The Mermaid Lash Trend
Where many beauty trends tack "mermaid" and "unicorn" onto the name simply to be more search-friendly, mermaid lashes truly look like something fresh off the face of a sea siren. The brainchild of Clementina Richardson, founder of Envious Lashes, mermaid lashes feature a dense mixture of universally flattering, cool-colored, rainbow silk lashes — there's really nothing like it. And with Mary J Blige, Naomi Campbell and Kate Capshaw entrusting Richardson with their smizes, you best believe I wanted to, too.
So, beauty junkie that I am, I booked an appointment and eagerly anticipated my sure-to-be newest beauty addiction.
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How Mermaid Lashes Work
Once the colors, widths, lengths and curvatures are selected, the application is personalized based on what the client wants their mermaid lashes to look like — an ombre effect, rainbow blend or just one color evenly placed throughout the entire lash line. If you've never gotten lash extensions (which I had not), you may be surprised to know that the process can take upwards of one and a half hours to create (mine took more than two). The precision it takes to individually glue lashes to your lash lines is well worth letting your lash stylist take their time. And hey, if you're like me, you may even get a nice little snooze out of it, only to wake up to the dreamiest set of lashes you've ever had.
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How to Maintain Mermaid Lashes
Since your natural eyelashes fall off every 45 to 60 days due to the natural growth cycle, you'll begin to realize how often this happens when paired with colorful silk lashes. Don't worry that you're somehow not taking care of your mermaid extensions as well as you should be, it's totally normal. It's also recommended that you not get them wet for 48 hours post-application. (Warning: do not watch the Super Bowl episode of "This Is Us" less than 24 hours after application as I did.)
Despite the inevitable fallout, there are ways to help keep your mermaid lashes looking fresh for longer. First, hands off! Rubbing and picking at your new lashes will (obviously) make them fall out. Another thing you want to steer clear of is excess moisture and steam. By no means does this mean you shouldn't wash your face, simply be sure to dry your lashes immediately so as to not loosen the glue. Lastly, you may need to rethink your sleeping position. If you sleep face down, it can irritate your lash extensions and cause them to fall out sooner than you'd like.
Are Mermaid Lashes Worth It?
Mermaid lashes cost $135 - $450 depending on the style selected (think: natural-looking vs. glam). Looking like a mermaid IRL before putting on any other makeup? Priceless.