Once we heard that starlets Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were leading the oh-so glamorous eyelash extensions trend, I called around to see who could help add some lush to my lashes. Turns out that Edina’s <a href="http://www.adayatthespa.com/" target="_blank">The Day Spa</a> owner Diane Cook and technician Briana Mathwig have teamed up to train with NovaLash, the company that lengthened celebrities’ lashes at the Emmy’s preshow.
Though I’m not a big fan of fake eyelash strips—they stick after each blink, fall off within hours, and feel more Red Light District than Warehouse District—the idea of adding some perfectly curved, semipermanent, synthetic extensions to my own short, stubby ones was enticing. With extensions, each individual piece is glued straight to the lash instead of the lid, and it’s totally painless, except maybe for the $250 bill (which is nearly double on the coasts). Minneapolis’s <a href="http://www.extrados-spa.com/" target="_blank">Extrados Le Spa</a> is also on the lash wagon, charging $300 for a full set and $150 for a half. Unlike the drugstore version, extensions are surprisingly natural with an authentic look and feel. Lashes last about six to eight weeks, but it’s common to get touch-ups every few weeks. You pick the length, quantity, and even the color—black’s a classic, but purple, for example, can make hazel eyes pop.</p>
Whatever you choose, the beauty of extensions is that no one can tell they’re false. They make such a subtle and elegant difference you’ll soon forget the lightweight lashes are even there—until the next compliment.</p>
<em>The Day Spa, 7575 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-830-0100; Extrados, 3100 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-920-0227</em></p>