October 18, 2013 | 17 comments so far - join the discussion!
So, I remember when I used to be so obsessed with mink eyelashes! For those who haven’t followed me from there… probably around.. one and a half years ago? I wore my eyelash extensions for 4 months!!!
But the problem with having mink eyelash extensions is that it’s so freaking expensive to maintain! Cost of maintenance is even more than a gym membership! Probably double a gym membership actually :S
Typically, it would be about:
Full set of mink lashes – $150 at any decent salon
Infills – $50-$80 every 2-3 weeks.
Well, here’s the good news. Recently, I have been researching on how to DIY mink eyelash extensions. It’s super hard because it requires steady hands, patience and attention to detail. I guess it’s the same as every other set of eyelash extensions, but I’ve found that mink/silk is more difficult because the strands are finer and individual.
Okay, bad news is that I couldn’t actually do it myself because it’s so freaking hard, but I’m starting to do infills myself!!! Just here and there!! It’s saved me lots of money by doing this!!
Here is what it actually looks like from the top. (Excuse my dirty looking eyebrows because I did them in a rush) embarrassedface.jpg
As you can see, it’s single strand by strand!!!! One full set of lashes can range from 60 lashes to about 150 depending on how thick you want your eyelash extensions to look and how thick your original lashes are!!
For a more glamorous set, you can put two single lashes OVER each other (especially if you are asian and do not have many natural lashes yourself).
In this set, I got about 100 lashes for each eye!!
If you are quite impatient like me, try to do your infills at least once a week!! If you do this, then you will not need to spend so much on infills each time!! Maybe 20-3omins max will be sufficient if you do your infills every week as only a few strands will fall out (if you’re super careful UNlike me!! Haha)
Okay, first step is to actually find which stands are missing!! Usually I use a tweezer to look for the ones that are shorter than the rest!!
Make sure your tweezer is sharp (but don’t poke your eye) because eyelashes are quite fine and hard to grasp.
Now, find the lashes and then determine the length of the lash! I’m using lashes 9mm-13mm for my full set. Which means, 9mm in the inner corners and 13 in the most outer corners.
I’m demonstrating on a pair of falsies because it’s much easier than taking pictures of my own eye!! Hehe.
Make sure you dip your approx 1/2 of your single lash into the glue!! It’s important because the lash itself is meant to “stick”! If you don’t use enough glue, it will not stick! I made this mistake hundreds of times when I was trial & erroring!! >.<
I also use 2 strands of lashes sometimes instead of 1. I find that this still works perfectly fine and saves time!
Now, place the lash firmly ontop of your natural lash or if you are layering, the false one, and continue!! Make sure you don’t stick the lash too close to your eyelid or else it’ll sting!!
And ofcourse, the result? You always get a full set of glam lashes!!!
Let me know if you do try, and if you do please please please be careful as the use of glue may sting your lashes!! Please research and purchase QUALITY products!!
Hope this tutorial helped some of you and see you next time!