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Owner, The Gua Sha Facial 

 Darlene McDowell Credentials:

ASFA Academy (Aesthetic Spa Facial Academy, Beverly Hills, CA)

IVS Training Academy Facial (Professional Technique, Facial Assessment, Acupressure Technique, Gua Sha Technique)

IVS Training Academy Gua Sha  (TCM, IASTM Graston Method)  

IVS Training Academy Acupressure for Pain Relief

AHA Certification Hypnosis for Pain Management

Hypnosis Motivation Institute College of Hypnotherapy         

Fowler Wainwright International Masters Life Coaching                       AHA Certification Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator

Chakra Energy Healing Certification 

Union 472, OPEIU, AFL-CIO, CLC

Darlene McDowell has worked with Actors, Entertainers, Music Artists and Athletes. She was an agent and Life Coach 20+ years as a franchised agent with the Screen Actors Guild & the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

Eyelash Extensions       

Good INFORMATION to know

1. It’s a very luxurious process.

Really—it’s enjoyable. You lie down and close your eyes for about an hour and a half while calming music plays in the background and I attach little feathery nothings to your lashes. It’s the most socially acceptable nap time a working adult could ask for.  

2. Every lash extension experience is customized.

 First, you can choose the length. I carry extension lengths from

9 to 15mm (or, from natural to Kardashian length). The sweet

 spot for most is 10-12.

You may also choose the full lash set or if you are an Eyelash 

Extension newbie, you may want to try the Mini version first.

After you pick your length, pick your curl. A “J” curl is for a more

natural, awake look, while a “C” curl is a more dramatic,  If you

want to get creative, you can do “J” on the inner corners of your

eyes and “C” on the outer edges for a more cat eye look.

Now, in terms of eyelash material, you have a lot to choose from:

Synthetic blends, Faux Mink,  Silk,  Real Mink, Cashmere or a

blend of Mink and Cashmere and last but not least, Real Human

Hair. The most affordable is synthetic/faux mink.   

3. Eyelash extensions last longer than you think.

With proper care,  extensions can last up to 4 weeks (and even

longer). It is recommended to come back every 2-3 weeks for a

touch up/fill in,  but if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you

can prolong their lifespan. Just be careful not to get water on your

lashes within the first 24 hours and don’t use oily products near

your eyes.

4. And....Yes, you can wear makeup with them.

If you can't stand the thought of ditching your smoky eye, don't

worry, you don't have to. Only liquid-based eye products can be

damaging to the extensions, but you can get away with a tiny

wing of liquid liner as long as you're not dragging it along the lash

line. Make sure to carefully remove the shadow or liner with

oil-free makeup remover and Q-tips for precision. Most

importantly, stay away from mascara entirely as it leaves the

extensions crusty and damaged. It's only acceptable if you're at

the end of your cycle and will be getting a fresh set in a few days.

5. Extensions can ruin your eyelashes—but they don’t have to.

That is, if you don’t play by the rules. Many people have made the

mistake of pulling out the extensions–not only can it be extremely

painful,  but it leaves you with few to no natural eyelashes left.

However, after what I like to call the intense “eyelash rehab”

program, is to apply Vaseline to the lashes every night.  Your

natural eyelashes will be back to normal in about 4 to 6 weeks.

6. The only way to get rid of extensions is to get them

professionally removed or have them fall out naturally.

Having the extensions removed is as easy as having them put

on  –painless - and relatively quick.  I have this service available.

If you're not looking to spend any more money, however, the

extensions do fall out with the natural shedding of your lashes.

This is a much slower process, but it is $free.

MORE   FAQ    About Eyelash Extensions.

Do eyelash extensions ruin your natural lashes?

There isn’t much evidence that shows whether eyelash extensions

actually affect your natural lash length or health long-term.

It usually takes years of bad application and improper care for

long-term lash damage to happen as a result.   I use only high

end ingredient extension glue.   I always use a 'sensitive/extra 

strong professional glue.  I do not use any glues that are known

eye irritants or that cause redness, etc)  I always ask my clients

what their allergies are, as well.  So, if you have had a bad

experience before, I need to know. 

 

How much does it cost to get eyelash extensions?

You can Click here for all my Eyelash extension prices>     EYELASH EXTENSIONS 

Can I wear makeup to my eyelash extension appointment?

A Big No.    You’ll want to show up to your appointment with clean skin and no eye makeup. That means absolutely no eye shadow, eyeliner, and/or mascara. Anything on your lids or lashes could affect how your extensions turn out.   

* See Below..instructions before your appointment.

Can I swim or shower with my eyelash extensions?

You can, but not until you’ve waited at least 24 hours after your appointment. “Eyelash adhesives vary in the time they take to cure, from either 12 to 24 hours.   it's best to wait 24 hours.  It’s super important that you are  gentle with your lashes and make sure that no water touches them during this time.   You can shower after getting lashes as long as you don’t get the lashes wet and don’t stay in the steam for too long.

 

Can you wear eye makeup with eyelash extensions?

I don't recommend using mascara with lash extensions. Why? Because when you attempt to take it off at the end of the day, you can actually cause your extensions to break from the friction and makeup remover.   As for eyeliner, avoid using cream-based formulas. They often contain oils and waxes that can break down lash glue.

Can you wash your eyes with eyelash extensions?

Only use cleansers specifically formulated to be safe for eyelash extensions.  Other products may contain ingredients that can weaken the bond of your lash extensions and cause them to shed prematurely. And if you’re wearing eye makeup, use oil-free pads and gently swipe downward, rather than back and forth, to get your lids and lashes clean. And whatever you do, avoid rubbing or tugging at your eyes.

Basically - take care of your new eyelashes (might need just a little pampering... and they will last longer. 

 

If you are ready to have long, beautiful lashes.   Why wait? 

Click here for pricing and styles >  EYELASH EXTENSIONS  

 

Before Your Appointment

What you should do before your Eyelash Extension appointment.

Remove all eye makeup and clean your lashes with mild, oil free cleanser.

Do not use oil based makeup removers to clean your lashes prior to the application.

Do not put on any mascara. We don’t want to spend time cleaning your lashes. We’d rather spend time working on perfecting your lashes.

If you are a contact lens wearer, please remove contact lenses and wear glasses to your appointment, or bring a lens case and remove them when you arrive at your appointment.

Plan to set aside 2 hours for your appointment.  (If you are planning on the Mini lash set, set aside 1 to 1.5 hours)         

 

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