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Why Do We Have Eyelashes?

Eyelashes are sexy; we offer lash extensions in Winnipeg because we want your eyes to look gorgeous. Sexy can’t be the only function of eyelashes though; buffalo have eyelashes, so do elephants, and while nice eyelashes might look attractive to them to, it seemed to us that there must be reasons we have eyelashes beyond how striking they make us look. We’d heard that they offered some kind of protection, but eyelids are there to protect our eyes, so we thought we’d dive into how exactly eyelashes protect your eyes.

According to Wonderopolis, there’s a few reasons why we might have developed eyelashes for protection. The first reason seems tied in to stopping particles from entering into our eyes; dust, sand and other particulate can enter the eye and irritate or damage it. We rely on our sight to do just about everything, so constantly irritated eyes would be a serious detriment to our health and longevity. The second reason they posit we have eyelids is to keep moisture out of our eyes; our lashes are curved so moisture would drip away from the eye.

There are other possible reasons for eyelashes; like blocking the sun from our eyes. Another study showed that eyelashes help us resist the effects wind would have on our eyes; wind was blown over disks filled with water to simulate the moisture of an eye, with various types of protection; eyelashes seemed to work best at retaining moisture while still letting a creature see.

The same wind tunnel study tested how eyelashes stop particulate from entering the eye;  the study showed that eyelashes the length of a human’s were effective at stopping particles, and that longer lashes may in fact stop the particulate better than regular sized lashes. The study then concluded there could be an advantage to using false eyelashes to reduce irritation in the eye, but that further studies were needed.

Why are long eyelashes attractive, then? In part, it’s a sign that biological processes are working well; your eyelashes being long and full indicates that you’re still young and healthy, which is universally attractive. Long eyelashes may also signal that you’re not likely to go blind from dry eye and dust anytime soon, so potential partners might subconsciously be looking out for your general eye health!

Eyelashes being constantly exposed to the elements may be part of the reason why we grow and lose them so frequently; it wouldn’t do any good to have your lashes so beaten down by the elements that they stopped protecting your eye! That’s yet another reason getting extensions can help you; not only does it beautify, but regular extensions and touch-ups help your lashes look healthy and may even help resist the elements better. Long eyelashes have been a sign of beauty since before Cleopatra, and various makeups have been developed to accentuate the look of your eye; these are time-consuming and expensive, however, so getting extensions and touch-ups can save you time, money, and irritation!

Why Are Eyes So Beautiful

Eyes are the window the soul; they strike us with beauty, wonder, and depth of feeling. Eyelash extensions are exciting because they beautify and draw attention to our eyes; something we all want. Eye contact is key to flirting, deep conversation, excitement; our eyes relay passion, sadness, joy and everything in between. We use our eyes so much that even dogs are accustomed to looking to our eyes for guidance; they themselves are prone to using puppy dog eyes to get what they want, as the pet owners among you will know all too well.

Why, then, are the eyes such a focal point of our interaction? There is a theory called the cooperative eye theory that tries to explain their importance. The theory was derived in part by a study where scientists evaluated how great apes and human infants followed gaze; the study showed that great apes were more likely to follow motions in the head, whereas human infants followed eye motions with more interest.

The theory posits that we developed the ability to use our eyes to indicate threats, resources and emotional states, perhaps because it is a subtle, unobtrusive method of gesturing that wouldn’t alert predators or prey of your awareness of their presence. The use of eye contact to convey information is also incredibly useful for infants and their caretakers; babies can’t speak, so transmitting their needs through eye contact can have a positive impact on their welfare and safety. This may be of particular importance to humans, whose babies have a long span of defenselessness.

This may be why our eyes have developed such striking characteristics; it’s easier to follow someone’s eye movements when their eyes are distinct. Our eyes come in a wide array of colours, yes, but what’s most striking about them is their size compared to the rest of our face, as well as the white sclera. Our eyes are elongated and quite sizable compared to those of other primates, which makes tracking the eye a breeze. The sclera being white provides a sharp contrast between it, the iris, and the rest of our face; given that humans seem to be the animals that most rely on eye movement to convey information, this contrast is advantageous for us, but not for any of our potential predators.

