Eyelash Extensions

Long, lush eyelashes have been something that girls all over the world strive to get. There’s something really glamorous about a set of dark voluminous lashes, but there’s only so much mascara can do for you. That’s why eyelash extensions are one of the most sought-after servies in the industry.

Basic Eyelash Exntension Styles

WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?

Eyelash Extensions are used to enhance the length, curliness, fullness, and thickness of natural eyelashes. They are (mainly) synthetic fibers that are attached to the natural lashes using medical grade adhesive. Lash extensions can come in a variety of sizes ranging from 6mm-18mm with a different curl width options.

WHAT TYPES OF LASHES ARE THERE?

Well, this is a somewhat loaded question… eyelash extensions may be made from several materials including mink, synthetic, or horse hair.

In the 1890’s – 1950’s, human and animal hair was used to extent the natural eyelash by sewing them in like you would hair extensions. Later towards the 1970’s/1980’s eyelash extensions were made synthetically by various types of plastics.

SO, the concept of eyelash extensions have been around for a very long time! It was only in the late 2000’s when it started gaining popularity thanks to a Korean beauty company ^.^ Yay me! Yay Korea! LOL

LASH STYLES

There are various “styles” of lashes (see above photo). The basic styles most lash artists are taught and perform are: Natural (following your natural lash lengths), Open Eye (gives the illusion of a larger and rounder eye by placing longer extensions in the center of your eyes), Cat Eye (longer towards the outter edges), and Doll Eye (overall added length following the natural eye shape). With growing trends there hundreds of styles that are created and renamed to suit each market and city.

LASH TYPES

Classic lashes are a 1:1 ratio of one extension applied to one natural lash. Hybrid lashes are classic lashes and volume fan lashes mixed together. Volume lashes are 2-6 thin eyelash extensions which make a fan shape to allow for a look of full fluffy lashes. Mega volume lashes are 10 or more super thin eyelash extensions.

THE PROCESS – HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Because an average person might have anywhere from one hundred to two hundred lashes per eye, it can take from one to three hours to attach a full, new set. Speed is mainly based on how much experience one has. The amount of lashes one can put on varies upon the existing natural eyelashes. Because we lose natural eyelashes every day the eyelash extensions usually last between 3–4 weeks and during that time period, natural lashes start falling out or thinning. Maintaining a full set of eyelashes requires a fill every 2–3 weeks or a partial set every 3-4 weeks. If done correctly, there should be no damage to the natural lashes.

Cheaper is not always better. Better is not always more expensive.

Look for experience NOT price.

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

Well, there are a lot of titles one uses to classify themselves. Most lash industry professionals go by: “Lash Technician”, “Lash Artist”, and “Lash Stylist”. Then you have those that get creative and use “Lash Queen”, “Lash Guru”, and “the Lash Professional”. So I guess it all depends on what you want to call them….

Training. Most larger eyelash companies requires you to take their training before you can purchase their products. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of states that require you to register and be state certified as an eyelash technician/artist or a cosmetologist/aesthetican.

WISCONSIN, does not require you to have a special certification NOR a cosmetology or aesthetics license. With that said, I urge you to PLEASE do your research before price shopping.

HOW MUCH COST DOES IT COST?

Depending on your area a New Set of Classic eyelash extensions can run you anywhere between $70 – $400! In our area (Appleton, WI) I have found it to be $100- $450. The lowest of $100 stated a 3hr appointment!

I cannot comment too much on what others charge and why it is that price. What I can say is what my prices are, with the why and how. So here’s my little blurb of my eyelash services and with the why and how.

WHY CHOOSE MATHILDA AT SKINSPARATIONS?

EXPERIENCE. I have been providing Eyelash Services in Wisconsin since 2011. I have been trained with 3 different companies based in the US and 2 from Korea.

PRICING. My prices are Classic $189, fill $50; Hybrid $199, fill $55; and Volume $210, fill $60. I don’t have the overhead of these larger or “boutique” salons so I keep ALL my prices in the middle. I won’t “cheapen” the industry by charging the absolute minimum (plus I have to live and have bills to pay), at the same time there is NO REASON to charge $300-$400+!!! in our area. The cost of eyelash extensions are roughly the same no matter what supply company you are with.

