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Luxe Flair Lashes owner and lash expert Linda Luu was born and raised in LA's Echo Park, visiting her mother's salon on the weekends. By the time she was 18, Luu was hitting up beauty trade shows and having her own lash perms done. At one of the shows, she met someone from a lash company who had Luu pick up the tweezers and lashes, that is when Luu realized she was a natural. A few years later, she rented the upstairs of a spa in Pasadena and started her own business, specializing in lash extensions.
Luu started Luxe Flair Lashes in 2004 and moved to her Brentwood location five years ago. Focusing on lash extensions that grow out with your lashes without damaging them, she uses a stable glue rather than the strongest glue on the market. "You need someone who keeps your eyelashes healthy," she explained. "[Otherwise] you go from being super glamorous to a bald eagle!" While clients and Luu will decide together in a consultation what lash look is right for them, she is known for her "strip look" synthetic mink lashes that make mascara and eyeliner obsolete.
The eyelash queen is developing a tool (patent pending) that will highlight precision and simplify beauty regimens and sees a great deal of business from loyal clients and their referrals. The initial application of the lashes can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes and lasts for approximately four to six weeks with no spot refills needed. "So much of what we do is to make women feel good and start their weeks on Monday," she told us. "With lashes, you see that your eyes are always brighter."
We grabbed juices to-go and met the eyelash specialist at her cute, private studio in the Brentwood Village. While we chatted all things lashes, we also found out about her eclectic home décor, relationship with flannels and that, of course, she loves Beyoncé too.
What are you drinking today?
"It's Greens 6. Honey dew, kiwi, spinach, lemongrass and cilantro."
What was your favorite cartoon as a child?
Describe the perfect home.
"My place is a mixture of everything, I love modern but I love eclectic. I want old and new, you have to have a little Parisian, French country in there somewhere too. I like plaids."
Tall or Short?
What do you do to relax?
"I listen to audiobooks. It's different you get someone's perspective on things and it's really cool."
On that note, if you were going to buy a book as a gift for a friend what would it be?
"The Aphrodisiac Cookbook. I'm not kidding. You can give that to a guy or a girl. If you want to cook anything why wouldn't you want to cook something that would stimulate you?"
What's your sign?
Grammys or Oscars?
What's your Starbucks order?
"I'm not a big coffee drinker but I'll have a Mocha Frappuccino at all hours of the day. Six AM or midnight."
Who is the last person you wrote an actual handwritten note to?
"My photographer. We get pictures taken every couple of months and she is the last person I wrote a card to and said 'Thank you for capturing these beautiful moments in our lives.'"
Rihanna or Beyoncé?
"I love Beyoncé."
Do you check expiration dates on your food?
What music gets you ready for a workout?
"Rihanna really gets me going."
Pale Pink or Fuchsia?
If you could have dinner with one person who would it be?
What is your favorite piece in your closet?
"Probably a plaid flannel. I'm a mom and I work so much so I like to be comfortable. There are a few stores that I go into that I rely on for everything else."
Camping or Resort?
What is your favorite quote?
"'The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion but cosmetics are easier to buy,'-Yves Saint Laurent."
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