If you have eyelash extensions, chances are you paid good money for them. If you want your eyelash extensions to last, you need to take care of them to ensure that they don’t all fall out right away. This means washing them, brushing them, and avoiding certain circumstances.
If you want to know how to take care of your lashes, follow the tips below to keep you looking fresh and fabulous!
1. Wash Your Lashes
You should wash your lashes at least once a day, especially if you put mascara over them. You can find lash cleaner at a variety of places nowadays, but the one I use is from Amazing Lash Studio, my lash studio itself. Since I have to wash them with this every time I go in for an appointment, I thought purchasing it would be best, so that I’m not using different formulas on my lashes all the time. This cleanser is nice and easy to use because it’s foaming. I find that it makes my eyes a little dry, but they definitely feel clean after I use it.
You can get foaming eyelash cleaners at beauty stores online, such as BeautyGARDE. You can also find them online on Amazon, but I wouldn’t trust places like that for a product like this, because you never know what you’re getting. Another place to look for eyelash cleansers is at individual lash studios. Like Amazing Lash Studio, they are bound to have a wide variety of products such as eyeliners, mascaras, serums, as well as cleansers. If your lash studio sells these types of products, I highly suggest buying from them, that way you know exactly what you’re getting, and you know it’s safe for your lashes. When you buy online from places like Amazon, you might not be getting what you think you are, and the product could irritate your eyes, or worse, make your lashes fall out.
When you wash them, a little goes a long way. First, wet your lashes, then use a small amount of cleanser (I like to use half a pump) and gently rub it in. Make sure you’re getting from root to tip, and when you’re done, rinse the cleanser out with water, and then pat dry with a clean towel.
2. Brush Them
After I wash my lashes, they tend to look a bit clumped, so I like to brush them out with my retractable lash brush also from Amazing Lash Studio. You can also buy plastic ones in bulk, so that if you lose one, you won’t have to keep replacing them. It’s important to brush them a few times a day so that they’re nice and plump.
3. Lash Coating
This step is optional, but if you want your lashes to last longer, try applying a protective lash coating twice a week. I use this one from Amazing Lash Studio, and if you’re wondering why all my lash products are from that one specific salon, it’s because I got a great deal on a bundle that came with the cleanser, the retractable lash brush, and the coating. Honestly, the lash coating isn’t something I would’ve bought on it’s own, but since the bundle came with the one thing I needed (the cleanser), and the one thing I wanted (the brush), I figured I would just go with the whole package.
The coating is a clear protective liquid that makes your lashes stronger and helps them last longer. iLash Store has a pretty good selection of lash coatings, but the website notes that the coating “may not be compatible with all glues,” so talk to your stylist to see if the product your looking at will be ok, or if they have one they recommend. Also, if you do decide to use a coating, make sure you don’t use it until 48 hours after your session, whether you’re getting your first set or a refill.
4. Avoid Heat and Water for the First 48 Hours
Speaking of the first 48 hours, there are some “do-not’s” that you need to abide by. For the first 48 hours after your session, either full set or refill, do not get them wet or expose them to heat. If you need to shower, do so in the bathtub by letting the water run from the faucet. You can wash up as normal, just avoid your face and hair. If you HAVE to use a shower head, try wearing goggles over your eyes. I haven’t tried that method yet, but it’s one that my awesome lash stylist suggested.
Avoiding water is pretty easy, but when it comes to avoiding heat, things can get a little tricky. During the summer, the heat is pretty much unavoidable, especially here in Florida where the heat index is 109 some days. If you need to check the mail or run some errands, being outside for a few minutes is fine, but what you really want to avoid is working out, saunas, sun beds, and/or anything that will make you sweat excessively. If you can’t go without exercising for a couple of days, try taking a light paced walk after sunset. You’ll feel good because you got your body moving, and you won’t risk your lashes falling out before the glue dries.
5. Use Oil-Free and Non-Waterproof Products
If you’re a makeup lover, don’t worry, you can still apply it, as long as the products you use are oil-free and not waterproof. This means you might have to go makeup shopping!
Finding an oil-free and waterproof eyeliner is HARD. I took a special trip to Sephora to find one, and my only option was the Tartiest Double Take Eyeliner from Tarte. Although this DOES have mineral oil as an ingredient, the Beauty Advisor at Sephora told me it would be safe for my lashes, because mineral oil isn’t the type of oil that breaks down the glue. So, I trusted her, and honestly, I’m never buying a different eyeliner again, it’s the best one I’ve ever purchased! I used to use the Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in black, but it wasn’t working for me anymore. Even before I got my lash extensions, I found that the color wasn’t as pigmented anymore, and I would have to use several layers to get the dark black I desired. Also, the tip broke off real easily, which I thought was normal, until I used the Tarte eyeliner and read reviews of other people having the same issue with ColorStay.
I’ve also tried the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, and, while many people love this product, I thought it dried out to easily and wasn’t good for the thick waterline application that I like to do. The Kat Von D eyeliner is safe for extensions, but I highly recommend the Tarte one because it is double sided, and has a liquid tip as well as a crayon tip, and it’s super pigmented and long lasting.
Mascara is a lot easier to find. Even though you don’t really need it with eyelash extensions, it’s still fun to put on over them to make your lashes even longer. My two fave mascaras are the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes and the Too Faced Better Than Sex. I happen to like the Lights, Camera, Lashes a little more though, because I feel like it makes my lashes longer than the other one, plus adds volume. With the Better Than Sex, I needed a couple of layers to give me that luscious look, however, it’s still a great mascara. If you choose to get one of these options, be sure you don’t get the waterproof versions, which is called Lights, Camera, Splashes for the Tarte one, and Better Than Sex Waterproof, in a blue tube, for the Too Faced one.
With foundation, you can be a little less picky, since there are SO many oil-free options and you aren’t putting it directly on your eyes. I use the Hello Flawless Oxygen-WOW foundation from Benefit. When I first used this I thought it broke me out, but when I chose to get it a second time around, I was fine. I love this foundation because it’s full coverage, and once it oxidizes (gets darker) it matches my skin perfectly. For a more even look, I place Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish powder foundation on top, along with a translucent setting powder.
For primer and setting spray, I highly recommend the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, the Original Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, and the Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection. Urban Decay has a few different versions of the All Nighter, but the Pollution Protection one is oil-free. If you do want to use a primer or setting spray that isn’t oil free, like the MAC Fix+, or the original Urban Decay All Nighter, shield your eyes for protection with either goggles or your hand.
6. Sleep on Your Back
I personally have trouble with this last tip because it’s so hard to get used to, but if you sleep on your stomach, you’re going to want to change positions and start sleeping on your back. I sleep on my side, and my lashes have suffered from it. They didn’t all fall out, but when I went in for a refill, my stylist noticed that I lost more lashes on my right side than the left, which is the side I sleep on most. Adjusting to a new sleep position can be difficult, but try your best, and as long as you aren’t sleeping completely facedown, you should be ok.
All in all, eyelash extensions are a lot of upkeep, but if you want to feel and look fab, it’s so worth it. Do you have eyelash extensions? If so, what products do you use to maintain them? If not, do you want them? Comment below!