Forty Winks

Photo credit: Nicole Popma

Beauty in the eye of the beholder is a cliché of the past—today, it’s on the eye. Eyelash extensions, done well, are nothing like the drag queen–esque press-on strips at the drugstore. And this is no lash-weave. Attached to your own lashes, one faux-mink hair at a time, the extensions render mascara obsolete. It’s that payoff that led Cynthia Tsang, owner of Lash L’Amour in Newton, to learn the extension craft seven years ago. “The eyes are important in making a positive impression,” says Tsang. “Knowing that I’m able to help our clients improve their appearance and self-confidence is what drives my passion.” Come mid-November, Tsang and her team bring the specialized service out of the ’burbs to Newbury, where the second Lash L’Amour location opens.

Tsang and her team offer three sets—natural, dramatic and luxurious. With a pair of long tweezers in each hand, the beautician grabs a single extension and dips it into a dark adhesive before using the other tweezers to isolate one lash on your lid. Once it’s been singled out, she glues the superficial lash to the real one, as though welding wires. Repeat 70 or so times over the next hour and a half, and you’ve got yourself a set of bat-worthy lashes for a month or more, depending on care.

The result is elegant, but also habit-forming. “I don’t want this to be a one-time thing,” says Tsang. “And if it is, I’m going to give [the client] the best experience.” A warning on that experience: It’ll make you feel like flirting.

Eyelash Extensions
$145-$355, at Lash L’Amour | 129 Newbury St., Suite 201, Boston | 617-247-1871 | 55 Langley Road, Newton | 617-916-1209 |

This article originally appeared in the October 31, 2012, issue of The Improper Bostonian.