Eyes looking at you are not just advantageous for the looker; they’re advantageous for an altruistic society. We are aware when someone else is looking us in the eye, and our behaviour may match; we tend to be kinder and more careful when we know someone else is watching us, perhaps in part because we know they’re deriving information about our intent and emotional state when they’re looking at us. This helps create an atmosphere of trust between large social groups; even when there’s strangers among us, we can look them in the eyes to see if they’re honest and good-intentioned. Beautiful and useful; who doesn’t love eyes?

How To Pass the Time During Lash Extensions

We live in a society that loves to be on the move. When there’s a free moment of time, we jump on it to get something done; there’s a room to clean, or a contact to make, work to be done, new restaurants to try, Tweets to send and selfies to post. These things aren’t just dalliances in our day and age; we’re always trying to connect to one another, to live our best lives and to create something real. This 24/7 connectivity drives us to create, but it can also make it difficult to relax. You’re about to get gorgeous eyelash extensions; not only will you look incredible, but you’ll save yourself time every day you don’t have to apply mascara. You will, however, have to lie still for at least 90 minutes, and it may be upwards of two hours; what will you do during that time?

First, it’s a good idea to stave off caffeine before your extension appointment. Drinking a cup of joe in the morning can give you a great buzz, and get you out the door, but it might make it difficult or uncomfortable to lie still for a long time. Going into your appointment kind of sleepy really isn’t a bad idea at all; it’ll help you feel comfortable lying down for an extended period of time. Some clients absolutely fall asleep when the extensions are being applied, and that’s a wonderful thing: you doze off dreaming of beautiful eyelashes, and when you wake up, the dream has come true!

The almost fairytale dream of falling asleep and having gorgeous lashes when waking up won’t come true for everyone though; you’ll have gorgeous lashes, no question, but you might not sleep during the process. That’s okay! There’s plenty of other things you can do during that time frame. A great option is to plug in some earphones and listen to a podcast or an audiobook. A great podcast passes the time with the blink of an eye (but don’t blink too much; we are applying extensions, after all!). Audiobooks are much longer, of course, but if you’re relistening to Harry Potter to capture the stories from your childhood, you might as well keep it up here.

Meditating is another amazing option for passing the time during an eyelash extension; meditating can improve your overall health and seriously brighten your day; you’ll leave the salon with a calm mind and a fierce look. Meditation is usually not going to take up the entire two hours, though. That’s okay too, you can always strike up a conversation with your technician!

You can definitely find a bunch of other ways to entertain yourself during your appointment; listening to music is another great way to pass the time! Winnipeg eyelash extensions professional Lisa can talk to you about other ways you can pass the time. Lash extensions do save you time in the long run, not to mention how beautiful they look; it’s really worth the couple of hours to give yourself what could be years of great looking lashes!

Can You Swim in The Ocean with Eyelash Extensions?

Summer is halfway over and while many people are worried about maintaining their bikini bodies, you may have something else on your mind: how will you take care of your lash extensions? Is there anything different you must do to care for them during the summertime?

Let Lashes By Lisa help you out with that!

Heading to the Beach with Lash Extensions

We suggest that you wait a complete 24 to 48 hours before heading out to the beach, particularly if you want to swim inside the ocean. It’ll take at least 4 to 6 hours for the bonding agent to seal and it is recommended to avoid heavy water contact on the eyelashes during that time. Splashing and a light mist is okay; however, avoid dunking your head inside the water on the first day. If you are definitely going to get inside the ocean, attempt to avoid submerging your head in order to protect your eyelashes from salt water and additional debris. You also can try to wear goggles to protect the lash extensions. In addition, attempt to avoid humid conditions – steam rooms and saunas are absolutely out of the question as these may cause the adhesive to melt.

