How to Wear Makeup Without Damaging Eyelash Extensions

October 27, 2021
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
How to Wear Makeup Without Damaging Your Eyelash Extensions

Having eyelash extensions certainly has its perks. They make it possible to flaunt thick, long and fluffy lashes at all times so you can pull off a literal no-makeup makeup look. Despite how well they transform your natural lashes, you may want to pump up the drama even more. So what are the rules of applying makeup with eyelash extensions without damaging them? Here, we put together a list of dos and don'ts with the help of Cristina Monaco, who specializes in cosmetic dermatology at the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City.

Avoid Oil

Oil can cause the glue in your extensions to break down, which is why you should always look for oil-free makeup products. In addition to using oil-free makeup, you should also make sure that your makeup remover and daily skin regimen is oil-free as well. “Using a makeup remover that is oil-based will cause those lashes to slide right off,” warns Monaco. Consider Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Vitamin C, which is formulated without oil, alcohol or fragrance.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Vitamin C

Avoid Mascara

Even though it’s tempting to make your lashes look even fuller, it’s not worth making your lashes clump together and weakening the lash glue. Instead, apply mascara only on your lower lashes. If you’re determined to wear mascara despite the warnings, search for one that is oil-free, like the Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara.

Don’t Wear Waterproof Makeup

Waterproof makeup requires extra effort to remove it from your eyes at the end of the day. The key to preserving lash extensions is to wear makeup that can be gently removed, which excludes the waterproof products in your makeup arsenal.  

Comb Through Your Lashes With a Spoolie Daily

Lash extensions have a tendency to criss-cross and get tangled, especially while you’re sleeping. To get them back in order, gently comb through them with a spoolie every morning and be careful not to tug. Another way to care for your lashes every day is to use an eyelash extension conditioner. “It will keep those lashes looking flawless in between fill-ins,” Monaco says.

Watch What Type of Eyeshadow You Use

“Eyeshadows with a sparkle base can cause irritation to the eyelid margin,” Monaco says. Avoid powder and glitter getting trapped in your extensions by using a tight-bristled eyeshadow brush and removing excess powder from your brush before application.

Use a Powder Liner

You’re already aware that your liner needs to be oil-free, but what else should you look for in a product? Liquid and cream liners can build up on your lashes and tug at your eye during application, so a better option is using a powder eyeliner like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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