Have you ever seen a bride with gorgeous, full lashes? She probably has lash extensions! They are a beautiful alternative to mascara but you probably have a few questions before getting lash extensions for weddings.
As a professional lash artist, I have lashed many brides over the years. Some of the most common questions I get from future brides are: should I get eyelash extensions or false eyelashes for my wedding? How long before my wedding should you get eyelash extensions? What type of lash extensions should you go for?
But first, maybe you are even thinking: should I get eyelash extensions for your wedding? Let me cut to the chase…
Eyelash extensions are ideal for all brides who wish to add extra length, thickness, and volume to their lashes on their wedding day. Future brides should get their lashes done at least 2-3 weeks before the wedding to ensure the desired look is achieved and rule out an allergic reaction for that special day.
In this article, I will share the 8 most common questions I get from future brides looking to get eyelash extensions. I hope this article and the information provided helps you make the best decision about the kind of lashes you wish to have for that very special day 🙂
Keep on reading!
#1 Why Brides Should Get Lash Extensions
All brides deserve to have a kind of eyelash enhancement for their nuptials. Whether the lash extensions are semi-permanent or more temporary, the guarantee is that lash extensions will make your eyes look gorgeous in photos and will give your makeup a finished look.
Below are different reasons why brides should get eyelash extensions.
Lashes Are Easy to Care For
Generally, lash extensions are great for women whose mornings are always a mad rush to be early for appointments or work. With the hustling and bustling that comes with a wedding, you deserve a few minutes to sit back and relax.
A lot of time goes into making your hair and making sure your makeup is perfect. However, getting synthetic eyelashes before your special day can assure you that your eyes are already in excellent shape.
In addition, lash extensions can also help you be honeymoon-ready, thanks to the fact that they can last up to 4 weeks or more.
This means you will wake up every day feeling beautiful and bright without any need for makeup.
Being More Photogenic is Guaranteed (No Runny Mascara!)
Long, luxurious, and curled lash extensions always make the eye look dazzling and bigger; this is why people consider lash extensions for weddings in the first instance.
Even if you prefer a more natural makeup look for your wedding day, with lash extensions your eyes are still going to look beautiful in photos and appear less tired given the stress you have gone through the days preceding your big day.
Also, given the fact that most brides get teary on their wedding day, this should alone make you invest in eyelash extensions to avoid black streaks ruining your makeup. With synthetic extensions, mascara is not necessary so feel free to let your emotions flow.
Can Be Applied to Suit Your Style
The beauty of eyelashes is that there is no one size fits all, therefore; you can inform your lash technician about your preferences.
Pro Tip: Make sure to come prepared for your appointment! Check out my article on how to choose the best eyelash extension style for your eye shape.
The technician can adjust the color, curl and length of the eyelash extensions to either enhance or tone your natural eyelashes.
You can also opt for a half set of lashes that is absolutely natural-looking or a full set that will give you a more dazzling look.
#2 Eyelash Extensions vs Falsies for Wedding
This is probably the most common question I get. Should I get lash extensions or strip lashes for my wedding?
Eyelash extensions are a better option than strip lashes for your wedding. They are longer lasting and more natural-looking, which makes them ideal for that “just married” look. They last up to 4 weeks and are non-damaging to your natural lashes.
Yes, eyelash extensions are a more time-consuming process than strip lashes, but the results can be more dramatic and have that “wow” factor.
Individual lash extensions will be attached one by one to your existing lashes by a skilled professional and it takes between two and three hours for a full set of volume eyelash extensions to be applied.
The entire process may seem like a lot of work, but the result will be worth it—you’ll have lush long lashes that will last up to three weeks.
The best part is that you won’t have to worry about applying mascara or curling those pesky lashes again. After the extensions are applied, you can walk out of the salon with perfectly curled lashes every day until they naturally fall out.
Strip lashes have a few drawbacks. For instance, they can be hard to apply to your lash line. They are also “one size fits all” meaning that you don’t get all the customizing benefits of individual lash extensions applied one-by-one by a professional.
Lastly, they also only last one day. You won’t have your perfect lashes honeymoon ready.
#3 How Long Before Your Wedding Should You Get Eyelash Extensions
If you are getting eyelash extensions, you want them to look great on your wedding day. Getting them earlier is better than getting them later because then you can have time for any issues that arise with your extensions to be fixed before the big day.
But how long before your wedding should you get eyelash extensions?
We advise future brides to come at least 2-3 weeks before their wedding for a full set and book a refill a few days before the big day. However, the sooner the better!
Let’s see… There are several reasons why getting your lash extensions done for the first time right before your wedding day is not such a good idea.
Customize Your Lash Look
When you get your full set of lashes way before your wedding day, you allow yourself the time for several refill appointments.
Each refill appointment is an opportunity to tell your stylist what you like, what you don’t like, and what you would like changed.