TIME AND PRODUCT. Since I have been doing lashes for a long time, I have perfected my own application techniques and developed the muscles required for speed. On average a Full Set (no matter what style) takes roughly 60 minutes and Fills 30-45 minutes. Hate to toot my own horn, but I think my record time for a Full Set was 45 minutes and Fill 15 minutes. I was like Hammy from Over the Hedge… a lot of caffeine!

I use Korean PBT blend fibers, which are the same fibers toothbrush hairs are made from. They are a synthetic fiber. They are heated and treated with formulations that give appearance and feel of mink or silks, faux mink or Siberian mink. They are lightweight, flexible and hold their shape. The adhesive I use also holds longer and stronger than most (90% of my clients come in every 3-4 weeks). I have seen and used others but they only keep the bond for a week, which requires you to get fills much sooner (every 1-2.5 weeks).

SOME BEFORE/AFTERS OF MY WORK OVER THE YEARS

Your Friendly Aestheician,

Mathilda @skinsparations

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The Journey Begins

All the makeup in the world won’t make a difference without great skincare
— Mathilda @ skinSPArations

My First Blog Post

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to finally launch this skincare/beauty blog which I’ve been longing to do for the last few years and finally poured some coffee and did it!

First off let me start by thanking you for stopping by to visit. I hope this will not be the first and last time. I thank you for your support in advance!

In this first blog post, I would like to share with you what this blog will be all about and why I decided to finally start it. Ok. So here we go: 

Let me start by introducing myself: My name is Mathilda Golding, I am proudly born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in South Korea & Canada. I moved to the US in 2006 and live in Wisconsin since. I have a career in skin care and have my own Spa in Appleton, Wisconsin. I’m a pretty interesting person you can’t put your finger on… My friends will tell you I’m the girliest girl and the biggest tomboy, and My clients will tell you I’m honest and educated in my line of work. I don’t push to sell and will tell you if you are making a bad beauty investment.

WHAT IS THIS BLOG ABOUT?

This blog is mainly about skincare, beauty and lifestyle. Here I plan to share with you the do’s and don’ts, how to’s, descriptions of services I offer, promotions, blog tips (as I learn) etc. Eventually I plan to create a Youtube vlog.

WHY A SKINCARE/ BEAUTY BLOG?

In a nutshell, because I love skincare, beauty and I love shopping. I mean, I haven’t met a woman yet that isn’t passionate about looking her best.. Am I right?

A lot of people may wonder why I’m starting a blog and not a vlog right away? Well, though I LOVE the idea of making things easier by talking, I actually enjoy sitting down and writing and planning things out. Plus I have public speaking anxiety and a vlog would require me to put on a “full face” (which I only do for special events/occasions)
So, when I thought about starting a blog, I definitely imagined talking about something fun that I love and enjoy; and not to be worrying about making sure I’m “on point” and work up an anxiety sweat.

WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO START?

There were a few factors:

  • TIMING: I work full time, self -employed, single parent, trying to date and didn’t really found the time to do it.
  • DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO START: although this industry is packed with thousands of video tutorials, believe it or not I didn’t found one that will clearly specify where to start. This may be common sense or not a big deal for many but this use to give me a hard time whenever I use to think about starting.
  • FEAR: I use to give it so much thought to “what would people think” and “am I doing it right?” until I realized that one cannot live by this thesis. So one morning (this morning) I grabbed a hot cup of coffee and just started typing. I realized that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to please everyone, and non matter what you do, some one will always criticize
  • This is an absolutely NO NO and the first step for failure! Just think about it: One will NEVER satisfy everyone, they don’t pay your bills and no matter what you do, one will always receive critique from others. Critique is part of life.

I want to keep this post short & sweet and not overwhelm you so much writing…. plus the bf keeps calling wondering if we’re going to see a movie today lol.

FINAL NOTE

I want to invite you to see my progress as I learn, grow and develop new skills in the industry of social media, blogging and of course beauty!

Hope you liked my very frist blog entry ~ I would love for you to share your thought and comments. So please feel free to leave a comment to let me know your thoughts and if there is a topic you would like to see.

If you like this very first blog post,

Your friendly Aestehtician,

Mathilda @skinsparations