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Why wearing Mascara on your extensions is a bad idea!

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

In general it is not advisable to use mascara with your eyelash extensions. The main reason why is very simple the whole point of eyelash extensions is that they already look darker, longer and fuller. In other words, they’re made to look like you’ve already used mascara at all times. One of the biggest benefits of eyelash extensions is that you’d never have to apply mascara while you still have them.

So the simple answer is that if you are going to get extensions, you probably are getting them with the idea in mind that you can cut out mascara out of your usual beauty routine.

Sometimes You Might Want Extra Volume or to fill any gaps before your in-fills.

However, sometimes there can be circumstances where you would still want to apply mascara to your extensions. Maybe there’s a special event where you really want them to look fuller and thicker. Your extensions might also be older and they might have some gaps, and mascara can help cover up those gaps in the short term before you get them touched up or replaced.

To retain an optimal and even appearance, it’s advisable to go in for a touch up rather than rely on mascara too long. This is because overuse makes them look more crusty and increases the chances of them being damaged, too damaged to be saved. That would make it a lot more expensive to get them replaced. Not to mention that it clumps the extensions together making it look like you have less lashes on. It also breaks down the bond of the lashes and nowadays most mascara contains oils in their product. Lastly the main reason why it’s so bad, is that even if you come to a fill after having mascara put on your extensions, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to remove all the hidden oils that your mascara has left behind. Think at how hard it is yourself to remove mascara fully at home and how you can often wake up with black smudges under your eyes even when you cleansed your eyes thoroughly before bed. At a in-fill appointment we can only do so much in such a little time, this can affect the glue bonding on top of any oil that’s left on the lash resulting in poor retention + needing infills more often = more money!

Types Of Mascara Products To Use

If you do decide to use mascara for any of the reasons mentioned above, be advised that you should be very particular of what mascara you use and how you should use it. Ill put a link up of the mascaras that are compatible with extensions.

Here are a few tips to guide you-

You should only ever use water-based mascara product. Never use oil-based or waterproof mascara products as they will either dissolve the glue holding your extensions to your lashes.

Even if your lashes survive that, the process and products used to remove the mascara would damage the lashes or dissolve the glue. So make sure that the mascara and makeup removal product are both water-based and very light, otherwise you’re just wasting the money to get the extensions in the first place. Also if you don’t clean the mascara off you are more likely to get an infection as bacteria can build up and get trapped in with the oil.

How To Apply Mascara To Eyelash Extensions

You’ll need to be extra careful when you apply and remove the mascara on your eyelash extensions too. When applying, avoid applying to the roots of the extensions and focus only on the middle to the tip. Applying too much mascara from the base to the tip makes them heavier, more likely to pull the lashes out, and make it more difficult to remove it afterwards. If you find your mascara pulls on the lashes too much they could be damaged or weakened. When removing, only use oil-free makeup remover for the exact same reasons and avoid using cotton wool to drag over the extensions when cleaning them as this too can damage the lashes.

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