With the wedding season just around the corner (October is in just 6 weeks – eeeeek!) leading lash salon Lady Lash have been fielding a lot of enquiries about bridal lash extensions and lashes for special occasions. Director Charlotte Creasey says that “lash extensions are becoming a must-have for brides – we find a large proportion of our first-time clients are brides, wanting a polished glam look for their big day”

Here she answers some of the most commonly asked questions about bridal eyelash extensions:

Eyelash extensions for wedding day

Q: What’s the difference between lash extensions and the stick-on lashes a makeup artist might use?
A: The main differences are the way they are applied – and their staying power! Strip lashes/stick-on lashes are applied to the eyelid using a temporary latex-based glue, that you can easily peel off at the end of the day, whereas lash extensions are applied using a relatively permanent glue, individually to each eyelash. They fall out very gradually with your natural lashes. The advantage to this is that won’t suddenly ping off your face during your wedding vows!

Q: What if I get teary the wedding – will this ruin my lashes or make them come off?
A: Absolutely not! They are waterproof and will stay put. This is a major advantage – you can go mascara-free and not worry about panda-eyes if you get a little emotional!

Q: Can I wear makeup/have my makeup done when wearing extensions?
A: Yes, you can – we just recommend no waterproof eye make-up. Water-based makeup is fine, and we have several eyeliners that we recommend and stock, as they are very lash-friendly. Powder eyeshadow, foundations etc are all fine.

Q: I’m getting married and am thinking of getting lash extensions – is it ok to get them a couple of days before?
A: This is very much a bad idea! Like trying a brand-new hairstyle, or a new facial treatment – advance preparation is the key here! We recommend having your first set of extensions done at least 2-3 weeks before the big day, then having a top up/infill a few days prior to your wedding. The reason is two-fold – one, a test set allows you to trial the lashes and see if you want to make any changes (length, fullness, shape etc.) before the wedding, and two; if you are unlucky enough to experience a reaction or a sensitivity to the adhesive, it won’t be something that will ruin your big day! Though reactions are fairly rare, they do happen unexpectedly to a small % of the population, and we try to ensure that all of our brides have a very smooth experience!

Q: I’m going on my honeymoon directly after the wedding, so I want my lashes to last as long as possible. What do you recommend?
A: In addition to following the aftercare as strictly as possible, we would recommend going with a shorter, fuller set, and avoiding the most extreme of curls. Generally speaking, the shorter the extension, and the more we apply, the better they will last.
Extremely long lengths are not so good for your natural lashes, and if they are too long are more likely to twist and look messy.

Q: How do I ensure that I love my lashes and they complement my overall look?
A: Mention it’s for a special occasion and that you require a longer consultation beforehand – most quality lash salons would be more than happy to oblige – we always make a little extra time for our brides, to ensure the lashes are nothing but perfect! Bring a photo with you of lash extensions that you like the look of and we’ll use that as a starting point.

Q: I’ve seen lashes that look really fake and unnatural – how do I ensure mine don’t look like that for my wedding?
A: Do your research, go to a reputable specialist salon, check that they use handmade volume and not pre-made or cluster lashes (clusters should never be used for extensions) and have a look at their work online. A good lash salon will have hundreds of options and won’t take a once-size-fits all approach. The lash set should be designed specifically for you!

Q: I want a REALLY natural look for