HOUSTON, Texas - Even though the price of eyelash extensions has dropped tremendously, they still require a lot of maintenance, and that can still be expensive. The Upper Hand owner and president Rachel Gower shares her favorite ways to get long, full lashes without the constant appointments:
You can buy strips of false lashes, but they can often be hard to glue on and may even need some trimming. Gower recommends Ardell Lash Trios, tiny little sections of three lashes that you can glue onto a section. You can tailor them to the look you want. The key is starting on the outside corner and working your way in.
The best part is the price. A pack is usually around $4, but you still need to buy the glue.
There are a lot of mascaras on the market that include lash fibers, and they usually come in a two-part process. The primer will coat the lashes, making them look longer and thicker than they actually are. You finish by applying mascara.
The prices range on these, but Gower found that L'Oreal's Voluminous Superstar Mascara is a great product.
The coolest way to get long, luscious lashes? Magnets! One Two Cosmetics came out with a magnetic lash product. Each kit comes with two sections of lashes - a top and bottom. Each lash section has a magnet on it. Then, you put the top lash above your actual eyelashes, the bottom under your lashes, and they clamp together, giving you instant results without the hassle of glue.
To take them off, you have to rub the lashes together from side to side, but you don't want to pull. These are awesome for women whose eyes get irritated by glue or for women who want a quick, easy application.
A pack costs $69, but it includes several sections, and they last for multiple wears.
No matter what type of lash product you use, Gower said you should use a lash serum. This keeps the lashes healthy, strong and can even help them appear fuller, longer and darker. Gower likes Nulash, but it's pricey. One tube costs $150.
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