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April Spotlight – Skip – Eyelash and Eyebrow Specialist

Just about everyone who has been to Privé knows Skip. He once greeted you at the front desk. He now utilizes his steady hands to make your eyelashes stand out as you've never seen them before. And just how do you make your eyelashes longer? Skip knows.

Eyelash extensions seem to be popular. There seems to be a buzz about them. Why do you think that is?

I was told that this is going to be the year of eyelash extensions. More women are starting to realize that the procedure is available. It is popular because it is one thing that can really make your eyes pop. Extended eyelashes are very noticeable and compliment your face so well. It's amazing how something so small can make such a huge difference. The compliments just rain in.

How do you determine who needs extensions and who would be eligible for extensions?

It depends on how women want their look. For example, women with blonder lashes may choose to get black lashes because it completely transforms their eyes and the overall look of their face. It adds that mascara look. Anyone who wants to add another striking, natural element to their face.

What is an actual eyelash "extension"?

They are individual synthetic mink hairs that are glued one lash to one lash held on with a surgical-grade adhesive, glued about a millimeter off the eyelid. They add thickness, volume, length. You can go up to 50% of the natural length of your eyelash. There is no need for mascara.

How do you do it? I think it's amazing you can take these tiny lashes and glue them onto the natural lashes.

First of all, the extension needs to go onto a full-grown lash. I take the mink lash and literally place it onto the full-grown lash, carefully. I do as much as I possibly can on the natural full lashes. So typically anyone is going to get between 75 - 100 lashes in each eye.

Wow! Seriously? how long does it take?

It typically takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours for a full set. 150 to 200 lashes. Women look in the mirror after and are amazed at how much of a difference it makes. I have clients that wonder why they didn't do it earlier. They leave very happily.

How did you get into eyelashes and extensions?

Eyelashes always intrigued me back in the day. I have been certified with Extreme Lashes for 5 years. It is my way of transforming someone's look. Hair, lashes, and makeup give a great look. Lashes are my part.

How and where does someone get started?

I always tell women to bring a picture of what they like into the salon for a consult. It gives me a good idea of what they are after and gives me a chance to see how their eyelashes are structured now. We then determine the length, color, highlight, etc.

You love this stuff.

Yes. The results are amazing. It's magic.

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