When Beyoncé said those infamous words, “I woke up like this,” she probably had eyelash extensions on. Seriously, they’ll have you waking up looking good. It’s one of those things you can do to your face that seems so simple, but really, it makes all the difference. Thick and lush eyelashes are something that every girl (at least every girl at Byrdie) strives for. Plus, there’s the added bonus of never having to wear mascara, which can be quite tedious to put on our tired eyes every morning.
The trick to eyelash extensions is finding the right place that works for you. From Los Angeles all the way to New York City, there is an assortment of under-the-radar yet exceptional eyelash extension spots. Luckily for you, we’ve decided to let you in on the industry’s best-kept secrets to incredible lashes. Keep scrolling to find out all the hole-in-the-wall spots for a flawless look of your own.
First of all, Byrdie editor Amanda swears by this place. The founder, also named Amanda, is smart, speedy, and has an incredibly calming presence—and the lashes from here last forever. A full set of synthetic eyelashes (that are both soft and comfortable, might I add) costs $125 and takes up to 90 minutes.
Address: 1250 N. La Brea Ave., Suite #122
Phone: (206) 747-7858
Don't feel like driving in L.A. traffic to get your eyelash extensions? Us either. Luckily, Sugarlash has ambassadors all over the country who you can either visit in their salon or who will come to your house. It's an amazing Canadian lash-extension brand that has incredible consistency and is definitely worth trying. (Prices per ambassador vary.)
Phone Number: (844) 757-5274
We got the scoop on this place from PopSugar beauty reporter and producer Kirbie Johnson, so you know it's good. The founder, Gloria, is incredibly meticulous and interesting to talk to. In fact, she used to be an actress in Malaysia and has a one-of-a-kind story about how she started doing lashes (ask her about it if you try this place out). Beverly Hills Lashes has something for everyone—the lashes vary in thickness, length, texture, and curl, so you're bound to find what you're looking for. They offer a range of prices, but the natural set ranges from $200 to $300.
Address: 872 Huntley Drive, West Hollywood
Phone Number: (310) 500-0551
Oodles of L.A.-based beauty insiders (including a few members of the Byrdie team, plus a slew of models) swear by Arianna Montazem, who might just be considered the Michelangelo of L.A. lash extensions. Montazem's salon is tucked inside the Phenix Salon Suites on La Brea, so if you never knew about it, you might miss it. Her delicate handiwork ranges in price from $200 for a classic full set to $225 for a hybrid full set.
Address: 1250 N. La Brea Ave., Suite 127, West Hollywood
Phone Number: (323) 238-5001
According to Byrdie's editorial director, Faith Xue, Pucker is responsible for some of the best lash extensions in a city that can sometimes offer too many options to navigate. "I just got mine done there and love the effect," she says. "They're super natural-looking, and they really take the time and care to ask exactly what you want before they get started. Also tailor the lash type they use to your natural lashes. Plus, mine have lasted over a month!" Better yet, full sets start at a competitive $160.
Address: 129 Grand St. (among other locations)
Phone Number: (212) 334-3690
We got the juicy details on this place from another very reliable source, PopSugar's senior beauty editor, Lauren Levinson. Beautiful Soul's founder, Soul Lee, believes that brows frame the entire face and that lashes are the finishing touch to the face. She has even worked with famous faces Alicia Keys, Uma Thurman, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Chrissy Teigen, and Julia Roberts. A full set costs $460, but it's worth every penny.
Address: 1133 Broadway, Suite 1018
This boutique is the newest, chicest, up-and-coming haven for all things beauty. Akai's artistry has been featured in publications like The New York Times, Allure, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. We even heard from a reputable source in the beauty industry that Glossier founder Emily Weiss gets her lashes here. Full sets range from $250 to $450.
Address: 594 Broadway, Suite 920
Phone Number: (212) 226-2166
Emily Oberg, beauty icon and creative lead at Kith, only trusts the artists at JJ Eyelashes to do her extensions. As she told The Coveteur, "JJ Eyelashes ... [is] the only place I go now. They are very clean and professional and they give you a free ten minute foot massage each time you go! The lashes stay on the longest out of all the places I tried, around three to four weeks. And their prices aren't too bad. [$200 for a standard full set.] They also have multiple locations so it's convenient no matter where you live in [New York]."
Address: 56 W. 56th St., Floor 2 (among other locations)
Phone Number: (212) 244-2921
Eyelash extensions not for you? Read about how to tint your own eyelashes for $17.