Wispy lash extensions are eyelash extensions inspired by Kim Kardashian that make your eyes look wider and brighter. They are the perfect glamour girl look and will definitely turn heads.
As a beauty expert with more than six years in the industry, I’ve applied many lashes for clients. I can help you with the correct way to apply your lashes, walk you through your different options, and help you keep the integrity of your natural lashes.
So, let’s get into the what, how, when, and which of eyelash extensions.
From the supplies you’ll need to the different eyelash styles and maintenance tips, this guide explains what wispy eyelash extensions are and how to keep your lashes safe when using them.
What are wispy eyelash extensions?
Besides providing window dressing for your eyes, the main idea behind all lash extensions is having perfect lashes without having to put any makeup on.
Wispy eyelash extensions, also called Kim K lashes, are a special kind of extension created by using a handmade lash fan with 2-6 lashes and applying it to the lash line in alternating lengths.
The final result is a set of dramatic lash extensions that mimic the look of strip lashes but with the visual impact of volume lashes.
What is a wispy eyelash?
Wispy eyelashes are a style of lash extension that appears fine and fluffy. Wispy lashes are one of the most common types of lashes because they look similar to natural lashes.
Note: Strip lashes also come as wispies. For false eyelashes my go-to are Ardell Wispies.
Lash supplies and preparation process
To create a wispy lash set, you’ll need a waterproof bonding agent that is semi-permanent. When choosing a bonding agent, always check the ingredients. Latex and formaldehyde can cause irritation. I’ve seen too many swollen eyes to know you should always be careful what you’re putting near your eyes.
You’ll also need non-magnetic tweezers and, of course, the eyelash extensions you’ve selected. Choosing the right tweezers for the job is something you really should consider. For a classic lash extension, 2-SA tweezers do a great job.
When preparing to put on eyelashes or going to a salon for extensions, there are a few things you should be aware of, including:
- Remove all makeup and do not curl your lashes before application.
- Make sure all your supplies are clean by using soap and water, an alcohol-based product, barbicide, or high heat to sterilize your tools after each use.
- If you’re going to a salon, research their reputation, experience, training, and certifications to ensure you’re getting quality service.
How do you make wispy eyelash extensions?
When doing eyelash extensions, you’ll first do mapping (which is described below) to know where to put your lash points. The lengths of your lash spikes and where you place them will depend on the shape and length that you want.
After you have laid down the lash spikes, you’ll need to prepare for the filler application. To do this, lightly mist with a nano mister and gently brush the lashes out.
It is easiest to use a handmade lash fan for the filling stage. C curl and D curl lashes are ideal for creating wispy, feathery lashes. Just make sure you are gluing the eyelash extension near the lash line so that the entire lash appears full.
Wispy lashes styles
The style of lashes you choose will determine how thick and long your lashes will be and the lash mapping style. Here are the three most common different lashing styles.
Wispy Classic Lashes
Classic wispy eyelashes have a 1:1 extension ratio. This ratio means that for every single natural lash you naturally have, you will add one wispy eyelash extension.
Like most lash artists, I recommend classic lash extensions for those who want a natural to medium wispy lash look. Classic lashes aren’t overwhelming; they just extend your natural lashes and fill in gaps.
Wispy Volume Lashes
Wispy volume lashes are going to give you the highest density of eyelashes. They have a 1:3+ application ratio.
Wispy volume lash extensions come in a fan shape with two to six eyelash extensions per natural eyelash. Alternating lash lengths create a more natural look.
Wispy Hybrid Lashes
Wispy hybrid lash extensions are a combination of the classic and volume look. They have an application ratio of 1:2+.
Hybrid lashes are thicker and denser than classic lashes but don’t have the uniformity of a volume set. I recommend them for fine or gappy eyelashes because they’ll make your lash line look fuller.
What is the most popular type of eyelash extensions?
Mink, silk, and synthetics make up most eyelash extensions. Of these, faux mink is the most common option.
As for the three styles of wispy lashes, the classic look is the most popular.
Wispy lash extension mapping
To create your own wispy lash map before application, you’ll need to determine where the lash spikes will go. Your lash spikes mark your highest point, and they will dictate the shape of your extensions.
Usually, they will gradually rise and peak near the center of the eye. They decline in length as you move towards the outer corners of the eye.
The wispy lash mapping style you choose will determine the type of lashes you get. Be sure you’ve already chosen your false strip lashes style before mapping.
How long do wispy lash extensions last?
Wispy lash extensions usually last between 2 to 3 weeks. After this time, the lashes will begin to fall off. They will have fallen entirely out between 4 to 6 weeks after application.
The amount of time your extensions will last will also depend on the strength and texture of your natural eyelashes. Where your lashes are in their natural growth cycle when the extensions are applied will also determine how long they stay on.
How to maintain wispy lash extensions
To make sure your lashes last as long as possible and don’t break off, follow these simple tips:
- Do not curl your lash extensions.
- If you want to use mascara, only use extension-safe mascara.
- Do not rub your eyes. Rubbing can make your extensions fall out or can tangle and twist them.
- Face away from the showerhead. The extensions are generally waterproof, but the pressure from the shower can pull them off.
- Do not sleep with your eyelashes on your pillow.
- Avoid oil-based products near your lashes.
- Stay away from chlorinated water.
Do wispy lash extensions ruin your natural lashes?
The short answer is that wispy lash extensions can ruin your natural lashes if not done correctly or if you don’t take care of them.
If your extensions are too heavy for your lashes, they may break off. Talk to a professional lash artist first if you want heavy extensions so they can recommend extensions that are best for you.
When applying your false lashes, make sure you are using the proper adhesive.
The most common adhesive is Ethyl Cyanoacrylate and its fumes and odors can be intense. Certain adhesives containing paraben, ammonia, formaldehyde, lead, and sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate can damage your lashes or even pull out the follicles.
Choosing an adhesive that consists of 100% Alkoxyethyl cyanoacrylate is a comfortable alternative.
Wispy lash cost analysis
Below are the costs of wispy lashes in beauty salons in different cities:
- Los Angeles: $150 to $250
- New York City: $140 to $245
- Chicago: $275 to $400
- Austin: $200 to $350
- Atlanta: $295 to $465
- Seattle: $100 to $190
Key takeaways on wispy lash extensions
If you want wispy lashes, you should find the proper tools to apply the lashes that you desire. If you’d rather go to a salon and have the extensions put on professionally, check the rates in your area and make an appointment.
The type of wispy lashes you choose will give you different styles, and the mapping you use will determine the shape of your lashes. Before choosing a set of lashes for application, be sure that they match the style that you want.
You can expect your wispy lash extensions to last for two to three weeks and to fall out by four to six weeks. If you want your lash extensions to last longer, ensure that you care for them properly and follow any safety guidelines.
Laura is a beauty expert with 5 years prior experience working in cosmetics and lash salons. When not writing you can find her experimenting with the trending makeup looks, or reading a good book snuggled up with her French Bulldog Max. Laura is currently a contributing writer and Beauty Editor at BeatyStack.