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  • Writer's pictureCarolyn Bauto

Which Eyelash Extension Set is Best For Me?

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

This is definitely the most asked question from clients venturing off down the lash extension rabbit hole. Well first, let's start off by asking why. Have you check out our Lash Extensions vs Lash Lift blog yet? I know many clients have started off with lash lifts and switched to eyelash extensions because they just want more: more curl, more length and/or more density.

For simplicity's sake, I've created a visual to help with your decision. Take a look:

a visual guide to choosing the perfect set for you
How to choose an eyelash extension set

Of course though, overthinker/over-explainer in me has to take the wheel for a second.

Classic Eyelash Extensions - These are best for those who have an average to full amount of natural lashes. Classic extensions will enhance curl and slightly enhance density and are a great starting point for those wanting to try lash extensions for the first time. They are not suitable for those with sparse natural lashes or gaps in their natural lash line because they will make the gaps even more noticeable.

Hybrid Eyelash Extensions - At Indulge Lash Studio, my hybrid sets are completed by using specialty YY lash extensions or using closed volume fans to create a denser classic look. Other lash artists might do hybrid lash sets slightly differently. Both types are very trendy and in high demand right now. This set type takes about the same amount of time to apply as a classic set and adds even more density to the lash line compared to a classic set. Have you ever heard of people throwing around the word "wispy"? If that's what you're looking for, this is the set for you!

Volume Eyelash Extensions - This set type is the most versatile - anywhere from light to dramatic. Its great for those with a very sparse lash line and loved by those wanting a dark lash line. If you are not someone who can lay still for long periods of time, don't fret, the lash industry is always changing and there are new 5D lashes that can be used to achieve the volume look in a reduced amount of time.

Other questions I like to ask that will help guide you in the right direction are:

  • Is this for everyday wear? If so, start with less and you can climb up the lash extension ladder (classic > hybrid > volume > mega) over time. Trust me. Especially if this is your first time or its been a while since your last set, less is always more. You don't want lash shock.

  • Is this set for an event, vacation or special occasion? If so, I always suggest going up a set type just for something a little more. If its for vacation, keep in mind that depending on the length of your vacation, you might need a maintenance fill at some point.

Its important to keep in mind that all the sets you see on the internet and social media look different from person to person. You can bring in a photo or post and ask for the exact same thing and chances are, that set (even if done by the same lash artist, same lashes, same mapping) will look different because YOU have a different amount of lashes, eye plane, eye shape and face shape than the person in the photo. I will always make suggestions on what I think the appropriate lash map should be, even if you do bring in a photo. The term lash map has to do with the lash style. Often times you'll see or read the words "cat eye" or "doll eye", just as an example.

Some things to keep in mind are:

  1. You have to be able to commit a few minutes a day to eyelash extension maintenance. Ex: cleansing your lashes

  2. Eyelash extensions require maintenance fills every 2-4 weeks, depending on your lash growth cycle and your upkeep.

  3. If you are someone who cannot lay still for 1.5hrs+ or who cannot keep your hands off of your eyes/lashes, lash extensions might not be for you.

If you'd like to see some visuals of what each eyelash extension set type looks like, please head over to the lash extension section of my website. Hope this helps!

Let me know what you think in the comments section. And FYI, a "how to choose which brow service is right for me" blog is coming soon!

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