A number of thoughts come to mind when you make a wish on a fallen eyelash, but if you're reading this you're likely wishing those darn lashes wouldn't fall out in the first place. When it comes to your eye lashes, there's no such thing as too much. And as you consider the ways in which you can amp up your eye makeup look for the big day, you're probably thinking about your options. DIY falsies are tricky, waterproof mascara is fine, but for truly melt-proof, smudge-proof, don't-even-need-liner lashes, eyelash extensions are worth serious consideration.
Extensions usually last up to two or three weeks, they'll stay put throughout the entire weekend of wedding festivities and they're perfect for a beach honeymoon where you'll spend most of the time without makeup. "The best part is that the textures are so natural, that you simply look like yourself, but better," says Soul Lee, founder of Beautiful Soul Makeup Studio. So go ahead and bat a thousand (lashes, that is) at any one of these New York City studios that do the job right.
With a resume that includes seven years on Bobbi Brown's beauty team, a managing role at Barney's atelier beauty services and doing makeup for Shu Uemura, it's no wonder that Soul Lee opened up Beautiful Soul Makeup Studio to have an official place where you can experience her talent. For the most natural look, Lee uses a mix of synthetic and silk extensions that mimic your existing lash thickness.You don't have to celeb to make an appointment (though plenty of A-listers like Alicia Keys, Julia Roberts and Chrissy Teigen do), but be prepared to pay for perfectionism. Soul (who's the owner and sole employee) charges $460 for a full set.
JJ Eyelashes' multiple locations throughout Midtown, UES and Soho make it convenient to get your mile-long lash fix. The standard in their salons are silk eyelashes, but they also offer mink for those who prefer a lighter, more feathery look. To take the customization up a notch, the salon offers brown extensions for those who have light-colored hair and more dramatic hues like blue or green if you want to go for a truly memorable color moment. Prices across their four locations range from $90 for a Ruby Set (80 lashes per eye) to $300 for the Black Diamond Set (120 lashes per eye). Plus, a handy loyalty rewards program — where you earn points for spending at the salon and referring other clients — gets you major discounts for future services.
You used to have to hightail it to the UK for one of Vanita Parti's walk-in brow and lash bars to receive her traditional Indian threading techniques and eyelash extensions done with pin-point precision. She now has a post within Saks New York, which offers her services as well as her award-winning lineup of beauty products like the cult-fave Blinkbrowbar Luscious Lash Oil. Good news for serious lash aficionados: Her special, semi-permanent technique and glue can last up to six weeks.
In the beauty world, there's no such thing as a magical beauty wand, but the geniuses at Ebenezer have us seriously reconsidering with their sorcery-level skills. At this hidden gem in Korea Town, technicians use a special glue and technique that's known to make your extensions last up to two months. The trick is also in the maintenance, and their pros are happy to dole out advice: Comb through your lashes with a clean spooley to separate the hairs and keep them lubricated by rubbing a small drop of baby oil on your fingers and gently dabbing it on your lashes.
Your look is entirely customizable at She Winks. After a free glass of champagne or wine, you'll have your consultation with an technician to discuss your desired lash type (mink or silk), style (like a pretty cat eye) and curl (C-Curl for extreme volume and J-Curl for a soft curve). Mink synthetic full lashes are their most popular style and start at a reasonable $140. And of course, all that unapologetic natural beauty won't fade away until three weeks of wear. Read real brides' reviews here!