In addition, the beach will present a variety of elements which might pose a risk to your eyelash extensions and eyes. Winds seem to pick sand up which might irritate the eyes and cause you to rub the new eyelash extensions. Take precautions during the initial 24 hours you receive your lash extensions.

Pool Parties: Are they okay to attend?

The exact same precautions which apply to the beach and your lash extensions additionally apply to the pool. If it is possible to avoid getting the lashes wet within the initial 24 hours, it is recommended to do so. After that period, you can enjoy yourself yet keep these suggestions handy. Utilize swimming goggles as you plan to submerge your head for prolonged time periods (like swimming laps). Do not allow chlorine to sit on your eyelashes. Rinse lashes clean because the chemicals might destroy the adhesive properties of the lashes.

What About Sunscreen?

You absolutely should wear sunscreen, but carefully apply it. If you use the spray kind, do not directly spray onto the facial area. Utilize your fingers to put on sunscreen and be careful that you avoid your eyelashes. We suggest using an oil-free sunscreen that keeps chemical exposure at a minimum.

Carefully Dry Off

Be careful as you dry off using a towel, not to rub your whole face with it. Pat carefully and gently while avoiding the eyes. As you get an opportunity, rinse or spray your eyelashes with fresh water to wash away chlorine and salt from the eyelash extensions.

After the first 24 to 48-hour period you are free to get your eyelashes wet, yet always keep in mind to rinse them with fresh water after drying off.

For more information on swimming in the ocean with eyelash extensions contact the     eyelash extensions services of Lashes by Lisa today!

Can I Wear Mascara While I Have Lash Extensions?

Generally, it isn’t recommended to use mascara with your lash extensions. The primary reason why is simple: the entire point of lash extensions is that they already appear fuller, longer, and darker. In other words, they are made to appear as if you already have worn mascara at all times. One benefit of lash extensions is that you would never need to put on mascara while you still have them.

Therefore, the simple answer is that if you’re going to get lash extensions, you likely are receiving them with the concept in mind that you may cut out mascara from your normal beauty regimen. Also, it depends on the material of your lash extensions as some are less likely to require mascara.

Occasionally You May Want Additional Mascara

But, occasionally there may be a situation in which you would still have a desire to apply mascara to your lash extensions. Perhaps the lashes you selected are smaller or finer, or there is a special occasion in which you actually want them to appear thicker and fuller. Your lash extensions also might be older, and they may have some gaps, and mascara may assist in covering those gaps and damaging in the short run before you get them replaced or touched up.

However, to retain their even and optimal appearance, it is suggested that you go in for a touch up instead of relying on mascara too long. It’s because overuse will make them appear crusty and will increase the opportunities of them becoming damaged, much too damaged to be saved.

Kinds of Products to Use

If you do choose to apply mascara for any of the aforementioned reasons, be advised that you ought to be particular of which mascara you use and how to use it. First off, you only should use water-based products. Never apply waterproof or oil-based mascara products as they’ll either dissolve the glue that holds your lash extensions to your eyelids.

Even if the lashes survive that, the products and process utilized to take off the mascara could damage the eyelashes or dissolve the glue. Therefore, be certain that the makeup removal product and mascara are both very light and water-based, otherwise you are wasting your money to obtain the extensions in the first place.

Ways to Apply Mascara to Extensions

You will need to be very careful as you apply and take off the mascara from your lash extensions, as well. While applying, avoid applying it to the roots of the extensions and only focus on the middle to the tip. Putting on too much mascara from your base to the tip will make them heavier, probably pulling the eyelashes out, and making it more challenging to remove it afterwards. If you discover that the mascara pulls on your eyelashes too much they might be weakened or damaged. When you remove them, only apply oil-free makeup remover for precisely the same reasons.

For more information on wearing mascara with lash extensions contact the experienced permanent makeup professional services of Lashes by Lisa today!

How Long do Eyelash Extensions Really Last?

