Lash Extensions

9001 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 206
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One afternoon, while strolling across Melrose Place, I caught sight of my friend Taylor. We hadn't seen each other in a while so our meeting was a moment of serendipty. She looked amazing, as usual, though, her lashes looked outrageously lustrous and full. I was mesmerized. 

"I just got them done!" she exclaimed. 

"Oh my god, where?!" I inquired. 

"Over at Esnail–they're the best!"

I hadn't had lash extensions since the mid-2000's, so I decided to do a little bit of my own research when I got back to The Clubhouse. Taylor told me that she had gotten the "Semi-Glam" set on herself, which looked great on her but a level of lashes I felt I had to work up to. I needed some oomph, yes, but more in a "toning up with Pilates" way rather than "pumped with steroids".

I kept thinking back to a post I saw on Caroline Vreeland's Instagram page where she tagged @skinworship on her eyes. Caroline's lashes always looked full but not too thick and were always perfectly fanned out. I decided to make an appointment with her lash girl Madison De Clercq and was surprised at how quickly and delicately she worked. On top of that, she had a lovely personality which made the conversation natural and pleasant. 

"What look are you going for?" she asked, gently placing a false eyelash on top of one of my own.

"Well, I definitely want to walk out of here feeling like there's a difference," I replied, trying my best to keep my eyes closed and still.

"They're definitely going to look longer and fuller, but still natural," she explained. "I specialize in a 'natural yet noticeable' look."

When she was done, I checked in the mirror and they were exactly that. 

Madison charges $175 for a full set and the service takes 1.5 hours. Refills are $85 and take up to 1 hour. While I loved the initial effect, I learned after three weeks that they were simply too high-maintenance for a girl like me!

The Wet Lash Look

Photo from this month's issue of Vogue Paris

I love the look of wet lashes: glossy and matted together; fresh and alluring. Like when you first step out of the pool or shower. 

Here's how you can get the look:

1. After curling lashes, rim the inner lid of upper lashes with a black eyeliner pencil. I use a light sketching motion to really get as deep into the lash line as possible.

2. Apply a few layers of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes. If you have a clear mascara or eyebrow gel, add a coat here.

3. Depending on the look, line the upper and lower lash line with either a black liquid liner or softer dark brown pencil. 

4. Add a tiny dab of clear lip gloss to a brush and brush it along the lash line, right above the liner. Try to get to the inner corner of the eye, as well as the inner quarter of the bottom lash line. Voilà! You've got the illusion of wet lashes.