Eyelash Extensions

It’s not that I needed eyelash extensions. It’s that when Amy Presson of Jett Makeup practically swatted me with hers, I had to have some, too.

A local makeup artist and certified Lavish Lashes professional, Presson makes a living giving women the ultimate beauty mark: endlessly long, incredibly lush, and perfectly curled lashes. Compared to false eyelashes, which are temporary, and prescription lash-growth serums, which have potentially irritating side effects, eyelash extensions are a high-drama, low-maintenance option for anyone seeking a dark, fluttery fringe.

Presson travels to clients’ homes to apply the extensions, bringing with her the trappings of a spa. While I lay on a heated, pillow-topped table, a soothing mask under my eyes, she attaches black synthetic threads to my upper lashes only using tweezers and an adhesive. It’s a tedious process for Presson, who individually applies about 50 extensions to each eye over the next two hours. For me, however, it’s painless and the perfect excuse to take a nap.

My new lashes look like something out of a mascara ad: long, thick, and a little bit fake. I love that they are completely weightless and require zero curling or mascara. All the extensions need is a quick comb-through each morning and—bam!—I’m channeling Brigitte Bardot.

With proper care (no oil-based products, eye-rubbing, etc.) the extensions will last four to eight weeks. Then they fall out along with your natural lashes, which are constantly re-growing. Presson likes to replace lost lashes with new extensions on a monthly basis, to keep them looking full.

To my surprise, I become somewhat, um, attached to my extensions. They make me look instantly more awake—and glamorous. If money were no object, I wouldn’t bat an eye at keeping them around for good.

What: Eyelash Extensions
Where: 3940 W. 50th St., Edina, 651-373-1702, jettmakeup.com
Time: 2 hours for initial set; 1 hour for fills
Price: $250 for initial set; $100 for fills

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THE EXPERT: Rhonda Jackson, the makeup artist behind many of the Cities’ most beautiful brides, shares her tricks for creating the perfect red pout.

“Red lipstick magnifies flaws, so it’s important to care for your lips.” Jackson swears by the Embryolisse skincare line. Buff lips with the Exfoliating Cream ($30), moisturize with the Vitamin Cream ($37), and top with the Lips Protection Stick ($12).

LAYERED EFFECT: Line lips with a waterproof pencil, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips in 8C ($17), then use a lip brush to apply lipstick so the color stays put. Jackson’s favorite shade: NVEY Eco Organic Lipstick #369 ($28).

EASY DOES IT: If you’re not confident enough to wear red lipstick, try a sheer gloss. “Becca Glossy Lip Tint in Cherry Bomb ($23) is a very versatile shade, great for the office or daytime.”

To book Jackson for an event, visit rhondajacksonbeauty.com.

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