How to Make False Lashes Last Longer

August 26, 2020
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As many beauty lovers will attest, false lashes are the quickest way to elevate any makeup look. You can pop on a pair with a bare face for an I-woke-up-like-this vibe or add some extra long whisps on top of a smoky eye for extra flair. Whether you’re buying strip lashes from the drugstore or opting for some luxe mink falsies, getting your fake lashes to last more than one wear is a must. To get the most out of your lashes, and the biggest bang for your buck, we tapped makeup artists Marwah Kamas and Olivia Thompson. Ahead, they’re sharing expert tips for making false lashes last longer. 

TIP 1: Clean Fake Lashes After Every Use

Kamas and Thompson both agree that key to longevity is keeping your lashes clean. “Whether it’s mascara, the glue or both, keeping false lashes free of any residue and bacteria from normal wear and tear will keep them looking and feeling fresh for a much longer time,” says Thompson. To clean your false lashes, we recommend a Q-tip and makeup remover, like the Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

TIP 2: Store Them Properly

If your lashes are starting to bend or lose their shape, it’s a sign that they’re losing their luster. To avoid this, keep your falsies in the containers you bought them in and reattach them to the eye-shaped plastic packaging. Don’t freak out if they don’t stay perfectly curved either. Keeping them protected (and out of the bottom of your makeup bag) is most important.
 

TIP 3: Keep Them (Mostly) Dry

If you’ve spent any time on Instagram, you’ve seen the lash cleaning hack that involves soaking your lashes in makeup remover and letting them sit until all the gunk comes off. While the hack may look cool, it’s best to avoid it According to Kamas, the technique will actually make your fake lashes more likely to fall off and lose shape.

TIP 4: Keep Fake Lashes Away From Heat

Unless you’re absolutely certain that your lashes are made of real hair and not synthetic fibers, make sure to steer clear of heated lash curlers. Synthetic hairs are not meant to withstand heat. 
 
Photos: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy

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