I have been so excited to write this post since I had this treatment done for the first time last Saturday. I had seen loads of other bloggers that had the treatment themselves but I didn’t know to it’s full extent what it was exactly. I knew I had to try it so I could share with you guys what the LVL Lash Lift is all about. I finally booked in with The Blink Studio and am now hooked.
This post is a step by step guide and review so you know exactly what to expect from your LVL Lash Lift. I’m really excited to show you what you can look forward to. I have had this treatment done now just the one time – with an expected 6 weekly top up whenever I have time to book in. The fact that this service lasts a full 6 weeks makes this one of those low maintenance beautifiers out there (just how I like it)
It takes around 75 minutes for the whole appointment. It requires you to just be really relaxed because you are lying down with your eyes shut for roughly 45 minutes. I can’t fault this treatment. It’s painless and there is absolutely nothing to worry about – although when you look at the photos you can see how unusual it looks! But of course it is – the procedure is curling and tinting your lashes with various bonding gels to leave you with beautifully dark and curled lashes. It’s not going to look pretty in the process! I would only go as far as saying it’s an odd feeling, with your eyelashes pressed upwards. I promise, this is not a procedure that hurts – I was almost asleep during my session (and I had a photographer there with me haha)
Continue reading below for everything involved and what you can expect from your treatment and I hope that I may convert you into an LVL lover like Moi.
PREPARATION AND CLEANSING
When you go in for your Lash Lift appointment you are asked to go in with no eye makeup on. The first step to your lift is having your lashes cleansed with a Protein Remover Pad to ensure no oils or residue are present before the treatment.
PROTECTING THE LOWER LASHES
Under eye treatment pads are applied over your lower lashes to ensures that no lower lashes get caught in the curling procedure. The sticky pads are really comfortable and light, ensuring the lower lashes are pressed down to the skin while the treatment takes place. The pad sits up to your water line, and are perfectly comfortable.
The basis of the treatment is that your lashes are pressed around a curled shield on your eyelids – the scalloped silicone pads you see here. Various bonding formulas are applied to the lashes and are then tinted for a beautiful end result and your lashes come off of the shields, formed into the shape of the curled shields. Hence curled eyelashes.
There are three sizes of the shields, small, medium and large. Based on the length of your lashes and the desired result- your technician would normally decide which size shields to use. We used small on my lashes to get the most lift possible.
When the shields are applied, the treatment can begin! The technician applies a light layer of bonding gel to the shield before using a small metal tool to press the eyelashes back onto the bonding gel. This gently pulls each of your eyelashes back to stick them to the shield – forming the curve. It does feel a little strange at first but not at all painful. A few of your lashes at a time are pulled back onto the shield until your whole set of lashes are stuck to the bonding gel on the shield.
With all of your lashes now bonded in place, the technician then applies the Lifting balm. This balm breaks down the disulfide bonds in the hair shaft. By breaking down the disulfide bonds, it allows the normal shape of the hair to break down. This is necessary because it enables your technician to be able to change the structure and shape of the hair. The Lifting balm is applied to the eyelashes and is left on the eyelashes between 10 and 14 minutes depending on your hair type.
With the Lifting Gel removed, the next treatment is the Volumising Fix. A yellow cream that is applied in the same way, this time to repair the disulfide bonds in the lashes, fixing them into place in the shape you want them. Aka, the shape of the curved shield. This is left on the lashes for 7 minutes.
Tinting your lashes is the final step and gives them a greater depth of color. In my case turning my normally blonde lashes into a much more flattering dark and fluttery look. The tint is usually left on between 3 and 5 minutes, or as long as your technician feels it may need to take to the lashes.
The lashes will now have taken on the shape of the curved shield and will be tinted. The technician will use a mini brush to remove excess dye from the lashes and a Moisturising Serum is applied to the lashes, to ease the lashes away from the bonding gel on the shield. This also helps to nourish the lashes after the treatment. The technician will gently lift your lashes from the shield to reveal your curled lashes, and finally will remove the shield from your eyelid.
Viola. Your lashes are beautiful and fluttery, no extensions required 🙂
With your new lashes combed and perfected, you will be handed an aftercare leaflet to take away. The guidelines are fairly common sense, but always good to remember.
- Avoid contact with your lashes and water for 24 hours. They can also not be subjected to steam (cooker, shower or sauna etc) for 48 hours.
- Try not to rub your eyes or play with the shape.
- Don’t use eyelash curlers for 24 hours