Everything You Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions



I’ve had eyelash extensions on and off for 10 years and after a lot of research and a few bad experiences I thought I’d share everything I’ve learned along the way for those who are possibly toying with the idea of trying them out.


Different types of extensions

In the years that I’ve been having lash extensions the treatment has developed hugely with different types of lashes and different ways of applying them.  I’ve pretty much tried them all from cluster lashes to synthetic to mink and Russian.

The first ever lashes I tried were cluster lashes and I found them incredibly uncomfortable, almost torturous!  Although they looked great, they simply weren’t worth discomfort and how scratchy they were.  Perhaps technology has moved on since and they’re better now but I wouldn’t go near them again.

At the moment I’m wearing Russian Volume lashes which is the latest evolution in lash extensions.  These allow for a fuller, more voluminous look, as you’re able to adhere up to 6 lash extensions to 1 of your own eyelashs.  This gives much more impact and thickness and allows for your lashes to look more fanned out.  If you regularly wear falsies or love that more full on look these are probably your best bet.

Classic lashes, whether they be synthetic or mink, are also great but you don’t have the same impact.  With these, you can only apply 1 extension to each of your own lashes so they’re better for those that want something more natural.  If you have quite full lashes already but want to add length this might be the best option for you.  It’s also good for eyelash extensions newbies who are nervous about the finished result.  Plus, these are also slightly more purse friendly, as they take less time and skill to apply.




Essentially the only pro you need to know is, providing you’ve had them done by a good technician, they look absolutely amazing.  They have a way of changing and slimming down your face.  I’m quite low maintenance which is exactly why I have them done.  I don’t like wearing makeup on a daily basis, so this is a perfect way of looking presentable with minimal effort.  I have no problem going out without a trace of makeup on if I’m wearing eyelash extensions.

The other great thing is, you can carry on with your life pretty much as normal wearing them, so if you’re a gym bunny you can still gym or swim.  I’m a contact lense wearer and they don’t bother me.

The Russian Volume lashes particularly are very light so you should get use to wearing them very quickly.




The only lifestyle change you have to make is how you wash your face and the products you use.  Oil will break down the glue used at adhere the lashes, so you need to avoid oil based products.  I still use oil based cleansers and moisturisers as they’re integral to my beauty regime.  However, I just make sure I use the product around my eyes rather than over my eyes.

Also, rubbing your eyes can be a bit tricky, as the root of the lash where the glue is can be scratchy, so you just need to be careful.

This won’t be a con for everyone as there are a lot of people who enjoy the application and find it very relaxing, to the point where they fall asleep.  I, on the other hand, find the initial 2.5-hour application incredibly boring.  Lying still with your eyes closed is almost more than I can bare but it’s worth it for the finished look.

The last thing is they’re a commitment if you want to upkeep them.  Lashes, like the hair on your head, have a cycle and they fall out and regrow which means you need to maintain them with infill sessions every 3-5 weeks.  Not only is this time consuming but financially it can also add up.



I’ve already mentioned you can’t use oil based products on your eyes which means you will need to invest in an oil-free makeup remover.  I’ve tried a few over the years and they’ve mostly all been terrible but finally, I have found a decent one from Mary Kay.  This one successfully manages to remove all your makeup with ease.



Where to go

If you’re London based I cannot recommend Lorraine from Expressions Permanent Makeup enough.  She’s based in Hammersmith and is quite honestly on top of her game when it comes to lash treatments, HD Brows and permanent makeup.

If you like the whole luxury salon aspect then I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Lorraine as she does work from home.  However, her skills, pristine and super clean beauty room and reasonable pricing, in my opinion, makes her the absolute best!  Find her website HERE or call her on 07766 432760 (she also answers WhatsApp & texts).



I realise this is a very long post but hopefully, it has everything you need to know about having eyelash extensions.  If you have any other questions please feel free to give me a shout, you can email or find me on any of my social media handles.

