worry about stubble showing, my skin looks and feels great!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, what a great one!! i’ve always been so curious about this.

    • shannon says...

      Agreed! I’m pale with dark hair and sensitive skin. Shaving is the worst. If you need a volunteer for this one, let me know…haha

    • sal says...

      I used an at home machine for laser hair removal i got relatively cheaply from bed bath beyond (w coupon ;) that has been 100% worth it! i am a furry girl who no longer worries about bikini wearing. life alteringly good.

    • Elyse says...

      I did a Brazilian laser hair removal in college and it was so so worth it. Total game changer. yes it hurts, yes it’s expensive but hello- I haven’t put a razor to that area in NINE YEARS. Worth every penny and moment of pain.

    • Sarah says...

      Oh yes please! I second this!

    • Laura C. says...

      Laser hair removal was for me a total life saver. I am pale but have dark and strong hair. Waxing was not enough and eight years ago I started with legs and bikini zone, and armpits. Totally worthy and not a splurge at all. Highly recommended.
      I’d like to know about whitening strips for teeth. Have you tried?

    • Maria says...

      Oh, I so wish it had worked for me… I’m strawberry blonde, so my hairs are not very pigmented, I did my armpits for six months and it reduced the volume a little bit but barely, so I didn’t even bother doing legs/bikini area – but pretty much everyone else I know who’s done it worked, so if your hairs are pigmented enough I say go for it!!!

    • Agnes says...

      Please can some responders here give specific recommendations?? I tried laser on my chin and it DID.NOT.WORK. Also on my belly. SO sad. I am very pale with dark body hair, very fine in places. Brands please!! :)

    • Allie says...

      To add to this chorus – I had laser hair removal done when I was still a teenager because I had some extra hair growth due to a hormonal condition. The different it has made is truly unbelievable. Ten years later, the hair under my armpits is so fine that I rarely have to worry about shaving, and the hair on my bikini line has been completely eliminated. Someone once even commented on how smooth my armpits are, if you can believe that! Slightly odd compliment, but I’ll take it :)

  91. Laura says...

    I am an eyelash extension convert! I absolutely love them. The most important thing is to go to a reputable salon with experienced technicians–those are generally the pricier options. Eyelash extensions should never be uncomfortable (if they are, you the lashes are either glued to the lid, to more than one lash, too heavy for the lash, or you are having a reaction). The technician who does mine also said that when applied properly they do not damage lashes, but that attaching an extension that is too heavy or too long to a lash, scrubbing them, or wearing lots of makeup that has to be removed, can damage the natural lashes. I take a month or two a couple times a year to give my lashes a “breather” and have never noticed any change in my natural lashes. But, it is definitely a lot of work for “low maintenance!”

    • JananW says...

      I’d heard of extensions, but also heard that your lashes would never be the same after. I have fairly thick, long lashes, but they get blonde towards the end so I usually wear mascara and would love to eliminate that. Your comment has made me decide to consider it again. thanks!

  92. I’ve been DYING to get eyelash extensions but know that 1) once I do it, I’ll never want to go back, and 2) that’s a luxury I can’t afford, haha. My lashes are long as is, but I would love to have them thicker. I guess I’m just going to HAVE to try them one of these days. ;)

    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  93. They look pretty. Did you find them comfortable to “wear,” or irritating at all? I’m so curious.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      the only thing i found a little odd about them was that i could “see” them. you’re so used to your own eyelashes (and nose, etc.) that you don’t see them, even though you can kind of see them when you look straight ahead. you know what i mean? but i could notice these fake lashes and had to get used to them. it took a day or so, and then i didn’t see them anymore:)

  94. jen says...

    ok be careful! my friend gets them done regularly and she said she took a pan out of a very hot oven and the heat basically fried them and she looked cray cray. she didn’t realize until her son told her she was scaring him.

    • Brooke says...

      This is hilarious.

    • jen says...

      I’m sorry but I laughed out loud at this.

    • Rachel says...

      Oh my gosh!

    • allison says...

      Oh yeah- that’s def a thing. I lit a joint and my extensions totally fried, and then I looked CRAZY for a few days before I could go get them swapped. The woman who does my lashes knew immediately what happened! :) :) :)

    • Nat says...

      Oh no! This warning should be a PSA :)

    • Lindsay says...

      LOL ing

    • Karen says...

      I’m sorry, this was too funny!! **laughing and hiding behind computer screen**

    • Erika says...

      Oh my word – totally laughing out loud here – “her son told her she was scaring him!”

