• If you’ve never tried lash extensions before, you should probably experience this beauty treatment at least once in your life. Some beauty professionals are even declaring eyelash extensions to be “the new face lift for women over 50.”

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    The entire process takes about an hour (most people use it as an opportunity to have a quick nap), during which individual eyelash extensions are glued to the base of your natural lashes with an adhesive. When cared for properly, the extensions can last anywhere from two to six weeks and fall off gently, or as your natural lashes shed.

    For women over 50, the natural eyelash growth cycle slows down and lashes become scarce. Filling in your lashes with extensions is an easy and effective way to achieve a fuller, more youthful look – and it can be an incredibly relaxing experience. Some places even throw in a complimentary hand and foot massage during the treatment.

    If you’re curious about eyelash extensions and considering them for yourself, here are some of the pros and cons.

    Pro: Your eyes instantly look younger.

    Full, flirty lashes work wonders for giving your face a lifted and youthful appearance. They also distract from the look of crow’s feet and fine lines.

    Con: Upkeep can be pricey.

    For a full set of eyelash extensions, you can expect to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $150. If you’re planning on regular upkeep, it’s recommended to have your lashes refilled every two weeks to maintain a full look, and these refills can cost around $90 per treatment.

    Pro: Eyelash extensions look gorgeously natural.

    False lashes are always a great way to add some glam to your makeup, but extensions are much more natural-looking.

    Con: They can be high maintenance.

    It’s crucial not to get your lash extensions wet for 24-48 hours after application. To prolong their lifespan, it’s also important to avoid oil-based eyeliner, mascara, and you have to be careful when washing your face. This can especially be a bit of a nuisance in the shower.

    Pro: Your daily makeup routine will be super easy.

    One of the main reasons why people are obsessed with lash extensions is because it cuts down on the need for actual makeup. When you wake up, your eyes will already look perfect. Add some concealer, blush and lip gloss, and you’re ready to go!

    Con: Eye creams reduce staying power.

    Oil-based or extra-rich eye creams can reduce the staying power of your lash extensions. Of course, discontinuing the use of anti-wrinkle creams (or keeping the delicate eye area moisturized) isn’t a good idea. So for women over 50, lash extensions may have a shorter lifespan.

    THE VERDICT:

    Eyelash extensions are a fantastic way for women over 50 to look younger – and not having to worry about wearing tons of eye makeup is worth the investment alone. But unless you can afford to refill them every two weeks, it’s best to save lash extensions for special occasions such as weddings, or when you’re going on a vacation.

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    Photo Credit: Ebenezer Eyelash Extension
    Main Image: Mink Lash Bar

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    Article by: Lauren Malamala

    Lauren is ZestNow's assistant editor with a background in music, beauty, fashion, and writing. She was born in Hawaii, grew up in Seattle, lived in London for four years, and now resides in NYC. Read more from her at her blog, Halela & 5th.

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