Friday, August 1, 2014

[Living/Press Article] The Experience of Eyelash Extensions in Korea

The Experience of Eyelash Extensions in Korea
Eyelash extensions are something many of you may have read about before coming to Korea. I have always been intrigued by them but also they are a bit scary. I assumed that the second they were glued to me I’d look like a crazy drag queen which wouldn't be a bad thing if I wasn't a teacher to teenager boys.

Since I had a big event to go to I decided to take the plunge.

All I knew about eyelash extensions was they were invented in Korea so I started researching to find out a little more. Here are some of the questions I wanted to find the answers to and maybe they can help you guys too:

How long do they last?

I always assumed they would last about a week. After some research I discovered they can last up to 90 days but the average you can hope for before they start to look un-even is about a month.

How do they apply them?

This process was particularly important to me since I knew that it would be a non-English speaking person applying them. I was asked to lie on the bed and the lady put tape under my eyes and on top of my eyelids. She also put tape on my eyebrows to stop glue getting on them.

It is odd to be forced to keep your eyes closed but as long as you relax it is fine. It is not even slightly painful and it didn't seem like a long time, even if it was 45 minutes. The oddest part of the process was when she put a ball of cotton up one of my nostrils. This, i'm guessing , is to stop you smelling the glue but it felt odd since I had my eyes closed and couldn't ask her in English why she'd done it. I’ve also heard that the cotton in the nostril isn’t done by all of the beauty shops.

How long does it take?

As mentioned above, it took about 45 minutes but can be up to an hour. Next time I get it done, as long as I go before they all fall out, it should only be about 35 minutes.

What do you ask for?

Acrylic - This is the most common. It is the ones I have and they feel plastic but look great.
Mink - The softest and most expensive type.Weirdly you still have to add mascara and curl them.

A lot of stores will only specialize in one or two materials so if you do have specific ones you want ask first.

The two important decisions are the curl: J-curl or C-curl.

J-curl is a straighter lash that you can curl yourself if you want even more curl. It looks more natural as it grows out , feels less plastic and is more subtle. It is the most common for Asian people.

C-curl is a pre-curled lash. It requires no work but I have heard that the curl can be quite extreme as your own lashes start to grow. These are much thicker and perfect if you like a bold look.


I went for 11mm but the lady was desperate to give me 12mm. A mm difference doesn't sound like a lot but it makes a huge difference when it comes to something as small as your lashes. Next time I will definitely be going for a shorter length such as a 10mm or 9mm since I don’t want them to look really noticeable

I was told once to always wear extra eye makeup if you wear glasses. This is very true and also applies for your lashes. Like I mentioned before, the 11mm C-curls are quite big but behind my glasses they are much less noticeable.If you don't wear glasses then maybe a j-curl would be a better fit.

-Don't get them wet for a few hours after application. They will come un-stuck if you do.

-Don't get oil on them. If you use make up wipes just be careful around them. You won't need eyeliner or mascara with them so it shouldn't be such a problem.

Since having them I have actually stopped wearing make-up all together. They eyes make up for everything else I’m not wearing. I put lipstick on if I go out but it’s a relief to not have to worry so much. I should make more of an effort but with the lashes I’m becoming really lazy. In the heat it’s also great to not worry about mascara

How much do they cost?

I paid 40,000 won which is about 20 pound and it is really great value. Other places I’ve found since my first application will do them for 35,000 won.

I am a complete convert and I think while I’m in Korea I will treat myself to it anytime I have an event coming up.
I just walked into a place that had eyelash before and after pictures on the outside and she laid me down straight away without questioning. Because it is a long process if might be good to book but I wasn't in a rush so I just chanced it.


The first time I had these applied I went for the C-curl 11mm. These looked great on nights out but were a little too much for my day to day teaching life. If I was to get them again I’d go for a less curled and more natural J-curl with a shorter length. But this is all personal preference. The C- curl grew out a little un-even which was made more noticeable by the thickness of the lashes, the J-curl will give you a more natural and subtle difference as they start to fall out.

There are many beauty shops that do this kind of thing. Look for either a drawing of lashes on the outside or a before and after picture on the door.


  1. and the location please?

    1. Hello. You may find ones as same as the shop Tania introduced in her writing at 'Yasi Alley' in Daegu (Find out the location on the google map here▶ Sorry that I can't spell the specific shop and the location :-(

    2. Is that in downtown Daegu?

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