  95. Em says...

    Woah I can’t believe the lashes are the only difference between the before and after picture. It’s like your whole face looks more glamorous! Impressed.

  96. Lauren says...

    I had them for about 6 months recently, heres what I learned:

    1) Don’t cheap out on who you go to. A good lash technician will cost $$$, but you really want to make sure you’re going to someone good who will take their time and meticulously go lash-by-lash. Some cheaper places glue 2-3 of your natural lashes to one extension to speed up the process, which leads to painful ingrowns, lash damage, and fallout.

    2) Don’t go too heavy or long. Some extensions are one “lash,” while others are clusters of 3-4. The single lash ones are much lighter, and while the effect is not quite as dramatic as the clusters, they are much better for your natural lashes. If you’re putting the heavy cluster extensions on your natural lashes they will weaken and shorten your natural lashes over time. A good technician will be able to advise you on the right length extension for your individual lashes, so they aren’t too heavy.

    3) Always comb them DOWN with a spooly to untangle them if they go wonky. Brushing them up (like you’re putting mascara on) can tangle them even more.

    After stopping them, my lashes were shorter than normal for a few weeks, but have since grown back to their former length and thickness with nightly conditioning (just rubbing a tiny bit of face oil on them).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, great tips — thank you, lauren!

    • allison says...

      Oh yeah and one other tip- blow dry them lightly (no heat!) after the shower. It will make them last longer!

  97. I get my eyelashes tinted “blue black” every once in a while… Same deal having to keep your eyes closed, but only for about 15 minutes or so. It doesn’t really add length, but it gives that same “done” feeling to your eyes. My eyelashes are okay as far as “fullness” but they’re very light, almost blonde on the ends, so it always feels so dramatic, and I forget that I actually have lashes on the bottom lid! I love it. When I get my eyebrows dyed too I think it’s about $75. (in williamsburg). Never tried extensions. Is anyone going to do eyebrow microblading for the Tried series?! I’m so intrigued by it.

    • Jackie says...

      I do this, too. And I love it. About $50 in the DC area.

    • Libby says...

      Wow for once Australia is cheaper than the US. I regularly get my eyelashes tinted, it is never more than $15 and lasts for about 6 weeks.

  98. Love the wink at the end.

  99. Heather says...

    This sounds like a great option before a big event, like a wedding where runny mascara would be a huge fear.

    Has anyone with blonde or light brown lashes tried this? Did you dye your natural lashes first? My lashes are naturally long and fairly thick, but they are so light you can’t really see them until I apply mascara. Adding extensions that match my natural eyelash color might be pointless if I can’t use mascara.

    • Julia says...

      I have blonde lashes, used to have lash extensions, and you do not dye them. Extensions are black, but they looked just like I was wearing mascara on very long eyelashes, you didn’t even really notice my blonde ones.

    • Lauren says...

      My lashes are light, and the lash extensions totally hide their lightness. You won’t be able to see your blonde lashes unless you look very very closely.

    • Laura says...

      I have long, blonde eyelashes and eyelash extensions, but the extensions are black. The extension is attached near the base of the eyelash (but NOT on the eyelid), and so you just don’t really see your natural lash. I love them. I personally wouldn’t want them in my natural color, because I was looking for a mascara alternative. But I suppose people could get them in brown if they wanted a really subtle look (although mine are really natural looking). You can also get lash extensions in all colors of the rainbow, I have seen pictures of people with some blue, purple, green etc for a unique look…just like colored mascara. They are great! No running mascara!!

  100. Stephanie says...

    Perm! Perm! Perm! Pleeeeeease, I swear, it’s going to be hip again.

  101. Emma says...

    My lashes were pretty good before I tried extensions. The second time I went back to get them applied the woman commented that I may not have enough lash for a “full effect”. WHAT? I lost so many lashes trying extensions, most grew back but I did notice a difference. Also, too expensive to upkeep and I get squirmy laying there flat for an hour.

  102. Nectar says...

    I’ve had eyelash extensions and they’re so tough with people who wear glasses! I just remember them scraping against my lenses when I winked. Drove me nuts.

    I would suggest getting a lashlift (its like a perm for your lashes), much cheaper, last about a month and they’re your own lashes!

  103. Jessica says...

    They look amazing! The only thing that worries me is that a friend had an allergic reaction to the glue (even after doing it a couple of times with no problem). As someone with lighter lashes, I go to Benefit for the Lash Tint–not as dramatic of a result, but it definitely does the trick, and it stays (without the risk of racoon eyes) for about a month–and for only $26!