Eyelash extensions are an exciting way to get full, long, beautiful looking lashes. Unlike mascara and false eyelashes, extensions last for a very long time; with proper care and upkeep, your eyelashes can effectively be extended forever! Here’s some information about how long extensions last, how upkeep can help, and how often to see your eyelash technician.

Eyelash extensions are most often synthetic mink; this means that the material and adhesive used for the extensions is extremely long lasting. The challenge when it comes to longevity isn’t the material used; it’s the eyelashes themselves! As growing parts of our body, eyelashes will fall out and new ones will grow; this is called the growth cycle. The eyelash growth cycle takes place in three phases: the anagen (growth) phase, catagen (transition) phase and telogen (resting) phase. Any number of your lashes can be in one of these three phases at any time

This means, thankfully, that not all of our lashes will fall out at once; they’re all at different points in their growth cycle! This is why regular touch-ups with your technician are an essential part of long-lasting extensions; by reapplying to new lashes, we can maintain the beautiful look that your extensions give. This is why it’s hard to pin an exact “lifespan” on extensions; it all depends on which specific lash we’re looking at.

There are a few tips to keep your extensions looking their best between visits to your technician. First, try to sleep on your back so that your lashes will be less prone to rubbing against your pillow. Make sure to use gentle makeup removers, and to apply them very carefully, so as to avoid friction with the lashes and their adhesive. It’s a great idea to apply a bit of gentle lubricant, like baby oil, onto your lashes in order to have them looking their best; just be sure to wait at least 24 hours after having them applied to do so. You should also avoid playing with your lashes as best you can; sometimes, you may notice a lash is a bit out of place, and be tempted to pull at it. Remember, this is probably because the natural lash that the extension is adhered to has reached the end of its lifecycle, and if it’s been a couple of weeks since you’ve seen your technician, it might be a good idea to go in and get a touch-up done.

With proper maintenance and care, your eyelash extensions will look like they last forever. Even though touch-ups have to be done on the regular, so long as you keep on top of it you’ll love your look for life. For your eyelash extensions get in contact with Lashes by Lisa; we’ll go over all the steps for proper maintenance with you, and give you a schedule for touch-ups. Our services will have your lashes looking their best year-round; don’t hesitate to stop by for a consultation!

How Often Should Eyelash Extensions Be Replaced?

Having beautiful, full eyelashes year round without applying makeup or false lashes sounds amazing. Eyelash extensions can seem too good to be true; for a few hours work, you get weeks of results. The natural cycle of your eyelashes means that, with no touch-ups or replacements, your extensions will eventually fall out. This leaves many wondering: how often do eyelash extensions need to be replaced?

The Natural Lash Dilemma

Natural eyelashes are in a constant growth cycle. This means the individual lashes of your eye will grow, fall out, and be replaced by new lashes. Eyelash extensions are carefully adhered to your lashes one by one, so when one lash falls out, one extension falls out. The lashes of your eye are all on different cycles of growth, so it’s almost impossible to say which eyelash will fall out next.

Do I Have to Get a Replacement Every Time a Lash Falls Out?

Extensions would be a real pain if everytime a lash fell out you needed to go back. Fortunately, this isn’t the case, as eyelash extensions are designed to look natural and beautiful even if some individual lashes have fallen off your eye. The best way to maintain a natural look is to get a touchup done every couple of weeks. Proper maintenance of your extensions is also important; be sure to try to sleep on your back and avoid too much contact with the lashes to avoid having to go back on a more regular basis. Without touch ups, eyelash extensions last for about six to eight weeks.

How Long do They Last with Touch Ups?

With touch ups, eyelash extensions last…forever! There are plenty of stories with women who have had eyelash extensions for six years or more. These women love the look that extensions give them, and the time they save by not having to put on mascara every day. The initial extensions may take quite some time to apply, but touch ups can usually be done in under an hour; when you think of the time and effort saved over applying mascara daily, and you compare the dramatic look of extensions, it’s easy to see why many who choose extensions never go back.

