With a long girls’ weekend in Marbella for my hen do fast approaching, I jumped at the chance to have semi-permanent eyelash extensions at celeb hotspot Perfect Eyelashes, whose impressive client list includes Lily Allen, Chloe Sims, Pixie Geldof and Lucy Watson.
But I must admit I was a bit dubious about the whole process – I’ve had bad experiences with eyelash extensions in the past. Some have left me with clumpy, spidery lashes than fall off in big chunks and leave a very uncomfortable, itchy and weird-looking effect, and some have actually resulted in my own lashes falling out. Definitely not something I want to happen before the big day!
As soon as I arrived at the lovely salon in Kensington though, my worries evaporated. I had a quick consultation with director Agnes, who, reassuringly, describes herself as an eyelash extension perfectionist. I was definitely in safe hands…
She reassured me that not only are their extensions good for your lashes (another bonus) but that they’d find a lash to perfectly suit my needs. For a long weekend by the pool I wanted a natural look that wouldn’t look too ‘drag queen’ by day, but also one that I wouldn’t have to apply mascara to for my evenings on the town.
“I think the diamond lashes would be perfect for you,” nodded Agnes, showing me a board that had individual lashes of different lengths and thicknesses stuck to it to demonstrate what she had planned. A full set of the premier diamond lash – which is lighter and naturally more shiny than the mink option – costs from £110.
Once that was agreed it was over to the (super comfy) bed, where I’d be spending the next hour and a half with my eyes closed while my lashes were expertly applied one by one by senior technician Petra. I’m not entirely sure I didn’t drift off to sleep at one point….
Once the process was over, I was absolutely thrilled with the results. Petra handed me a mirror and I couldn’t believe how natural, long and thick my lashes looked. I was given an after care kit and plenty of advice on how best to maintain my lashes. If you’re careful, they can last up to two months. I was told to steer clear of oil-based makeup remover, to try not to get them wet, and not to use eyelash curlers. (Not that I need to anymore!)
Et voila. Thanks, Perfect Eyelashes. Next stop: Marbella!