The beauty of eyelash extensions is that they make you feel dressed up without wearing any makeup at all. However, many of our clients ask if they can wear makeup with their eyelash extensions and the answer is yes, of course! You just need to be mindful of the products you’re using in order to help your lashes stay on for as long as possible.
- Use oil-free products
It’s not makeup that’s the problem, it’s the oil within each product. Oil-based products around your eye area can break down the glue and cause your lashes to fall out prematurely. We recommend using oil-free skincare and oil-free makeup around your eye area.
- Avoid pulling or tugging your lashes
Whether you’re applying or removing your makeup, be gentle around the eye area. You want to avoid tugging or pulling on your lashes as this can weaken the bond and cause them to fall out earlier.
- Mascara do’s and don’ts
Your lashes will last the longest if you avoid using mascara at all. Once you have your full, lush lashes, you won’t need to wear mascara as they naturally make your eyes pop. However, if you do want to wear mascara, apply it to your bottom lashes first – you may find that’s all you need. If you still want more, we recommend using an oil-free mascara.
- Avoid waterproof makeup
The issue with waterproof makeup is that it’s impossible to remove without using an oil-based product. And we want to avoid oil-based products at all costs. Eyelash extensions are sensitive to oil as it can break down the lash adhesive and cause your extensions to fall out prematurely.
- Ditch the lash curler
Eyelash extensions have a natural curl already so you don’t need to use a lash curler. In fact, lash curlers can cause unnecessary tugging on your extensions – which we definitely don’t want! Embrace a simple makeup routine and ditch the curler.
- Apply products gently
When you have lash extensions, be more mindful of the application. When it comes to eyeshadow, we recommend blending from your lid to your brow – in a gentle movement away from your extensions. It’s all about reducing the wear and tear on your lashes as you apply makeup.
- Safely remove products
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it one more time – avoid oil at all costs. Be super gentle when removing your makeup – we recommend using an oil-free makeup wipe, followed by a super gentle cleansing routine. And remember to wash your lash extensions every 2-3 days with a lash cleanser.
- Groom lashes daily
Keep your lashes clean and looking fresh by combing them with a lash wand (or spoolie) every day. This ensures they aren’t crisscrossed and keeps them looking full and luscious.
So now you know how to wear makeup and keep your lash extensions looking fabulous. If you’re after more tips on how to make your lash extensions last longer, check out our top 8 tips here.