The best way to make sure you have great looking extensions is to visit a technician with a lot of experience, and one who you trust. Choosing a type of extension can be a lot of fun, and a good technician will work with you to choose a style that works best with your eye and aesthetic. Listen to the care tips your technician will give you in order to ensure your extensions look their best, and you’ll be able to extend your extension for as long as possible.

Get in touch with Lashes by Lisa for lash extensions in Winnipeg; remember, getting regular touch ups is more cost and time efficient than getting new extensions every couple of months, so care for your extensions and come in for a touch up every couple of weeks.

First Time Getting Eyelash Extensions? What You Need to Know

Getting eyelash extensions for the first time is pretty exciting! Extensions give you fuller, longer looking lashes, a youthful appearance, and best of all, you won’t need to use mascara to get the look you want! The first time you get extensions done, you may have a few questions; here, we’ll go through some things you should know.

When you go for your first extension, make sure that your eyelashes haven’t been treated in any way; that means no mascara or curling. Makeup you might wear on the eyelids can be problematic too; oily skin care products, eye cream and waterproof eye makeup can all interfere with the adhesive used to apply the extension; your best bet is to go to your appointment completely bare-faced.

Oftentimes, people hope that their extensions can be done in a lunch break; this is not the case, and you should plan accordingly. Extensions can take upwards of two hours to apply; no two people’s eyelashes are exactly the same, and your technician will want to take the time to make sure your extensions look natural and beautiful. For your first time, you may want to opt for a half-set, so you have a better idea how the extensions will work with your natural lashes; lashes on the shorter and thinner side will need more touch-ups than otherwise.

You should know that the risk of lash extensions is extremely low. Rarely, someone may have an allergic reaction to the adhesive; if you feel any discomfort or pain during the process, let your technician know right away! Extensions are done with your eyes closed, so there’s no risk of the adhesive entering into your eye.

In the 24 hours after getting extensions, there’s a few things you want to keep in mind. First, avoid getting the lashes wet at all costs. This means no oil based makeup or makeup remover; for a non-oil based makeup remover, you might try micellar water. This also means no swimming, no saunas, no water-based activities. It’s unlikely that you’ll want to use mascara after getting your lashes done, but if you do, avoid using waterproof mascara. Finally, avoid rubbing your eyes for the first day while the lashes set properly. After 24 hours is up, you can resume life as normal with your gorgeous new look.

Extensions are long-lasting, but touch-ups on the regular are a necessary part of care. Keep in touch with your technician, and try to visit around twice a month to keep your lashes looking luscious. Lash extensions are designed not to harm your natural lashes; they work with, and not against, your lashes’ natural structure.

Winnipeg eyelash extensions professional Lisa loves first-time clients, and will be more than happy to discuss exactly how she can help you with all your eyelash extension needs. Get in contact with Lashes by Lisa if you have any questions, or if you’d like to book an appointment; we’ll be more than happy to go over options with you.

Myths About Eyelash Extensions

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We oftentimes see a variety of posts about lash extensions and while most share accurate information, there are several that don’t. Today we’re sharing five lash extension myths which aren’t so true. Do you have any questions about lash extensions? Ask Lashes by Lisa; we would like to set the record straight!

1st Myth: Extensions may damage natural lashes

As you mix a trained lash stylist with correct application methods, and premium products, your natural lashes won’t be damaged. Within the process of lash application, it is vital to the health of your lashes to have every natural hair isolated as an extension is stuck to it, as well as ensure correct separation in order for the hairs to continue to grow and shed as they naturally would. At Lashes by Lisa, we just use medical-grade, formaldehyde-free adhesives that are exclusively made for lash extensions. The blend of individual lash attachment and high-quality adhesive will indefinitely maintain the integrity and health of natural lash hairs.

