Lash Lift and Tint vs Extensions: Which One Should You Get?

Lash Lift and Tint vs Extensions: Which One Should You Get?

Imagine waking up to effortlessly-done lashes without reaching for mascara—that's the magic of eyelash enhancements! Both treatments offer a polished look, but there are many differences between them that you should know about before making your final decision.

If you’re torn between a lash lift and an extension, this article will help you pick the right treatment that matches your lifestyle and beauty goals.

Comparing Lash Lift and Tint vs Extensions

Key Differences

A lash lift is a gentle perm that lifts and curls your natural lashes to make them look longer and more defined. This is followed by a darkening tint for them to stand out even more and look like you’re wearing mascara!

Here's what a lash lift looks like:

On the other hand, eyelash extensions involve attaching individual lashes, one by one, to your natural lashes to lengthen and add volume.

Here's what a set of classic eyelash extensions looks like:

The Final Look

Eyelash extensions are highly customizable and can work for any eye type, while lash lifts typically work best for people with naturally longer lashes.

Since a lash lift is curling and darkening your natural lash, the effectiveness depends more on the natural length and thickness of your lashes. 

On the other hand, lash extensions can work even if your lashes are too short for a lift. Regardless of your natural lash length or density, it’s possible to add extra length, curl, and volume to achieve a bolder look. If big, loud lashes aren’t your thing, achieving a natural look with extensions is also possible! 

Cost and Maintenance 

Lash lifts are cheaper and last longer than eyelash extensions.

Extensions cost more time and money because of the materials used and the meticulous process of applying them. This can take around 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on your chosen style. On top of this, most people opt for refills every 2 to 3 weeks to keep extensions looking their best.

Lash lifts and tints offer a more budget-friendly, lower-maintenance option. The whole process only takes about an hour to complete and a single treatment can last for 6 to 8 weeks before you need a refresh.

While both options are certainly part of a low-maintenance lifestyle, lash lifts may involve slightly less time overall.


A lash lift and tint is easier to maintain, while extensions require slightly more effort and upkeep.

In the first 48 hours after a lash lift, you’ll have to avoid getting your lashes wet to ensure the perm sets completely. After that, you can apply mascara and makeup, but do make sure that they’re not waterproof or oil-based to preserve the curl longer.

For extensions, you also need to avoid oil-based makeup so as not to weaken the lash glue. You’ll also have to brush your lashes regularly and stop rubbing your eyes to maintain their shape and prevent damage.

Lash Lift vs. Eyelash Extension: How to Choose

Now that we've explored the pros and cons of lash lift vs. extensions, it's time to make your decision: which treatment best suits your unique needs?

The ideal choice boils down to your desired look and lifestyle:

  • Want a natural, low-maintenance boost? A lash lift and tint might be your perfect match.
  • Looking for a dramatic transformation? If you don’t mind more maintenance, eyelash extensions would be a better choice.
  • Have naturally long lashes? A lash lift could easily elevate your natural look.
  • Have naturally short lashes? You may want to opt for lash extensions to offer a more visible enhancement.

No matter which one you pick, both treatments can level up your everyday look and enhance your natural beauty. For personalized guidance, your lash artist can give recommendations on what style works best for your specific eye type.

At Laid&Lashed, we’re passionate about helping you achieve your dream lashes. We offer consultations to understand your unique needs so you can get a treatment that flatters your eye shape and natural lash length. We prioritize lash health above all else, utilizing high-quality products to deliver long-lasting results.


Have any specific questions or concerns? Feel free to reach out to us here.

If you’re ready to get started on your lash journey, book an appointment here with Emma, 5X certified lash artist with 65+ 5-star reviews.

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