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Interview with Ignacia Garcia of Chicago’s Flutter Lash Studio on Lash Extensions

Kim Kardashian is known for her dramatic, dark eyelashes that give her a glam look 24/7.  Many celebs have been wearing lash extensions to help play up their eyes for years.  With salons specializing in eyelashes popping up around the nation, you will be batting your flirtatious lashes in no time.

I recently spoke with Ignacia Garcia, Master Lash Artist and owner of  Flutter Lash Studio in Chicago.  “Lashes to me are truly an art form. My trademark is that I customize unique lashes for each person, taking into account face shape, eye shape, lifestyle, and a myriad of other factors.”  I observed as she applied individual synthetic polyester extensions, one at a time, to her client’s individual lashes.  The results were amazing and added instant glamour.

At Flutter, the fullest and most luxurious lash service offered is the signature Flutter look ($475).  If you want to ease into extenstions, try The Tease, which is a lighter way to wear extensions, adding length and curl to your natural lash line ($250).  Cat eyes is a fun, sultry look with lashes applied only to the outer corners($150).  The procedure is painless and lasts about 90 to 150 minutes to apply a full set.  Touch-ups can be done in 60 minutes. Garcia recommends having your lashes maintained every 3 weeks.  Learn more about flutterlashstudio.com.

Extensions are not only a perfect solution for women with light colored or sparse lashes.  They create a more rested and youthful looking eye or as Garcia calls it, “An instant eye-lift”.  Another bonus is that you can cut down on the time you spend on your makeup.  Mascara will no longer be necessary and since lashes are bigger at the base, they create the same effect as eyeliner.

When asked what inspires her, Garcia shared a story about a pleased client.  “She said she feels beautiful again when she looks in the mirror.”  That is priceless.

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