Permanent solution for luscious lashes a growing trend

Eyelash extension specialist Jacqui Doogan spends every day doing what she loves with her business Lashious Permanent Lash Extensions.
Eyelash extension specialist Jacqui Doogan spends every day doing what she loves with her business Lashious Permanent Lash Extensions. Brenda Strong

DO you wish you could wake up everyday with long, luscious eyelashes?

Eyelash extensions are becoming an increasingly popular beauty trend and Gladstone women are jumping on board.

So much so, that extension specialist Jacqui Doogan, 25, was enticed to move back to the region at the end of 2010 to run her business Lashious Permanent Lash Extensions.

Ms Doogan lived in Gladstone during her senior school years, but then moved to Brisbane for about four years where she completed a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy and undertook training in eyelash extensions.

While working in salons, eyelash extensions quickly because her favourite service for clients.

"You can customise it to each person," she said, explaining that lashes come in different sizes and colours, including ombre.

She started visiting Gladstone monthly to do lashes in 2009 and after being booked out every time she came back she decided there was a strong enough niche in the market to move.

"To my knowledge I was the first one to do it here. I might be the most experienced person in town," she said.

The beautician is also skilled in airbrush make-up and styling eyebrows.

Ms Doogan said that her volume lashes were particularly popular with people with brides and those involved in photo shoots or stage work.

Some of the contestants in Saturday night's local Maxim Australian Swimsuit Model of the Year competition final are fans of her work.

"I think they like these because instead of having to stick them on every time they last," she said of their popularity with models.

"They can last about five to six weeks without regular in-fills. Generally clients will do in-fills every two to three weeks."

Women with no ambition to hit the stage are also fans of Ms Doogan's work, choosing more subtle lash extensions.

"It brightens your face, especially if you are wearing little to no makeup," she said.

"It saves time in terms of mascara and probably in terms of makeup as well."

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