Korean Eyelash Extensions
Hello! Martina reporting back from my eyelash extending adventure! Simon abandoned me and I’ll have to remember next time to keep a small thin leash on him to prevent such running away next time. BAD BOY! So onto the eyelash extensions. I know this subject isn’t going to interest everyone, but I feel like it’s a rare enough topic that if you are interested in how it works you can at least hear my experience on the matter. To make it short for those of you not interested, I go to a lady that glues fake eyelashes to each of my individual top eyelashes. Ta-da!!!
Onto the details. I mention that there are different types of eyelashes you can get, and while I haven’t got all of them before, I did some research on eyelash extensions before I finally decided to get them done. Some eyelash extensions require you to STILL wear mascara and some do not.
Types of Eyelashes
1. Plastic aka acrylic eyelashes: I had these done before and I found that they were very fake looking. On camera they looked aaaaaaaamazing, like super long, dark, and dramatic, but up close in real life they looked like I was wearing fake eyelashes. They were also heavier than other lashes, but on the plus side, you can get various degrees of eyelash curling on these bad boys and WHOA do they hold their curl. I looked like a freakin doll. If you have strong eyelashes to begin with, these might be good for you but since my eyelashes are weak, they weighed down my eyelashes. Plus side is that they are the cheapest, down side is they fall off the fastest.
2. Synthetic Silk eyelashes: these are the ones that I currently use! They are much lighter than acrylic lashes and they look so much more natural. You still get the long, dark effect and you can still choose from different types of curls just like the acrylic lashes, but they are not as dramatic looking. You also don’t need to add mascara when wearing these which is pretty much the only reason I ever get my eyelashes extended. They also last much longer than the acrylic lashes because they are so much lighter.
3. Mink Eyelashes (or now the new faux-mink eyelashes): these are the most expensive of eyelash extensions available, and I’ve never had them done. This is the Beyonce, Madonna, Kim Kardashion level eyelash extension. They last for almost 2 months because they stick to your original eyelashes the best however you have to wear mascara with these eyelashes! That to me, defeats the WHOLE point of getting they extensions done. Because these hairs are so thin, it’s adding volume/ length to your eyelashes but not colour. For me, colour plus length is the key! Plus you need to curl them just like your eyelashes as well. Also, something feels really fishy about how they get these hairs from the mink…which is a super aggressive angry bagder-like animal. Considering that there are other options available, including faux-mink extensions, I’d rather go for synthetic silk over anything else.
Types of Eyelash Curls and Lengths
Not all places I’ve been to have had a variety of lashes to choose from. Some simply use one kind and others may have eyelashes on trays as an example to show you. The two lash curls I’ve seen is the “j-curl” which is the most common or the “c-curl” which is a pre-curled lash. I had the “c-curl” done before and it basically looks like your eyelashes are permanently curled in an eyelash curler. The problem was when they started to grow out. As my eyelashes got longer, the curl was moving to the tip of the eyelashes so it looked much faker. By the end of the month you tend to have 5-15 fake eyelashes left so the curled ones looked very different compared to the natural ones I had growing in beside them. This would be a much bigger problem for anyone who has very short eyelashes naturally. As for myself I used mascara to touch up the eyelashes beside my fake ones so it looked more natural.
As for length, it’s usually between 8-13mm and most places can physically show you the pack of eyelashes they have available. My first time visiting anyplace I got for the longest and darkest kind so I know to either tone it done or keep it the same. I feel like if you start really natural you might regret spending the money on them and not want to go again. GO BIG OR GO HOME!
Eyelash Aftercare and Issues
So you got a nice pair of new eyelashes, here’s what to do to keep them as long as possible.
#1 DO NOT use makeup remover with oil in it! If you must, be careful to not rub them all over your eyelashes or it will dissolve the glue faster. I switch to an oil free makeup remover/cleansing cream when I get my lashes done and I only take off my eye makeup with q-tips so I can be precise!
#2 If you sleep really weird (like on your face) sometimes your eyelashes get tangled, especially when they’re growing out and have become really long. That can result in either your lashes looking weird or just poking your eyelid. An easy way to fix that is to close your eyes and gently brush your eyelashes straight again with an eyelash brush.
#3 If you’ve had your eyelashes for a 1-3 weeks and they’re reaching the end stage, many places will charge you a lower price to re-fill those places that have fallen out! Don’t wait too long or you’ll have to pay full price to get a new set!
#4 Remove all your makeup BEFORE you go to your appointment. If you’re using oil based makeup remover wash your face again after your use your makeup remover. The cleaner your lashes, the better the glue adheres, the longer they last. I forgot to remove my makeup before this video and I had to scrub it off with makeup removing sheets 5 minutes before!!! Terrible!!!
#5 Bring some music and very comfy headphones. It can be long and boring to lie there with your eyes taped shut and if you’re squeamish with your eyes being touched, it might be hard to handle the feeling of the makeup tape being placed under and over your eyes. The tape prevents the glue from touching your skin, very important, and I find being calm and not thinking about it is the only way to go. If you think: OMG I WANT TO BLINK SO BAD you start getting panicky and you think about the tape on your eyes and then your get itchy. It doesn’t hurt at all, you don’t feel anything the whole process but your mind can make you freak out. Just plug in some headphones and zone out. I usually fall asleep!
Korean Beauty Cheat Sheet
Here is a little cheat sheet to help you ask basic questions and get what you want at an extension shop.
Silk 실크 = shil-kuh
Mink 밍크 = ming-kuh
Human Hair 인모 = enmo
“J-Curl” J컬 = Jaykol
“C-Curl” C컬 = shekol
Length of the lashes 길이 = gill-ee
Thickness of the individual hairs 두께 = doogae
eyelash extension = 속눈썹연장 = soknun-seop-yeonjang
Directions to The Eyelash Shop in Bucheon
For those that live in glorious wonderful Bucheon or plan on visiting:
Just get to the Bucheon Post Office and it’s across the street from it. There are a couple post offices in Bucheon, this is one located near Kim’s Club and the Hyundai Department Store. The Eyelash Shop has NO windows it’s just covered in pink pink everything and you’ll see eyelash extension pictures outside. I’ve also included a Korean map.
Here are directions to the post office incase you want to put it in GPS on your phone or taxi.
103(중동) 103 (JungDong)
부천우체국 Bucheon Post Office
So that’s it for my eyelash adventure. I’m curious if anyone else has their eyelashes extended and if they’d do it again. Let’s share stories! And if this post wasn’t long enough already, here are this week’s Bloopers!