Eyelash extensions are a great option for those wanting to elevate an eye look for more than just a night. They last anywhere from six to eight weeks and make it so that you don’t even really need eye makeup. “The eyes are so opened with lash extensions, the clients find themselves wearing less makeup,” says Blink Brow Bar brow and lash-extension expert Sabah Feroz.
Upkeep isn’t too taxing either (thank the beauty gods for that), but there are some general rules to keep in mind. We asked Feroz and celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes about how to keep eyelash extensions in tip-top shape long after we get them done. Read below to see their tips.
Avoid Water for the First 24 Hours
You want the glue to really set in so that your lashes last as long as possible. Feroz tells clients to wash around the eye when cleansing their face and to use an oil-free makeup remover if they have to clean makeup off. To avoid washing the lashes directly within the first 24 hours, keep the eye makeup to a minimum to maximize the extensions.
Avoid Oil-Based Products
According to Hughes, oil breaks downs the glue that holds up the lashes, so she encourages clients to avoid oil-cleansers, oil makeup removers, and anything that is oil-based. Instead, try a gel-based remover (like the Nars Aqua Infused Makeup Removing Water) to avoid dissolving the glue.
Avoid Waterproof Eye Products
Waterproof anything is really tough to get off. It usually takes a strong oil cleanser and a lot of rubbing to remove it. Both Feroz and Hughes say that you don’t even need mascara or liner when your lash extensions are in, the extensions offer a similar effect to the typical eye-enhancing makeup. In the event you still want to wear a typical eye look, it’s better to go the non-waterproof route so that your eye makeup is easier to remove.
Try Not to Curl
We know, we know our eyelash curler is a holy grail tool in our makeup bags but, with lash extensions, it's best to listen to Hughes and lay off the curler.
“You might get a bend that won’t go away,” says Hughes. If you do end up curling your lashes with an eyelash curler, Hughes says to do a very light pulse as opposed to a big squeeze.
To maintain your new fluttery lashes, make sure to occasionally brush them out. “The rule of thumb is to only brush them out when needed,” says Feroz. Hughes agrees. “I would curl [lashes] with an eyelash comb,” she says.
Don’t Pick Or Pull Lashes
As tempting as it may seem, Feroz encourages clients to resist that urge to play with their lashes throughout the day, or while cleansing. Not only can fiddling with the extensions pull out the false lashes, but it can also end up damaging your natural lashes.