Don’t forget you can also keep up with me on Instagram @thatnewdress, Twitter @thatnewdress, Bloglovin That New Dress, Snapchat thatnewdress and Depop @dominiquew.





    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you so much! I like the natural look too! xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Do it!!! I adore them, I’m sure you will too xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you xx

  1. Mary Maria April 17, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Cool pics, I love it!! Have a nice day sweetie! ❤


    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you hunny xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      I really recommend them, they just change your face for the better! xx

  2. Funmi April 17, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I’ve never had lashes done before. The idea of someone poking my eyes seem daunting lol. I guess I’ll just have to find the right place and a trustworthy person.

    Yours look great, and natural too!

    Funmi xx

    • thatnewd April 26, 2017 / 12:32 am

      Haha it’s not really poking your eyes, the application is quite gentle and relaxing. xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Really?! I thought it was quite a well known thing. Glad you enjoyed the post hun xx

  3. Katherine April 17, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Wow, 10 years is a long time! I have thought about getting eyelash extensions and then I’d change my mind all the time haha thanks for sharing such an informative post.


    • thatnewd April 26, 2017 / 12:32 am

      Do it! You won’t regret it I promise xx

  4. Patinka April 18, 2017 / 2:48 am

    they look awesome on u!

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you doll xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you found them itchy. Maybe try a different technician next time who uses a different or less glue xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thanks xx

  5. emily April 18, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Your lashes look amazing! I have always wanted to try lash extensions, I really want fuller looking lashes, but I was worried they would irritate my eyes! Thanks for sharing all your tips babe!
    x Emily

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Do itttt! I really recommend them hun xx

  6. Zubaida April 18, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    This is very informative post and your lashes looks very good.

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  7. Nikki Living Life April 18, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Your lashes look great. I have worn fake eyelashes for a few hours but never had extensions. However, I have heard of them though. Like you I don’t like wearing makeup on a daily basis either so this is a great way to spruce up one’s look. Thank you for this helpful post. Will check out Mary Kay as well.


    • thatnewd April 26, 2017 / 12:40 am

      Extensions are much lighter than false lashes, so they’re super comfy. So glad you found the post helpful doll xx

  8. Ashley April 18, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Your lashes look amazing, lady- and this post is so helpful for anyone curious how about the process works + how to get started!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you doll, so glad you think so xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Thank you darling xx

  9. Mary April 18, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I’ve never tried eyelash extension but I always admire other people’s extensions. They make your eyes look so sexy and put together. I love these Russian Volume lashes. They look sooooo good on you. I love Mary Kay products.

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Mary Kay is great! I only discovered the brand recently but I’m so impressed by the quality of the products! xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 11:43 pm

      Thank you so much doll xx

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 11:43 pm

      Thank you hun xx

  10. Janea April 19, 2017 / 5:48 am

    I had really never considered eyelash extensions, but if I were to ever get over my paranoia (I have had multiple eye infections) I would definitely get the kind that you are wearing. They (you) look so beautiful and natural. Thank you for such a wonderfully comprehensive review.
    xo. janea

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      I totally understand why you’d be nervous hun if you have sensitive eyes. They are great but you need to be totally comfortable with having them. xx

  11. sophie April 19, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Insightful.I love this post especially because I have never tried false eye lashes and have always wondered how they work.Thanks for sharing.

    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      Pleasure, so glad you found the post useful hun xx

  12. Ciara April 19, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    So funny but I was actually thinking of doing a similar post on my blog, since I as well have gone back and forth with eyelash extensions. I love the way they feel and look but I hate having to spend so much money every few weeks. You nailed all the pros and cons and I definitely agree – although I do love sitting in the chair even if it does take a while. Great post girl!


    • thatnewd April 19, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Haha it’s so funny how some people love having them done and others hate it! xx

  13. Ivana April 24, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I always wanted to try eye lash extensions but somehow I was not brave enough so far! Thanks for your tips! xoxo


    • thatnewd April 26, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      You should definitely give them a go, I highly recommend them xx

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