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March 13th, 2014

Road-Test: Eyelash Extensions


There are more women with eyelash extensions than there are letters in Kardashian.

It’s become the new fake tan, the new Shellac, the new ‘set and forget’ beauty service that saves women time.

I’ve always been a little dubious about the procedure but two women whose beauty acumen I admire are total converts and persuaded me that in the right hands extensions were not only a time saver but a game changer.

Then there is my youngest sister, Stephanie who is a also completely addicted. She’s always suffered from bad allergies that gave her watery, red eyes. The false extensions have created a natural protection which helps keep dust and pollen out of her eyes  which has totally turned around her hay fever symptoms.

So I put myself in the expert hands Lash & Lacquer salon to road-test a full set of semi-permanent eyelash extensions.

The Road- Test.

The Promise: High quality silk/synthetic or mink lashes are individually bonded onto your existing eyelashes to add length and volume.

The Process: It’s not nearly as time intensive as I thought with zero discomfort. I chose the most natural curl and length in a a synthetic lash. I lay down and closed my eyes for about 40 minutes while the technician glued and layered the lashes one by one to my eyes.

The Results: If you’re looking for instant gratification then this is your beauty service. Your eyes don’t just pop – they jump out and slap you in the face.

In the below picture, I’m wearing zero eye make-up and tinted moisturiser. The lashes somehow makes you look ‘done’ even when you’re not. I had them applied just before Christmas which meant I spent all of January mascara-free making them brilliant for swimming, surf and warm weather stuff.

Honestly, the up-keep (once a month) is too much for someone like me because I’m hopeless with salon time but I will absolutely do it again over the holiday months. Perfect for weddings and honeymoon.

The Cost: It’s not a cheap service and shouldn’t be for the skill level required. Lash and Lacquer extensions are $110 for a half set and $150 for a full set with infills starting at $50. A set should last up to four weeks.

To book call (02) 9389 7713

What Else You Need to Know.

I had ALOT of questions about the process so I asked Gaynor August, owner of Lash & Lacquer about do, don’ts and nevers of eyelash extensions.

How are the eyelash extensions applied?
A single natural eyelash is isolated and a lash is glued to the top of your own natural eyelash approximately 1-2mm from the eyelid so neither the glue or the lash has any contact with the skin.

How long does the application take?
For a full set of lash extensions it is one hour and 15minutes. Two week infills 30-45 minutes depending on the loss of your own lashes. A three week infill 60 minutes.

What is the difference between mink and silk/synthetic lashes?
Unlike the name implies Silk Lashes are not made from silk – they’re synthetic. They are shaped and curled to the desired length and made to look natural and full.

Mink lashes come from the fur of live minks without any harm to the animal. These are the most natural-looking eyelashes you can get. They are light, full, and generally regarded as superior to all other lashes.

Do eyelash extensions make my own lashes fall out?
No this is not the case. The natural eyelash has a cycle and will fall out naturally, just as hair elsewhere on the body does. Therefore if you lose a lash or couple while you have eyelash extensions, it is simply because your eyelashes are naturally falling out as per their cycle of regeneration.

Can I still wear eye makeup?
Yes you can. It is recommended if you still would like to wear mascara, it would be best to use a mascara which is suitable for lash extensions. This would prolong the quality of your lashes. Water proof mascara is not recommended. Remove mascara gently with a water based eye make-up remover.

How long do they last?
Approximately 2-3 weeks if you look after lashes very well. Remember this is a semi-permanent beauty procedure. Your life style and what work you do will also make a difference. Ladies who work in the food industry where there is a lot of heat and steam will find their lashes may not last as long as the recommended time frame. Regular swimming and hot yoga sessions will also have an impact on your lashes.

How often do I need in-fills?
In-fills are when the natural eyelash has fallen out and there has been an extension lash applied to it. The extension will fall out as well. In order to maintain the fullness of your lash extensions an infill is required usually between 2-3 weeks depending on the individual.

Can I open my eyes during the application?
It is not recommended. Two sharp tweezers are used when applying the lashes and if you open your eyes without advising the technician glue could go into your eyes and you could experience stinging and watery eyes. If you wear contact lenses it is advised to remove them during the procedure.
If you do need to open your eyes, it is possible as only your lower lashes are taped down.

Can you choose different lengths and curls?
Lengths available are 8mm- 15mm.
The curls available are A, B, C.
The most popular curl is B.
Lengths and curls can be discussed with the technician, who can recommend what suits the shape of your eyes. If you have a specific request discuss this with your eyelash extension technician.

Is the eyelash glue safe?
Yes. The technician will ask you a series of questions, ie, do you wear contact lenses, and if you have had a reaction to the glue previously. Getting lash extensions for the first time will determine if you are in any way allergic to the glue. There is sensitive glue available for those who need it. When applied correctly the glue should never come in contact with the skin or eyes during the procedure.

Are eyelash extensions suitable for everyone?
Anyone of any age can have eyelash extensions applied as long as there is a natural lash to glue the extension onto. I f you have an eye infection or have recently undergone an eye operation or cosmetic eye surgery it would be best to wait until the eye area has completely healed.

Can the eyelash extensions be removed?
Yes. The extension lashes are easily removed by using a glue remover, the procedure will take approximately 20 minutes.


  • Helen

    They look beautiful, Paula, what a time-saver! Now if only they could do the same thing for my sadly diminishing eyebrows so I didn’t have to pencil them in every day…

  • Tash

    Hi Paula, just followed your link from fb, Lash & Lacquer have been mysteriously closed for the last couple of weeks, wondering what the deal is?! Tashx

  • Lash Bar

    Hi Tash ,

    I’ve just found out that L&L has closed down recently.
    Very sad as it was such beautiful space :(

  • Lash Bar

    Hi Helen ,

    There is such service exists. Its called eyebrow extensions .

    One place in Sydney do it ( Lash Studio ) here the link

    I would personally opt for eyebrow tattoo. There is a lady in Bondi Junction who is good. She picks right color for you and blends it well. Not sure what her salon called but can check it if you need :)

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