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Vogue Arabia’s Little Black Book of Eyelash Experts

Photo: Irving Penn

Photo: Irving Penn

The transformative powers of eyelash extensions are undeniable, so it is no wonder that Arab women––with their unmatched penchant for glamour––have added them into their everyday beauty routines. With the instant ability to add the kind of depth and definition to the eyes that even the best mascara cannot replicate (and minimize your makeup process), the lash-boosting procedure has skyrocketed to popularity in our region. Plus, with the Middle Eastern climate, lash extensions are a full-proof way to avoid smudgy eyes. “Extensions are ideal for those who want full, fluttery lashes without the fuss that comes with mascara,” says Susanna, eyelash expert from Tips and Toes in Dubai Media City. For the most natural, and subtle effect, Susanna likes to mix extensions of varying lengths (the fibres range from 6mm to 16mm). “Eyelash extensions can last up to a month, if properly cared for,” she says. To prolong the results, Susanna suggests avoiding putting oil-based products on the lashes, combing them out regularly, and gently removing eye makeup.

When it comes to choosing a salon, there are a few things to consider. First, find out whether your aesthetician is certified to carry out the procedure. Additionally, consider the quality of hair and glue––opt for a formaldehyde-free adhesive––used to avoid any potential allergic reactions or permanent hair loss. Fortunately, lash salons are in a breakout status and are popping up all across the region; it’s never been easier to achieve the thick, brow-grazing lashes you’ve always wanted. We’ve done your homework for you and have rounded up the best spots to get semi-permanent eyelash extensions, from Bahrain and beyond.

Dubai, UAE

Tips and Toes
Arjaan Rotana, Media City
04 437 0874

Tips and Toes offers quick, hassle-free express eyelashes— where the therapist attaches small clusters of three to five false lashes at a time to your own natural lash for the woman on the go— as well as the longer, and more precise full set, which involves the therapist painstakingly applying one synthetic hair fiber at a time for the most natural results.

The Dollhouse
Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road
04 385 4484

Prior to getting eyelash extensions at The Dollhouse, a technician will take a look at your natural set in order to create a bespoke look specifically tailored to suit you.

Sister’s Beauty Lounge
The Dubai Mall, Lower ground floor
971 4 339 8500
The premier spot to take your eyelashes to great lengths, many women fly into Dubai from all across the region especially for La La Express, a lunchtime lash makeover that lasts up to a month.

Cairo, Egypt

Josy’s Beauty Salon
El Maadi-Degla-18 Rd, 206
02 2 519 6009

At Josy’s Beauty Salon, hair fibers are attached by certified technicians only. In addition, all products used are imported from the Netherlands.

Doha, Qatar

B/Attitude Spa
Beverly Hills Tower
974 4 412 2046
At the B/Attitude spa, each hair fiber is applied with pinpoint precision onto a single eyelash for supernatural results.

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Mirror Mirror Salon
Al Jabriya, Block 3A, Street 5, Bdg 128
965 2 531 0114
Lasting up to three weeks, Mirror Mirror’s eyelash extensions are a great alternative to mascara. You can even have them applied onto your bottom lashes for an instant eye-opening effect.

London, The United Kingdom

The Lash Lab
Beaute Bar, 57 Fashion St
44 7807 421345
You can pick and choose between subtle, natural, or dramatic lashes. If you’re not sure, a consultation with your specialist at the beginning of the procedure will help you determine what suits you.

Manama, Bahrain

Rd No 2819, Al Aali Shopping Center
973 1 758 1974
Conveniently located inside of a mall, don’t forget to allocate some time for an eyelash-enhancing session after your shopping spree.

New York, New York

Blink Brow Bar
Saks Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor
212 940 4186
At Blink Brow Bar, synthetic hair fibers in all size ranges are applied onto the lash lines for an eye-opening effect that lasts up to six weeks.

Riyadh, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Maison de Joelle
Serkon, Bdg 14, Olaya St
966 11 293 3222
An hour-long procedure, the semi-permanent eyelash extensions come in a range of different sizes. Get them medium or short, or have them applied on your outer-corners to elongate your eyes.

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