Updated: Aug 14, 2021
Obviously eyelash extensions are a very popular choice for brides, because they're waterproof and you don't have to worry about mascara smudge if you're a big crier.
Lots of brides immediately book their eyelash appointment days before their wedding. I applaud you ladies for getting your appointments booked and out of the way, because if you wait until last minute, you may not have the time or there may not be time to accommodate you.
However, booking your first or full set lash appointment days before the wedding is a big fat NOPE. The reality is, there are clients who can have an allergic reaction to the adhesive used for eyelash extensions and it's risky to do it so close to your day. Let's play this out, it's the day before your wedding and you get an incredible set of lashes applied. You're happy, the last artist is happy and you go off to get your beauty sleep for your big day. You wake up and your eyes are so swollen, you can barely open them.
It's RARE, but it does happen and people don't expect it to, so they don't plan around it.
Nobody needs this stress.
Save yourself the horror of this possible outcome by getting a full set about 3 weeks before your wedding and then booking a fill for the week of your wedding.
After you get your full set, within 24-48 hours, you'll know if you are allergic. Sometimes it can take up to 72 hours but usually that's the window.
Symptoms? Swollen, puffy eyes, itching and redness. It's very uncomfortable.
Go to a reputable artist, please research, because there are some lash artists who aren't applying extensions properly. If an extension touches the skin, it can cause the lid to swell as well from inflammation.
If you don't end up reacting, you should be perfectly fine to get that fill. Many artists also offer patch tests, where they apply a few lashes per eye, but the only issue with that is the amount of adhesive used in that service compared to a full set is minimal, so you're not going to get the full effect. Patch tests are great to give you some peace of mind, but they're not 100% reliable, just something to keep in mind.
There are different styles you can do for your wedding depending on your eye shape. I always recommend volume for a lush set but classic lashes can also look beautiful.
Lots of brides also opt for a curlier lash, which is more noticeable from the front, so great for pictures! Definitely keep in mind what type of makeup you are planning on having for the wedding as well. You want something that will accentuate your eyes and makeup.
Always let your makeup artist know, beforehand, that you are getting lash extensions. It's up to you as far as makeup if you're going to want to wear a gel eyeliner. Most makeup artists use them, but they can get into the lash line and cause the extensions to fall out quicker. If you cleanse your lashes properly it shouldn't affect them too much, but keep that in mind. If you want to keep the risk minimal, try another option or just invest in a good lash cleanser and makeup remover and then if you have the time, book another fill before your honeymoon if you're having one.
Happy Wedding Season!