Lash extension-wearers already know about that unavoidable post-procedure dialogue with your lash technician. They’ll dutifully recite the rules of the unofficial Eyelash Extension Handbook: Don’t sleep on your stomach, brush through your lashes every day with a spoolie brush and avoid mascara at all costs. The last is no easy feat for makeup lovers (we’ve been there, too) and sometimes, unbeknownst to our lash technicians, we coat our lashes with a little mascara just to give ’em an extra boost.
The danger of applying any old mascara to your extensions is that some formulas will dissolve the lash adhesive, causing your fake lashes to become unglued and fall out. So if you find yourself unable to resist coating your extensions in mascara like us, check out these four water-based, oil-free options that won’t destroy your expensive lash extensions when used correctly. Just be sure to remove mascara from your extensions of the day *super* carefully with an oil-free makeup remover. Our picks, ahead:
Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara
At one point or another, this iconic drugstore mascara has most likely graced your presence, be it in the checkout aisle of your local supermarket or staring right back at you in your makeup bag. The trusted formula is loved for the way it lengthens your lashes without clumping — a.k.a the ultimate goal for your extensions.
Max2 Special Mascara
Max2 Special Mascara is loved by many because it’s formulated specially for eyelash extensions. One commenter writes in a review, “Love this stuff... I use it when I’m about ready for a fill. It disguises gaps and blends well. Gentle and easy to remove.”
Beauty Garde Oil-Free Mascara
This oil-free, water-based formula is meant to be applied to the tips of your lashes, not your roots. If you plan on applying more than one coat for volume, the brand recommends doing so immediately instead of waiting for your mascara to dry between coats.
Lancôme Definicils Mascara
The caption under Definicils Mascara on Lancôme’s website reads, “natural yet noticeable lashes,” and you’re going to get this exact result. The formula won’t clump, and it’s skinny wand will lengthen and separate your lashes — making it the perfect touch if you’re looking for definition. Be sure to get the washable version so that you don’t have to work hard to get the product off your lash extensions.