The Best (and Worst) Makeup for Eyelash Extensions
The good news: Your eyelash extensions look amazing. The bad news: Half your eye-makeup collection needs to go. True, eyelash extensions can last for up to six weeks, but wearing the wrong makeup can lead to lash fallout and extension damage, dramatically decreasing the length of time your lash extensions look full and fabulous.
It's sad watching your eyelash extensions fall out one by one. It all happens so quickly, and in a few days, it looks like they're barely even there. It's happened to the best of us (myself included). Yes, this could be due to your fast lash metabolism or it could be from the makeup products you're using.
Extensions are sensitive—when you're glamming up your face, you must be cognisant of your falsies, or else. Not sure of which makeup for eyelash extensions to avoid? No worries, we've got you covered with the products to put away for now so your lashes can thrive.
Scroll through for the makeup products to wear (and avoid) when you have eyelash extensions.
No: Pencil Eyeliner
One weird consequence of having mile-long individual false lashes: Your eyelashes get tangled. And dragging a sticky pencil liner along the lash line, where eyelash extensions form their tenuous bonds, just worsens tangling and lash fallout. And there’s the aftermath: Cream and gel eyeliners can leave a gummy residue on extensions, making removal an utter bitch. You’ve been warned.
Yes: Powder Eyeliner
No: Tubing Mascara
Fact: You can wear mascara without destroying your lashes. Just avoid “tubing” formulas — meaning, the kind that slips off in water, without requiring remover. Tube mascara can literally be pulled off natural lashes with a little moisture and light pressure, but this formula sticks like glue to falsies. You’ll get it off — but not without losing a few (pricey, hard-earned) lashes.
Yes: Lightweight Mascara
Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara ($29)
It's all about weightless textures that still offer up voluminous results. This is where Tarte's mascara comes in—a vegan, antioxidant-rich mascara made of Amazonian clay. You won't have to worry about your lashes feeling crunchy with this clay-infused formula. It brings the drama without adding too much weight to your lashes.
No: Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
If it’s not obvious by now, smudge-proof and budge-proof eye makeup is generally bad news for lash extensions. This includes water-resistant or waterproof liquid liner. A liquid eyeliner may seem innocent enough (it’s not creamy or gel-like), but its long-wearing formula will require rubbing or repeatedly touching your lashes to remove it, all of which will shorten your extensions’ lifespan.
Yes: Pen Eyeliner
No: Oil-Based Makeup Remover
Keeping your eyelash extensions clean is key to making them last as long as possible. Oil-based makeup removers are best for removing stubborn eye makeup, but they also loosen the glue that bonds extensions to your lashes.
Yes: Oil-Free Gentle Makeup Remover
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.