I used to be seriously jealous of actresses and models who would show off the latest mascaras — their lashes are always ridiculously long and luscious — and when I would try the mascara they were marketing, I definitely did not get the same result.
Then I met Cresent Gibbons of My Permanent Makeup AZ, eye lash extension extraordinaire, and realized that my lashes could look just as amazing as those mascara models.
Cresent’s studio is located at 70th Street & Shea in the Scottsdale Strands Salon. It’s a cute little space with a comfy purple chair for her clients and a killer boutique featuring clothing (much of it is customized by Cresent), jewelry, purses and more.
The first time I went to see Cresent I was a little nervous. My only experience with fake lashes was the kind you apply yourself and I didn’t quite understand how extensions would work. Cresent eased my nerves right away. She explained the process of the 3D-Lashes, first by showing me pictures of my options of lashes … length and look. She said it would take about an hour and a half to apply a full set and that it wouldn’t hurt, but that I should keep my eyes closed the whole time because the glue can burn a bit if it gets into the eye.
Cresent explained that 3D-Lashes are the safest application method on the market — resistant to water, sweating, tears — you name it. She said that most of her clients can go between 3 to 4 weeks before they need a “fill,” which takes about the half the time of applying a full set and is meant to add lashes where there has been some loss.
It was easy. We chatted the whole time and before I knew it, she was handing me a mirror to check out the results. My lashes looked amazing and felt light and natural; there was no clumpy glue and no irritation. I suddenly felt the urge to bat my lashes at every person I saw throughout the day. The coolest part is that when you wake up in the morning, your eyes look perfect already — no smeared makeup and no need to apply any eye makeup except a little mascara to your bottom lashes.
The one negative? My lashes were so long that they were hitting my sunglass lenses! A problem I’m VERY willing to deal with for the amazing results.