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All About Eyelash Extensions for Women Over 50

By Sandra Roussy April 14, 2023 Beauty

Have you heard about eyelash extensions? Are you thinking of getting them? They are rising in popularity and it’s now easier and easier to find eyelash technicians who perform eyelash extensions.

Last year I started getting eyelash extensions after meeting a new friend who I thought had great-looking eyelashes. She was a woman my age, and I ponied up the courage to ask her why her eyelashes were so perfect all the time. She replied, “Eyelash extensions!”

I had already heard about eyelash extensions before but, to me, it seemed like an arduous and inaccessible procedure to go through. After a few conversations with my perfect-lashed friend, I decided to book an appointment with her eyelash technician and try it out for myself.

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are synthetic lashes that are glued individually to your existing natural lashes. Yes, it’s a procedure that’s as long as it sounds. My first initial appointment took almost two hours and the following appointments, called fill-ins, were about an hour each (every two to three weeks).

Extensions are typically made of silk, mink, or synthetic fiber and each type varies in cost.

My Personal Experience with Eyelash Extensions

I decided to get eyelash extensions from a nearby certified technician – the same one as my perfect-lashed friend. The place was clean and had soft music playing. I told her what I wanted, and she showed me pictures of different types of extensions. I opted for a very natural look with a natural curve. In silk.

She determined the numbers, and I lay down and closed my eyes. She placed a pad on the undereye area to hold down the bottom lashes and proceeded to wash my top lashes.

The eyelash extensions are tediously placed on each of your existing lashes. The more lashes you have, the longer it takes. There is no pain – I think I even fell asleep for a short while.

When she was finished, she gently brushed the eyelashes and placed a small fan to dry them for about 10 minutes. She gave me a mirror to check my new fluttery eyelashes out. I absolutely loved the look!

The technician instructed me of the aftercare, which consists of keeping the eyelashes completely dry for 24 hours and then regular cleanings with a specialized cleaning product or baby shampoo.

I started going regularly, about every two or three weeks, to fill in the lashes that had fallen off. This happens regularly. These appointments are never more than an hour, depending on how many lashes she needed to replace.

After a few months, I realized that my lashes were thinning out. The technician noticed also. She hardly had any new lashes to put the extensions on. The golden rule of eyelash extensions is that you need to have natural lashes to attach the extensions to. No lashes, no extensions. I removed the remaining few extensions and waited for new lashes to grow. It wasn’t a pleasant transition, to say the least.

My friend, on the other hand, has been getting extensions and fill-ins for years without any breaks. She is in her 50s, like me.

Pros and Cons of Eyelash Extensions


They Look Natural

I absolutely love the look of my eyes with extensions. I make sure to ask for a natural look and curve.

No More Mascara

This one was a big pro for me. I have been wearing mascara every single day since I was a teenager. That’s a lot of mascara!

You Wake Up Like That!

I love the freedom of waking up and having a very minimal makeup regimen when I have eyelash extensions. Definitely love what I see in the mirror first thing in the morning!

They Feel Light, Compared to Layers of Mascara or Falsies

Unlike mascara which can feel clumpy or false eyelashes that can feel heavy, extensions feel light and breezy.



They are not cheap and it’s a constant dip in your wallet to upkeep the look.


The first appointment can last up to two hours – depending on your technician. The subsequent appointments are typically about an hour long.

Reduce Natural Lashes

The extensions (and glue) can cause weakness in your natural lashes, and they can fall out with the extensions. At least that was my experience.

Risk of Infection or Irritation

Any procedure that involves tweezers, glue, and a stranger’s hands near your eyes opens the door to possible bacteria or viruses. Also, some women may be sensitive to the adhesive and get irritation.

Would I get eyelash extensions again? Yes. I do love the look of the extensions and If I am to get them again, I will make sure the lash technician is knowledgeable about older women’s lashes.

If eyelash extensions are not for you but you still want full lashes, read 13 BEST MASCARAS FOR OLDER WOMEN and 7 BEST NATURAL MASCARAS FOR OLDER WOMEN.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Do you have eyelash extensions and love them? Have you ever gotten them and hated them? Will be getting eyelash extensions? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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Jane Moore

Please, please do not use mink extensions. So cruel!

Sandra Roussy

Hi Jane,
I am 100% with you on that one. I would never choose the mink extensions, but I had to mention in the article the options that exist.
Thanks for caring for the animals! :))


Insects are killed after they produce silk.


I’m 58 years old and have been getting lash extensions for about 10 years. My natural lashes have always been short and skimpy. Extensions have been a game changer.

Just like the hair on your head, your lashes shed naturally and go through shedding cycles. So lash extension loss is normal.

I do use a lash growth serum that helps my natural lashes grow longercand thicker. This has allowed me to get longer extensions than the shorter ones I had to get initially because my natural lashes couldn’t handle l9ng ones. Grande Lash is exceptional. If you don’t want extensions due to cost/time, that might be a solution.

I highly recommend lash extensions, but I’ll warn you, they are addictive!

shaggy maggie

Thanks so much for the real-deal articleI !! I love the look. Your story has convinced me that I ought to try false eyelashes, applied for special evening.
The extensions are beyond my fun zone.

Carol Muro

I get extensions occasionally, however living in Austin Tx allergies can be problematic so stopped. I found having fillers too time consuming. It may be the glue that was used that caused eye irritation.


After several years of living happily with the results of permanent eyeliner, I decided to step it up a notch and go for the eyelash extensions. I absolutely l loved the look! Knowing that I would wake up each morning almost ready to go was fabulous.
However, I quickly discovered that contact lenses shortened the lifespan of the glue and they needed more frequent replacement. And I also experienced a significant thinning of my lashes.
I know other women who use them successfully and they look great! I have to say, I’m a little envious!

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website:

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