Save Money on Lash Extensions: A Step-by-Step DIY Guide

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Ladies, we all know the struggle of wanting to look fabulous without breaking the bank. Lash extensions have become a beauty staple, helping us achieve that stunning, wide-eyed look without having to apply mascara every morning. 

But let’s be honest, salon visits for lash extensions can be costly, especially when you factor in regular maintenance and fills. What if I told you there’s a way to save money and still achieve those beautiful, lush lashes right in your home?

DIY lash extensions are a game-changer for those who want to enjoy the benefits of professionally applied extensions without the hefty price tag. It might seem intimidating at first, but trust me, with a bit of practice, patience, and the right guidance, you’ll be able to create stunning lash extensions yourself.

So, let’s dive in and unlock the secret to saving money while getting lash extensions with Lilac St. without compromising your fabulous appearance.

Step 1: Choose the Right Extensions

The first step to successfully creating DIY lash extensions is choosing the right pair. There are three main types of lash extensions: individual, cluster, and strip lashes. 

Individual lashes are the most versatile and natural-looking option. They come in various lengths, thicknesses, and curl styles, allowing you to customize your look. However, they require more skill and time to apply, as you’ll need to attach each lash individually.

Cluster lashes are groups of 2-6 individual lashes joined at the base. They offer a more voluminous look and are quicker to apply than individual lashes. Keep in mind that they can be a bit heavier on your natural lashes, so choose lightweight clusters to avoid causing damage.

Strip lashes are the most beginner-friendly option, providing a uniform, dramatic look. They’re attached to your natural lash line all at once, making the application process much quicker. However, they might not provide the most natural appearance and can feel heavier than the other options.

When it comes to materials, lash extensions are made from synthetic fibers, mink, or silk. Synthetic lashes are the most affordable and durable option, but they can be a bit stiffer and less natural-looking than mink or silk lashes. Mink lashes are lightweight and have a natural appearance, but they come at a higher price point. Silk lashes offer a great balance between synthetic and mink options, providing a lightweight, soft, and natural look without the ethical concerns associated with mink lashes.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools

Found your perfect pair? Next, gather everything you need for the application!

Here’s a list of must-haves for your DIY lash extension toolkit:

1. Tweezers: Invest in a good pair of precision tweezers with a fine tip to help you pick up and place the lash extensions easily.

2. Lash adhesive: Choose a high-quality eyelash extension adhesive compatible with your chosen lash extensions. Look for an adhesive with a drying time that matches your skill level – beginners should opt for adhesives with longer drying times to allow for adjustments during application.

3. Disposable mascara wands: These will come in handy for brushing through your lashes, both during the application process and for daily maintenance. They help remove any excess adhesive, separate the lashes, and keep them looking their best.

Step 3: Prepare Your Natural Lashes

To achieve a long-lasting and flawless lash extension application, it’s essential to start with clean, dry, and oil-free natural lashes. Oils and makeup residue can interfere with the adhesive bond, causing your extensions to fall out prematurely or not stick properly in the first place.

Begin by removing any makeup, especially mascara, using a gentle, oil-free makeup remover or a lash cleanser. Be thorough, but avoid rubbing or pulling on your lashes, as this can cause damage.

Once your lashes are clean, pat them dry with a lint-free towel, and allow them to air dry completely. 

Step 4: Apply the Extensions

You’ve now reached the most exciting part of the process – applying your lash extensions! The application technique will vary slightly depending on the type of extensions you’ve chosen.

For Individual Lashes:

  • Pour a small amount of lash adhesive onto a clean, disposable surface (like a small piece of aluminum foil).
  • Use your tweezers to pick up an individual lash extension by the base.
  • Dip the base of the lash extension into the adhesive; don’t overload it with glue.
  • With your eyes slightly open, look down into your mirror and carefully place the lash extension onto your natural lash, as close to the lash line as possible, without touching the skin.
  • Hold the lash extension in place for a few seconds to allow the adhesive to bond.
  • Repeat this process for each individual lash extension, working from the inner to the outer corner of your eye until you achieve your desired look.

For Cluster Lashes:

  • Follow the same steps as for individual lashes, but instead of picking up one lash, pick up a cluster with your tweezers.
  • Apply the cluster to your natural lashes, ensuring the base of the cluster is aligned with your lash line.
  • Gently press the cluster in place for a few seconds to allow the adhesive to bond.
  • Work from the inner to the outer corner of your eye, placing clusters as needed to create your desired volume and length.

For Strip Lashes:

  • Remove the strip lashes from their packaging and carefully trim them to fit the length of your natural lash line.
  • Apply a thin layer of lash adhesive to the band of the strip lash, waiting 30-45 seconds for the adhesive to become tacky.
  • Position the strip lash on your natural lash line, starting at the outer corner and working your way inward.
  • Use your tweezers or fingers to gently press the strip lash onto your natural lash line, ensuring it’s secure and well-adhered.


DIY lash extensions are that easy! But remember, maintenance is just as important as the initial application. Properly caring for your lash extensions will prolong their lifespan and keep your natural lashes healthy. Keep refining your technique and enjoy the beauty and cost-saving benefits of DIY lash extensions!

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