  104. Gabrielle says...

    Hi, yes they look amazing. It makes a tremendous difference to any face it is undeniable and ^ confidence level. Unfortunately even thou I would love them all the time the consequences of natural lash loss and deterioration of remaining lashes is too much. I could have been an addict because they looked so good, yet the facts are I wasn’t willing to go to the lows of worse lashes than I had just for the “high”. Even thou I saw after the first time I had them off that my lashes had really deteriorated, I went into denial and went along with the saloons story of ” your real lashes are not worse it is just because you are so used to your lovely extensions”……so because I wanted them again I did it, only this time at lease took close up photo’s of my eyelashes. Plus I went to the place with the safest glue, highest ratings, plus I got less lashes and less length as the saloon said if I was concerned go shorter than the 10-12. Bottom line when they came off no denying with the photos they were sparser and damaged. It took 5-6 months to get them back. Having said all that I am still considering doing 1 x year for my 4 week holiday.

  105. Kim says...

    They look beautiful on you! For less money and less effect, but also super for reals low maintenance, I get my eyelashes dyed before going on vacations where we’ll be swimming! That way you don’t have to worry about mascara in the pool/ocean, but still get some definition for your eyes :)

  106. I really want to try them, but I’m nervous about the fact that a lot of glue has formaldehyde. Apparently some medical organizations have come out stating that eyelash extensions can actually do damage to your eye if certain glue is used.

    • Nora says...

      I agree with this. The less damaging chemicals on my body, especially on my eyes the better. I’ll settle for some mascara if I want a more dramatic look.

  107. melanie says...

    I’ve been on the fence for such a long time – but this may be the push I need to go for it! Do any of your readers have recommendations for lash extensions in Washington, DC?

  108. This Tried series is so cool! There are lots of fun beauty things I’ve wanted to try, including:

    Shark sauce (and basically all Korean beauty secrets)
    Hair chalk
    Hair extensions
    White tattoos (or henna, for a less permanent option)

    Beyond beauty, I’m interested in:

    Acupuncture
    Indoor rock climbing
    AcroYoga

    Hope that helps!

    • Diana says...

      Acro yoga for sure! It looks so cool and I want to know if it’s easy enough for an intermediate yoga practitioner to successfully tackle.

    • Christine says...

      What would you like to know about indoor rock climbing? I go about 3 times a week (and go outdoor rock climbing around once a month).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what fun questions!! thank you!!!

  109. allison says...

    I’ve been getting fake lashes consistently for about three years, and haven’t seen any negative effects to my natural lashes. It’s funny because I’m not a make up person (I use blush, and that’s it), but I’m somehow hooked to them. Once you do it, it’s hard to go back! But yes- I loooooove them, and people often comment on how beautiful my lashes are. If they’re someone I know well, I’ll let them in on my secret. If they’re not- I just say “thank you!” and move along :)

  110. Clara says...

    You look amazing! My hairstylist does them and did them for me for a wedding gift. I absolutely loved having them done for my wedding. I felt like they really opened up my eyes and I loved not having to worry about mascara on the big day. And not to mention it was amazing for that week and a half after the wedding where I was too exhausted to function!

    I did have a love-hate thing with them though. I started to dread worrying about if they were falling out when I did certain things, or if they were tangled (sometimes you have to comb them). I also really really love experimenting with eye makeup and felt like I was constantly getting caught in my eyelashes while trying to apply eyeshadow, etc. I also had the same experience as another commenters and was going crazy by the stiffness of them after a few weeks.

    Overall, I would totally recommend them for a wedding or fancy event, but they just weren’t for me for the everyday thing!

  111. i tried once… a week before my wedding and i could not stand them. i have practically naked eyes, my lashes are so sparse and short and then to have these HAIRY things attached to the lids, they felt heavy.

    i have thought of trying them again, and not doing the discount bargain groupon in a strip mall place, and an actual for real deal beauty spot, price be damned… but there’s always something else i’d rather spend my money on, like a a great pair of shoes…

  112. Maggie says...

    I would love to know how you feel about them a couple weeks in. I’ve been tempted to do this, because they clearly look great – but what about after they do start falling out, etc.

    • Tory says...

      Me too!! Would love to hear a follow-up post on this!

    • Oks says...

      +1000!!!

    • Gemma says...

      Yes! I feel like these posts have to have PHOTOS of downsides, like the ‘wacky falling out look’, and so on, to seem like articles and not just ads.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good questions!!! i’ll try to capture the falling-out process and post the photos on instagram or add them to this post.

  113. Colleen says...

    Cool! Rodan + Fields has a growth product with amazing results. I’m doing that.

