The Best (and Worst) Makeup for Eyelash Extensions
The good news: Your eyelash extensions look dope. The bad news: Half your eye-makeup collection needs to go. True, eyelash extensions can last for up to six weeks, but wearing the wrong makeup can lead to lash fallout and extension damage, dramatically decreasing the length of time your lash extensions look full and fabulous.
Scroll through for the makeup products to wear (and avoid) when you have eyelash extensions.
One weird consequence of having mile-long individual false lashes: Your eyelashes get tangled. And dragging a sticky pencil liner along the lash line, where eyelash extensions form their tenuous bonds, just worsens tangling and lash fallout. And there’s the aftermath: Cream and gel eyeliners can leave a gummy residue on extensions, making removal an utter bitch. You’ve been warned.
Fact: You can wear mascara without destroying your lashes. Just avoid “tubing” formulas — meaning, the kind that slips off in water, without requiring remover. Tube mascara can literally be pulled off natural lashes with a little moisture and light pressure, but this formula sticks like glue to falsies. You’ll get it off — but not without losing a few (pricey, hard-earned) lashes.
If it’s not obvious by now, smudge-proof and budge-proof eye makeup is generally bad news for lash extensions. This includes water-resistant or waterproof liquid liner. A liquid eyeliner may seem innocent enough (it’s not creamy or gel-like), but its long-wearing will require rubbing or repeatedly touching your lashes to remove it, all of which will shorten your extensions’ lifespan.
Keeping your eyelash extensions clean is key to making them last as long as possible. Oil-based makeup removers are best for removing stubborn eye makeup, but they also loosen the glue that bonds extensions to your lashes.