A lash extension primer

Courtney AkaiLush, long lashes give women a natural allure and sex appeal that men find hard to resist. There is a reason you will never see a Kardashian or Real Housewife without fabulous eye-enhancing fringe.
The go-to lash expert for celebrities and style-setters is Courtney Akai of NYC Courtney Akai Lash Boutique. She hand applies single lashes to create drama and allure, without compromising the desire to appear natural.
Here are Courtney’s tips:
A full set of extensions can lengthen lashes up to 50 percent, and increases the thickness twofold.
"It’s one of the few non-invasive services that can have a big impact, but still looks natural. I have clients who have been asked if they have had plastic surgery. The effect from just a partial set of extensions can be that much of a transformation," says Akai. "Lashes can change the shape of one’s profile, in the most flattering way possible."
If lash extensions are properly maintained, they will require less upkeep than most mascara, which tend to run and clump, especially as the day or night wears on.
The type of look you can achieve with semi-permanent extensions will depend on your own natural lashes. For instance, we cannot do a Kim Kardashian look on someone with short, weaker lashes because it will not hold up well.
There are different lengths, thicknesses, curls, and lash materials (synthetic, mink, silk). You should speak with the lash stylist and discuss the look you want. Then carefully listen to what they recommend for your lashes.
To maintain the lashes, we recommend a touch-up about every three to four weeks to keep them nice and fresh. Lash extensions do not ruin your own lashes. For many clients, extensions are better for their weak lashes because they stop using the curler, mascara, etc.
Our cost depends on the half-set or full set. Both are top lashes, but a full set is much fuller. Half-sets are $150, $200, or $250, depending on the stylist. A full set runs between $300 and $500.

How to flutter your lashes like a star

 Anne  Gravel -Lash QueenThis morning I saw network news report on lash extensions; it’s story we brought you over year ago. Check our archive if  they interest you. Editor Anne Gravel is our staff expert on the subject. Fang Wang of Toronto does the most fabulous job on them. There are now so many places to get them in New York and Los Angeles that you can and should price shop! Atlanta has many experts too.

There is no doubt lashes are hot! I have tried extensions and they look fabulous. But darlings, except for the most special occasions, I am a mascara girl. I have tried them all.  And mascara can be pricey. So what is a recessionista beauty to do? Fear not. Two of my all-time favourite mascaras at any price can be found at the drugstore.
For thick, flirty, sooty lashes Cover Girl Lash Blast is fabulous. The big over-sized brush and thick formula will give you lashes to rival any thing you can find at pricey department store stores. You may need to take care to avoid clumps, but you will have vavaoom lashes.
L’Oreal Paris New DoubleExtend
Finally! Affordable tube mascara for under $15! I like this mascara better than many of the pricier tube mascaras I have tired. The combination of a nourishing basecoat and the lengthening gel “tube” coat results in long, elegant, clump-free lashes. Using a new technology of gel polymers, this mascara makes lashes look up to 80 percent longer; I think they look amazing!
Both of these mascaras are long-wearing, smear-free and easy to remove. How flirty-fabulous is that?
West Coast Editor Alice Farnsworth likes a lighter look in her mascara. She swears by Maybelline New York Great Lash, as do many beauty editors. Contributor Svitlana Nalywako demands a natural look in all things; she likes Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash.