Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell is maybe best known as the founder of Stila, but she's slowly becoming the unofficial ITG eyelash correspondent. First she taught us all how to apply individual lashes while (literally) opening our eyes to the idea using a fan brush in lieu of a mascara wand, and now she's got a trick up her sleeve for those who like to enjoy an occasional indulgence: just have somebody else do it—while you lay on your couch. That's right, lash extension house calls.
Every woman has what I call their "desert island" product, and mine happens to be mascara. I am sad to admit that even in an emergency landing situation you might actually see me clutching my mascara instead of assisting the elderly passenger across the aisle. When it's vacation time and I know I am going to the beach panic sets in, as I am not a fan of streaming mascara in the ocean. Then I found out that Setsuko, my makeup artist friend, does house call eyelash extensions. I leapt at the chance; any beauty treatment I can do at home is preferred.
The whole process took around 90 minutes (with chatting and interruptions from my teenage daughters), but it did involve laying down, which is another favorite activity of mine. She charges depending on how many lashes she applies. For mine, she used 70 individuals on each eye, which totaled to around $150. It was amazing when I saw the end results, they looked so full, and fluffy, and real. Two weeks on the beach and they held up beautifully, and they lasted for another week after that. I guess Setsuko is my new desert-island product!
To inquire when and if the jet-setting Setsuko will be in your general vicinity, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.