Long thick lashes are always desirable. Unfortunately, not everyone is genetically blessed with long and curled eyelashes. Whether it is mascara, eyelash extensions, or the new trend of Keratin lash lifts, it’s undeniable that treating the delicate hairs on our lids with some beauty treatments enhance the dramatic effect and freshen up the appearance of our overall look. But if you aren’t sure which one to commit to, this article will dive into the difference between the three and which one offers the most benefit.
Mascaras provides an extra volume and tint to natural fluttering lashes. The richest formula puts on a black pigment that darkens the lashes and adds volume with a bristle. A good mascara can cost between HK$200 to HK$700 and can last anywhere between a few to 24 hours. Some mascaras are formulated to be water-resistant, for those who enjoy lounging by the pool and taking a dip in the sea.
Pro: Because it is temporary, the aftercare process is minimal and is easily removed and reapplied
Con: On the other hand, it is a daily routine that does take up some time, and unfortunately, the after effect can sometimes be a little bit messy and goopy.
Eyelash extensions are artificial lashes that are glued onto natural lashes. They are a semi-permanent beauty solution to the daily hassle of applying and removing mascara. It involves a very delicate process of isolating each lash before glueing on the extensions, a process which can take over an hour to complete. Prices can vary between HK$1,000 to HK$1,900 if done by skilled estheticians, like those at Browhaus and Xtremelashes, who offer various styles and volumes of lashes to choose from to fit your taste.
Pro: The effect lasts for up to four weeks, and requires little to no enhancements, removing the time-consuming chore of applying and removing mascara on a daily basis.
Con: Unfortunately, the long fluttering extensions come with some disadvantages. For instance, it can’t be submerged underwater, which means: no swimming. The upkeep of extensions can also cost extra as natural hairs grow out and old hair fall off at different rates, it can leave gaps between lashes which many often maintain by adding fillers every two weeks. There is also a risk of bacterial build-up that can cause infections in the eyes, so cleaning the lashes regularly makes this beauty accessory anything but low maintenance.
Keratin Lash lifts
Lash lifts are the least inconvenient beauty treatment that give the eyes a beautiful set of curls. as seen on the ‘before and after’ images by Sense of Touch and Lyla Lash Bar. The treatment uses Keratin gel, a gentle, lightweight and hydrating formula that promotes hair growth, to permanently curl natural lashes from base to tip. The process takes only 45 minutes to a little over an hour and requires very minimal aftercare treatment. The treatment typically costs between HK$680 to HK$1200.
Pro: It gives the lashes a natural lift that lasts an amazing six to eight weeks which takes away the tedious routine of regular mascara application. And unlike lash extensions, mascara can be applied on lash lifts, except for the first 24 hours after treatment.
Con: The process can be uncomfortable, although not painful. And it comes with some side effects. Some people may be allergic to the keratin formula which can result in eye infections, especially if it accidentally slips inside the eye.
Which one to get?
When it comes to choosing a beauty treatment or accessory, it ultimately comes down to taste, preference and lifestyle. Mascaras are easy to handle at home and on the go, though, applying and removing them regularly can take some time. Lash extensions, on the other hand, not only saves you time on a daily basis, but also gives you a wider option of looks to choose from. The only exchange for its convenience is the cost and time of maintenance, and having to miss out on certain activities, such as swimming. Keratin lash lifts alternatively addresses both problems, and provides a strong curl. It has the longest-lasting effect and it doesn’t punctuate on your daily life routine.