Changes can be as minimal as adding more length to the outer corner of the eyes or as drastic as switching from a classic application to a volume one. I have written an entire article dedicated to the differences between classic and volume lashes here.
Eliminate the Risk of an Allergic Reaction
Yes, some people may be allergic to eyelash extensions. To be more precise, they are not allergic to the lash extension but rather, to the glue used to adhere the extension to the natural lashes.
Allergic reactions to eyelash extensions range from minor itching to major pain with severe swelling.
The type of reaction you have will depend on how your body reacts to the formaldehyde fumes released during the curing period of the lash adhesive.
Pro Tip: Learn more about the various ingredients in lash adhesives and what causes an allergic reaction in this detailed article here.
If you have experienced an allergic reaction before, there is a chance that you will experience an allergic reaction again. Conditions that cause your body to become more sensitive, like stress and hormonal changes, can make it more likely for an allergic reaction to occur.
All this is to say that the last thing we want is for a bride to experience an allergic reaction right before her wedding day.
Therefore, scheduling your appointment way ahead of time is the safer course of action.
BeautifBeautiful Lashes for Occasions Before the Wedding
Getting your lashes done well before your wedding gives you several weeks to benefit from these beauties!
Think about all the festivities such as brunches, bachelorette parties, and rehearse weddings!
You will always look your best and radiate confidence.
#4 Choose Your Lash Technician Carefully
If you are new to the world of lash extensions or had to travel to another city for your wedding, make sure you choose your lash technician carefully.
You would not want just any technician to apply for your extensions because the lashes are for your wedding. Go for a technician that is well trusted or has been tested by someone you know.
Another option is to check reviews on Google; this is all to ascertain that you are working with a professional.
#5 Stick to a Natural Look
Yes, you are the bride and you should look stunning for your big day but you shouldn’t go for colored lashes.
Rather stick to a natural look that will enhance your eyes. Always choose the pitch-black color of synthetic eyelashes and if you are fair, you can go for brown lash extensions.
In addition, if you come way in advance, you can start with classic lashes and upgrade to volume lashes during your subsequent refills. Most clients come for refills every 3 weeks.
I have to say, a vast majority of brides end up with volume lashes. With the heavy makeup often worn at weddings, volume lash extensions help your lashes stand out for a nice “wow factor”.
Volume lashes don’t necessarily mean not natural. A skilled stylist can create beautiful volume fans that still look natural.
#6 Do Not Opt For a Cheap Service
Although lash extensions are budget-friendly, the expense going into them might not be what you initially expected.
Top-notch service comes in exchange for a good budget, when you are doing anything that concerns your eyes, it is important to go with the experts.
Check out our case study of the average prices of eyelash extensions in the United States.
It is your wedding and you undeniably want to feel great and look beautiful, do not make compromises and go for a cheap service.
If you budget-buy when it comes to your lash extensions, it can cause damage to your natural lashes and this may lead to bridal nightmares that could have been avoided.
So do yourself a favor, and invest in your lashes for that special day 🙂
#7 Avoid Cosmetic Products Carrying Oil
Once you have had your eyelash extensions done, ensure you stay away from beauty products that contain oils. These include eye creams, sunscreens, concealers, and cleansers.
This is because beauty products that have oils in them can have a bad effect on the glue that was used to hold your extensions in place. Additionally, refrain from applying thickening or lash-strengthening solutions as they can damage the synthetic eyelashes.
#8 Embrace Maintenance
After getting your synthetic eyelashes applied, it is of essence to look after them. For the first day or two, avoid steam or getting them wet to allow the glue that was used during the lash application set.
Also, I recommend sleeping on your back to avoid crushing the lash extensions and avoid rubbing your eyes too. When cleaning the extensions, make sure you do it with a specified eyelash extension cleanser and brush them after with a soft bristle brush.
If you have been considering getting lash extensions for your wedding, get them!
Ok, I’ll admit I’m a little biased 😉
Below is a client of mine. Who wouldn’t love those beautiful volume lashes for their wedding day huh!
Eyelash extensions are excellent for brides and they are absolutely going to make you look more gorgeous both physically and in photos.
However, make sure that you plan toward getting the lash extensions. There are different lash looks that you can get with synthetic lashes.
You can also choose between classic, hybrid, or volume lashes. Your best bet is to get the timing right so that you can be able to play with different looks and settle for the one that best fits you.
Make sure that whatever additional makeup you are going to be having on for your wedding cannot potentially weaken the hold of the lash extensions. With synthetic extensions, you do not need mascaras and certain eyeshadows should be avoided too as they can cause build-up.
Weddings are special and you deserve to look exceptionally beautiful and ravishing, go ahead and get your lashes done.
A toast to your special day!
Additional Readings on DivineLashes.ca: Would you like to bring your lash game to a whole new level? Check out my complete guide on classic, hybrid, and volume eyelash extensions, my tutorial on lash glues, and everything you need to know about eyelash extensions for beginners.