Sometimes you want to turn up the drama even more with the help of a little makeup. Here’s our guide on how to wear makeup with your lash extensions.
How to Apply Makeup with Lash Extensions
Lash extensions can look wonderful on their own, and with so many different options available, you’re sure to find a lash extension style to meet your needs. But sometimes, even with lash extensions on we might want to dial up the drama a little more, to help bolster our look. Makeup can provide a great option for adding that extra bit of lift to your chosen look.
What you might not know though, is that you can’t just apply makeup the same way you would if you weren’t wearing extensions. There are some important rules you need to follow in order to ensure that you don’t damage your extensions, and this is all about to be covered below. So, dive in and learn exactly how you can properly apply makeup, all while wearing lash extensions.
Essential tips to applying makeup with eyelash extensions
Before we get started, there are a couple of essential tips we need to cover to make sure that you’re using the right type of makeup products when wearing lash extensions.
Don’t use oil-based makeup
Eyelash extensions are applied with the help of a lash glue or adhesive. Turns out, these are also sensitive to oil which is found in a lot of makeup and makeup remover. When oil comes into contact with lash glue, it breaks it down which can result in the extensions falling out. That’s why it is important to ensure you are opting for oil-free products when wearing lash extensions, including the products used in your skincare routine.
Don’t use waterproof makeup
Another big no-no is using any waterproof makeup like mascara or eyeliner. Waterproof makeup isn’t the problem itself, it’s the oil-based remover you need to use in order to take the makeup off your face. And as we’ve just covered, oil-based products will break down the glue, which results in your lash extensions falling out. Therefore, it’s important to avoid using any waterproof products in your makeup routine.
How to apply mascara with lash extensions
When it comes to mascara, the best thing you can do is to steer clear of it. Sure, it can be tempting to apply mascara to add an extra touch of flair to your look, but chances are it will only serve to damage and ruin your lashes. Mascara can also make your lash extensions clump together, ruining the look of your lovely lashes.
Even if you manage to apply the mascara perfectly, there’s still the case of having to remove it after the day is done. During the process of removing mascara you can actually pull and rub the lash extensions, causing both your extensions and natural lashes to shed.
If you really want to add mascara, it’s best to apply it just to the lower lashes. This will help to add a bolder look to your eyes without damaging or affecting the lash extensions. Over time, your lash extensions will naturally fall off. In this instance, it’s best to get them refilled.
How to apply eyeliner with lash extensions
Most of the time, eyeliner is not necessary as lash extensions pretty much do the job on their own. This is because, as lash extensions are placed along the lash line, they can help to create the look of eyeliner by themselves. In fact, some people even incorporate different styles of lash extensions to create the illusion of a lined eye, such as the cat-eyelash extensions.
The most essential tip to remember when it comes to applying eyeliner with lash extensions is to NOT use a waterproof eyeliner. This is because the waterproof eyeliner requires an oil-based makeup remover in order to remove it, and this will cause damage to your lashes.
However, if you’ve already had your lash extensions applied and you’re desperately in need of an extra bit of cat-eye magic, then use a water based eyeliner. This means that it can be removed easily with water, and will not cause damage to your lashes.
Applying eyeshadow with lash extensions
If you are going in with a primer before applying the eyeshadow itself, It is essential to ensure that both the primer and the eyeshadow itself are powder-based (not water-based or cream-based), for the same reasons we discussed above.
The next step is to use a tight-bristled eyeshadow brush to apply the eyeshadow with. This will help to avoid getting powder stuck in your eyelashes, especially if you’re using an eyeshadow that has a glitter in it, helping to ensure you do not use any excess eyeshadow.
If you notice that some of the excess eyeshadow does end up on your lash extensions, make sure that it is removed as soon as possible with a lint-free cotton swab and oil-free makeup remover. Keeping your eyeshadow compact and in good condition will help to avoid this.
Removing makeup with eyelash extensions
When removing makeup with lash extensions, employ a cautious approach to preserve both their longevity and the health of your natural lashes. Begin by gathering oil-free makeup remover, cotton pads, and a gentle, oil-free cleanser.
Focus on your eye makeup first, using a remover-soaked cotton pad to your closed eyelids, then gently wiping away makeup along your lash line. Extend this care to your entire face using the cleanser, remembering to avoid direct contact with the extensions.
Rinse thoroughly and pat your face dry. If you wish, consider using a lash cleanser for added maintenance. Be gentle throughout, avoiding oil-based or waterproof products, and use a soft, microfibre cloth if desired. Ultimately, prioritise patience and gentleness to ensure your lash extensions remain intact and your natural lashes stay healthy.
Lash extensions can offer a lot, but sometimes you might want a little extra and there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you follow these essential steps to wearing makeup with your lash extensions, you can enhance your look while ensuring the longevity of your extensions and the health of your natural lashes.
By using oil-free and water-based makeup products, avoiding waterproof makeup, and maintaining a gentle approach during application and removal, you’ll achieve a stunning makeup look that complements your lash extensions, giving you the best of both worlds – beauty and care.
If you’re ever unsure, always seek advice from professional lash artists such as BELO Lash. With a wide variety of resources available, you can help clue yourself up on all the important lash extension information to keep both your natural lashes and extensions looking long and healthy.
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