One of the simplest ways to change your look is with a lash lift and tint. After the quick, painless, and affordable treatment, your eyes will look instantly brighter and more open, making you seem more youthful and awake. Plus, your lashes will get that sexy curl and flutter you’ve always wanted! Think of it like permanently curling your lashes and applying mascara that never wears off.
What is a Lash Lift and Tint?
A lash lift-and-tint treatment involves two separate processes, both designed to give you beautiful, fluttery eyelashes for weeks. The lash lift mimics the effect of an eyelash curler. It makes your lashes bend upwards, leaving them looking longer, and your eyes more open and bright. Meanwhile, a lash tint is similar to a brow tint – or applying several coats of mascara. It makes your eyelashes look darker, thicker, and fuller. It’s particularly striking on those with naturally blonde or red lashes.
Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions
Lash extensions are one of the most popular ways to fake a fuller flutter. During the treatment, the beautician will attach synthetic eyelashes to your natural ones using a special non-irritant glue. Typically, 80 to 140 lashes are applied per eye. Depending on how the lashes are applied, the shape of your eye can be changed, and your existing lashes will be longer and fuller. The results usually last four to six weeks. While lash extensions can give a more dramatic look, a lash lift requires far less maintenance and lasts several weeks longer, and the treatment itself is quicker and cheaper. Extensions can also make your natural lashes more brittle, while a lift has no adverse effects.
Lash Lift Before and After
The natural shape, direction, and thickness of your eyelashes will determine how dramatic your results are. If your lashes lie almost flat – or even point downwards – you’ll see a big difference after having a lifting treatment. Most women notice their eyes look more open, brighter, younger, and more ‘awake’ following their lash lift. Additionally, the eyelashes themselves will appear far longer, fuller, and more defined.
How Does Lash Lift Work and How Long Does it Last?
A lash lift is a chemical treatment. First, your beautician will discuss the final result you want – for example, extra curved lashes, a cat’s eye effect, or a defined, fanned-out look. Next, they will cleanse and separate your top and bottom lashes. The top lashes will be attached to a silicone patch on your eyelid and combed into place. Then, an eye-safe perming solution is applied. The process works similarly to a hair perm – the chemical solution breaks down the bonds in the eyelash, allowing it to change shape. After a few minutes, a setting solution will be applied to seal in the curl. The results last around six to eight weeks, depending on your lash growth cycle.
Lash Lift Aftercare
Avoid water, steam, eye make-up, and make-up remover for the first 24 hours after your lift. As with any perming treatment, exposure to moisture and humidity straight afterward can ruin the result. After 24 hours have elapsed, you can treat your lashes as usual – there’s no need to change your make-up routine or stop cleansing your face. Some professionals advise using a conditioning treatment like coconut oil to keep your lashes healthy and nourished post-lift.
How Much is Lash Lift?
The price of a lash lift can vary. Some factors include where you live and the experience level of your beautician. In general, lash lifts cost between $60 and $200, with most salons charging $100 to $150 for a combined lash lift and tint. For women on a budget, many salons offer promotional discounts and introductory deals for new customers, so it’s worth searching online for different options.
Professional Lash Lift Kits
To save time and money, you can perm your own lashes at home using professional-grade kits. The kits come with enough perming and setting solution for multiple applications and are easy to use. The process is the same as in a salon. First, you apply a silicone pad to your eyelid, then use lash glue to attach your eyelashes to the pad. Once the lashes are glued down, apply the perming solution and setting the solution according to the instructions. You’ll love the results!
Lash Lift and Tint FAQs
Do lash lifts ruin your eyelashes?
Lash lifts use chemicals to alter the shape of the hair shaft. As such, like a regular perm, it can cause damage with excessive or inappropriate use. One of the most common complaints is dry, brittle lashes that can snap if the solution is left on for too long. To avoid this, select a skilled and experienced technician with good reviews, and don’t have it done too often — allow six to eight weeks between appointments.
How long does a lash lift last?
A lash lift will last six to eight weeks, which generally coincides with regular lash growth cycles.
Is a lash lift worth it?
A lash lift is a great way to feel prettier and really make your eyes pop. However, it can be expensive. If you have the money to spend and you feel amazing, then it’s definitely worth it. If your budget is a bit tighter lash lifts can be a great option for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, or the festive season.
Do lash lifts hurt?
Lash lifts shouldn’t hurt, and most people find the process to be very relaxing. If you hate things near your eyes or have sensitivities, you might experience a bit of discomfort or awkwardness. However, allergic reactions to the solution can cause side effects such as rash, redness, or blisters, so if you are worried, ask for a spot test first.
Arabella Roden is a skilled writer and sub-editor with over ten years of experience across print, digital, and B2B. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and specializes in beauty, hairstyles, fashion, tattoos, and lifestyle topics. Arabella is currently the Chief Sub Editor at Mecca Brands and has been writing for The Trend Spotter since 2019.
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