How to Wear Makeup Without Damaging Your Eyelash Extensions

February 26, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca
How to Wear Makeup Without Damaging Your Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions certainly have their perks. They make it possible to flaunt thick, long and fluffy lashes at all times, make our eyes look doe-eyed and help us pull off a no-makeup makeup look when we’re actually wearing no makeup (because false lashes don’t count as makeup, right?). But even when we have extensions, we sometimes 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, PA-C, who specializes in cosmetic dermatology at the Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Rule #1: 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 need to 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 Water, which is formulated without oil, sulfates, alcohol, parabens or fragrance.

Rule #2: Avoid Mascara
There isn’t a lash expert alive who advocates for wearing mascara with extensions. And 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 — especially when you already look like you’re wearing mascara anyway. 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 Great Lash Mascara



Rule #3: 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.  

Rule #4: Comb Through Your Lashes With a Spoolie Daily
This should be done every morning because lash extensions have the tendency to criss-cross and get tangled. Very gently comb the lashes with a spoolie to straighten them out, but 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 explains.

Rule #5: Watch What Type of Eyeshadow You Use
“Eyeshadows with a sparkle base can cause irritation to the eyelid margin,” Monaco explains. Make sure powder and glitter don’t get trapped in your extensions by using a tight-bristled eyeshadow brush, and remove excess powder from your brush before application.

Rule #6: 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 a powder eyeliner like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner.

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