BL Lashes - August 08 2020
Can you wear makeup with eyelash extensions?
The good news about having eyelash extensions is that you look amazing without any makeup. But even when we have extensions, we sometimes want to pump up the drama even more! So, what are the rules for applying makeup with eyelash extensions without damaging them?
We’ve put together a list of dos and don'ts for you so you can enjoy wearing your extensions and your makeup too!
Table of contents (Click & jump directly to the subject)
- Two definite No-Nos on lash extensions
- Can you put mascara on eyelash extensions?
- Is eyeliner safe to use with eyelash extensions?
- How to apply eyeshadow with eyelash extensions
- How to clean makeup with lash extensions
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Two definite No-Nos on lash extensions
Oil-based makeup & remover
Eyelash extensions are sensitive to oil. Oil can cause the glue in your extensions to break down, so 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 are oil-free (or with the lowest possible oil content) as well.
Avoid using waterproof mascara or eyeliner at all costs.
The problem with waterproof eyeliner or mascara is that they are near impossible to remove without oil-based makeup remover. The oil will disturb the lash adhesive and cause a premature falling out of your extensions!
Can you put mascara on eyelash extensions?
When wearing lash extensions, the worst thing you can do is rub your eyes as this will cause the extensions to fall out.
In that regard, removing mascara often involves pulling and rubbing- that can cause shedding of both the natural lashes and the extensions.
So, yes, you can wear mascara on lash extensions but avoid water-proof kinds and choose a thin, lash-extension-friendly mascara that is easily washable to minimize the damage.
Is eyeliner safe to use with eyelash extensions?
To be honest, you don't really need eyeliner when you have lash extensions as the extensions already create a beautiful eyeliner effect on the lash line.
However, if your love for the cat eye is non-negotiable, we recommend a water-based ink eyeliner that is easily washable.
Say NO to pencil, gel, and cream eyeliner
Pencil liner has a sticky consistency that can dissolve the eyelash glue and cause lash fallout.
Gel and cream eyeliners are very difficult to remove as they leave sticky debris on extensions and lash glue, so no pencil or gel eyeliners, please!
When removing the eyeliner, it’s best to clean with a lint-free cotton swab soaked in oil-free makeup remover. Make sure the cotton swab doesn’t rub or touch the lash extensions too much.
How to apply eyeshadow with eyelash extensions
Choose a matte powder eyeshadow (no cream-based shadow, please!) and apply it with a tight-bristled eyeshadow brush. Remove excess powder from your brush so that it doesn’t fall and get trapped in your extensions.
Best makeup remover to use with eyelash extensions
Three ways to remove makeup when you have lash extensions
In K-beauty philosophy, we firmly believe that removing makeup the right way is the most important step to achieving healthy, glowing skin. The same goes for eye makeup.
Keeping your eyelash extensions intact and as fluffy as day one comes from cleansing them properly.
Here is our three-step lash cleansing tip, the K-beauty way.
#1 Remove stubborn ‘point’ makeup - lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow
The first step for removing makeup is to start with heavy color makeup, like lipstick, eyeliner, and eyeshadow (in Korea, we call this point makeup).
Normally to remove this kind of stubborn pigmented makeup, you would need oil-based makeup remover.
However, for long-lasting lash extensions, you should opt for oil-free makeup remover with a strong cleansing formulation like BL Lip & Eye Makeup Remover.
How to Use: Soak a lint-free cotton q-tip swab with makeup remover and wipe off the eye makeup.
Why a lint-free? Cotton pad or cotton balls with lint can get caught and tangled in lash extensions and make the extensions fall out.
#2 Remove makeup in the larger area - foundation, concealer, bronzer
Once you remove the ‘point makeup’, the next step is to remove makeup in the larger area. This includes upper, under eyes, eyebrows, nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin.
For this larger area of the face, use a pre-soaked pad makeup remover. The BL oil-free Eye makeup remover pad is a lash extension-friendly, hassle-free makeup remover.
How to Use: With the included tongs, pick up a remover pad and place it on your eye or any facial areas for a few seconds, then use it to wipe your makeup off.
Makeup Remover Pads
#3 Deep-cleanse between lashes
During the eyelash extension procedure, when your lash technician adds a strand of eyelash extensions to your natural lashes, she doesn't apply it directly on your skin but 1-2 mm away from your lash line (applying lash glue directly to the skin can cause burns or glue allergy).
Over time, this gap between the lash line and lash extensions can collect excess oil from the skin, makeup debris, and dirt, which will make your eyelash line more responsive to bacterial growth.
That's why cleaning your lashes and eyelids regularly with a lash extension cleanser is super important.
The lash extension cleanser can be used every day on lashes with or without extensions. It keeps lashes clean and healthy without compromising the eyelash extension bond.
How to Use:
1. Wet your face or eyelashes with water
2. Apply a small amount of Lash Cleanser to a cleansing brush
3. Gently lather the foam cleanser to your lashes and right down to your eyelid for at least 5 seconds.
4. Rinse thoroughly with water
5. Gently pat dry with a lint-free towel
6. Brush your lashes with a mascara wand
We wish you all happy lash experiences!
Team BL Lashes