By Cheryl Clarkson

Ask Cheryl: How Do Eyelash Extensions Work?

Close up of a woman's eye

Blake, what a very timely question for this time of year! Eyelash extensions make you look marvelous for holiday parties and special occasions without spending hours and hours preparing. These are not the old-fashioned false eyelashes I’m talking about, but totally natural- looking eyelash extensions that give you long, thick beautiful lashes and last for weeks and weeks. No more mascara, no smudges, no “raccoon eyes”. You can sleep, shower and party and your lashes still look totally natural 24/7.

Lash extensions are customized for your own individual look. A wide-ranging palette of colors, textures and sizes can be combined — from subtle and natural to trendy and glamorous. Each individual lash is dipped in a medical-grade bonding agent and applied to a natural individual lash. And the end result is thicker, longer, naturally abundant lashes that will last 5-6 weeks and months longer with regular touch-ups. Your signature “bling for the blink”!!

For women who prefer a natural enhancement of their own eyelashes, the FDA has approved a treatment called Latissse®, to generate longer, thicker and darker lashes. The prescription product is applied by yourself at home by applying it to your lash line t bedtime. It works gradually and remarkably – with initial results at 4 to 8 weeks and with full results after 16 weeks. It can also be used to enhance eyebrows.

Your ophthalmologist, dermatologist or plastic surgeon can give you a prescription for Latisse. One prescription box of Latisse lasts about two months.

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