If you're going to put the time and money into the getting eyelash extensions, you definitely don't want to ruin them — and using the wrong mascara can do just that. That's why, if you plan on wearing mascara over your new, long lashes, it's important to make sure you're using one of the best mascaras for eyelash extensions.
Can you wear mascara with eyelash extensions?
Before you get to shopping, Andra Marin, artistic director and expert lash stylist at NYC-based Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, says it's important to choose the right extensions if you plan to continue wearing mascara. "If you are wearing classic lash extensions, you can wear [certain] mascaras," Andra says. "However, if you are wearing the new volume lashes — the 2D, 3D, custom made fans — we do not recommend any kind of mascara since it closes the fans and makes them look clumpy."
What is the best mascara for eyelash extensions?
With your classic extensions in place, determining if a mascara is safe is actually pretty straightforward. "Any kind of oil is to be avoided," Andra says of the number one rule. "When oil comes in contact with the adhesive that holds your extensions in place, it starts to loosen that bond and slowly breaks it up," she says, explaining that this causes your extensions to fall out faster. Instead, look for water-based mascaras or options that are specifically designed for using on lash extensions.
How do you take care of eyelash extensions?
The oil-free rule applies to the rest of the makeup and skin care products you put on or around your eyes, too (though Andra says you can continue to use any of your usual products with oil in them, as long as they aren't going anywhere near the lashes or lash line). In addition to avoiding any waterproof or long-lasting eye makeup products that can be hard to remove, Andra stresses that you'll also need an oil-free makeup remover. "Always try washing lashes using your hands or a mascara brush instead of cotton disks or cloth. The secret is to use a good oil-free makeup remover and lint-free products on or around the lashes. Xtreme Lashes Eye Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser is the magic stuff," she recommends. "It's a spray, so it goes on super easy, and it rinses with water."
Products aside, to help your eyelash extensions last, Andra says to be as gentle as possible with them. "Never pull, play, or rub your lashes. After showering or swimming, always dab them dry with a lint-free towel, tissue, or paper towels, and gently brush them into place and let them air dry."