  114. Stephanie says...

    Another option is to have your lashes tinted darker. I get my brows dyed about 3-4 times a year and in the summer I get my lashes tinted very dark. I live on the coast and spend as much time as possible in the ocean or pool so having my lases look good w/o mascara is great. My lashes and my brows have gotten so much lighter as I’ve gotten older. I think darker brows do wonders for the face!

    • You can get eyebrow dye on Amazon for about $15, and I find I can dye my eyebrows myself in about 10 minutes (that’s me being slow and doing them one at a time).

  115. Ashley says...

    This post is so timely. I am a recent addict.

    I’m on a personal journey to be debt-free and mentioned it to a friend when she asked if I wanted to plan a trip abroad. We did the math on the amount I pay in eyelash extensions annually and it was two trips to Europe worth!! I feel like such a dope spending money on it but it really does such wonders for you confidence. I’m telling myself (read: lying, probably) that I’ll keep it up in the summer to avoid eye makeup melt and then promptly stop come fall.

    If anyone has any resources for addicts I’d also appreciate that!

    • Emma says...

      bahahahaha

  116. Anne says...

    I’m planning on doing this for my wedding – there are so many photo ops that whole week, it sounds like the perfect time to do this.

    • Christina R says...

      YES!!!! I loved this skit so much, and this post from Joanna was such a timely follow-up. Jo, you are so much prettier than Louis CK!! Xo

    • wb says...

      Loved it–made my day.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha laughing so much. too good.

  117. Annie says...

    When my young niece visited me in Washington, DC, for the first time, I asked her what surprised her most about the new city. To my surprise, she said, “No one wears fake eye lashes.” I thought that was such a funny observation! Apparently, false eye lashes are de rigueur in her hometown.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so funny that she noticed!

    • Christine says...

      Yes, at some point I noticed that virtually every female talking head on news shows (except Rachel) had lash extensions. One more thing.

  118. Carrie says...

    I’ve tried lash extensions too! I LOVED them so stinkin’ much. I wear makeup next to never (just lazy, that’s all :) so I really liked how they helped my look bright eyed without mascara.

  119. Rachel says...

    Get some Neulash (about $100/bottle, lasts 3-6 months and results in 6 weeks) and then get your lashes tinted. WAY cheaper and much less maintenance :)

    • Christina R says...

      I second this! I loveeee Neulash! I buy it on Dermstore.com when they have the occasional 20% off sitewide.

  120. Lucy says...

    My eyelashes are the thing on my body I obsess about the most. Silly, I know. They are very long, but stick straight. I curled them once in high school, realized how much larger this made my eyes look, and now do this every day because I don’t look like me anymore without using the curler! I also use Revitalash and my eyelashes are thicker and longer than I ever thought possible. It’s expensive, but really works.

  121. Tyler says...

    ahh! I did them a few years ago, and I echo Hannah, I felt like they took a toll on my natural lashes. My husband actually didn’t like them either, hah! I thought he would find them sexy but he just gave me that perplexed look guys do when they’re confused by some female ritual. I had a hard time with not being able to rub or towel my eyes also. They are so pretty though!

    • Erin says...

      Haha, love this! I got false eyelashes for a wedding once and my husband commented they were “tarantula-like.”

  122. Laura says...

    They look great on you! I’ve gotten them once before, and probably never will again. I LOVED them for the first week, but they began to be more and more irritating. I was very aware/conscious of them as soon as I would wake up, and particularly in the shower. Granted, it was great to go makeup free more often and still feel “done up,” but it wasn’t worth it for me. And afterward, my eyelashes looked pitiful.

  123. Maia says...

    Has anyone tried eyelash tint and curl (perm)?

  124. dhannon says...

    I tried them and they looked great! But, I disliked the ‘low maintenance’ and had them removed after a couple of weeks. I couldn’t stand having to be so careful with them, not sleeping on them, being able to rub my eyes, etc.
    Enjoy yours, you look lovely either way!

    • Clara says...

      I had the same experience! I felt like I was being too cautious.

  125. Cait says...

    I think they are SO pretty and I adore seeing pictures of people who’ve tried them. I was excited to see this topic! I know some women don’t have a problem but some experience a lot of thinning of natural lashes, so that scares me (as well as the price). I absolutely love the look though. Another option (which I have no affiliation with) is Lash Boost by Rodan and Fields. My friend is a consultant and has the longest lashes I’ve ever seen in my life from using this stuff. It hasn’t had any side effects like Latisse or other serums (where I guess they can change eye color or eventually ruin your lashes? I don’t remember!). Anyway….I am SO tempted by it but I’m not comfortable with the ingredients (on any of their products). Might be a good option for someone who wants another idea though!!

