Volume, Curl and Color that Lasts
Ask the Local Expert: Katharine May of Luna Beauty
Ready to ditch the eyelash curler and the mascara? Lash Lifts are a new semi-permanent treatment to enhance your natural lashes, making them appear fuller, longer, and darker. For everything you need to know about lash lifts and tints, I tried them out and interviewed local lash expert, Katharine May, owner of Luna Beauty and a certified lash technician.
What is a lash lift?
K: We use a unique technique to comb and lift each lash from the root with a nourishing lotion to create a curled, long and full look. There are no false lashes or harmful adhesives. The lift is a healthy way to customize the shape and volume of your lashes.
What is a lash tint?
K: The lash tint gives your lashes a long-lasting mascara effect without the hassle of smudging, running, or clumping lashes. The lift and the tint can be done at the same time or separately.
How long does the lift and tint last?
K: Both the lift and the tint last 6-8 weeks. You don’t have to worry about touch-ups in-between. As long as you avoid water and steam around your eyes for the first 24 hours, your lashes are good to go. For the remainder of the 6-8 weeks, your lashes will stay luscious, curled and dark even after showering, swimming, and working out.
The first step was washing and drying my lashes to make sure there was no makeup residue around my eyes. Katharine then placed silicone rods over my eyelids and applied a perming solution, using a tiny comb to position my lashes into a perfect curl. The solution stays on from 6-12 minutes depending on your lashes.
The second solution, also a 6 to 12 minutes process, sets the lashes to keep them in place. At this point, I added a lash tint to darken my lashes, kind of like mascara that stays put for 6 weeks.
The process was over quickly, lasting about 40 minutes. There was no pressure or any discomfort. All I had to do was keep my eyes closed. Overall, I’m very pleased with the hassle free, no-make-up, look.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, long, curled, dark lashes, I would definitely recommend a lash lift. Make sure to see a certified lash technician. Be wary of the at-home kits or of anyone without the proper credentials.
By Sophie Bauer