The length of eyelash extensions are typically categorized as short, medium, long, and very long.
Those within the range of 8mm to 9mm are the shortest option, lashes in the range of 10mm to 12mm are medium length and emulate a more natural look.
If you favor the look of longer eyelashes that make more of a statement, eyelashes between 13mm to 14mm are going to be the best size. There are also eyelashes available that measure 15mm and longer.
Lashes of this size are perfect for individuals who like more dramatic and very long lashes. Lashes measuring between 9mm to 12mm tend to be the most popular size as they are noticeable without being too overpowering.
Deciding what size lashes you should get will be determined by several factors, the first being your personal preference.
Whilst some people may prefer the subtleness of shorter, natural lashes, other people may prefer lashes that are bolder and make more of a statement.
It is also important to consider your eye shape. If you are uncertain of your eye shape, the professional who is going to be doing your lashes will be able to help you.
They will also be able to inform you of the best style and size of lashes that are going to complement the natural shape of your eye. Eyelash extensions tend to make your eyes look bigger.
For this reason, shorter lashes are recommended for individuals with larger eyes because they will be noticeable but natural.
Lashes with more length are recommended for individuals with smaller eyes because they will enhance the appearance of your natural lashes.
Furthermore, you will also need to consider the length of your natural lashes to determine which size is going to be the most flattering.
Do I have enough lashes for eyelash extensions?
Before going to get eyelash extensions you will need to think about whether you are a viable candidate. If you do not have a lot of natural lashes, or the lashes that you do have are weak, eyelash extensions aren’t going to be the best choice for you.
Also, some individuals may suffer from a medical condition such as an allergy which may cause their eyelashes to fall out.
The best candidates for eyelash extensions will have plenty of natural lashes that are in a good healthy condition and aren’t susceptible to hair loss.
Unfortunately, individuals that do not have or have a lack of natural eyelashes will not be able to get extensions.
This is because the professionals require a certain amount of your natural eyelashes to securely attach the extensions as they do not come into contact with your skin, only your lashes.
If you do not have many eyelashes they will not be able to secure them.
Along with the volume of your natural eyelashes, it is also necessary to consider how strong they are. Very short, brittle eyelashes are not going to be able to support the weight of extensions.
There are products available that can be used to strengthen your eyelashes, however, you must allow them a sufficient amount of time to work before attempting to get extensions.
If you don’t have enough eyelashes for extensions you may wish to opt for strip lashes instead. They will have a similar effect to extensions in regards to appearance, but they won’t last as long.
Unlike extensions, strip lashes are applied to the lid of your eye rather than directly onto your lashes.
To give you an idea of whether you have enough lashes for extensions, a full set typically consists of anything between 90 to 150 lashes which are applied to each eyelash on your top lid, and around 70 to 80 lashes which are applied to each eyelash on your lower lid.
If you have not encountered any medical conditions that have affected your lashes or issues with hair loss and you have the majority of your natural lashes, it is likely that you will be a strong candidate.
Alternatively, if you are unsure as to whether you have enough lashes you may wish to visit a professional lash technician who will be able to help you.
What is the best length for eyelash extensions?
Generally, it is recommended that your eyelash extensions measure no longer than 2 to 3 mm more than your natural eyelashes. Those wanting lashes that add a dramatic look shouldn’t opt for overly thick lashes.
Now you may be wondering why this is. Eyelash extensions are available in an assortment of lengths, with some measuring as long as 20mm.
If your natural lashes are nowhere near this length then there is a risk of the 20mm extensions adding too much weight and strain to your eyes, possibly causing your natural eyelashes to break.
Unless you have pretty strong and natural eyelashes to begin with, it isn’t recommended that you opt for anything longer than 14mm.
If you are planning on getting eyelash extensions that you want to wear daily, it is recommended that you opt for extensions that are only 1 to 2 mm longer than your natural lashes.
They will still be noticeable but they will not put so much pressure onto your lashes or eyes.
For individuals with naturally long lashes those extensions measuring 12 or 13mm tend to be the most popular option. However, extensions measuring 10 or 11mm are often the favored option amongst individuals that have naturally shorter lashes.
Your eyelash technician will be able to advise you on the best length extensions by assessing the shape of your eyes and the length and condition of your natural lashes.
As they have experience in dealing with individuals with all different eye shapes and lashes, they will be able to advise you on the style and length that is going to be most complimentary and flattering for you.