    • Lisa says...

      I tried the R&F lash serum and my eyelashes are legitimately longer. People repeatedly ask me if I have fake lashes on. That said, my eyes are terribly itchy and dryer since using the serum. I don’t think I’ll keep it up!

    • Callie says...

      Changing eye color as a side effect?? Please tell us that product so we can stay away! I’ve been wanting to try extensions but nervous that a) eyelashes will fall out (like most people here) & b) wondering if the Rodan and Fields product has been around/tested long enough to know side effects? I think it just came out a few months ago….

    • Christine says...

      Callie, I am pretty sure Cait is referring to Latisse, which was originally a glaucoma drug. When they noticed the hair growth side-effect they developed Latisse. For the original glaucoma patients, who were deliberately putting it in their eyes, darkening of lighter eye colors was a potential side effect.

  126. Amanda says...

    Love these! Has anyone ever told you that you resemble Liv Tyler a bit?

  127. Leslie says...

    I love this idea for a big wedding or vacation, but I can’t imagine not using my favorite oil cleansers and eye creams for 6 weeks – the rest of my face would be a mess!

  128. I would like to see a post on a wavy perm because I’m interested in getting one when my hair grows out.

    • Zoe says...

      I second this! I want to know if there’s a way to get a perm and have it look great.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question!!! we will work on this.

  129. I contemplated getting lash extensions for my wedding, but the price tag derailed my plan!

  130. You need somebody good to do it, somebody who won’t go too far. I have seen examples that are over the top, far too fake, as if some tarantula had attacked the poor woman’s eyes. The idea is to augment, not overpower. Yours shown here are just right.

  131. I love your comment that eyelash extensions are “high maintenance to be low maintenance.” After wearing them for two years (and letting them grow out–I MISS them!), I couldn’t agree more! Enjoy!!

  132. // amy says...

    They look great, but I can’t stand the feeling of all these stiff things glued to my natural lashes! I had my face pressed up to the mirror literally trying to peel them off after 2 weeks. I do like the #wokeuplikethis effect, but sticking to mascara and eyeliner personally!

    • Clara says...

      I’m cracking up because I had the same thing happen! After a week and a half I was texting my stylist asking her how to get them off!

  133. Celeste says...

    Ah! that gif. So cute.

    They look great on you. Maybe I’d do it for a big occasion… or when I have a baby and just wanna feel pretty in those early days. hah!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, they’d be perfect for new motherhood (assuming you leave the house haha). they’re so easy!

  134. Wow, I’m impressed! The result is absolutely perfect!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  135. Claire says...

    Best money I ever spent on myself and definitely getting the lashes done again for big occasions. If I won the lotto, I’d do it all the time!

  136. Hannah says...

    I got lash extensions for the first time over this past holiday season. Although I loved them, I felt like they DESTROYED by natural lashes, leaving me with the most stubble, tiny looking lashes ever. I seriously freaked out when I looked in the mirror after the technician removed them. I lost so many lashes!!! 4 months later and they are back now with the help of an expensive serum :) I’m not sure if this is everyone’s experience, but I don’t think my lashes can handle it!

    • Sheri says...

      I had a similar experience. As the extensions fell out, so did my natural lashes. I remember cringing as I examined the lost lashes and saw 2-3 of my own lashes glued on. At first I wasn’t sure if they seemed thinner and shorter just comparison to the full lushness of extensions but they definitely were. It took 4-6 months to get back to my natural state.

    • Emma says...

      Joanna, was this your experience? I’ve heard they do cause lashes to fall out so I’ve always hesitated to try!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s funny, but i’m not sure if that happened or not. my natural lashes looked really short and few-and-far-between after these lashes fell out, but i’m not sure if it was because they had fallen out or if i just wasn’t used to the regular look! i assumed the latter…

  137. Rebecca says...

    Fun post, joanna!!!! My friends and I have started getting them over the past year and I am pretty addicted ;-)

  138. Jenny says...

    Joanna, they look great! I’ve had them a bunch of times, and I’ll tell you a couple tips. When they start to fall out, don’t pick at them! Go get a refill or have them taken off by the pros. Learned the hard way, picking at them yourself pulls out your eyelashes. Also, having them a couple times in a row really did seem to thin (and shorten) my eyelashes a lot. Now I’m on a long break, and doing latisse. But yes, getting up in the morning and already feeling *done* was amazing!

    • GoldenMoon says...

      Does latisse actual make a big difference?