2nd Myth: Natural lashes are going to be shorter when/if the extensions are taken off

As lash extensions are put on by a skilled lash stylist, the natural lashes are permitted to grow as normal. Women who do not have lash extensions typically apply and take off mascara on a daily basis. The slight pulling of the lashes and application while putting on mascara followed by the rubbing and cleaning of the eyes to take off the mascara greatly can damage the lashes. With the right lash extension application, there won’t be any damage and the lashes ought to grow better than they might if you were applying, cleaning off, and wearing mascara every day.

3rd Myth: Extensions are a one-size-fits-all solution

All of us have different eye shapes and all of us have a different amount of natural lashes, meaning lash extensions may be custom-made just for you. Reputable lash salons and stylists will have the ability to custom-make a lash look and style all your own like we do here at Lashes by Lisa.

4th Myth: Having extensions applied will hurt

The procedure of having extensions applied doesn’t hurt. In fact, it is an extremely relaxing experience and the majority of clients even take a nap! No discomfort is involved within the application.

5th Myth: You cannot wash your eyes or face when you have extensions

False! It is more important than ever to keep the eye area and lashes clean when you get lash extensions. Before extensions, most clients had a consistent regimen of washing and cleaning their eyes and face. This regimen does not need to change. But, the way you clean your eye area and face and the products you utilize might need to change. Using extension friendly cleanser and being gentle close to the eye area is extremely important. You should always avoid oil-based cleansing products.

For more myths about eyelash extensions feel free to contact our Winnipeg eyelash extensions professional services at Lashes by Lisa today!

How to Choose the Right Lash Extension for Your Eye Shape

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Being eyelash extension professionals, naturally, eye shapes will play a huge part as it’ll come to creating an eyelash extension plan for our clientele. Therefore, I wanted to share our professional tips, so you can take advantage and obtain the best results out of your beauty and your eyes. What eye shape are you?


Almond eye shapes are perceived in conventional beauty standards as the ‘most gorgeous’ eye shape. The outside corner of the eye is slightly upturned and wider.

Wide Set

While designing for this shape of eye, the emphasis is concentrated on the inside corners of the eye, to craft the illusion that they’re closer together than what they really are. Cat eye looks aren’t ideal for wide set eyes as they pull the emphasis to the eye’s outside corners.

Close Set

Close-set eyes benefit from focusing on the eye’s outer corners; therefore, it’s the location we lash the longest and heaviest to draw attention away from the eye’s inner corners.


The way to disguise a downturned eye is lifting. Utilizing a stronger curl at the outside ends and keeping eyelash extensions short for the first part of the outside corners ensures that the downturned eyes aren’t emphasized. Point of emphasis ought to be between the beginning of the iris and pupil while peering straight ahead.


Oftentimes coupled with hooded eyes, small eye shapes may be made to appear even smaller using heavy lashing. Open small eyes up with a strong curl and focus on the middle of your eye.


The harm while using eyelash extensions with hooded eye shapes is that if lashed too heavily, eyes may seem closed off and smaller. The goal for hooded eyes includes opening them up as much as you can. Lashes by Lisa does that by utilizing a stronger curl and focusing on the middle of your eye.


Like hooded eyes, Asian eye shapes usually lack a crease inside the eyelid, which make opening the eye a concentration for these eyes. Usually, Asian eyelashes are straight and downward pointing; therefore, “L” shaped curls can be used to counteract downward pointing eyelashes.

Deep Set

As its name suggests, deep-set eye shapes are characterized by the eyes being held further back inside the eye socket They’re usually large eyes and may be overshadowed by your brow bone. These eyes are prone to appearing very aged and heavy; therefore, it is good to utilize a stronger curl in these eyes to provide a bit of light and lift. Heavy lashing isn’t suggested for this shape.


Protruding eyes, the opposite of deep-set, bulge from your eye socket and may be extremely overpowering on your face. Subdue the appearance of protruding eyes with a soft J or B curl eyelash extension, and cat eyes that elongate the eye, instead of opening it further.


For more information on lash extensions in Winnipeg, contact Lashes by Lisa today!