It takes us women long enough to apply makeup in the morning, let alone do our hair. So who’s not looking for a way to save some time in front of the mirror? For this reason alone it’s no wonder semi-permanent eyelashes are on the rise these days. What exactly are semi-permanent lashes, and how are they applied? We turned to celebrity makeup artist Liz Olivier to give us some lash love 101.

According to Olivier, semi-permanent eyelashes come in three different materials:

Synthetic: These are the most basic and least inexpensive. The name says it all. These lashes are made of synthetic fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes one at a time.

Silk:  Olivier says that these are the most popular of the three types due to their dark, rich black coloring that gives the appearance of a full-mascara application.

Mink:  Of the three, these are the most expensive and give a softer, more natural, feather-like look.

Olivier says that semi-permanent lashes can range in size from 6mm-17mm. They are applied with semi-permanent glue. It is recommended that you have them professionally applied by an aesthetician at a salon. The process takes approximately two hours from start to finish. How long do they last? Unlike permanent eyelash extensions, which last a lifetime, semi-permanent eyelashes only last for the natural lifetime of your real eyelashes. How long is this, you ask? 4-6 weeks is the average timespan, but Olivier advises that it’s recommended that you touch them up every 2-3 weeks.

How much will they cost you?
Costs vary, but if you’re opting to have these professionally applied, look to spend between $80-150.

Think semi-permanent eyelashes are for you? Olivier provides us with the following tips if you do decide to lash it up:

  • Do your research and make sure that the person you choose to apply them is certified.
  • Ask if the salon offers a guarantee of service. This way, they are guaranteed to fix anything you’re not happy with free of charge afterwards.
  • If it’s your first time applying semi-permanent lashes, start with a half set first. You’ll save some money and it will give you time to adjust to them. You can always apply more lashes later.
  • Always get single lashes and avoid “cluster lashes,” a term we use to refer to a group of lashes that are tied together with a knot and applied to your lashes. These lashes are known for pulling on your real lashes and can lead them to fall out.
  • Keep water away from your eyes and eyelashes for the following 12-24 hours after your appointment.
  • If you are a gym junkie and like to get your sweat on, ask the salon or aesthetician if they have an after-care kit with a sealant in it. This will help protect your lashes and help them last longer.
  • Avoid oils on your eyelids. Oil will weaken the bond of the glue. Only use oil-free makeup remover if you need to remove makeup.
  • Don’t pull, tug or rub your eyes too much. This will cause the lashes to fall out.
  • Don’t wear waterproof mascara. If you like to wear a bit of mascara, just apply it to the tips of the lashes. You shouldn’t need any mascara though with the semi-permanent lashes. Mascara shortens the life of your lashes.
  • If you feel like your lashes are at the end of their lifespan and you want to remove them immediately, you can always make an appointment with your aesthetician to remove them for you. Don’t pull them out yourself! You will only pull your own lashes out.

Liz Olivier is a New York-based makeup and hair artist. Her work has appeared on red carpets, magazines, advertisements and commercials worldwide.


Liz-HazardWritten by: Liz Hazard