Eyelash Extensions vs. Fake Eyelashes

We all love gorgeous lashes. Some of us may be satisfied with our natural look. Others may want to go for a more extended look that stands out a little more. We have relied on either good mascara or fake eyelashes to alter the look of our lashes for the longest time. However, times and beauty trends have changed, and the industry has so much more than just fake lashes to offer — Let’s talk about eyelash extensions.

Designer lashes are popular on the Sunshine Coast. If you don’t have them, you’ve likely thought about giving them a go. Lash extensions make your eyes pop and accentuate the natural curves of your face.

But what exactly is the difference between fake lashes and lash extensions? If you’re a beauty technician, maybe you’re even wondering if you should start offering lash extensions as a service. Let’s break it down.

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

One of the critical pieces of information you might want to know before diving into the world of eyelash extensions is what they are and how they work. They’re not like false lashes, where you glue them on over your regular lashes. They are more like hair extensions for your lashes, but obviously much shorter. 

Eyelash extensions are additional lashes precisely adhered to each lash by a lash technician (also known as a lash artist). The lash artist very carefully lays each lash in precisely where they need to go and bonds them with a skin-safe adhesive. This procedure creates a much more natural look than you get with your typical set of fake eyelashes.

Some of the critical elements lash clients desire relate to length, density, and curl. Lash artists need to consider how their client’s natural lashes look. You don’t want to weigh down the lashes too much to the point that they don’t look natural. 

Eyelash Extensions vs. Fake Lashes

Eyelash Extensions 

A qualified lash artist must apply extensions. They are trained on how to apply the lashes just right. The materials they use should be from a high-quality supplier, guaranteeing high-quality materials. 

Extensions last up to 8 weeks, depending on how well they are maintained. They are more expensive than fake lashes, but you get your money’s worth with their natural look and longevity. 

People most often shell out for lash extensions because they are looking for low maintenance beauty routines that still make them look and feel great. Extensions need maintenance, but it’s still much more straightforward than applying fake lashes every day and fumbling with messy glue yourself. 

Fake Lashes

Fake lashes are still an option at many lash salons. People typically apply them themselves but often have trouble gluing down the edges. The prices and quality of fake eyelashes come in a wide range, but they are usually cheaper than extensions. At a lash studio, you can count on the quality of the lashes being much higher than that of what you find at the local drugstore.

False eyelashes only last a day. They should be removed prior to going to bed at night, usually when you remove your makeup. They come in whole strips instead of individual lashes. These strips make them much easier to apply, and far less time-consuming, but they are in an entirely different league than eyelash extensions. 

Longevity and Lash Care

Typically, extensions last between 6-8 weeks, depending on how well you care for them. If you’re a lash technician and have a client who hasn’t had them done before, it’s essential to advise the best ways to care for them. 

There are many ways to care for your lashes, but one of the most important things to do is to know how to wash them.

Washing Your Eyelash Extensions

  1. First, remove all your eye makeup. It would help if you used an oil-free makeup remover, otherwise the lashes could come unglued.
  2. Wet your eyes gently with cool water. It doesn’t need to be freezing, but it should be cooler than room temperature.
  3. Place some eyelash extension shampoo onto your clean hand. Lather and apply with an eyelash cleansing brush. Put on one eye at a time, so you can use the other to see what you’re doing.
  4. Rinse it off and dab your lashes dry carefully. Do not rub.
  5. Repeat on the other eye.
  6. Use a lash wand or extension comb to comb the lashes and fan them out.

It would help if you did this about 2 or 3 times a week to keep your lashes in the best shape possible. 

Eye Makeup Tips

Your eye makeup routine should change a bit when you have lashes. For instance, do not wear mascara. It can damage your lashes when you remove it and cause the lashes to shed. It would help if you also avoided eyeliners containing oils or waxes, as they can damage the bonds on lashes. Wax and oils are common in cream-based eyeliners.


Infills help your lashes stay looking great longer. They are touch-ups on your lashes that fill in spots that may have shed lashes in the past few weeks. Your lashes will naturally shed, so fills are a must along the way to protect your investment and keep you lashes looking gorgeous and full. 

Your lash artist does infills. You can return after 2-3 weeks to get them done. 

Contact Us for More

At Lashia Eyelash Design, we have a lot of things going for us, including:

  • We provide mentored/extensive training. We don’t just teach eyelash extensions; we create Lash Artists.
  • We have experience in the Lash Industry. We are involved in some of the most significant associations. Lashia has been the organiser of numerous lash events, such as the Swedish Championships, Lash Bash, and The Lash Open.

We provide the following services:

  • We provide mentored Eyelash Extension training in small groups. We make you an expert and help you start a lash business, including one-on-one support and practical exam.
  • Virtual course – includes all our fundamentals online, three-in-one person sessions, and our practical exam.
  • Premium Products for Eyelash Extensions to get your career started and keep it going strong.

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