Eye Makeup for Lash Extensions: What You Need to Know

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If you have eyelash extensions, makeup may not be necessary. After all, lash extensions add plenty of gorgeous drama to the eyes on their own. That said, you can absolutely use makeup to customize your look — just make sure you use the right lash extensions makeup to avoid any hiccups. Here’s a quick rundown of the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when making your makeup selection.

Don’t: Use Anything Oil-Based

The golden rule of lash extensions is to avoid oil at all costs! Oils can break down the glue in the lash extensions, causing them to fall out. Besides skipping oil-based makeup, make sure your makeup remover and any other skin products are also oil-free.

Don’t: Use Anything Waterproof

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When choosing eye makeup for lash extensions, always check the label to make sure it’s not waterproof. Waterproof makeup is extremely difficult to remove unless you’re using oil-based makeup remover, and as we’ve just mentioned, that’s a no-no! 

Do: Wash Carefully

As long as you’re using makeup that’s not oil-based or waterproof, you should be good to go. However, you will need to update your approach to makeup removal. If you rub your eyes too hard, the lashes may fall out. Gently massage your eyes in a downward motion, being careful not to disturb your luscious lashes.

Do: Choose the Right Type of Eyeliner and Mascara

When it comes to selecting the best eye makeup for lash extensions, less is more. Ideal lash extensions makeup is thin and easily washable. Avoid cream and gel eyeliners because they leave a sticky, clumpy residue that can be difficult to remove. An oil-free pencil eyeliner is your best bet here!

Don’t: Go Overboard with Eyeshadow

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Eyeshadow can add a sultry look or a pop of color to your eyes, but too much can cause problems with your eyelash extensions. Make sure you avoid cream-based eyeshadow for the same reasons listed above. Instead, opt for matte powder eyeshadow, and use a tight-bristled brush to apply it. This helps to prevent extra powder from getting stuck in the lashes.

Do: Ask Your Lash Artist

If you’re not sure if you have the right kind of eyelash extensions makeup, don’t risk it! While you’re getting your lash treatment, ask the lash tech if there’s anything you should know regarding the compatibility of makeup (and other skincare products). There are many different types of lash glue, so it’s crucial that you know what they’re working with. 

Do: Follow Our Blog for More Tips!

We hope this lesson on lash extensions makeup has been most helpful! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to get in touch anytime. You can also browse our FAQ and aftercare sections for more info. 

Selecting the best eye makeup for lash extensions is easy to do, but it’s also easy to forget! Keep this guide saved on your phone or computer so you always have a quick reference, and follow our beauty blog for more lash tips, techniques, and tutorials!

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